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Solon Economist

Double-digit wins keep Solon unbeaten

Spartans shoot lights-out in conference wins

SOLON– It’s a 4-0 start for the Solon varsity boys basketball team.
The Spartans continued the undefeated start to the season with a 67-45 win over Central DeWitt at home Dec. 8 and a 77-64 victory over Western Dubuque on the road Dec. 11.
In both games, Solon jumped out to an early lead, shot a high percentage from the floor and enjoyed a marked advantage at the free throw line.
The Spartans limited the Sabers to 13 first-half points in the Dec. 8 home win.

Lady Spartans come close against ranked Bobcats

Solon makes big leap in 43-40 loss

DeWITT– Solon traveled east on Highway 30, through the lights of DeWitt, into the darkness on the edge of town to meet the Central High Sabers on Tuesday, Dec. 8. It was a battle to the final seconds with Solon on the short side, 43-40, but the crowd in attendance and the players could clearly see the light.

Wrestlers first at Oelwein Invitational

OELWEIN– Despite an inexperienced lineup, the Solon varsity wrestlers captured another tournament title over the weekend.
With 219.5 team points, Solon edged out second-place Byron High School’s (Ill.) 216 points to claim the title at the Oelwein Invitational Dec. 15.
Oelwein (195 points) placed third at its own invitational while Crestwood came in fourth with 185 points.

Annie

Orphans, billionaires, the President and a charming little dog

SOLON– There are no hard knocks when it comes to the Solon High School (SHS) drama department; only rave reviews.
Roughly 60 students comprised the cast, crew and orchestra of SHS’s production of “Annie, the Musical,” a Broadway adaptation performed Nov. 13-15 to nearly sold-out crowds at each show. With the help of several volunteers to help with set decoration and props, director Jessica Frerich said the community came together to create another successful show.

City tightens TIF belt

Pending budget impacts cause caution for council

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The city could handle $25,000 all at once, but it couldn’t handle $131,388 over five years.
The Solon City Council took no action on a request by the Solon Retirement Village to extend a five-year Tax Increment Finance (TIF) agreement for its assisted living facility, but it allowed Red Vespa Pizzeria to trade its 10-year tax abatement plan for a one-year kickback.

Solon moves to 2-0

SOLON– The Spartans are rebounding the ball and hitting their free throws.
The Solon varsity boys basketball team moved to 2-0 on the season with a road win over Marion Friday, Dec. 4.
The Spartans bounced back from a 18-7 deficit in the first quarter to win 59-52 at Marion.
Solon out-rebounded the Indians 29-16 (including 12 offensive boards) and connected on 28-38 free throw attempts (74 percent).
“I am super proud of how my guys responded to our first half offensive struggles,” said Head Coach Jason Pershing. “We defended very well.”

South Tama and Marion put Lady Spartans in the loss column

TAMA– The Lady Spartans traveled to Tama on Tuesday, Dec. 1, for the second game of their first season under Coach Lisa Bishop. The Lady Spartans battled from behind all night as the South Tama Trojans served them their first loss under Bishop’s guidance, 59-44.
The score was not reflective of the Lady Spartans’ performance.

Spartans fall to Raiders in home dual

SOLON– Solon’s varsity wrestlers fell just short of knocking off the Williamsburg Raiders in dual action Dec. 3.
Williamsburg defeated Solon, 40-30, at the Solon High School gym.
“I thought the guys wrestled hard against a very good team,” said Head Coach Blake Williams. “We split the matches, but gave up way too many bonus points. That was the difference in the meet.”
Zack Bevans (132 pounds), Cole Fritz (145), Graeson Dall (152), Trevor Nelson (160), Dillon Diltz (170) Tyler Linderbaum (285) and Ben Carr (126) all won for Solon, with Bevans, Nelson and Carr taking matches by fall.

Solon wrestlers take first at Montezuma tournament

MONTEZUMA– Solon varsity wrestlers took first place in five weight classes to win the Montezuma Invitational Dec. 5.
Aidan Dall (106 pounds), Christian Haight (113), Ben Carr (126), Trevor Nelson (160) and Kendrick Harris (182) were champions for the Spartans, with all but Nelson winning by fall in their first place matches.
“We had a great team effort placing 13 out of 14 weight classes,” said Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “Twelve of those placed in the top four.”

Free Christmas meal at Our Lord’s Church Friday, Dec. 25

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Friday, Dec. 25. All are welcome. Reservations are not required, but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or for a reservation.

Lakeview fourth graders visiting Old Gold Diner Wednesday, Dec. 16

SOLON– Old Gold Dining is hosting a fourth grade class on Wednesday, Dec. 16.
There are usually 22 students that come, and organizers would like to have at least one senior citizen for each student. Non-seniors are also welcome with a reservation and a payment of $3.25 (same as seniors) for the meal. Please try to attend this fun occasion and visit with these young Solon school students. Call 624-2251 before noon the day before to make your reservations. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., so plan to arrive by 11:15 a.m. The class that is scheduled to come this month is section 4F (Mrs. Bogard).

New look for Solon Legion

New windows, flooring caps year of big improvements

SOLON– Ask and ye shall receive.
It was time for some updates at the Solon American Legion, and thanks to an outpouring of support from a variety of sources, Stinocher Post 460 underwent a facelift in 2015.
“If you haven’t been in this Legion in the last two or three months, you’re in for a big surprise,” said Legion Finance Officer Curt Phillips. “There’ve been an awful lot of improvements done here within the last year.”