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Solon Economist

Lady Spartans, White are all-conference

Heick, Rogers, Hanrahan and Ryan named First Team

SOLON– Eight Lady Spartans and head coach Jim White were honored as the WaMaC Conference released its 2017 All-Conference Softball rosters Wednesday, July 12.
White was named WaMaC Conference East Division Coach of the Year.
Four Lady Spartans earned First Team Honors in the East Division, with two more on the Second Team and two receiving Honorable Mention.
Senior catcher Jess Heick, junior infielder Madison Rogers, senior outfielder Bryn Hanrahan and sophomore outfielder Taylor Ryan were named to the First Team.

Spartans roll Mustangs in substate opener

Solon Economist
SOLON– Conventional wisdom among sports writers, fans and coaches postulates that it is all but impossible to beat a team three times in one season. The Solon Spartans varsity baseball team proved it is possible with a 6-1 win over the Mount Vernon Mustangs Friday, July 14, at home in a Class 3A Substate 4 District 8 semifinal.
Solon went up on the scoreboard early with a run in the top of the second inning for a 1-0 lead. The Spartans added a run in the fourth when Luke Ira was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and a runner trotted home for a 2-0 score.

Ira homer, Zach Wegmann single provide Solon power

SOLON– “It’s a long game,” Solon head coach Keith McSweeney reminded his players in the dugout.
It was two innings into a Class 3A District 8 baseball final and the Spartans were already down 4-0 to Central DeWitt. The Sabers had knocked around Solon starter Luke Ira and Central DeWitt sophomore Garrett Finley had not allowed a base runner through three innings.

Wymers purchase ice suits for Solon fire department

Firefighers to keep memory of Tanner Wymer near their hearts

SOLON– On the outside of the new ice rescue suits, right in front of the heart, is the logo with Tanner Wymer’s initials and the hashtag #wymerstrong.
Six of the suits were purchased for the Solon Tri-Township Emergency Response Agency by the Wymer family with the proceeds from the second annual poker run held in Tanner’s honor, April 22.
There were 78 motorcycles counted during the run, the same number Tanner wore as a member of the Solon High School football team.

Solon Lofts and Commons moves ahead

City to discuss rental plan with developers

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist

SOLON– The Solon City Council has given the official OK for a plan to renovate the former St. Mary auditorium into a mix of residential and commercial uses.
The site plan for Solon Lofts and Commons was approved on a 3-0 vote at a June 21 city council meeting. (Council members absent?)
But there are still some details to work out.

City considering secondary roads shed

City to seek appraisal on Johnson County maintenance building

Solon Economist
SOLON– The Solon City Council will mull over an offer to purchase Johnson County’s maintenance building off Highway 1 on Sutliff Road.
The city will seek an appraisal for property owned by Johnson County Secondary Roads just north of town and may consider purchasing the site for use by the Solon Public Works Department.
The potential purchase was discussed at a June 21 city council meeting.

Ely News by Lenna See

Roy and Jennie Rambo of Vinton entertained with a graduation party for their son, Dalton, on Sunday, June 11, at the park in Vinton. Dalton recently graduated from Vinton-Shellsburg High School and is employed by Frazier’s Nursery in Vinton. Following the graduation party David and Tina Kearns, of Shellsburg, entertained with a party in honor of their daughter, Eliza, for her fourth birthday. Family and friends attended. Dalton and Eliza are the grandchildren of Shirley Worley.

Solon tames Mustangs

Solon 1-2 at loaded Ottumwa tournament

MT. VERNON– It was stiff competition for the Solon varsity softball team.
The Lady Spartans, No. 6 in the final Class 3A rankings released July 3 by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, played three of their last four regular-season games against top-15 opponents in three different classes.
After splitting at home with Western Dubuque June 26, Solon traveled up Highway 1 to match up with the No. 8 (3A) Mount Vernon Mustangs June 28 and came away with a convincing 8-1 win.

Spartans drop twinbill to Marion

Solon racks up 14 hits in win over Benton

SOLON– It was feast or famine for Solon’s varsity baseball team.
The Spartans knocked 14 hits in an 11-1 win over Benton Community June 28, but managed only four hits total in a pair of 4-0 losses to Marion June 30.
Solon freshman Cam Miller moved to 5-0 on the season with his win against Benton Community. Miller struck out four and walked two while allowing a single earned run on six hits over four-and-two-thirds innings.
The Bobcats’ lone run came in the first inning, but the Spartans knotted it up in the bottom half, and took the lead in the second with three runs.

Spartan Trapshooters aim

Nicole Breese captures first place overall in Ladies division

CEDAR FALLS– Solon Spartan Trapshooting competed in statewide shoots for the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) championships in Cedar Falls June 7-11.
Solon’s Nicole Breese captured first place in the American Trap High All-Around (Singles, Doubles, Handicap) Ladies division and the team qualified for the national 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Action Shooting Program National Championships tournament July 8-15 in Marengo, Ohio.

3-story building approved behind Casey’s

Commercial/residential site plan approved for Windflower Lane

SOLON– Only mild concerns were raised as city council members gave their stamp of approval for a new three-story mixed use building on the south end of town.
A site plan for 500 Windflower Ln., located directly east of the newer Casey’s General Store and diagonal to Solon Learning Academy, was approved unanimously at a June 7 meeting.
The building will feature around 7,500 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, with two levels of apartments above.

Save the Legion Field

Solon Black and Orange Baseball to undertake improvements

New lights first for 50-year-old baseball field

SOLON– The Solon Black and Orange Baseball Club would like to light the night and keep the Legion Baseball Field in use for generations to come.
The club has an extensive plan for renovating the 50-year-old field, and is ready to embark on fundraising for an ambitious, multi-phase improvement project.
The Legion Baseball Field, immediately west of the Solon Public Library, occupies most of the Legion Park– also home to the Solon Veterans Memorial and the Johnson County Freedom Rock.