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Solon Economist

Spartans first at West Liberty’s Maxson Relays

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
WEST LIBERTY– The Spartans won their second meet in a row, with a bit of a twist in the cast due to a conflicting soccer match, on April 22 in West Liberty at the Ron Maxson Relays. The Spartans scored 150 team points to top Mount Vernon (133.5), Lisbon (110), West Liberty (94) and Tipton (60.5) in the 11-team deep field.
Solon’s Spencer Lawson made his track and field debut this season, leaping to first in the long jump with a 20-5 and a third in the 100-meter dash.

McSweeney declines

SCSD changes activities director from half- to full-time

SOLON– The Solon Community School District has decided to expand its half-time Activities Director position into a full-time role. The change will take effect at the start of the 2016-17 school year.

Macbride Raptor Project free Family Day Saturday, May 7

SOLON– Macbride Raptor Project (MRP) monthly Family Day will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Day is free and open to the public. The Raptor’s Nest (MRP educational center) will be open with staff and volunteers available to answer questions about the project and the raptors. Snacks and crafts will also be provided for guests.

Spartan upgrade for water tower?

Harrington seeks to raise $10K to add school emblem

SOLON– It’s all about that Spartan pride.
It would cost just shy of $10,000 to add a Spartan logo and a black stripe to the Solon water tower.
And, that’s what rural Solon resident Alan Harrington has proposed to the Solon City Council.
Their response?
Sounds great if you have the cash.
“Do they have the money to pay for it up front?” asked council member Mark Krall.
Back in March, council members approved spending an extra $9,800 to enhance the lettering on the city’s water tower when it’s painted later this year.

A different approach for law enforcement

Crisis Intervention Training comes to Johnson County

By Chris Umscheid
IOWA CITY– Law enforcement agencies in Johnson County are embracing the concept of Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), an educational program for law enforcement officers which expands their ability to deal safely and effectively with people experiencing a mental health crisis.

Red Cedar Chamber Music brings “Music and Magic Lanterns” to CSPS in Cedar Rapids and Sts. Peter & Paul

CEDAR RAPIDS– Red Cedar Chamber Music brings its 20th season to a close with its MainStage performance of “Music and Magic Lanterns” at CSPS Hall, 1103 3rd St. SE, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.
An outreach performance is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at Sts. Peter and Paul Community Center, 1165 Taft Ave. NE, Solon.

Spartans Third in Jesse Day Relays

DAVENPORT– On April 14, the Spartans grabbed third, for the second time in a week, at the Jesse Day Co-ed Relays, at the Brady Street Stadium, against 11 other teams.
The Solon boys’ track team put together a strong show in a talented field with champion efforts from Streeter McIlravy and Nate Christensen in the high jump and the 200-meter dash, respectively. Christensen added to his podium streak with a second in the 100-meter dash and a third as part of the 4x100-meter relay with Bo Black, Matt Roeder and Brandan Childs.

Three in a row for Solon boys

Spartans move to 8-2 with home wins over Raiders, Bobcats

SOLON– Since dropping two matches at a tournament in Hudson April 9, Solon’s boys varsity soccer team has rattled off three home wins in a row and upped its record to 8-2 on the season.
The Spartans held off Anamosa, 3-2, to hand the Raiders their first loss of the season Friday, April 15, and beat Western Dubuque, 2-1, on Monday, April 18. The loss was Western Dubuque’s fourth consecutive.
Anamosa came into Friday evening’s match having outscored opponents by a combined 27-1, but the Spartans jumped out to an early lead and the defense fended off a late flurry to preserve the win.

Durr scores in overtime to defeat Williamsburg

Solon girls move to 3-2 with two wins in a row

WILLIAMSBURG– Solon’s girls are back on the winning track.
The Lady Spartan varsity soccer team improved to 3-2 on the season with a 3-2 overtime victory over Williamsburg Monday, April 18.
According to Solon head coach John Tucker, the Lady Spartans controlled the play most of the game, with 25 shots on goal to less than 10 for Williamsburg.
“Williamsburg put up a good fight, but Josie (Durr) was able to find the back of the net in just the first few minutes of overtime on a pass from Megan Tucker to win the game,” Tucker reported.

Spartans third at Ruth Ahrens Track Invitational

Christensen, Ira, 4x800 relay collect first-place finishes

MARENGO– Iowa Valley High School hosted the Ruth Ahrens Boys Track Invitational on Tuesday, April 12, and the Spartans grabbed third in team scoring with a bit of a change in the cast.
The Spartans collected 10 team points apiece as Nate Christensen and Luke Ira took first place in the 200-meter dash and the 110-meter hurdles and Jake Schaeckenbach, Ben Krutzfeldt, Adam Smith and Graeson Dall took first in the 4x800-meter relay.

Balance helps Solon girls to 5th place

Misel 2nd in discus, shot put; Solon places in all 7 relays

DAVENPORT– In their annual battle against the big schools, Solon’s girls had scoring from all seven relays on the track and another great showing from the field to finish fifth in the Jesse Day Relays April 14 at the Brady Street Stadium in Davenport.