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Archive - 2020

October 23rd

Spartans host Oelwein Friday for 2nd round football playoff

Run-heavy Huskies to challenge Solon defense

SOLON– The Spartans’ Friday, Oct. 23, foe was determined Friday, Oct. 16, as the Oelwein Huskies smacked the South Tama Trojans, 42-28, advancing to compete against Solon following the Spartan’s first-round bye.
Oelwein, 3-5 following the victory, got a late start trailing in the first, 14-0, but came back scoring 14 in each of the three remaining quarters to wrest the victory from South Tama.

Solon 2-2 at WaMaC tournament

Spartans push No. 13 Indee to brink

MOUNT VERNON– Solon’s varsity volleyball team gave Independence a run for its money.
Facing the No. 13 (3A) Mustangs in the quarterfinals of the WaMaC Conference Tournament in Mount Vernon Oct. 15, the Spartans grabbed a thrilling 26-24 win in the first game, but couldn’t push past to the semifinals.
Independence rebounded to take the second game 25-22, and knocked Solon out of the tourney with a 15-8 third-set victory. The following semifinal pitted Mustang against Mustang, and Independence ran into the buzzsaw that is third-ranked (3A) Mount Vernon, the eventual conference champ.

Spartans are WaMaC champs

Boys and girls show depth at conference meet in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– Another big meet? Another near sweep for Solon’s cross country program, and an individual championship for senior Kiersten Conway, at the Thursday, Oct. 15, WaMaC meet in Williamsburg.

Bolts take runner-up spots in 2020 MVC divisional XC

Liberty High’s Ashlyn Keeney second, Christian Montover seventh

CEDAR FALLS– Liberty High’s cross country athletes competed in the 2020 Mississippi Valley Conference, Mississippi Division, Cross Country Meet Thursday, Oct. 15, in Cedar Falls.
The varsity Lightning girls were second in team points with 72 behind champion Linn-Mar (42). Ashlyn Keeney was second behind conference champion Micah Poellet from Linn-Mar. Poellet won in 18:19.60 with Keeney crossing the line in 19:04.50. Camille Mac was fourth for the Lightning in 19:23.10.

Indians capsize the Clippers

CCA’s season ends with 18-14 loss to Marion in football playoffs

TIFFIN– The 2020 varsity football season came to a sad end for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Friday, Oct. 16, at home in a Class 3A first round playoff game against the Marion Indians.
The Clippers were capsized 18-14 after building a 14-0 lead in the first half, and watching it evaporate in the second.

$5.4 million to South Slope for broadband expansion

USDA ReConnect Program brings fiber optic network to Oxford and surrounding areas

OXFORD– A combination of a loan and a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) makes it possible for South Slope Cooperative Communications to expand the fiber optic network and bring broadband service to Oxford and the surrounding area.

Free Thanksgiving Dinner At South Slope Community Center

NORTH LIBERTY– For the tenth year in a row, a free Thanksgiving Dinner is available to residents of North Liberty, thanks to local community members and several businesses.
On Thanksgiving Day from noon to 4 p.m., a full Thanksgiving meal will be available for residents of North Liberty at the South Slope Community Center, in North Liberty.

Vacancies filled

Supervisors appoint three to Planning & Zoning Commission

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) is back up to full strength with the appointment of three new members to fill vacancies on the five-member commission.
The Board of Supervisors appointed Dan Fuhrmeister (3303 Lynden Heights Rd. NE, Iowa City), Erin Hazen (2181 St. Bridget’s, Solon), and David Roggy (2892 Meadowlark Lane NE, Iowa City) to fill the empty seats during their formal meeting on Thursday, Oct. 15.

Halloween events change in response to COVID-19 concerns

JOHNSON COUNTY– As fears of the COVID-19 virus continue, with mitigation efforts ongoing to minimize the spread, add Halloween events to the ever-growing list of activities impacted.
In North Liberty, the annual Trunk or Treat was cancelled, however the North Liberty Community Library compiled online submissions of costume photos, which will be up on the library’s Facebook page the morning of Friday, Oct. 30. The recreation department’s Haunted Happenings also was shelved this year, but a tradition which started last year will continue.

October 15th

Spartans score home conference win over Maquoketa, 3-0

Girls earn first win in three tries against CPU

SOLON– It was nip and tuck, but Solon’s varsity volleyball team took care of a pesky Maquoketa squad 3-0 at home Oct. 6.
The Spartans edged by the Cardinals, 25-22, 25-23, 27-25.
“We played good enough to win,” noted Solon Head Coach Jeff Walker. “The girls knew that and brought it up afterward, so they are seeing the level of their play and that they need to raise it.”