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Solon Economist

Give us a kiss

Lakeview Elementary Principal Jodi Rickels smooched a pig at an assembly Friday, May 2, after losing a bet with Lakeview students who went “hog wild” about reading. Students were challenged to complete a variety of reading activities, log their participation and turn their documentation to force Rickels to kiss a pig. After an announcement that Mrs. Rickels had hidden some reading reports in her office, the final tally favored the student body, and Rickels was obliged to pucker up. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Solon Advocates select Brannaman and Bark as Seniors of the Year

SOLON– The Solon Senior Advocates’ recipients of the 2014 Senior of the Year award are Rita Brannaman and Fred Bark. Both Rita and Fred have given their time, energy and resources to the betterment of the community and are well deserving of this yearly award.
Senior of the Year was first awarded in 2006 to Jack Neuzil. In the following years, recipients included Wayne Croy, Milt Hunt, Pat Ikan, Marie Kroul, Elaine Reynolds and Bev Noska, Anna McAtee and Jean and Bob Stinocher.

All-star/alumni game June 8 to raise funds for basketball program

SOLON– The Solon high school boys’ basketball program with hold an all-star/alumni game fundraising event on June 8 at 7 p.m. at the Solon High School gymnasium. Requested donation is $5. All proceeds will go toward the boys’ basketball program.

DNR to hold Solon water quality monitoring workshop June 7

IOWA CITY– IOWATER, Iowa’s statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program, will host an introductory IOWATER Workshop on June 7 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Solon United Methodist Church. During the one-day workshop classroom instruction will be combined with hands-on training as participants learn how to monitor and assess the quality of their local streams, rivers and lakes.
IOWATER emphasizes a perspective based on the watershed, or the area of land that drains into a body of water, and what citizens can do to protect and improve local water bodies.

Banner year for Solon Middle School show choirs

SOLON– Congratulations to the Solon Middle School show choirs on a successful competition season.

Lady Spartans fall to No. 1 Assumption, beat Mustangs

MOUNT VERNON– Friday’s 5-2 win against the Mount Vernon Mustangs boosted Solon’s Lady Spartans to a 6-1 varsity soccer record.
Once again the girls proved that hard work and great coaching are the key to a winning season. Seniors Anna Seydel and Brianna Pike and freshman Josie Durr scored a goal each with junior Emma Moss bringing home two goals.
Seydel and Durr each had an assist, as did Jade Flansburg, while Ali Herdliska had two.

4x400 decides CCA’s Pacha Relays in Lady Spartan’s favor

Girls track team looks ahead to conference and regional meets

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
TIFFIN– In a week which saw one rainout, one meet title, and one meet decided after publication deadline, Solon’s girls head into the home stretch of the 2014 track season with combinations in mind.
Which individual entries should rack up points at conference, regional and… hopefully… state? Or should they team up for stronger relay performances? The track and field chess match is in play, with Solon going to the WaMaC meet Thursday in Vinton and the regional meet next week at Marion.

Boys fall to No.2 Regina but tame Mustangs-blank Maquoketa, 4-0

SOLON– What better way to rebound from a weekend loss to No. 2 Iowa City Regina than with a win?
Solon’s varsity soccer team moved to 8-6 on the season with a breezy 4-0 victory over Maquoketa Monday, May 6.
The Spartans fell to second-ranked 1A Regina Saturday morning, 3-0, but it was the first loss for the boys since a defeat at the hands of No. 1-ranked Dyersville Beckman. Solon has won five of its last six, including a 1-0 win over Mount Vernon at Spartan Stadium Friday.

Spartans take title at CCA relays: Ferguson sets shot put record

VINTON– The Solon boys track team ran twice this past week, looking to prepare for the WaMaC conference meet to be held this Thursday at Benton Community High School in Van Horne.
The team ran to a second-place finish Monday as they competed on a cold and rainy evening in Vinton.
1. Vinton Shellsburg 200
2. Solon 140
3. Janesville 69
4. Waterloo Columbus 63
5. North Linn 57

Ferguson sets school record in discus

Bevans hired as Solon’s head wrestling coach

SOLON– The Solon Community School District is pleased to announce the hiring of T.J. Bevans as head wrestling coach (pending school board approval).
Bevans served as the assistant varsity wrestling coach at Solon for the last seven seasons, including one season as interim co-head coach in the 2008-2009 season.

Solon basketball camps offered in June and July

SOLON– Camp Director and head boys basketball coach Jason S. Pershing will be offering three different camp opportunities for the Solon community as well as surrounding communities. The basketball camps will foster a fundamental approach, with a lot of skill development. Each camp will have a guest camp instructor that has competed athletically at the collegiate level as well as professional level. Each camp will be capped at 42 participants, to ensure maximum interaction, individualized attention and instruction.

Twin win at Drake

Shelby Gunnells and Dalton Ferguson are the best in the state at shot put.