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Solon Economist

Girls win Gruber Relays

1-2 finish in long jump, Troyer reaches shot put goal

SOLON– In a cold, wet track season with five cancelled meets early, you want reasonable weather, and a win, for your big home meet. Mission accomplished for Solon’s girls.
With wins in six events and runner-up points in eight more, Solon outdistanced the eight-school field with 164.5 points at the Denny Gruber Relays, April 17. Mount Vernon, with 107.5, was second. North Cedar had 77 for third. Marion (70), Vinton-Shellsburg (49), Davenport Assumption (46), Dyersville Beckman (44) and Iowa City Regina (27) filled out the field.

Girls sending a crowd to the Drake Relays

SOLON– High School track in Iowa has two season highlights. As with other sports, there is the state championship– May 17-19 this year. But this weekend, the Drake Relays spotlights international, college and high school athletes showing their stuff in a track showcase with a century of tradition.
To qualify for Drake, Iowa high schoolers compete against the entire state, not just their school’s enrollment class, for the limited events offered. Solon descends on Drake’s Blue Oval with five relay teams and four individuals.

Solon boys 3rd at Denny Gruber

Linderbaum, Krutzfeldt, Ira, throwers relay and shuttle hurdle relay team 1st, Flansburg, Kober and 4x100 2nd, 800m sprint medley 3rd

SOLON– Coach Mark Sovers and his coaching staff always make the Denny Gruber Coed Relays exciting and this year, held at Spartan Stadium on Tuesday, April 17, was no different.
Marion championed the team podium with 108 points, Mount Vernon captured second with 104 team points and Solon finished the evening in the bronze podium position with a score of 97 team points. The rest of the field was occupied by Vinton-Shellsburg (93), Beckman (60), Regina (52), North Cedar (50) and Davenport Assumption (24).

Tearful defeat for girls in Anamosa

ANAMOSA– The Lady Spartans came out swinging following the 5-0 loss to Muscatine the day before, but the Raiders stolen it in overtime, 4-3, at the Anamosa High School football field on Friday, April 20.

Lady Spartans put it together against West Delaware, 4-0

SOLON– The Lady Spartans put together an offensive and defensive stand to triumph over the West Delaware Hawks, 4-0, at Spartan Stadium on Monday, April 16.
As Coach John Tucker prognosticated following the first game of the season, when the Lady Spartans can put together the offense and lean on their defense, success would be the result.

Solon soccer girls fall in Muscatine, 5-0

MUSCATINE– The facility at the Muscatine Soccer Complex hid a grass field not quite embraced by the season smattered with uneven spots and grass beginning to feel the warm caress of the 50-degree day.
Grass fields have proved to be the Lady Spartans’ Achilles heal this season, and following the bumping and elbowing while jockeying for position the results on grass proved the same as the Lady Spartans fell prey to the Muscatine Muskies, 5-0, on Thursday, April 19.

A win in JMFD’s battle to save lives and property

Additional water supply for firefighting in Shueyville

SHUEYVILLE– Residents in the Shueyville area in general, and future residents of the Jacobs Landing subdivision on Curtis Bridge Road will have some measure of peace of mind as the Jefferson-Monroe Fire Department (JMFD) has placed another underground water tank.

It’s Official

Johnson County to lease, then purchase, Celebration Barn

OXFORD– The Johnson County Conservation Board (JCCB) unanimously approved entering a lease agreement with the Iowa Natural Heritage Trust Fund (INHF) for seven parcels of land known as The Celebration Barn.
The board took action during a Tuesday, April 17, meeting at Kent Park, ending speculation and rumors regarding the purchase.

Harmony Hawks are coming to town

SOLON– Solon High School’s (SHS) vocal choirs will perform in an informal concert with the Harmony Hawks barbershop chorus Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Solon Center for the Arts. All three Solon choirs will sing a song from their state contest set followed by the Harmony Hawks concert presentation.
The concert is free and open to the public. “If you have never heard barbershop live before, this is an awesome opportunity right on our home turf,” SHS Director of Choral Activities Joel Foreman. “We hope you can join us for a fun, free night of music making!”

7th Annual Spartan Dash April 28

SOLON– The Lakeview Elementary PTO will be hosting its seventh annual Spartan Dash on Saturday, April 28, rain or shine. The Spartan Dash is a fun and crazy fitness event that will serve as the Lakeview PTO’s largest fundraiser of the year. Interested individuals should signs up to participate in the event with a “family team.” Family teams will walk, skip or run through obstacles set up along the 1-mile trail in the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA). Obstacles will be suitable for both children and adults and are guaranteed to have you laughing.

Solon Old Gold Diner May activities

• Thanks to the Phil Michel and company for representing the Memorials by Michel and sponsoring the April meal.

• Bingo is held Tuesdays and Thursdays with 11 a.m. Penny Bingo and following lunch play is for prizes with a black out final game for a free Old Gold Dinner meal ticket as the prize.

There’s a lot of recreation news, folks

More advisory members named, farmers market to Mushroom Park

SOLON– There’s a lot of recreation news, folks.
The agenda for the Solon City Council last week was dominated by decisions about new recreation programs and projects, including continued appointments to a new recreation advisory team, the dissolution of the Solon Parks and Recreation Commission, an application to Iowa Great Places for the Solon Recreation and Nature Area (SRNA) in support of a splash pad and the selection of Mushroom Park as the location of a new farmers market.
Whew.