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Solon Economist

Regina sends Spartans home

Solon suffers 3-0 loss in first round of state soccer tournament

DES MOINES– The Solon varsity boys soccer team saw its season end in the first round of the state tournament in Des Moines June 1 at the hands of eventual Class 1A champion Iowa City Regina.
The Regals took down the Spartans, 3-0, in a quarterfinal match on Field 7 of the Cownie Soccer Complex.
Solon ended the season with a 16-6 record, which included winning nine of their last 11 matches heading into the state soccer tournament and five straight shutouts.

Spartans sweep CP-U, West Delaware

SOLON– Solon’s varsity baseball squad has rattled off five straight wins to move to 8-4 on the season.
The Spartans took two from Center Point-Urbana June 1 on the road and returned home to do the same to West Delaware June 5.
West Delaware came into the doubleheader sporting only two losses, but Solon’s starting pitching limited the Hawks to only eight hits across both games. Meanwhile, the offense was cranking out 20 runs on 21 hits.

Off to a good start

Solon reloads for 8-2 mark early in season

SOLON– We’ve heard it before.
“It will be difficult to replace the three seniors we lost from last year’s team,” Solon head softball coach Jim White said. “Defensively, Nichole Oberthien was a serious difference-maker for us, and Syd (Lawson) and Monika (Bevans) were two of the best offensive players in the state of Iowa.”
The Lady Spartans ended last season deep into the state tournament, denied a chance at the 3A title, they still rebounded to defeat No. 11 Boy-Hull/Rock Valley, 6-3, in the third-place game. Solon, ranked No. 3, finished the year 34-10.

Mount Vernon’s 8th Annual Chocolate Stroll Saturday, June 3

MOUNT VERNON– The Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) announced the 8th Annual Mount Vernon Chocolate Stroll will take place Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The music and chocolate event invites guests to stroll down Mount Vernon’s historic First Street where participating businesses and chocolate vendors will offer chocolate and chocolate products for sample and/or sale.

Solon Citywide Clean Up Day Saturday, June 10

SOLON– The Solon Citywide Clean Up Day is Saturday, June 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Collection will be handled at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
Acceptable items include: furniture, grills (propane tanks removed), bikes, lawn chairs, and other hard to get rid of items. Empty paint cans– dried without lids– will also be accepted. Tires for $5 and large tires are $10 each. Televisions and other electronics will be accepted for a $20 fee. Appliances will be collected for $20 each and lawn mowers and other gas engines for $15 each.

Solon dedicates Freedom Rock at Memorial Day service

Denny Gruber explains the images depicted on the Johnson County Freedom Rock to those gathered at a Memorial Day service Monday, May 29, at the Solon American Legion Veterans Memorial. Gruber and Linda Linderbaum, members of the Solon Area Community Foundation, were the featured speakers for the formal dedication of the Freedom Rock. The Solon Area Community Foundation sponsored the Freedom Rock utilizing a boulder donated by the Leo Shima and Kevin Shima families.

Senior Advocates bus trip to Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge June 22

SOLON– The Senior Advocates are scheduling a charter bus trip Thursday, June 22, to the Neil Smith Wildlife Refuge, in Prairie City, 20 miles east of Des Moines. The bus leaves the Solon Recreation and Nature Area at 9:30 a.m., lunch will be at Giorgio’s, in Colfax, with arrival at the Refuge around 1 p.m.

Seven honorees added to Veterans Trail

Solon Economist
CORALVILLE LAKE– For the 28th year, veterans from across Johnson County were honored with having their names placed along the Veterans Trail near the East Overlook to the Coralville Dam. Retired Major General Robert Sentman presided over the 45-minute ceremony on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.

Regina rematch

Solon boys return to Des Moines for opening round of state soccer tournament June 1

SOLON– The Spartans haven’t given up a goal since May 2 at Maquoketa.
And that’s earned them a ticket to the James W. Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines for the state soccer tournament.
Solon defeated Holy Trinity Catholic 3-0 in a Class 1A regional quarterfinal May 24 and held on for a 1-0 win over Columbus Community in the Substate 5 final May 27 in Solon.

Girls movin’ on

Solon defeats Northeast Goose Lake, 10-0

SOLON– The Lady Spartans aren’t done yet.
Despite losing the final three matches of the regular season, Solon’s varsity girls regrouped for the beginning of postseason play and handed Northeast Goose Lake a goose egg.
Solon shutout Northeast 10-0 in the quarterfinal round of the Class 1A Region 6 playoffs Tuesday, May 30, in Solon.
Senior Erin Capper’s header found the back of the net with 14 minutes remaining in the second period to seal the win for the Lady Spartans in a game abbreviated by the mercy rule.

Solon defeats Regina, splits with Muscatine and Indee

Juniors look to keep building momentum

SOLON– It’s hard to say whether the magic can be repeated.
But at least Solon baseball coach Keith McSweeney now has time to focus on baseball when he’s not teaching.
McSweeney’s varsity baseball team rode a winning streak into the state baseball tournament last year, shelling first-seeded Dubuque Wahlert 12-2 in the quarterfinals before falling 7-5 in the 3A semifinals to eventual champion No. 2 Harlan.
The Spartans have started the 2017 season with a 3-2 record, including a 5-4 win over Iowa City Regina May 25.

June news from the Old Gold Diner

May was a busy month. The month had five Wednesdays and there was something going on each one. Birthdays, kids, entertainment and, not one, but two sponsored meals. Also, St. Mary’s lifts and Mary Hunt provided May Day baskets for the seniors. We enjoyed Lyle Beaver and look forward to his coming again to entertain.

• Thank you to South Slope for sponsoring a meal in May. Dan Swick was back and brought the new CEO Chuck Deisbeck. We learned lots and many seniors had lots of great questions. We are proud to have brought them back to town.