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Jeff Hess

Solon deflects Comets, 4-2

Even Mother Nature cannot deter the Lady Spartans

SOLON– Mother Nature cast a sideways glance at Solon on Monday, April 2, but it did not deter the Lady Spartans from starting the season with a win, closing out against West Liberty, on the windswept tundra of Spartan Stadium, 4-2.

Boys build momentum at CCA Invitational

Field events strong as ever

TIFFIN– It may have only been the second meet for the Solon boys track and field team this season, due to Mother Nature’s recent bipolar conflict, but the results following the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Boys Invitational held in Tiffin on Thursday, April 5, proved two things; the future looks bright for Solon track competitors and the field events are solid as ever.
Sophomore A.J. Coons placed fourth with a leap if 5-8 in the high jump.

Lady Spartan soccer

drawing on experience

SOLON– In his 14th year as the Lady Spartans’ Soccer Coach, John Tucker passes his head through the tether for his whistle, knowing he is not rebuilding this season.
“Not really rebuilding… We have a strong program. We are just looking for the players to step up,” he said.
It is a strong program if last season is any reflection. With an 11-8 team record during the 2016-17 season, Solon scored 95 goals on 305 shots; recorded 42 assists; and only gave up 43 goals, a 2.39 average per game, boasting 157 total saves, a save percentage of 78.5 percent.

Solon boys track season opener

Linderbaum champion, Rocky Lensing third in shot put

GRINNELL– The Solon boys track team opened its season competing at the WaMaC Conference Indoor Meet held at Grinnell College on Saturday, March 17. Senior Tyler Linderbaum and junior Rocky Lensing continued the Spartans’ dominance in field events, spearheading the Spartans’ success, capturing first and third respectively in the shot put.
“The throwers were definitely the highlight of Saturday’s meet,” Head Coach Mark Sovers, a 22-year coaching veteran at Solon schools, commented.

Ability Physical Therapy opens

Meeting the needs of a growing community

SOLON– As the Solon community continues to grow, athletic programs continue to find success, bicycle and hiking trails are constructed, and the care center seeks to expand, businesses seek to take up residence in Spartan country to meet the expanding needs. Ability Physical Therapy is one of the businesses arriving to accommodate those developing demands.

3 All-WaMaC Lady Spartans

Brianna Smith, Gabby Marty and Abby Smith named

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans were well represented when the 2017-18 area girls’ conference basketball honor teams were announced. During a season where the Lady Spartans regular season record was 6-15 and they suffered a first round postseason loss to the Monticello Panthers, three Lady Spartans were recognized for their performance on the hardwood.

Solon falls prey to Panthers, 73-46

MONTICELLO– The Solon Lady Spartans bid adieu to the 2017-18 Basketball season on Saturday, Feb. 10, following a first-round loss to the Monticello Panthers, 73-46, after ending their regular season on the road Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Mount Vernon, with a loss to the Mustangs, 44-19.

Girls win senior sendoff

Lady Spartans break losing streak, 49-40, over West Delaware

SOLON– The Lady Spartans sent off their seniors with a win, to accompany the special recognition prior to the game, on Senior Night Tuesday, Jan. 30, defeating the West Delaware Hawks, 49-40, on the home hardwood.
The Friday, Feb. 2, game was closely contested and one of Solon’s best games for valuing the ball all season, but the Lady Spartans fell short in a loss to Maquoketa on the road, 56-46.

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.

Solon girls drop two, now 5-11

Girls hit a skid on the courts

EPWORTH– The week started Tuesday, Jan. 16, with a loss at home, 32-21, to the Central DeWitt Sabers and continued to tumble Friday, Jan. 19, in Epworth with a loss to the Western Dubuque Bobcats, 63-38.
The slow, low-scoring affair on Jan. 16 was the result of four very close periods, however the Lady Spartans were unable to summit a quarter.

Lady Spartans drop two at home

Solon girls lose in final moments against Maquoketa Cardinals

SOLON– The Lady Spartans stumbled the week of Jan. 8-12, dropping a close game on Tuesday, Jan. 9, against the Maquoketa Cardinals, 52-49, in the final minutes and falling short the second half, 41-28, facing Highway 1 rivals the Mount Vernon Mustangs on Friday, Jan. 12.

Lady Spartans rebound on the road,

Solon girls hold off West Delaware 49-40

MANCHESTER– Juniors Erin Kerkhoff, Gabby Marty, Taylor Ryan and Abby Smith, along with senior Brianna Smith started, in Manchester, as the Lady Spartans took the court, clad in their charcoal colored travel uniforms, against West Delaware. The Lady Spartans made Christmas special this year, snatching a win from the West Delaware Hawks, 49-40, before the Christmas break on Tuesday, Dec. 19.