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Solon Economist

Solon moves to 6-1 with 72-45 romp over Keokuk

SOLON– Senior Jake Coons controlled the tip-off in the non-conference varsity basketball matchup against winless Keokuk Dec. 20 in Solon.
It was a tap pass to junior Luke Ira, who broke for the basket and a quick layup for a 2-0 lead.
It was a good start.
And despite a brief first-quarter lead by the visiting Chiefs, the Spartans controlled the game, rolling to a 72-45 win.
Jake Coons set the tone early with 13 of his 21 points in the first half.

Solon Parks & Rec

Basketball referees needed for third-sixth grade boys’ basketball: Applicants need to be in high school or older and have prior experience in either playing or refereeing basketball. Games will be played on Saturdays in the Lakeview Elementary gym (Jan. 14, Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, and Feb. 11) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Referees will be paid $10 per game. If you have questions, call or text Mike Reeve at 319-594-1978 or email mike-reeve@solon-iowa.com.

He knows if you’ve been bad or good

Theodore Bradbury (center) considers his answer carefully before answering a question from Santa Claus, who was visiting Bridge Community Bank in Solon Dec. 8. Also enjoying Santa’s company is Theodore’s brother Matthew. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Solon Robotics can drive Jan. 7

SOLON– Solon Robotics is collecting cans and bottles on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. Please drop off donations behind the middle school, where the buses park, between 9 a.m. and noon. Students on the teams will be going around town collecting cans and bottles that have 5-cent deposits.
If you need your donation picked up before Jan. 7, please contact coach Bill Mattaliano at 319-541-6855 or email Bill.mattaliano@gmail.com.

Free Christmas day meal at Our Lord’s Church

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will serve a free Christmas meal Sunday, Dec. 25. Everyone is welcome to attend. Reservations are not required but would be helpful. The meal will be served at noon at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. Rides and deliveries are also available. Call Duane or Anna at 319-841-2243, a local call from Solon, with questions or for reservations.

Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament Dec. 31

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will sponsor the Jerry Linderbaum Memorial Alumni Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 31. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with proceeds from the event going towards the Jerry Linderbaum Scholarship Fund and Solon Basketball Program.

Concept plan for former auditorium approved

Developers reduce number of apartments, add office space

SOLON– A plan to renovate the former St. Mary Catholic Church auditorium into a mix of commercial and residential uses has been approved by the Solon City Council.
Council members voted 4-0 in favor of a revised concept plan for Solon Lofts and Commons at a special meeting Dec. 14, but included a requirement that developers work with the city’s engineer and building inspector to follow the appropriate building codes for varied commercial uses.

Optimist Club of Solon sponsors essay contest for students

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2017.
The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays based on this year’s theme and determine winners who will receive a medallion and a $300 college scholarship. The winning essays will be sent to the district level where college scholarships are available for top winners.

Solon High School announces alumni weight room hours

SOLON– The Solon High School weight room will be open for use by alumni.
At no time throughout the school day should any former student be in the high school lifting. The weight room will be available for use from 5-6:30 p.m. during the week until Dec. 22. While school is not in session, the weight room will be available from 12-1:30 p.m. When school resumes on Jan. 3 it will be open again from 5-6:30 p.m.

Solon takes first at North Linn

Spartans suffer narrow loss to fourth-ranked Western Dubuque

TROY MILLS– It takes a team to come out on top.
That’s exactly what the Solon varsity wrestlers proved last weekend at the North Linn Varsity Lynx Invitational. All the Spartans showed up to wrestle Saturday, Dec. 17, in Troy Mills, taking first place ahead of Williamsburg.
“Anytime you can get all 14 wrestlers to place and score points as a team, that’s a great thing,” said Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “That’s how you’re going to win tournaments like that– getting contributions from all 14, not just the champions.”

Boys win 4th in a row

Spartans prevail in overtime

SOLON– It took overtime for the varsity boys to claim their fourth consecutive basketball win.
The Spartans pulled out a 63-61 overtime victory against Beckman Catholic Dec. 16 in Solon.
The win, along with one earlier in the week at Anamosa, moved Solon to 5-1 overall and undefeated in WaMaC Conference action.
The Spartans and Blazers were tied, 52-52, at the end of regulation, but Solon outscored Beckman 11-9 in the extra period to pull out the victory.

Lady Spartans drop two close games to WaMaC foes

SOLON­– Eight points was the difference in two conference basketball games for the Solon varsity girls last week.
The Lady Spartans dropped a pair of close games: at home against Anamosa Dec. 13, and on the road at Beckman Catholic Dec. 16.
Anamosa overcame 24 points by Solon senior Josie Durr with 35 total free throws to pull out a 52-47 win in Solon.
The Lady Spartans played evenly with the Raiders throughout the game. The two teams were tied 9-9 at the end of the first quarter and Solon trailed by two points, 24-22, at the half.