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Solon Economist

Lady Spartans shine at Central DeWitt, struggle against No. 1 Regina, W. Dubuque

Ranked foes lay 29-point losses on Solon girls

SOLON– In this case, one out of three ain’t bad.
Solon’s Lady Spartan varsity basketball team defeated Central DeWitt on the road Jan. 17, but ran into the ranked buzzsaws of Western Dubuque (No. 8, 4A) and Iowa City Regina (No. 1, 2A) over the weekend for a pair of 29-point losses.
Western Dubuque, 11-1 entering the game, throttled the Lady Spartans in the second and third periods on the way to a 65-36 win Friday, Jan. 20. The Regals, sporting a 14-0 record, cruised to a 71-42 victory Saturday, Jan. 21, as part of a traditional boys/girls doubleheader.

Solon Center for the Arts wows community at open house

SOLON– The verdict is in and it’s unanimous: the Solon Community School District’s Center for the Arts is amazing.
Large numbers of community members, students and their families turned out to celebrate the official opening of the facility at an open house held on Sunday, Jan. 15. The school’s fine arts department and Solon Spotlight Music Boosters, a parent-run organization, collaborated to host the event.

Senior Conversations to address sleeplessness Friday, Jan. 20

SOLON– Elizabeth Hickman, M.D. and Susan Lee, R.N. will join Senior Conversations, Friday, Jan. 20, at 9 a.m., at the Solon Public Library, to discuss sleeplessness. Many seniors have difficulty falling to sleep or are unable to get back to sleep after waking. Dr. Hickman will suggest ways to counter some of these issues. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions for discussion. Plan to join the discussion– no reservation is needed.

Lady Spartan Softball homemade lasagna orders due Jan. 25

SOLON– The Lady Spartan Softball Team is holding a fundraiser just in time for the Big Game, once again selling pans of homemade take-and-bake lasagna and garlic bread to eliminate the need to cook on game day.
The 9x13 pans of lasagna, along with garlic bread, sell for $20.
Please email solonsoftball@southslope.net to place an order. Orders are due by Jan. 25 and lasagnas will be assembled on Jan. 29. The Solon Lady Spartan Softball Team appreciates the fundraising support.

Rep. Bobby Kaufmann to host Town Hall Listening Post Jan. 21

SOLON– A Town Hall Listening Post for Rep. Bobby Kaufmann will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan 21, in the Palmer House Stable, 200 E. Main St.
Come hear an update from the capitol and ask questions on any issues you would like.

Sons of the American Legion Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner Feb. 4

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion will hosting its annual Famous Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Solon Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat delicious kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and drinks. The Legion will serve from 5-7:30 p.m., with take-out available. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children 6-12; and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds benefit Solon community and veteran’s projects.

Solon Dance Team Spectacular 2017 Saturday, Jan. 28

SOLON– Solon Dance Team presents Spectacular 2017, an evening highlighting Solon’s dance teams, local studios and other high school teams on Saturday, Jan. 28. Attend the show, beginning at 6 p.m., in the Solon High School gymnasium. Admission is $5 or use an activity pass. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Solon Food Pantry and receive a glow stick.

Solon Optimist Club basketball contests at middle school Jan. 29

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Basketball Contests Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Solon Middle School gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the contests start at 1 p.m. Contests will include dribbling, passing and shooting for boys and girls ages 8 through 13. First, second and third place awards will be given to each age group and to overall boys’ and girls’ champion. Contestants will need to bring their own basketball.

Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw Contest Jan. 29

SOLON– The Knights of Columbus Council #12129, in Solon, will hold a basketball free throw contest for competitors ages 8 to 14 on Sunday, Jan. 29. The competition will be held at the Solon Middle School in conjunction with the Solon Optimist Club. Signup and warm ups start at 12:30 p.m. with competition from 1-2 p.m. Winners at each age level may earn the opportunity to compete in district, state and international levels.

Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 annual soup supper Saturday, Jan. 28

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 is hosting its annual soup supper on Saturday, Jan. 28, at St. Mary Catholic Church from 5-7 p.m. The soup supper features soups of all varieties. Previous years’ soups have included traditional soups such as chicken noodle and chili as well as some not so traditional such as Demok (spinach and coconut milk) and shrimp chowder.

Mustangs too much for Spartan teams

Friday the 13th losses for boys and girls on hardcourt

Solon Economist
SOLON– It was Friday the 13th, and it proved unlucky for Solon’s varsity basketball teams.
The Spartans and Lady Spartans both fell by double digits to Mount Vernon.
The boys fell to 6-3 with a 60-40 home loss, while the girls were doubled up in Mount Vernon, 56-28. The Lady Spartans dropped to 4-8 on the season.
In Solon, the boys were within striking distance, trailing by five points at halftime, but the Mustangs outscored the Spartans 32-17 in the second half to put the game out of reach.

Spartans second

Lisbon dominates with six champs to Spartans’ four

SOLON– It was a full day of déjà vu for many Solon wrestlers last Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Ed Hadenfeldt Invitational.
The Spartans placed second behind Lisbon after several repeat matchups from last year– including an overtime duel at 160 pounds between senior Trevor Nelson and Wapello’s Rogan Pforts, whom Nelson beat in 2016 to become Solon’s lone champion.