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Spartans win big at Saber Invitational

take second at Solon duals

SOLON– The Solon Spartan varsity wrestlers settled for second place at the Solon Dual Tournament over the weekend.
Solon fell to Cedar Rapids Prairie, 56-12, in the championship match after defeating Dallas Center-Grimes, Interstate 35, Prairie City Monroe (PCM) and Muscatine earlier in the tournament, held Saturday, Jan. 3.
Cole Fritz (138 pounds), Kade Steuhm (145), Graeson Dall (152) and Logan Linderbaum (285) were undefeated through the five dual meets, and were the only Solon wrestlers to score points against Prairie in the championship round.

“I love this ground”

Local property owner fights City of North Liberty against eminent domain

CORALVILLE– Gary Weinman’s three children grew up on a pristine Johnson County acreage surrounded by farm fields. The family hiked and played in the timber among stands of mature trees where deer, foxes and wild turkeys still roamed unmolested. They waded barefoot in Muddy Creek for reprieve from the hot summer and skated across its frozen surface in winter. They worked to return five acres of row crops, through reseeding and restoration efforts, back into a rolling prairie landscape, ripe with native Iowa grasses and flowers as beautiful as they are ecologically important.

Love and joy come to you

Youth group members of the Solon United Methodist Church in grades five through 12 met under the gazebo at Solon City Park in downtown Solon on Wednesday, Dec. 17, for an old-fashioned night of Christmas caroling. The caroling event was capped off by an evening of crafts, cocoa and Christmas treats at the church’s fellowship hall. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Bionic Nerds

North Bend Bionic Nerds place at regional competition

NORTH LIBERTY– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) North Bend Elementary school is proud of its LEGO League team, Bionic Nerds of North Bend. The team competed against 32 other teams in Davenport all day on Sunday, Dec. 14, and ranked 13th in the competition. The team earned a Judges’ Choice Award for team members’ core values and assisting another team which would otherwise would have been unable to compete in the competition.

Take THAT, cancer

Five junior high boys help two friends fight life-threatening illness

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NORTH LIBERTY– Ever wanted to punch cancer in the nose, knock its teeth out or even give cancer a swift knee to the groin?
Five young men from North Central Junior High (NCJH) have made it possible, on their crowd fund website “KILL CANCER for Flash and Avery.”
The group of seventh and eighth graders– Carson Baldes, Sam Rechkemmer, Kaleb Williams, Drake Woody and Ben Vander Leest– together with mentor B.C. Tweedt of North Liberty created a web-based video to help two young friends fight cancer.

Warriors washed by West’s Women

West girls 8-0 with 67-21 win over CR Wash

IOWA CITY– Christmas came early for the West High Women of Troy as they gave themselves a present Friday, Dec. 19, by scrubbing the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors, 67-21, in Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) play.
The West High girls, ranked fourth in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, had little trouble with the 4-3 (now 4-4) and unranked Warriors. Washington, led by Anne Visser’s seven points, was held to only 11 points in the first half, and scored most of their points at the charity stripe.
West remained perfect with an 8-0 record.

Awkward family photos

Oliver Feltes is A-okay with the jolly old elf, but brother Solomon feels differently, it seems. The two young men were part of the crowd visiting Santa Claus at the Solon Public Library Dec. 8. See our print edition for more photos by Lori Lindner.

Maintaining the Spartan tradition

TJ Bevans steps up and starts a new chapter in Spartan wrestling history

SOLON– Tradition matters in Spartan athletics.
Travis “TJ” Bevans knows it first hand from his time on the wrestling mat in the uniform of a Solon Spartan, as well as from his eight years as an assistant coach for the wrestling program.
When Brooks McLaren stepped down earlier this year, Bevans knew it time to step up.
“I felt it was time to step up and give it a shot,” he said. Bevans graduated from Solon in 2002 and has been a part of the community since 1995. “I know the tradition, the history, my brother wrestled here, too.”

Noises Off!

Theatrical frivolity on the CCA stage

TIFFIN — In 1982, playwright Michael Frayn penned a satirical look at the world of theatre titled “Noises Off.” It won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play and the London Evening Standard’s Theatre Award for Best Comedy.

Clipper girls lose a close one in OT

Stormin’ Pointers 53, CCA 51

TIFFIN– Excitement turned to disappointment and a sense of what could’ve been Friday, Dec. 12, in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) gym as the Clipper girls faced the 12th-ranked Class 3A Stormin’ Pointers from Center Point-Urbana.
The Pointers won the varsity contest in overtime, 53-51, dropping the Creek Girls to 2-4.

Keystone Place at Forevergreen to open in 2016

Coming soon to NL: new options for senior living

NORTH LIBERTY– A high demand for senior living options in North Liberty will soon be met.
Developers and investors in the planned Keystone Place at Forevergreen gathered Nov. 21 at 1275 W. Forevergreen Rd., formerly the Colony Country RV Park, to break ground for the new senior living center.

Starting the season on a high note

CCA boys hand West Delaware 65-55 loss

TIFFIN– The 2014-15 Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys varsity basketball squad is a veteran team, and they showed their stripes in the season opener against West Delaware.
The Clippers won 65-55 Tuesday, Dec. 2, to start the season on a winning note after battling for nearly every point.
“There were so many peaks and valleys in that game,” coach Steve Ottoson said afterward.