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Shueyville All Church Garage Sale set for Saturday, May 2

SHUEYVILLE– The Shueyville United Methodist Church will hold an all-church garage sale on the same day that Ely and Swisher have their garage sales, Saturday, May 2. The All Church Garage Sale will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1195 Steeple Ln. NE in Shueyville. Pricing of merchandise will be $3 per full grocery bag with proceeds from the garage sale helping support a mission in Progresso, Mexico, for school children.

Blake Williams returns to Solon HS wrestling

SOLON– The Solon Community School District has announced the hiring of Blake Williams as head wrestling coach, pending school board approval.
“Having Blake back in our District is tremendous,” Solon Activities Director Keith McSweeney, stated. “Blake is an amazing educator and decorated coach and we couldn’t be more pleased that he will (again) be leading our wrestling program.”

Girls run away with Creek title

Gunnells adds to her record for shot put

TIFFIN– With wins in seven events, Solon’s girls ran away with the Creek Classic Relays track title April 10 in Tiffin. In three of those events, the Lady Spartans got the win– and second place– on their way to 168 team points. Mount Vernon was second (123) in the team chase. From there, the field strung out with South Tama and Williamsburg (each with 94 points), Clear Creek Amana (86 1/2), Mid-Prairie (67), Independence (54) and Center Point-Urbana (45 1/2).

Lady Spartans stumble in the Creek

TIFFIN– Emma Moss scored in the fourth minute of a varsity contest between the Solon Lady Spartans and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Saturday, April 11, to give Solon an early 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately for Solon it would be its only goal as the Clippers regrouped in the second half and scored four times for a 4-1 WaMaC conference win.
Solon was ranked seventh in Class 1A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union in their first weekly rankings of the season, issued Wednesday, April 8. The Clippers (2-0) were in the number-four spot in the rankings.

Spartans fifth at Tipton Tiger Relays

TIPTON– The Solon boys track team brought home a fifth-place finish among the 11 teams competing this past week at the Tipton Tiger Relays. Bellevue was the team champion, scoring 91 points, with Camanche and North Cedar finishing runner-up with 75. Center Point, tabbed as one of the pre-season favorites to win the WaMaC conference and compete for the state title in class 3A ,was fourth with 68. The Spartans were close behind, scoring 60 points.
Field event results:

Dvorsky, Ressler on nationally ranked trap shooting team

CRESTON– The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sports shooting team placed sixth in the nation in trap shooting during the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Collegiate Clay Target Championships in San Antonio, Texas, held March 24-29. Approximately 630 student-athletes, from 75 colleges, competed in the event.
The SWCC sports shooting team had 15 sports shooting athletes, divided into three squads, who competed. During the finals, the SWCC team shot 479 of 500.

Dodgeball tournament raises funds for Mary’s Meals

SOLON– Get ready, get set; Dodgeball!
Volunteer official Mark Sovers uttered the commands several times March 4 in the Solon High School gymnasium as participants and spectators gathered for a fundraising event to benefit the Solon chapter of Mary’s Meals.
According to Mary’s Meals local organizer Patty Erusha, the event was sponsored by Solon’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes and raised over $2,600 for the local chapter of Mary’s Meals (Corridor Cares of Solon).
“The dodge ball tournament idea came from Kevin Miller and Ron Puettmann wanting to do an event,” Erusha wrote in an email.

Solon boys ready to defend state track title

SOLON– With a number of key athletes returning, and a promising influx of newcomers, the defending 3A state track and field champion Solon Spartans are expecting big things this season. Head coach Mark Sovers, along with assistant coaches Brad Wymer, Steve Calloway and Riley Takes, welcome back 16 letter-winners including:

Supt. Miller leaving Solon to head AEA

SOLON– It was a tough decision, but it was a big opportunity as well.
Solon Community School District (SCSD) Superintendent Sam Miller has accepted a position as chief administrator at Area Education Agency (AEA) 267 in Cedar Falls.
He will remain with the district until his current contract ends June 30.
The Solon school board held a special meeting Tuesday, April 7, to consider Miller’s resignation and the timeline for a superintendent search. The board hired Ray and Associates of Cedar Rapids to begin the process of recruiting Miller’s replacement.

Sutliff Road upgrade planned before RAGBRAI rolls

Fuel tax increase provides extra funding for county road project

JOHNSON COUNTY– An increase in the fuel tax might cause anger at the pumps, but some drivers in Johnson County will realize its benefits yet this year.

District to save money on earthwork, and it’ll need it

Firmer figures put costs $3 million over $25.5 million bond amount

SOLON– They can move the dirt, but they can’t lay any pavement.
The Solon Community School District Board of Education approved an $833,000 bid from Peterson Contractors Inc. (PCI) of Reinbeck for excavation and earthwork in connection with the construction of a new middle school and a center for the performing arts addition to the high school.
But the district received no bids for the paving portion of the project, which was also scheduled to be awarded at a special meeting March 30.

4th annual Spartan Dash

Lakeview PTO hosts 4th annual Spartan Dash Saturday, April 25

Lakeview PTO hosts 4th annual Spartan Dash Saturday, April 25
SOLON– The Lakeview Elementary PTO will be hosting its 4th annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 25, rain or shine. The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event that will serve as the Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year.