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Solon Economist

On the climb

Registrations increase for 3rd annual Lake MacBride Fat Tire Classic Feb. 15

SOLON– The Lake MacBride Fat Tire Classic was not designed to be like other bicycle races.
Winding in and around Lake Macbride State Park, the course has climbed 2,300 feet of elevation over 20 miles, something designer Nate Kullbom said is “nearly impossible to do in Iowa.”
Kullbom, store manager for Sugar Bottom Bikes in North Liberty, said some riders felt the route was too difficult.
The third annual Lake MacBride Fat Tire Classic on Saturday, Feb. 15, will feature only 1,700 feet of climbing in the 25-mile race, he said.
“That’s still a lot.”

New finance officer settles in

One job leads to another for Roman Meyers

SOLON– There was a silver lining when Roman Meyers missed out on the Solon Parks and Recreation Director job.
Meyers, 27, and his wife Megan had moved to Solon after she accepted a fourth-grade teaching position at Solon Intermediate School, and he was at Solon City Hall to vote in a school board election when he noticed a job posting for the city’s recreation director.
With a degree in kinesiology and a lifelong love of sports, Meyers decided to apply and went through the interview process.

Solon boys roll past South Tama, 70-36

Spartans add road loss at West Delaware

TAMA– Solon kept South Tama winless.
Solon’s varsity boys notched their fifth basketball win of the season Feb. 4 in Tama, never looking back after an early lead for a 70-36 victory over the Trojans.
The Spartans were without leading scorer David Bluder, who suffered a sprained ankle in a Jan. 31 game against Beckman Catholic.
Stepping up to the plate was the entire team.

Levin scores 22, Holubar pulls down 21 rebounds in 76-45 victory

Holubar ties school record in win over West Delaware

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team posted its best offensive performance to date and its second 70-point game in a week by defeating the West Delaware Hawks, 76-45, on Friday, Feb. 7, after a four-point squeaker a little less than a month ago.
Every Lady Spartan put points on the board for the team. It was the highest point total for the team since Head Coach Jamie Smith took the helm.
Sophomore Elly Holubar also turned in a memorable performance against the Hawks, pulling down 12 offensive and nine defensive rebounds, tying a school record at 21 total.

IHSAA announces changes for 2020 football

CCA gets new district foes, Solon drops, Liberty moves up

BOONE– The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) announced significant changes to prep football, starting this year. The association announced the changes Thursday, Feb. 6, after months of study and discussion by its Board of Control.

Spartans sectional champs

Wrestlers qualify for regional duals, district meet

FAIRFIELD– With six first-place finishes and two runners-up, Solon’s varsity wrestlers ran away with the title at a sectional meet Feb. 8 in Fairfield.
“Once the postseason starts you can throw out the records as everyone starts the day with an equal shot of advancing,” noted Solon Head Coach Blake Williams. “I thought our team did well considering we have been battling some illnesses throughout the week.”

Time to read

SMS 40-book challenge a real page-turner

SOLON– Middle school students are reading more and more.
And it’s making a difference in reaching benchmarks set by the district.
At the heart of it all is Solon Middle School’s 40-Book Challenge, an optional but highly encouraged competition over the course of the school year.
Every student is asked to read 40 novels from a wide variety of genres, and are given dedicated school time to accomplish the task.
“There’s something quite amazing going here,” said Julie Smith, middle school instructional coach.

Mulford and Burden compete in Iowa Girls State Wrestling Tournament

WAVERLY– Cheyenne Mulford and Addison Burden competed in the 2020 Iowa Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Iowa Girls State Wrestling Tournament on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24 and 25.
Mulford made it to the second day of competition and finished her tournament with three wins and two losses. Burden finished her tournament with a 2-2 record.
“These two girls made history as the first two girls to compete in the state tournament,” said Solon Head Wrestling Coach Blake Williams

Solon Robotics teams advance

SOLON– Two Solon Robotics First Tech Challenge teams have advanced to a postseason Super Qualifier on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Regina in Iowa City. Team 367, Jedi Pugs, and team 15055, 501st Legion, qualified at the league tournament in Ottumwa late last month.
The Jedi Pugs were captains of the tournament champions alliance while the 501st Legion were on the second-place finalist alliance of teams. Jedi Pugs also received the Control Award for excellence in the autonomous programming portion of the competition.

DNR closes roads at Hawkeye Wildlife Area

OXFORD– Roads on the south side of the Hawkeye Wildlife Area have been closed to vehicle traffic for the remainder of this winter and into early spring to minimize rutting and other damage caused when thawing and melting occurs.
“Road repairs are very expensive and eliminating driving during these periods helps reduce time and material to reestablish good driving conditions,” said Steve Woodruff, wildlife biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. “Roadways will be reopened when roads are in favorable conditions.”

E & J Electric pays $126,420 in overtime back wages

U.S. Department of Labor investigation finds violations

SOLON– After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD), E & J Electric Inc.– based in Solon, and operating as both E & J Electric Inc. and E & J Geothermal Inc.– paid $126,420 in back wages to 25 current and former employees for violating the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Wrestlers 4th at WaMaC

Taylor, Gnida take titles, Marty 2nd

MANCHESTER– It was a solid showing.
Solon’s varsity wrestlers came in fourth at the 14-team WaMaC Conference Tournament in Manchester Feb. 1.
Hayden Taylor (145 pounds) and Zeb Gnida (152) brought home first-place finishes, with Gage Marty (195) taking runner-up.