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Soup and Hoops

Solon High School kicks off winter sports
The high school commons was a flux of diners, silent auction participants and Solon winter sports fans as Soup and Hoops took over the gym and commons for the annual winter sports kickoff at Solon High School on Friday, Nov. 17. (photo by Jeff Hess)

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.
There were three tables in the commons bearing 68 silent auction items provided by the community for patrons to bid on as they filed through the line. The Silent Auction included items and services from the following donors: Quality Care, Ridgeway Dental, Solon Dental, Refined Design by Kendra Holtkamp, Norway by Nicki Bullard, Cathy DeValk, MaKayla Lindemann, La’James, Solon Subway, The Vance Family, Fleck Sales, Kim Nikkel, Solon Activity Department, E’s Floral, Rubber Ducky Car Wash, Tim Wheeler, Adam Haluska, Erenberger Farms, Olivia Erenberger Photography, Alicia’s Sirus Styling, Maddie B’s, The Ira Family, Beloved Bonds Massage by Kimberly Hendricks, Geoff White, Brown Deer Golf Course, Sean McCarty, Thrivent Lutheran Financial by Garrett Locke, Jodi Smith Family, Senior Solutions by Angela Helms, The Pugh Family, McGrath Auto, Sherwin Williams, The Pipolo Family, Heartland Express, The Capper Family, Old Man’s Winery, Naomi’s Kitchen, Vintage Revisted by Gwen Melsha and Linda McCoy, Wilson’s Sports, The Shive Family, AirFX, A Mark of Excellence, The Sprague Family, Real Deals on Home Décor, Steve Sherman, The Kabela Family and North Dodge Hy-Vee.
The program had a brisk pace as the wrestlers held an open practice at 3:30 p.m., followed by a parent meeting that took place just as the soup service began. The junior varsity (JV) girls’ basketball team took the first shift serving soup until the dance team was introduced and performed.
The varsity girls’ basketball team took over the soup service duties as the freshman and sophomore boys’ basketball team was introduced and scrimmaged.
The varsity boys served as the JV girls’ basketball team was introduced and scrimmaged.
As the JV and varsity wrestlers were introduced, culminating in Coach Williams calling upon senior captain Zach Wegmann to provide an impromptu speech, the sophomore boys basketball team took up serving duties.
The varsity girls’ basketball team warmed up and was introduced followed by a team scrimmage as the first of the auction tables closed for the evening.
The varsity boys took to the court for warm-ups and introduction before running drills as the freshman boys’ basketball team completed serving and cleaned up.
A 3-point contest was the culmination of the evening’s events as the final silent auction table closed.
The entire evening brought in almost $5,500 in support of the winter athletics programs, almost $1,300 in admissions and the silent auction garnered over $4,000. The program collection and the auction information were provided courtesy of Dannisha Pugh.
It was an evening carried out by a team, greater than any one program, that introduced the successes of the programs, offering the promise of upcoming seasons and a little soup for the soul, so to speak.