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Solon Economist

Big plays in big win for Spartans

Solon clobbers CCA 42-7 for Homecoming victory

SOLON– It was a good start.
Brandon Kramer took the handoff and ran 76 yards on Solon’s second play of the game against Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Friday night.
Just like that, it was 7-0 Spartans and the tone was set for the rest of the game.
Solon added a sprinkling of breakout plays to solid performances by the offense and defense, a recipe for a 42-7 Homecoming victory over the Clippers.
“Our plan was to simply improve in every phase of the game,” said head coach Kevin Miller. “We did a much better job of executing on offense and defensively we were very sound.”

Smith brings the hammer against Beckman

SOLON– Jordan Smith obliged the Solon student section by bringing the hammer down against Dyersville Beckman last week.
The Lady Spartan varsity volleyball squad defeated Beckman 3-0 Tuesday night (Sept. 17), moving to 13-1 on the season and dropping to No. 2 in the Class 4A rankings released by the Iowa Girls High Athletic Union.
After a bit of a slow start, the Lady Spartans dominated Beckman in the second game and cruised to another sweep, their 12th of the year, 25-18, 25-13, 25-18.
But it was the standout play of junior Jordan Smith that really made the game memorable.

SOLON ROYALTY

It’s Homecoming Week at Solon High School, culminating with a football showdown with Clear Creek Amana Friday night and a dance Saturday night. The Homecoming Court includes queen candidates (front) Carissa Siddell, Anna Seydel, Emily Capper, Maegan Bruene, Emily Moore, Alexa Roeder and Rylee Smith; and king candidates (back) Tyler Shaffer, Shay Croy, Ethan Ahern, Dalton Ferguson, Connor Wiseman and Jordan Wymer. The king will be announced at the end of the Homecoming Parade and pep rally Wednesday night and the queen will be crowned at halftime of the varsity game Friday.

Road tripping through county projects

Supervisors, staff view progress of current road, bridge improvements

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County supervisors and county staff hit the road on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
The purpose of the trip was to tour road sites, receive updates on projects and view road conditions in various spots throughout the county, an effort undertaken annually, said County Engineer Greg Parker, who supervises the Johnson County Secondary Roads Department.

Solon Public Library

New puzzle table

Toward the west end of the library we now have a table set up with a jigsaw puzzle on a revolving puzzle frame. Stop in and work on it for a while and check on its progress. It takes a village to do a puzzle.

Note about fire engine display window

Lady Spartans fall to Linn-Mar

WILLIAMSBURG– The Lady Spartans are now the No. 1 team in Class 4A volleyball, the team everyone else will want to knock off.
And indeed, Solon encountered its first loss of the season over the weekend against un-ranked Linn-Mar as part of that team’s home tournament Saturday.
Linn-Mar dispatched Solon 21-18, 21-18 in the quarterfinals of the tournament. Solon defeated Waterloo East (21-13, 21-9), Muscatine (22-20, 21-17) and rolled over Marion (21-13, 21-9) over the course of the tournament.
Game statistics were not available as of press time.

Spartans bounce back for 45-13 win over Panthers

MOUNT PLEASANT– The Solon varsity football team returned to its winning ways Friday night.
The Spartans traveled south to Mount Pleasant for their first road game and came away with a convincing 45-13 win.
But Solon started slow and trailed for much of the first quarter before getting it into gear.
“We allowed them to march the ball down the field and score on their first series. In the process, they chewed up an entire six minutes,” said head coach Kevin Miller. “In the second quarter we settled in and executed on both sides of the ball.”

Cross country plays catch up after early heat delays

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

ATKINS– Temperatures in the 90s cancelled the season opener and pushed back another early meet before Solon’s cross country schedule returned to normal for the Benton Invitational, Sept. 14.
No blistering heat to worry about there; with morning temperatures in the 50s and plenty of fans wearing light jackets.

Jedlicka, Schwab and Brown elected to school board

Highest turnout in county

SOLON– Voters in the Solon Community School District sided with experience in the Tuesday, Sept. 10 school board elections.
Rick Jedlicka, Dick Schwab and Tim Brown were chosen to fill three seats on the board.
Schwab was the lone incumbent in the six-person field, while Brown had previously served as a school board member, Jedlicka spent over a decade as mayor of Solon. Board members Dave Asprey and Lianne Westcot did not seek re-election.

Auxiliary spaghetti supper Sept. 18

SOLON– The Solon American Legion Auxiliary will host an all-you-can-eat spaghetti supper on Wednesday, Sept. 18, serving from 4:30 until 7 p.m., at the legion hall.
The cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children, and children under five eat free. The all-you-can-eat meal includes spaghetti, homemade sauce, French bread, green toss salad, assorted dressings, homemade desserts, milk and lemonade. Proceeds are for merit awards for Solon 2014 graduating seniors.

Aw, shucks!

Solon schools lunchrooms to serve local farm food

SOLON– Corn means something more to us here in Iowa, and nothing shows it off better than events like the corn-shucking party at Solon High School Aug. 25.
The party, which ended when the work was done, was expected to take place from 2 until 5 p.m. Surprisingly, though, it finished an hour and a half after the fun started. The corn was served to students during the first week of school during lunch.
“It was great to see everybody working together,” Laurie Broghammer said as she cleaned up the last bits of corn from the cafeteria kitchen.

Drivers needed for RSVP transports

SOLON– Would you be willing to volunteer your services to provide door-to-door transportation in your vehicle to a doctor or dental appointment for an area senior? Solon seniors would be eligible for RSVP transportation if there are drivers that would be willing to volunteer to provide this service.