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Solon Economist

Lady Spartan JV bested by CCA

TIFFIN– With the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Spartan varsity girls moving their match-up to Cornell College and “Rivalry Saturday,” Friday night’s junior varsity (JV) game became the marquee contest. The home crowd wasn’t disappointed, as PJ Sweeney and company pulled off a 60-49 win powered by sophomore Lexi Kinnaird’s 22-point effort including one 3-pointer.

Linderbaum leads wrestlers at Highland

Quinn takes second place at 182

RIVERSIDE– Sophomore heavyweight Logan Linderbaum took first place, leading the Solon Spartans to a sixth place team finish this past weekend in the Gary Curtis Invitational at Highland High School.
Linderbaum’s 4-2 victory in the finals avenged a loss by fall against his opponent from West Liberty earlier in the season. Junior 182-pounder Matt Quinn joined Linderbaum in the finals, wrestling to a second place finish.
Other place winners included:
Third: Dan Whitmore at 195 pounds; Brian Haight at 132 pounds; Louis Gnida at 113 pounds.

here’s looking at you, 2012

Garbage pickup delayed one day for holidays

SOLON– Garbage pick-up will run one day late for the New Year’s holiday, with pick-up on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Senior Advocates announce trip to Circa 21

SOLON– “Lonesome Road,” the musical tribute to the late Hank Williams, will be playing at the Circa 21 Dinner Playhouse in Rock Island and the Senior Advocates are planning a trip, Wednesday, Jan. 16, not just for seniors, but anyone who would enjoy memories of this country music icon. Ticket price is $40. Additional donations will be applied to fuel charges and support for the Old Gold Senior Dining site manager’s position. Call 319-624-2710 to register or sign up at Old Gold Dining.

Solon Spotlight can drive fundraiser Jan. 5

SOLON– Solon Spotlight is hosting a can drive fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 5.
Please drop off your empty cans and bottles at the Solon Fire Station anytime that day from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. If you would like pick up of your containers, please call 319-310-7031.
Solon Spotlight annually provides over $10,000 in support to cover the costs of things such as fees for band and choir competitions, accompanist fees, instrument and technology upgrades, performing arts scholarships and more.

Mobile Mammography Unit in Solon Jan. 16

SOLON– The Mercy Women’s Center mobile mammography van will be in Solon on Jan. 16. The van will be located at the Solon Family Practice Clinic. The mobile mammography unit has been providing convenient access to breast screening services for eastern Iowa women for 26 years.
Anyone wishing to participate needs to contact their local healthcare provider for appropriate paper work and scheduling. Please call 319-861-7778 if you have questions regarding procedures or services provided by the mobile mammography unit.

Great-grandma’s secrets help Solon pies fill winner’s circle

SOLON– After learning to make pie in 2010 at her great-grandmother’s house in Lone Tree, Brianna Smith went right to work on a prize-winning recipe.
In 2011, she won best overall pie filling, beating adults and entries from the youth division. Brianna is now 12 and this year took the best youth pie honor for her apple pie with caramel sauce topping and homemade crust.

Lady Spartans stopped short in soccer

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans lost to Mount Vernon 1-0 in a Class 1A regional quarterfinal May 29 in Solon.
“Overall I could not be more proud of the girls this year,” said Solon head coach John Tucker. “We had some incredible games and it has been a joy to watch this team grow. I can’t say enough about the teamwork and camaraderie that this team has had. It will be tough to say goodbye to seniors Katherine Carr, Emily Ament and Alex Zierke. They had great careers with us, and hopefully walk away with fond memories and lasting friendships.”

Girls take third at state track

Solon’s Lady Spartans locked up third place at the 2012 State Track and Field Meet held in Des Moines May 17-19, paced by Lauren Benzing and Emily Bransky. Benzing finished third in the 800, 1500, 3000 and 1600 medley (with Jessica Brimeyer, Karly Kramer and Jadyn Miller. Bransky finished third in the 100, fifth in the 200 and anchored the 4x200.

Lady Spartans take second

The Lady Spartans were denied the 2012 softball championship by hard-hitting Ballard after winning 1-0 against Estherville Lincoln in the semifinal at Ft. Dodge.

Solon Invitational named for Hadenfeldt

Long time coach and teacher Ed Hadenfeldt was recognized for his tremendous commitment to the Solon Wrestling Club and the Solon Community School District when the Solon Invitational wrestling tournament was renamed the Ed Hadenfeldt Varsity Wrestling Invitational. Hadenfeldt has been a teacher and coach at Solon since 1978, and has been involved in the Solon wrestling program ever since. Hadenfeldt’s wife Mary, and three sons, Adam, Aaron, and August, were present for the announcement and the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement plaque. (photo courtesy Jill Paulson)