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Linderbaum leads wrestlers at Highland

Quinn takes second place at 182

RIVERSIDE– Sophomore heavyweight Logan Linderbaum took first place, leading the Solon Spartans to a sixth place team finish this past weekend in the Gary Curtis Invitational at Highland High School.
Linderbaum’s 4-2 victory in the finals avenged a loss by fall against his opponent from West Liberty earlier in the season. Junior 182-pounder Matt Quinn joined Linderbaum in the finals, wrestling to a second place finish.
Other place winners included:
Third: Dan Whitmore at 195 pounds; Brian Haight at 132 pounds; Louis Gnida at 113 pounds.

Christmas wishes

Hunter Jones, 7, told Santa she wants a parrot and a trampoline for Christmas. She was visiting jolly old St. Nick at Bridge Community Bank in Solon.

Clipper boys fall to Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers fell to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the WaMaC Tuesday night after the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings came to town, sacking and looting for an 83-57 win.
A Tony Pederson 3-pointer gave CCA a 10-9 lead in the first period, the only Clipper lead of the night. The Vikings took the quarter 17-10 and never looked back as the Clippers struggled to maintain possession of the ball.
A salvo of 3-pointers by Mitch Stopko, Konrad Moore and Kam Kahler in the second period helped the Clipper cause, but the home team still lagged behind 38-21 at the half.

Warriors edge out Women of Troy

IOWA CITY– Maybe if they’d just had a few more minutes to play.
Time was not on the Women of Troy’s side Friday night as both the sophomore and varsity squads came up short despite fourth-quarter rallies. The sophomores trailed most of the game, put up a fierce fight in the fourth, and fell, 39-34. Jessie Harder led the sophs with an 18-point effort.

Historic Dillon’s Furrow marked in Solon

SOLON– History was marked in Solon on Sunday, Nov. 25, when a plaque was set next to Highway 1 on Main Street. The marker recognizes a point in time along the line that 173 years ago was known as the new military road from Iowa City to Dubuque.
It was built for $20,000 and, after surveying, was plowed by Lyman Dillon, of Cascade. Dillon, 39 years old and born in Utica, N.Y., was single and the owner of a saw mill.

Vets give perspective at Solon’s Veterans Day Program

SOLON– Veterans Day, sometimes known as Remembrance Day, is a time for honoring all those who have worn the uniform of the United States Military.
Following the presentation of the colors by the Solon American Legion Post 460, and the playing of the national anthem by the eighth grade band, five ex-service members spoke at the annual Veterans Day Program held at the middle school.

Spartans roar out of gate

SOLON– You can’t ask for a much better start if you’re Solon head boys’ basketball coach Brad Randall.
The Spartans have made short work of two WaMaC West opponents.
Short as in the Solon team has run up double-digit leads in the first quarter against both Waterloo Columbus and Benton Community, and forced continuous clocks in both games.
Randall couldn’t remember the last time that happened.
“The down side is we haven’t played a complete game yet,” he said.
Tests against Maquoketa, which defeated Solon twice last year, and an improved Anamosa squad will be coming this week.

Good start for Clipper girls

TIFFIN– Following a solid 52-34 win over West Delaware Tuesday night at home, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) coach Matt Haas was more introspective than celebratory.
“We’ve done some good things these first two games, obviously there’s some things we need to capitalize on and work on,” Haas said. The win moved the Clippers to a 2-0 start to the season, an improvement over the squad’s 1-1 record at this time last season.

ThinkFirst! safety talk aims to reduce devastating injuries

NORTH LIBERTY– It only takes an instant to change a life, possibly forever.
Each year, approximately 600 Iowans are paralyzed from a spinal cord injury and another 5,000 will suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to information provided by ThinkFirst Iowa, an injury prevention program based out of the Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines.

Lady Spartans hammer their way into state tournament

SOLON– When that last point fell against them, tears streamed down the faces of the Lady Spartans’ volleyball team.
They hugged, then they wiped their eyes and stood with the runner-up trophy in the center of the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.
Solon, ranked No. 6 in Class 4A, had taken on the top three seeds in the tournament and had almost run the table, just running out of points to play against the No. 1 team, Charles City, in the 4A final Saturday in Cedar Rapids.