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December 17th

Bolt No.1 calls it a career

ICCSDs Scott Kibby takes early retirement

IOWA CITY Retirement: For many its a time of reflection on a lengthy career, and anticipation looking forward to a well-earned rest.
For Scott Kibby, taking early retirement from the Iowa City Community School District at the end of the month, its a bittersweet thing as he reflects happily on the many students and staff hes worked with, but the impact of the COVID-19 on education had a souring effect.

December 9th

1-point thriller to start the season

Co-coaches Bevans and Hadenfeldt chart course day by day Solon wrestling defeats Williamsburg, 34-33

SOLON– Solon’s varsity wrestlers took a one-point thriller against Williamsburg to open the season.
And then took a drubbing from powerhouse Lisbon.
“We knew coming in this would be a young team, a lot of new faces,” explained head co-coach T.J. Bevans. “We lost 500 varsity wins last year in three guys. That’s a lot.”
2020’s 2A state champion Jax Flynn (170 pounds), as well as Zeb Gnida (152) and Seamus Poynton (182) graduated after helping the Spartans to a fourth-place finish in Des Moines.

Solon girls foiled by Sabers, 57-41

Lady Spartans fall before Sabers, 57-41

SOLON– The Lady Spartans (1-0) were unable to repeat their season opening win from a week earlier on Tuesday, Dec. 1, as they were foiled by the Class 4A fifth-ranked Central DeWitt Sabers, 57-41.
The Lady Spartans showed the same early game spark in the first quarter, taking an early lead on free throws from Callie Levin, a deuce from Elly Holubar and a steal for a layup, before a MaKinley “Mak” Levin three-pointer and a Holubar three, courtesy of a Kaia Holtkamp assist, pushed Solon out to a 11-0 lead with 4:11 remaining.

Clippers swamp Lady Spartans, 63-44

Lady Spartans flounder against Clippers, 63-44

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper varsity girls’ basketball team opened its season, following a delay due to online learning courtesy of the pandemic, at CCA High School and soaked the visiting Lady Spartans, 63-44, on Friday, Dec. 4.
There was no rust evident in the Clippers’ performance as they capitalized on their height mismatch which Solon attempted to combat by defending the lane, allowing the Boats to paddle their way to a 15-2 lead over Solon at the end of the first quarter, dropping four shots from beyond the arc.

A way to say thank you for what they’ve done for us

Swisher Men’s Club honors veterans

SWISHER– Jose N. Harris is quoted as writing, “A veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. Regardless of personal or political views, there are way too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact…”
The Swisher Men’s Club decided to not only remember that fact, but also make a visual statement of gratitude.
On Friday, Nov. 6. members of the club installed 50 banners in Swisher honoring Swisher area veterans in honor of Veterans Day (Wednesday, Nov. 11).

Holiday Decorating Contest winners announced

SOLON– The Holiday Decorated Trees and Wreaths were judged and the winners for each category are, as follows: Trees-Seasonal Category, “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” donated by Ellison Insurance; Book/Movie/Game Category, “Baby Shark” donated by Lisa Kaefring; Creative/Artistic Category, “Stress Free Tree” donated by Ward’s Counseling Services; -Nature Category, “Dino-mite” donated by James Martinek; and Sports Category, “Go Fish!” donated by Sandra Phillips.

Some parents uncooperative

Solon district nurses busy with contact tracing Board expresses 100 percent support for protocols

SOLON– If kids are going to stay in school, strict contact tracing must take place, Superintendent Davis Eidahl said.
“That’s just the way it’s got to be,” he noted.
But not everyone has been happy to receive a phone call from school nurses Kris Elijah and Amy Link.
“When working through a case, parents can take their frustrations out on us,” Elijah said via email.
The two Solon Community School District (SCSD) nurses were on hand for a Nov. 19 meeting of the board of education to share their experiences responding to increased COVID-19 positive cases and quarantines.

Creek Boys open mat season with loss to Pirates

Alburnett upends CCA 51-27, Clipper girls debut in exhibition matches

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School wrestlers finally hit the mat to open the 2020-2021 season Saturday, Dec. 5, as they hosted the Pirates of Alburnett in a non-conference meet. Originally, the Clippers were set to sail north to Independence for a tournament, which was cancelled.
Unfortunately for the “Boats,” the Pirates capsized them 51-27.
Sophomore Caden Baxter put points on the board for CCA with a 12-10 decision over Noah Mackey in the 145-pound match, while freshman Jack Stevens pinned the Pirates’ Reed Callahan in 45 seconds in the 113-pound match.

Creek Girls open the season with win over rival Lady Spartans

Clubb leads CCA with 14 points in 63-44 win over Solon

TIFFIN– The opening tip-off of the 2020-2021 season finally arrived for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity girls’ basketball team as they hosted their WaMaC East rivals, the Solon Lady Spartans, Friday, Dec. 4.
Solon (No. 14 in Class 3A) entered the contest with a 1-1 record after having knocked off Center Point-Urbana in their opener on Nov. 24, and falling to Central DeWitt on Dec. 1. The Clippers (No. 14 in Class 4A) however, were kept off the court until after Thanksgiving due to the CCA school district having moved to all online learning due to COVID-19.

Creek Boys fall in opener with Spartans

Navara leads CCA with 16 points in 66-56 loss to Solon

SOLON– The wait was finally over for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity boys basketball players as they were finally able to hit the hardwood in competition Friday, Dec. 4, in Solon against their WaMaC East rivals, the Spartans. CCA’s season had been put on hold due to the school district briefly returning to all-virtual learning while the Spartans opened on Nov. 30 with a 61-56 loss to Central DeWitt.