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Solon Economist

Solon battling tough against ranked teams

Spartans split with No. 1 Beckman, sweep No. 7 Benton Community

SOLON– With a split against No.1 in Class 2A Dyersville Beckman last week, Solon’s varsity baseball team has won 11 of its last 12 games
The Spartans hosted Beckman last Monday, July 1, dropping the first game 7-3 and taking the nightcap 5-2.
Solon closed out June with a road trip sweep of Williamsburg (4-0, 12-7), then hosted conference rival Beckman and closed out the four-game home stand by taking two games against No. 7 (3A) Benton Community Friday, July 5.

Solon’s Dinosaur Man

SOLON– He is a father of four and the father of a U.S. patented invention. A veteran Navy officer, he has flown in Dr. Tom Dooley’s helicopter and was on the last American ship to leave Vietnam after evacuating refugees from north to south as the Korean conflict wound down. He has schooled many on the mastery of industrial arts, from high school and college students to convicted prisoners. The product of his woodworking artistry can be seen in everything from funeral homes and library buildings to iconic rural barns and decorous churches.

Fourth of July fireworks over Lake Macbride

SOLON– Celebrate Fourth of July fireworks over Lake Macbride at dark.
The Fourth of July boat parade will start at the Lake Macbride causeway at 4 p.m. Please come and decorate your boat. Rain date is Saturday, July 6.
Donations toward the fireworks are welcome and can be sent to: Mark Ramsey, 1598 Spartan Cir. NE, Solon, IA 52333.

Solon Booster’s bash golf outing on Aug. 17

SOLON– The Solon Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring the 13th annual Booster Bash Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Lake Macbride Golf Course. The event is open to anyone interested in supporting the student athletes of the Solon Community School District. Don Ellis, 12-year event organizer, has turned the reigns over to a new committee whose primary goal continues to be raising funds to support Solon athletics. This year’s fundraising proceeds will be used to purchase a new set of weight racks for the weight room.

School board hopes to have direction on SBG

SOLON– A Standards Based Grading sub-committee, led by Matt Townsley, Dick Schwab and Lianne Westcot, presented its findings and research to the Solon school board Wednesday night in the district’s central office conference room last Wednesday, June 26.
The meeting was a work session, which was open to the public, but public input was restricted– the session was intended for the board and administration to formulate ideas for a later decision point surrounding Standards Based Grading (SBG).

Solon Public Library

Summer movies made from great books

Solon girls basketball camp July 15-18

SOLON– There will be a basketball camp this summer for girls going into fourth through eighth grades next year. The camp will be held July 15 through 18 in the Solon High School gymnasium. The seventh and eighth grade camp will be held from 9 until 11 a.m., and the fourth, fifth and sixth grade camp will be held from 1:30 until 3 p.m.
The camp cost is $50 which includes a T-shirt. Current Lady Spartan coaches and players will be instructing the girls in basketball fundamentals.
Please contact coach Tony Nicol at tnicol@solon.k12.ia.us if you are interested and need a registration form.

Dance team raised $376.40 in June can drive

SOLON– The dance team held a can drive on Saturday, June 22. It was a huge success. The team raised $376.40 to help pay for a camp and future competitions. Thank you to the Solon community and businesses that supported this event. If you still have empty bottles and cans you wish to donate, please contact Marjorie Lane at 319-624-3401, ext. 1116.

Spartans survive slugfest with CCA

SOLON– The Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) watched a 10-0 lead over the rival Solon Spartans evaporate into thin air Thursday, June 27, as the home team rallied back to win the nightcap 23-13 in six innings. Solon also took the first game of the evening 7-3 in a varsity doubleheader.

Chalk up four more

Lady Spartans dominate Keokuk, North Polk during home tourney

SOLON– The Lady Spartans swept the field as they hosted their own tournament over the weekend.
Solon’s softball team reeled off four more victories, including two close match-ups against formerly ranked teams, and two lopsided wins, leaving the Lady Spartans with a 31-2 record heading into the final games of the season.
The road to the state tournament begins with a first-round bye for the Lady Spartans, who will begin the postseason at home Saturday, July 13. Solon will also host the substate final Tuesday, July 16.

Fourth of July fireworks over Lake Macbride

SOLON– Celebrate Fourth of July fireworks over Lake Macbride at dark.
The Fourth of July boat parade will start at the Lake Macbride causeway at 4 p.m. Please come and decorate your boat. Rain date is Saturday, July 6.
Donations toward the fireworks are welcome and can be sent to: Mark Ramsey, 1598 Spartan Cir. NE, Solon, IA 52333.

Solon girls basketball camp July 15-18

SOLON– There will be a basketball camp this summer for girls going into fourth through eighth grades next year. The camp will be held July 15 through 18 in the Solon High School gymnasium. The seventh and eighth grade camp will be held from 9 until 11 a.m., and the fourth, fifth and sixth grade camp will be held from 1:30 until 3 p.m.
The camp cost is $50 which includes a T-shirt. Current Lady Spartan coaches and players will be instructing the girls in basketball fundamentals.
Please contact coach Tony Nicol at tnicol@solon.k12.ia.us if you are interested and need a registration form.