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Solon Economist

Solon defeated by Maquoketa, 21-17

Who will step up?

MAQUOKETA– “Who are those guys?” A line, repeated time and again, by Butch Cassidy in the 1969 movie, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
It was a line repeated on Friday night when the Maquoketa Cardinals defeated the Solon Spartans, 21-17.
With several players capable of making an impact on the game sidelined, the Spartans seemed vulnerable and needed some supporting players to step up.
Who were those guys?

Home stretch ahead

Boys finish 11th, girls 10th at North Linn

TROY MILLS– The stakes go up in the final days of the 2015 cross country season. Solon’s boys and girls go from Thursday’s WaMaC conference meet to the state qualifier next week, and hopefully on to state, Oct. 31.

Rough October so far for Lady Spartans

DeWITT– Heading into Senior Night Oct. 13, the month had not been kind to Solon’s varsity volleyball team.
Its only two wins came at a Waverly tournament Oct. 3, and both against Crestwood.
The Lady Spartans dropped to 7-20 on the season heading into the final home match against Anamosa, having been swept by Central DeWitt, No. 1 (4A) West Delaware, and several ranked teams at a Cedar Rapids tournament Oct. 10.
In addition, the team lost senior Josey Hajek to a sprained ankle at the Waverly-Shell Rock Invite, the second time this season she’s been sidelined by injury.

Spartan Wrestling Club starts with meeting on Monday, Nov. 2

SOLON– As the temperature outside begins to drop, the action in the Solon wrestling room starts to heat up. This year is no exception as The Spartan Wrestling Club prepares to begin another successful season. The emphasis continues to be on learning the fundamentals of wrestling and having fun.

Remembering Solon’s fallen

Window display tells the story of Solon’s war veterans

SOLON– In November 1942, a Japanese torpedo sank the USS Juneau, a light cruiser. Among the dead were five brothers from Waterloo: George, Francis, Joseph, Madison and Albert Sullivan. News of the deaths of the five Sullivan brothers became a rally cry for the war effort as their story went nationwide.

Solon Trapshooting Team can collection Saturday, Oct. 17

SOLON– Solon Trapshooting Team will be collecting cans on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8-11 a.m., at the Solon Fire Station to raise funds for the program. For questions regarding the can drive, contact Kris McAtee at 319-325-3438.

Swisher Legion Auxiliary to host all-you-can-eat breakfast Oct. 11

SOLON– Solon Trapshooting Team will be collecting cans on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8-11 a.m., at the Solon Fire Station to raise funds for the program. For questions regarding the can drive, contact Kris McAtee at 319-325-3438.

Swisher Legion Auxiliary to host all-you-can-eat breakfast Oct. 11

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor an all-you-can-eat breakfast Sunday, Oct. 11, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children, with everyone welcome to join the Auxiliary for breakfast at the Swisher American Legion.

Our Lord’s Church to host Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 17

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its 11th annual Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the church, located at 131 N. Market St.
The soup luncheon will feature homemade chili, chicken noodle and chicken tortilla soup, along with hot dogs, chili dogs and drinks. The bake sale will include fresh farm eggs, bread from the Sykora Bakery and other member specialties.
The church will again be selling Dutch Letters, a pastry from Pella, crafts and other items. Dutch Letter orders must be made and paid in advance by Oct. 12.

Lady Spartans’ Digging for a Cure Cancer Night Tuesday, Oct. 13

SOLON– The Solon High School volleyball team will be hosting a fundraiser for the Hall-Perrine Cancer Center Tuesday, Oct. 13, the team’s last home match of the season.
The Lady Spartans’ Digging for a Cure Cancer Night will include a silent auction, bake sale and 50/50 raffle with all proceeds donated.
The match will feature Solon against Anamosa, and will include a recognition of senior Solon players.

Parks and rec. commission pursuing splash pad project

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
SOLON– The Solon Parks and Recreation Commission is looking to make a splash with its new fundraising campaign.
With a target goal of $400,000, the commission is asking residents to step forward with contributions for a community splash pad.
And according to commission member Kelsey Bumsted, over 30 individuals have already kicked in nearly $5,000.

Spartans blank Central Clinton Dewitt Sabers, 41-0

Spartans return to Paradise

There was something about the crescendo of excitement, as AC/DC howled “Back in Black” and Guns and Roses’ belted out “Paradise City” through the scoreboard speakers, when the Spartans returned to their home field Friday, Oct. 2, that had everyone on the edge of their seat.
The crisp football air, the chilling breeze and the roar of the home team filled the night, as the Solon Spartans blanked the Central Clinton Sabers, 41-0, on Friday night.