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February 4th

CCA ends regular wrestling season with losses

Spartans and Sabers spoil Creek Boys’ Senior Night

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School honored its wrestling program seniors Monday, Jan. 22, as part of a quadrangular meet with Solon, Center Point-Urbana (CPU) and Central Clinton, DeWitt.
Jake Neuzil and Tanner Cochran were recognized along with managers Molli Emerson and Madison McCarty. Unfortunately, the Solon Spartans and Central DeWitt Sabers spoiled the celebration with both squads defeating the Clippers.

Freezin’ for a Reason

Polar Plunge raises bucks for NLPD’s K-9

NORTH LIBERTY– Falco, the North Liberty Police Department’s (NLPD) first K-9, has made a bit of a splash since arriving recently. So much so, 33 people were willing to literally make a splash in the frigid waters of the pond at Centennial Park, and donate $50 each toward his food, on-going training and medical care, to do so.
The event, formally known as the Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge, and informally as “Feed the Beast” was held Sunday, Jan. 28, with temperatures in the 20s and a steady breeze, which only added to the chill.

Council approves changes to speed limits

Speed limits updated on North Liberty Road and Dubuque Street

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council unanimously approved changes to speed limits on Dubuque Street and North Liberty Road, following recommendations from the Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County (MPOJC), at its Jan. 23, 2018, meeting. This change eliminates the 50 miles-per-hour limit on Dubuque Street and adds a 45 miles-per-hour zone north of Salm Drive to near city limits on North Liberty Road.

A home of their own

Liberty High Bolts to get athletic fields, sooner than later

NORTH LIBERTY– Once winter finally lets go of its grip upon Eastern Iowa and the ground begins to thaw, heavy equipment will begin the process of converting an empty field into an athletic complex at Liberty High School.

Lake Macbride to hold informational meeting

SOLON– Iowa State Parks have begun a new tradition of hosting annual informational meetings to update the public on park activities. Lake Macbride State Park will be hosting its annual meeting Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Solon Public Library meeting room. Topics will include visitation, trends in Iowa State Parks, recent projects and volunteer efforts/coordination.

Big Picture cultivates creativity

Channeling the inner artist

NORTH LIBERTY– It was 5 p.m. on a chilly Wednesday afternoon, and another class was in session. Peyton Gordon, Grant Nidey and Finn Fountain sat together at a paper-lined table as Becky Popelka led the students on a collage using watercolors, salt and decorated paper.
“This is a mixed media project,” she began, presenting the materials her beloved “kiddos” were about to employ.

965 Phase 3

Prepping for more Ranshaw Way expansion

NORTH LIBERTY– With the amount of growth North Liberty experienced in recent years, parts of Ranshaw Way have become a bottlenecked route for commuters. Fortunately for them, one of the busiest parts of the former Highway 965 will finally get the expansions it needs to match its rush hour traffic. The construction project known as 965 Phase 3 will span four blocks from Penn Street to Zeller Street. Shive-Hattery, of Iowa City, was selected to design the project, and the expansion will go out for bid in February.
City Administrator Ryan Heiar is eager for its fulfillment.

Solon girls move to 5-13

Losses to Anamosa at home and Dyersville on the road

DYERSVILLE– The week was not kind to the Lady Spartan varsity basketball team, which dropped two games the week before Senior Night, falling to 5-13 for the season.
On Tuesday, Jan. 23, Solon hosted a game against the Anamosa Blue Raiders who marched over them, 46-25, and then on Friday, Jan. 26, the Lady Spartans succumbed, on the road, in Dyersville, to the Beckman Catholic Blazers, 46-32.

Spartans hold off Blazers, 66-61

Solon racks up conference wins against Beckman, Anamosa

SOLON– The Spartans were able to avenge a road loss from earlier in the season, holding off the Dyersville Beckman Blazers, 66-61, at home Friday, Jan. 26.
Beckman handed Solon’s varsity boys a 70-60 loss in Dyersville Dec. 15.
The win, paired with a 59-57 nail-biter at Anamosa Jan. 23, moved the Spartans to 11-6 on the season with four games remaining.
Solon jumped out to a 27-12 first-quarter lead against Beckman, but the Blazers clawed their way back before halftime and only trailed by four heading into the fourth quarter.

Linderbaum, Hoyle win WAMAC titles

Solon 2nd at WaMaC

MAQUOKETA– With two champions and 11 total place winners, Solon’s varsity wrestlers took second at the WaMaC Conference wrestling tournament Saturday, Jan. 27, at Maquoketa.
Senior Tyler Linderbaum cruised to the title at 285 pounds, while junior Mike Hoyle dominated some quality opponents for the top spot at 182.
The Spartans had five wrestlers in the finals, with sophomores Zeb Gnida (120) and Jax Flynn (160) and senior Zach Wegmann (220) grabbing runner-ups.