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Solon Economist

Lady Spartans defeat Demons at home

Solon downs Washington for 2nd win, 53-46

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SOLON– Solon’s Brianna Smith returned to the Lady Spartans’ home court on Saturday, Dec. 2, arguably in an effort to wash the bitter taste of the 64-18 loss to Marion the night before from every Solon fan’s memory. Shooting 5-5 from the arc, Brianna Smith led the 1-2 Lady Spartans with 22 points to a 53-46 win over the 1-2 Washington Demons while exorcizing a few from the night before on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Wild Wrestling Win

Unsportsmanlike conduct penalty costs Raiders as Solon beats W’burg

SOLON– The Solon varsity wrestling team started its season with a doozy.
The Spartans came away from a home dual meet with Williamsburg Nov. 30 with a one-point win, 32-31, awarded to Solon on an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the final match of the night.
“The Williamsburg meet was definitely one to remember,” noted Solon Head Coach Blake Williams.
The Raiders returned most of the lineup from a team that finished second in the WaMaC, Williams said, while the Spartans graduated seven seniors who amassed more than 1,000 career wins.

No. 1 Marion routs Solon Women

Lady Spartans pick up second loss, 64-18

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MARION– On Friday, Dec. 1, the Lady Spartans found out what it is like to meet a No. 1-ranked team as they headed to Marion to face the Indians. Suffice it to say it was an eye-opening, 64-18 loss.
“I hope we can take some pride in the fact that we never gave up,” Coach Lisa Bishop said. “That Marion group has been playing together for a long time, year round. They know each other very well and have worked extremely hard on their game in the off-season. They should be rewarded and I think they will be state champs.

Lady Spartans stumble

S. Tama outpaces Solon, 51-47

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SOLON– The Lady Spartans paced the South Tama Trojans on Tuesday, Nov. 28, but fell a few steps shy in the final quarter, losing 51-47.
“I think we let the game get away due to foul trouble, not taking care of the ball, and missed free-throws,” Coach Lisa Bishop commented. “Big credit to South Tama for capitalizing on each of those mistakes.”
Solon’s starting lineup for the second game of the season included juniors Saige Hauer, Gabby Marty, Abby Smith and Erin Kerkhoff led by senior Brianna Smith.

Finding lost water

New meters will allow city to track its own use

SOLON– How many water meters are there in the City of Solon?
Care to guess?
Public Works Director Scott Kleppe estimated somewhere around 1,200, but we’ll find out for sure pretty soon.
That’s because the city is looking to replace all of them next year in an attempt to further improve the efficiency of the municipal water system.
City council members discussed the pending project at an Oct. 4 meeting, and expect to follow up with action in the next month or two.

Roundabout substantially complete

IOWA CITY– The roundabout at the intersection of W6E (Ely Road NE) and F16 (Highway 382 NE) has been substantially completed. Ely Road, North of Highway 382, was open to traffic on Nov. 22. The contractor will continue to work on remaining project requirements until the spring of 2018, so watch for temporary traffic control changes in and around the intersection as things are touched up.

Surviving the Holidays grief support

seminar Tuesday, Dec. 5

SOLON– Sign up for “Surviving the Holidays,” a grief support seminar, on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 12:15 p.m. Reservations are not necessary to attend but would be helpful so there will be enough printed materials to hand out. Let us know you would like to attend the seminar by calling 319-624-2251. Pastor Scott Keele Kober, from the Solon United Methodist Church, will be leading the program. For a reservation for the program and an Old Gold Diner meal, call 319-624-2251 by 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4.

Friends of St. Bridget’s Christmas Party

Dec. 3

SOLON– The Annual Friends of St. Bridget’s Christmas party will be Sunday, Dec. 3, at the historic church locate at 2136 St. Bridget’s Rd. NE, in Solon. The doors open at noon for the 1 p.m. musical program with light refreshments and a visit from Santa to follow. All are welcome.

Gingerbread

Kaeden Hopp builds a frosting lane for she and her brother Zane’s gingerbread house.

December Old Gold Diner:

Jay and Helen Proffitt to sponsor Dec. 13 meal

November is past and it’s a downhill slide to December and Christmas. We were a little short on the fall colors, but there never seems to be a shortage of red and green in December for Christmas.

• Thanks to The Solon State Bank for sponsoring the November Meal and bringing well received messages about fraud and having things written down for your families. These are things we all should be thinking about now, and it never hurts to be reminded.

New season, new tempo

Solon gallops past Vinton-Shellsburg, 51-33

SOLON– The Lady Spartans took to the court to start a new season with a different appearance, a different pace, fast transitions and an exciting win over the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Solon High School.
The Lady Spartans’ season opener commenced the 2017-18 season for both Solon and the Vikettes and a new, faster-paced, transition-oriented, full-court game by the Lady Spartans resulted in an eight-point lead at the half and a 51-33 triumph over the Vikettes. The win moved the Spartan ladies to 1-0 for the season.

Soup and Hoops

Solon High School kicks off winter sports

SOLON– Blustery winds and dropping temperatures promise the arrival of winter to the Midwest.
In Solon, it means the kick off of the winter sports season and the annual Soup and Hoops event that kicks it off.
The Solon High School commons transformed into a bit of soup kitchen at a kick off to winter sports on Friday, Nov. 17.