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June 8th, 2016

Nearad NJCAA Division II Player of the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– Taylor Nearad of Solon, a freshman at Kirkwood Community College, was honored by the NJCAA Division II Softball Committee Tuesday, receiving the title of 2016 Dudley® NJCAA Division II Softball Player of the Year.
Saturating the national leaderboard with her numbers, Nearad cemented her name at or near the top of every offensive statistical category this season. The freshman’s 145 hits, 129 RBI, 30 home runs and 114 runs scored all led the nation. Nearad’s .602 batting average was the third-highest in the country, while her .622 on-base percentage ranked fourth.

Homers power Solon in home Classic

Heick, Bevans go yard in wins over Wilton and City High

SOLON– The Solon softball program graduated three key seniors from the team that won the 2015 Class 3A championship.
Taylor Nearad, a freshman at Kirkwood Community College, was just named Division II Player of the Year by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Ali Herdliska, at South Dakota State, was named Freshman of the Year for the Summit League.
Pitcher Emily Ira was second in the Summit League in strikeouts while playing for Western Illinois and was named to the Second Team of the All-Summit League.

Lady Spartans fall to Assumption

DAVENPORT– The soccer season came to a close for Solon’s Lady Spartans Monday night.
No. 1-ranked Davenport Assumption shut out Solon in a Class 1A regional final June 6 in Davenport, 5-0.
Assumption players recorded 25 shots on goal for the evening while keeping the Solon offense limited to a single attempt at Assumption’s goalie
Assumption came into the regional final sporting a 13-2-1 record, with the losses coming at the hands of North Scott and Pleasant Valley.

Beef Days seeks parade route security

SOLON– The Beef Days Committee has rotating groups responsible for different activities during the annual event. The committee is looking for a group or a combination of individuals who would be interested in working as “parade security.” Nine or 10 people are needed to work from 9:15-11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 16, the pay is $10 an hour. The job is basically standing at intersections and making certain vehicles don’t drive through the parade route during this time.

Solon High School basketball All-Star event Sunday, June 12

SOLON– Former college, semi-pro and pro basketball players will converge on the Solon High School gymnasium Sunday, June 12, at 7 p.m. for an All-Star scrimmage to benefit the boys’ basketball team.
Solon varsity head coach Jason Pershing hopes the event will raise funds for his program while providing entertainment for the community.
“The All-Star game brings high-level athletes that our community used to watch on TV into our gymnasium,” Pershing said.

Fire in his blood

After 24 years, Ely’s Zbanek trades chief’s helmet for firefighter’s

ELY– As a kid growing up in Ely, Randy Zbanek was a constant presence at the fire station.
“I was born and raised around it. My dad was on forever (and chief for two years); two brother-in-laws were on at a time. That was the thing to do, was to hang out at the fire station, and that’s what we did as kids… and the bug bit. I’ve been on ever since.”

Macbride Raptor Project becomes Iowa Raptor Project

SOLON– The Macbride Raptor Project, a program devoted to the preservation of Iowa’s birds of prey and their natural habitats, has changed its name to the Iowa Raptor Project effective June 1. The name change reflects the organization’s shift in focus from rehabilitating individual raptors to field research focusing on habitat needs and identifying risks to preserve raptor populations.

Ely Firefighter’s Breakfast July 4

ELY– The Annual Ely Volunteer Fire Department Firefighter’s Breakfast is Monday, July 4. Proceeds from this yearly event support the department’s operational expenses. Tickets can be purchased from any Ely firefighter or local merchants. Adult tickets are $6 in advance, $6.50 at the door, $3 for children 12 and under, and children 5 and under eat free. All-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, milk, coffee and water will be served. Serving, rain or shine, from 6:30 a.m. to noon at the Ely Fire Department, 1300 Main St. in Ely.

Optimist Bike Rodeo Saturday, June 18

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Summer Bike Rodeo on Saturday, June 18, on the play area behind the Solon Middle School. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the contest will begin at 9 a.m. Kids in five age brackets (4-5, 6-7, 8-9 and 10-11 and training wheels) will compete in five contests focusing on balance, steering and paper toss. There will be a boy and girl division for each age bracket. Each age bracket will have first, second and third place trophies and two overall championship trophies. Come practice your bicycle skill and be sure to wear your helmet.

Solon City Clean Up Day June 11

SOLON– Each year in June, the City of Solon traditionally holds a City Clean Up Day the Saturday following the City-Wide Garage Sale weekend. The same theme will continue again this year. Johnson County Refuse will have several garbage trucks at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) from 7:30-9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 11. This is an opportunity for residents within the Solon city limits (for those who pay City of Solon garbage/recycle rates) to throw away some of those hard-to-get-rid-of items at no cost. There is a fee for appliances and tires. No household garbage is allowed.