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February 26th, 2020

Season finale

Liberty High’s show choirs put on an afternoon extravaganza

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High School’s show and jazz choirs brought down the curtain on a successful 2019-2020 season with a Spring Showcase concert featuring vocal groups Spark, Amplify, Voltage, Impact and Storm Saturday, Feb. 22, at Liberty High. Interspersed among the groups were three teasers for the upcoming spring musical “Shrek” as Agustin Colon-Sanchez (Donkey), Posey Stoeffler (Fiona) and Scott Dill (Shrek) performed solos from the show. North Central Junior High’s New Connections show choir also performed a set.

2020 Top three Dan Gable Mr. and Ms. Wrestlers of the Year announced

Solon’s Hayden Taylor among finalists for Top three Dan Gable Mr. and Ms. Wrestlers of the Year

BOONE– Fareway and BodyArmor present the Dan Gable Mr. and Ms. Wrestlers of the Year Awards, in coordination with IAwrestle and the Iowa High School Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association (IWCOA). Three finalists from each of the three state wrestling classes, regardless of their year in school and weight class, were selected by fan and IWCOA committee votes. In addition, three women finalists were selected for the Ms. Wrestler Award. All winners will be announced at War at West Gym, on March 14, in Cedar Falls.

Lady Spartans’ Holtkamp and Holubar recognized for season performances

Two Lady Spartans receive postseason recognition

SOLON– Following the Lady Spartans basketball team’s exit from the postseason, with a final season record of 9-13, following a 64-55 loss, at home, against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes on Saturday, Feb. 15, some tears were shed after the young team showed great improvement in only its second season under Head Coach Jamie Smith.

Two champs!

First-ever twin titles for Solon

DES MOINES– It was the first time in school history Solon had two state champs in the same year.
It was also the first time Solon had a two-time winner.
Hayden Taylor and Jax Flynn ascended to the top of the podium at the Iowa Individual Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines, capturing titles at 145 and 170 pounds, and propelling Solon’s wrestling team to a fourth place finish in Class 2A.
For Taylor, it was the second consecutive title; Flynn became the seventh state champ in school history.
Both had to overcome big challenges on their way.

7th Annual Brett Smith Memorial 5K Run/ walk, April 18

Proceeds to benefit Solon Firehouse project

“My community is why I will always be a Spartan. Since I was little I always knew there was something special about it, and always knew that’s where I would want to grow up and live out my life. I’m blessed to have the support I do and I love you all for it. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to live in Solon and wouldn’t change it for the world.”– Brett Smith (Facebook entry: Dec. 23, 2011)

By Sandy Willey
Special to the Economist

Stronger Together

Booster Club and school board to get control of fundraisers

SOLON– There are too many fundraisers.
So, the Solon Community School District (SCSD) Board of Education has endorsed a proposal from the Solon Booster Club to bring all athletic fundraisers under one roof.
At a board meeting Feb. 20, Booster Club Treasurer Adam Stahle unveiled “Stronger Together,” a project aimed to strengthen the club’s sagging membership and address the district’s concern over the number of groups seeking funds on behalf of school programs.

A ton of fish, a ton of fun

Legion Friday night fish fries return Feb. 28 Raffle proceeds to help bring traveling Vietnam memorial

SOLON– This year, there will be plenty of fish.
In 2019, the Solon American Legion attracted the biggest crowds ever for its traditional Friday night fish fries.
Typically, over the course of seven Fridays heading into Easter, the Legion would draw an average of 230 people each evening.
“And last year we averaged over 350 per night,” explained Legion member Denny Hansen.
Last year, organizers decided to offer shrimp each week and moved the serving line out of the kitchen, he noted, and it made a big difference.
But they encountered an immediate problem– they hadn’t ordered enough food.

February 19th

Women of Troy bowl over the Wildcats

Kylie Rohm leads Iowa City West varsity girls past Durant

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High varsity girls bowling team picked up their second win of the season Monday, Feb. 10, at home, against the Durant Wildcats. West High won, 2,096 to 1,072, with Kylie Rohm triumphant with 318, Jade Ritchey filled the runner-up spot with 314, and Liberty High’s Lauren Strauser bowled a 263.
The varsity boys fell, 2,716 to 2,559, with Liberty High’s Robert Jones leading the Trojans with 387, while Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Stirlen Roberson knocked down 369.

Undefeated Little Hawks soar over the Lightning

City High girls pound Liberty High, 63-22

IOWA CITY– The No.1-ranked Iowa City High Little Hawks remained undefeated Monday, Feb. 10, after pounding Liberty High, 63-22, in varsity girls basketball at City High. The Little Hawks defeated the Lighting, 87-31, back in December at Liberty High, and the rematch, set for Jan. 17, was postponed due to weather.

Trojan Bolts win State Swimming Championship

Liberty’s Hajek takes fifth in the 100-yard butterfly

IOWA CITY — The Iowa City West High-Liberty High boys swim team claimed the 2020 State Championship Saturday, Feb. 15 by topping the field at the University of Iowa’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The Trojan-Bolts racked up 262.5 team points to sink the competition. Ankeny was the runner-up team with 236 while Waukee was third with 231.