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Lady Spartans thrill in 57-50 win over Maquoketa

SOLON– After the road loss in Cedar Rapids to Xavier the night before, the Lady Spartans were looking for a little redemption and found it, barely.
Solon’s varsity girls’ basketball team delivered a thriller as Gov. Reynolds loosened COVID restrictions and the Spartan Nation was allowed to return to the stands, albeit limited, battling the Maquoketa Cardinals to a 57-50 victory, at home, on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Callie Levin poured in 15 points in the first half, welcoming the Solon faithful in grand fashion.

Solon Community Pantry appeals for emergency fund

SOLON– The Solon Community Pantry is reaching out to the community for support of the Emergency Assistance Fund helping families with rent and utility shortfalls.

Solon settles for 6th at Ed Hadenfeldt

Taylor first, Ebert second at home tournament Spartans fall to South Tama, 45-29

SOLON– Neighboring powerhouse Lisbon grappled its way past North Scott for the team title at the Ed Hadenfeldt Wrestling Invitational Saturday, Jan. 16.
The host Spartans battled to sixth, with Hayden Taylor taking the championship at 160 pounds. Caleb Ebert captured second at 152, and David Karam (145) and Gage Marty (220) placed third.
Solon finished with 137 team points, battling with Cedar Rapids Prairie (177.5), Pella (160.5) and West Liberty (156.5) for the top spots behind No. 2 (1A) Lisbon with 288.5, and eighth-ranked (3A) North Scott with 259.5.

Lady Spartans halt Mustangs, 53-37

MOUNT VERNON– The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team moved to 10-3 on the season after dispensing with the Mount Vernon Mustangs, 53-37, to remain atop the WaMaC East with a 10-1 conference record, on Friday, Jan. 15.
Solon surged to a 10-4 lead over the Mustangs in the first quarter and held a 27-21 lead at the half, before building to an insurmountable 42-24 third-quarter lead. The Lady Spartans finished with all players seeing time on the court, closing the game at the horn, 53-37.

Every shave a close one

Spartans keep winning tight games Comeback against Maquoketa, OT thriller against Mt. Vernon

SOLON– Every night’s an exciting night when Solon plays this season.
The varsity Spartan basketball team extended its winning streak to 10 with two more closely contested home games last week.
Solon came back Jan. 12 from a hefty early deficit to top Maquoketa 57-50, then outlasted Mount Vernon in overtime Friday, Jan. 15, in a 74-70 scoring fest.
Against the Mustangs at home, the Spartans found their stroke at the charity stripe.

Congressman Dave Loebsack’s term ends

Dave Loebsack’s 14 years came to a close in the U.S. House of Representatives. Loebsack, a longtime professor at Cornell College, in Mount Vernon, chose to relocate to the Mount Vernon community now his term is finished. (contributed photo)

By Nathan Countryman
nathan.countryman@wcinet.com

MOUNT VERNON– After 14 years in the United States Congress, Dave Loebsack retired after this term, returning to the place his political career began.

Timber Ridge not quite there

City officials raise density concerns

SOLON– Everyone loved the Trail Ridge Estates plan.
But some loved it less than others.
Solon City Council and Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission members split over support of the proposed subdivision during a virtual joint session Thursday, Jan. 14.
No official vote was taken, but an informal poll taken by Mayor Steve Stange indicated three of five council members supported a new concept plan with four of the six commission members opposed.
Those in opposition cited concerns for overall density and the ratio of multifamily units to single family dwellings.

Solon Speaks

8th graders create new positive podcast

SOLON– And now for some good news.
2020 was a year with a lot of negative reports, but a group of Solon eighth graders are looking to put the accent on the positive in 2021.
The Solon Middle School students, part of Kerri Coons’ talented and gifted classroom, created a new podcast, Solon Speaks.
Four of the podcast’s staff– Bri Henning, Makayla Keller, Lucy Miller and Piper Artley– introduced the new project at a school board meeting Dec. 17, 2020, and later to members of the Solon City Council during a Jan. 6 session.

Creek Girls almost get burned by the Blazers

Morgan Etscheidt’s 17 points help keep CCA ahead of Beckman Catholic for 64-52 win

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls returned to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU)’s weekly rankings Thursday, Jan. 14, after their 59-56 overtime win against Vinton-Shellsburg on Tuesday, Jan. 12, and improved their lot in life with a hard-fought 64-52 win over Beckman Catholic of Dyersville at home on Friday, Jan. 15.

Trojan-Bolts washout the Warriors on Senior Night

Carter, Gerke, Brotherton, Luo and Skelley win for IC West and Liberty High

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High and Liberty High swim team celebrated four senior Trojan-Bolts with another dual meet win at home, this time against fellow Mississippi Valley Conference team Cedar Rapids Washington, on Thursday, Jan. 14. The varsity squad put up a 118 to 58 win over the Warriors and honored Luke Nichols, Nathan Deyak, Noah Kleese and Evan Sharafuddin.