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Solon Economist

No. 2 Solon moving on

Solon defeats Iowa Falls in first round of state tournament

CEDAR RAPIDS– The quest is still alive.
After two straight second-place finishes in 4A, Solon’s Lady Spartans dropped to Class 3A this year and have made it to the semifinals of the state tournament at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids again.
Solon’s volleyball team defeated No. 8 Iowa Falls-Alden, 3-0, in a Class 3A quarterfinal Tuesday, Nov. 11.
After trading runs in the opening set, Solon settled in with aces serves by seniors Jordan Runge and Jordan Smith and closed the game out on a 5-0 run, 25-17.

Spartan football season still a success

MANCHESTER– Even though the season ended for the Solon football team prior to the championship game, there’s no arguing the success of the 2014 campaign.
The Spartans ended the year 9-2 after losing to West Delaware 28-14 in a second round 3A playoff game on a soggy field in Manchester Nov. 3.
Solon had a 14-12 halftime lead but was held scoreless in the second half.
“The second half the field conditions weren’t ideal and I believed it negated some of our speed,” said head coach Kevin Miller.

Middle School Show Choir can drive Saturday, Nov. 8

SOLON– The Solon Middle School Show Choir is holding a can drive Saturday, Nov. 8, from 8 a.m. until noon at Ruzicka’s Meat & Catering. Call 319-310-7031 to arrange pick-up.

Solon Middle School Veterans Day program Tuesday, Nov. 11

SOLON– Solon Middle School’s (SMS) annual Veteran’s Day program will be held at the SMS auditorium on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. All veterans, families and friends, and community members are invited.
Lieutenant Colonel Glen Winekauf is the guest speaker at the event. The American Legion will be in attendance and the eighth grade band will perform. Handmade cards will be made for veterans in attendance by the fifth and sixth graders. Refreshments will be served following the event, provided by the Solon Middle School PTO. Please join the community in honoring our veterans.

Planning meeting for Chautauqua Wednesday Nov. 12 at Brosh

SOLON– Solon will be 175 years old in 2015 and a Chautauqua celebration is being planned for Sept. 18 through 20, 2015, in the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Organizers are inviting representatives of all Solon groups and organizations to the 7 p.m. Chautauqua meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Brosh Community Center to assist with forming committees and helping with other organizational tasks.

Solon Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service Nov. 23 at St. Mary

SOLON– Solon’s combined Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service will be held Sunday, Nov. 23, at St. Mary Catholic Church, with a 5 p.m. soup dinner and a 6 p.m. service. The service will be led by Father Tim Sheedy and will feature the combined choirs of Solon United Methodist, St. Mary and Our Lord’s Churches. Come join and give thanks.

Swisher WILOS hosting Ladies Day Out Saturday, Nov. 8 at Legion

SWISHER– The Women’s Improvement League of Swisher (WILOS) is hosting a new fun-filled Ladies Day Out on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the American Legion in Swisher. Come and see all the unique gifts from Popcorn Shoppe, Premier Design, Jamberry Nails, Tastefully Simple, Kay Family Chiropractic, PLLC, Scentsy, Initials Inc., Doggy Delights, Pampered Chef, Arbonne and other handmade gifts for yourself and others. Be sure to register for special drawings taking place throughout the day. Stop in for a quick lunch.

More than home ec

SOLON– Right now, Marjorie Lane’s students are doing a little bit of wedding planning.
Some are trying to decide if their budget affords a destination wedding while others are planning a more intimate hometown affair. They’re drawing up their budgets and figuring out if they can do without that fancy photographer and lavish flowers.

Spartans fall to West Delaware after win against Assumption

Rainy Monday gets Solon down

MANCHESTER– Against Davenport Assumption last Wednesday, the big play helped Solon.
At West Delaware Monday night, the big play hurt.
And the second half turned out to be pivotal in both.
The Solon football team fell out of the Class 3A playoffs with a 28-14 loss at Manchester Nov. 3, and concluded the season with a 9-2 record.
The Hawks held the Spartans scoreless in the second half after Solon had taken a 14-12 lead into halftime.

No. 2 Lady Spartans sweep Northeast Goose Lake in Class 3A regional semifinal

SOLON– There was no slow start to this one.
Solon’s volleyball team dealt a 25-4 loss to Northeast Goose Lake in the first set of a Class 3A Region 7 semifinal Oct. 30 in Solon, and went on to sweep the Rebels for a chance at a state tournament berth.
The win put the Lady Spartans in the Region 7 final against Dyersville Beckman Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Center Point (see sidebar).

Football team raises $3,750 for Solon Legion

Melissa Ashton and Alisa Ham present Solon American Legion Commander Chris Croy and Color Guard member Dan Bartlett with a check for $3,750 during halftime of the Solon-Marion varsity football game Sept. 19. The Solon football team raised the money leading up to Armed Forces Night Sept. 19 at Spartan Stadium by selling patriotic T-shirts, sweatshirts and flags. The proceeds will be used for veterans programs supported by the Solon American Legion such as Wounded Warriors Project, Honor Flights and Fisher House. (contributed photo)

Fresh fish

IDNR stocking Lake Macbride, Pleasant Creek with larger walleyes

DES MOINES– Walleyes stocked this week will help fisheries biologists in future stocking decisions. Spawned this past spring, then raised at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Lake Rathbun hatchery, the eight-inch advanced fingerlings join walleyes already in Pleasant Creek Lake, Lake Macbride and five other Iowa lakes introduced as tiny, day-old fry.