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Solon Economist

Last-second foul dooms Lady Spartans at Beckman

DYERSVILLE– It apparently wasn’t meant to be.
The basketball gods conspired against the Lady Spartans last week in their season finale, snatching away a winning season with a 53-52 loss against Beckman on the road at Dyersville.
“I have watched the end of the game probably 15 times and can just shake my head,” noted Solon head coach Tony Nicol.
Solon’s girls held a 1-point lead with 8.1 seconds on the clock after the two teams had battled neck and neck in the second half.

Three close, exciting wins for boys

SOLON– Three tough games.
Three points difference.
Three great wins.
The Solon boys took the best shots Beckman, West Branch and Williamsburg could give, and left the court standing each time last week.
The Spartans went to the wire in each game (and overtime against West Branch), winning by 3 points in each contest with eerily similar scores.
Solon defeated Beckman 48-45 in the last home game of the regular season last Tuesday (Feb. 5), then went on the road for back-to-back games at West Branch (50-47 OT) and Williamsburg (48-45).

Three to state meet

Lance Evans, Louis Gnida and Logan Linderbaum advance

SOLON– The Solon wrestling team advanced all three of its district qualifiers to the state tournament to be held later this week at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
The trio consisting of 113-pounder Louis Gnida, 195-pounder Lance Evans, and heavyweight Logan Linderbaum had a near-perfect day, combining to win five of the six matches they wrestled.
Gnida took first place in impressive fashion, winning by decision 8-1 in his first match, before pinning his opponent in the finals.

Local cats get scattin’

California vocal artist drops by for bebop vocal sessions

SOLON– Bringing the American tradition of jazz to the center stage of the Solon high school, Kerry Marsh sat in for a couple sessions with vocal groups at Solon High on Friday, Jan. 11.
Marsh was in Iowa for several dates, including at Waukee and Pleasant Valley (North Scott) high schools.
Talking music history and driving out cool sounds from his own voice box instrument, Marsh played piano and led the clinic with his own jazz improvisation, singing “scat” style (think Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway or Mel Torme).

Solon library closing for upgrade Feb. 8

New features, more interaction with new circulation software

SOLON– It’s time for an upgrade.
The Solon Public Library will be closed Friday, Feb. 8, to allow for training on a new software system that will streamline and update the library experience for patrons and staff.
The current circulation and management software programming is almost a decade old, more like a century in terms of recent technology advances, and its replacement will provide a host of options.
“We’ve got a lot to learn yet,” library director Kris Brown said Friday. “I think overall it will be easier and users can interact more with it.”

Holding down the fort

Six inches of snow for Solon

Lucas TePoel and Zach Harp took advantage of last Wednesday’s snow to dig a hideaway in a large pile of snow just off Main Street in Solon. An arctic air mass was followed by about six inches of snow last week, prompting the cancellation of area schools. (photo by Doug Lindner)