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Archive - 2021

Date

February 24th

Lady Spartans victorious in epic semifinal

Solon knocks off Monticello, 50-48, in overtime

SOLON– In the Lady Spartans varsity basketball team’s best game thus far this season, Solon bested the Monticello Panthers, 50-48, in an overtime battle of the ages.
Solon started the game as they had many this season, with a strong first quarter, building to a 15-10 lead at the end of one with both the Levin sisters, MaKinley and Callie, scoring five points in the first quarter.

Three-peat

Hayden Taylor makes Solon history Marty places 6th at state wrestling

DES MOINES– Hayden Taylor willed himself to a third state title.
The Solon junior dominated the Class 2A field at 160 pounds and took his place at the top of the podium during the 2021 State Wrestling Championships in Des Moines Saturday, Feb. 20.
Taylor worked his way to the title match with a technical fall in the first round, a 9-2 decision in the quarterfinal and a major decision in the semifinal.
He squared off against second-ranked, undefeated Wyatt Appleseth of Panorama in the 160-pound final, earning a 7-2 victory.

February 18th

Two advance

Taylor, Marty punch ticket back to Des Moines Hayden seeking third title

SOLON– Hayden Taylor and Gage Marty are heading back to Wells Fargo Arena and the state individual wrestling tournament.
Taylor and Marty qualified for a trip to Des Moines with wins at the Class 2A District 7 tournament hosted by Solon Saturday, Feb. 13.
Taylor, seeking a third state title, won the 160-pound championship, while Marty, making a return appearance, placed second at 220.

Solon defeats Tipton Tigers in Class 3A Region 7 quarterfinal

SOLON– On the eve of the Daytona 500, the Lady Spartans varsity basketball team squared off against the Tipton Tigers in a Class 3A Region 7 quarterfinal on Saturday, Feb. 13, on the home hardwood.
Solon freshman Callie Levin buried the accelerator for the Lady Spartans in the first half with 16 of her game-high 25 points, including a 12-point run in the first quarter, to give Solon the lead and never look back until the checkered flag, 75-39.

Streak ends at Mt. Vernon

Solon rebounds against South Tama

SOUTH TAMA– The winning streak for the varsity boys’ basketball team ended at 16 in Mount Vernon Feb. 9.
The Mustangs took an early lead and held it, 60-47, to hand Solon only its second loss of the season.
But the Spartans bounced back for an easy win at South Tama Feb. 12 and head into the final week of the regular season with a 17-2 record.

Too big, too fast

Some Solon area residents want to slow proposed growth Trail Ridge discussed at special council session

SOLON– They want Solon to stay Solon.
Locals shared their fears a proposed 130-acre residential subdivision would grow the town too quickly during a special city council meeting Feb. 10 dedicated to Trail Ridge Estates.
Jeff Geistkemper summed up the concerns of several Solon-area speakers.
His property on Solon’s west side would be annexed along with the development.
“We knew the day was coming when we may become annexed,” he said during the virtual meeting. “I just think this is too aggressive.”

Firehouse project continues to seek funds

Donations help lower borrowing 486 calls for service in 2020

SOLON– Solon’s firefighters aren’t done fundraising yet.
The Solon Firefighter Association collected just shy of $1.2 million in the past two-and-a-half years for a new firehouse, noted department member Greg Morris, and the work will keep going until the project is complete.
“You’ve got to be proud of that number,” he said.
Morris had no illusions people were going to dump that kind of money in his lap when he took on a leadership role with raising the $4 million needed.
But, he added, “COVID has really hurt our ability to get in front of people.”

Trojan-Bolts earn MVC All Division Swimming honors

Brotherton, Skelley, Carter and Nichols receive First Team recognition

IOWA CITY– Seven Iowa City West High-Liberty High varsity boys swimmers picked up Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All Division honors in the Valley Division. Liberty High’s Kirk Brotherton, Boyd Skelley, Holden Carter and Luke Nichols earned First Team recognition in seven individual events. Skelley, Jordan Christensen, Carter, Brotherton, Nichols, Max Gerke and Nikolas Sung received First Team honors in the 200-yard medley, 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle relays.

Two Bolts advance to state wrestling

Vinny Lima and Caden Yoerger advance out of 3A-District 5 qualifying tourney North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– Liberty High advanced two wrestlers out of the Class 3A-District 5 state qualifying tournament at Iowa City West High on Saturday, Feb. 13. Vinny Lima and Caden Yoerger qualified for the 2021 state tournament with second-place finishes at 195 (Lima) and 220 pounds.

Lions chew on Bolts

Ono-Fullard leads nine Liberty players in 47-37 loss to Linn-Mar

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity girls picked up their third win of the season and a morale boost, Saturday, Feb. 6, on the road, winning a non-conference game against the Williamsburg Raiders. The win improved the Lightning’s record to 3-9 overall, dipping Williamsburg to 8-10.
The celebration was short-lived however, as the Linn-Mar Lions rolled into North Liberty on Tuesday, Feb. 9, for a Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Mississippi Division contest. The Lions came in at 6-6 in the division and 8-7 overall while the Bolts sat at 2-7 in the division.