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Solon Economist

Solon High School basketball All-Star event Sunday, June 12

SOLON– Former college, semi-pro and pro basketball players will converge on the Solon High School gymnasium Sunday, June 12, at 7 p.m. for an All-Star scrimmage to benefit the boys’ basketball team.
Solon varsity head coach Jason Pershing hopes the event will raise funds for his program while providing entertainment for the community.
“The All-Star game brings high-level athletes that our community used to watch on TV into our gymnasium,” Pershing said.

Beef Days seeks parade route security

SOLON– The Beef Days Committee has rotating groups responsible for different activities during the annual event. The committee is looking for a group or a combination of individuals who would be interested in working as “parade security.” Nine or 10 people are needed to work from 9:15-11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 16, the pay is $10 an hour. The job is basically standing at intersections and making certain vehicles don’t drive through the parade route during this time.

Lady Spartans fall to Assumption

DAVENPORT– The soccer season came to a close for Solon’s Lady Spartans Monday night.
No. 1-ranked Davenport Assumption shut out Solon in a Class 1A regional final June 6 in Davenport, 5-0.
Assumption players recorded 25 shots on goal for the evening while keeping the Solon offense limited to a single attempt at Assumption’s goalie
Assumption came into the regional final sporting a 13-2-1 record, with the losses coming at the hands of North Scott and Pleasant Valley.

Homers power Solon in home Classic

Heick, Bevans go yard in wins over Wilton and City High

SOLON– The Solon softball program graduated three key seniors from the team that won the 2015 Class 3A championship.
Taylor Nearad, a freshman at Kirkwood Community College, was just named Division II Player of the Year by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Ali Herdliska, at South Dakota State, was named Freshman of the Year for the Summit League.
Pitcher Emily Ira was second in the Summit League in strikeouts while playing for Western Illinois and was named to the Second Team of the All-Summit League.

Nearad NJCAA Division II Player of the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– Taylor Nearad of Solon, a freshman at Kirkwood Community College, was honored by the NJCAA Division II Softball Committee Tuesday, receiving the title of 2016 Dudley® NJCAA Division II Softball Player of the Year.
Saturating the national leaderboard with her numbers, Nearad cemented her name at or near the top of every offensive statistical category this season. The freshman’s 145 hits, 129 RBI, 30 home runs and 114 runs scored all led the nation. Nearad’s .602 batting average was the third-highest in the country, while her .622 on-base percentage ranked fourth.

Spartans split with Beckman, sweep Independence

DYERSVILLE– The Solon Spartans split a baseball doubleheader on the road at Dyersville Beckman June 6 in a pair of close games.
Sophomore Luke Ira’s triple brought home Spencer Wegmann in the top of the fifth for Solon’s only run in a 2-1 loss. Zach Wegmann had two of the Spartans’ six hits. Dillon Drake suffered the loss on the mound.

Tom Wall, “gentle giant” of farming

IOWA CITY– When asked if Tom Wall had any hobbies, longtime friend Gary Milder paused for a long moment before answering:
“Working on the farm.”
Wall died May 26 after a truck collided with his tractor on the outskirts of Solon.
Wall, of rural Iowa City, was killed when a semi tractor struck his farm tractor at the intersection of Morse Road and Vincent Avenue Thursday, May 26. He was 55.

Board discusses fourth attendance center

Architects to present latest design to school board in June

SOLON– What will the Solon school district’s fourth attendance center look like?
We’ll know more later this month.
The Solon Community School District Board of Education met with Struxture Architects in a special April meetingd to consider three different design options with drawings and costs for each. The cost of a full remodel to the current middle school would be just over $10 million.

Solon High School basketball All-Star event Sunday, June 12

SOLON– Former college, semi-pro and pro basketball players will converge on the Solon High School gymnasium Sunday, June 12, at 7 p.m. for an All-Star scrimmage to benefit the boys’ basketball team.
Solon varsity head coach Jason Pershing hopes the event will raise funds for his program while providing entertainment for the community.
“The All-Star game brings high-level athletes that our community used to watch on TV into our gymnasium,” Pershing said.

The plan to preserve St. Mary’s of Newport

130-year-old structure needs new roof, siding

By Doug Lindner
Solon Economist
NEWPORT– There used to be a village of Newport along the road halfway between Solon and Iowa City.
St. Mary’s Church of Newport is just west on Newport Road, and if funds for its preservation are not raised, it may soon become a memory from the distant past, too.
The 130-year-old structure no longer serves a Catholic congregation as it did for the first 110 years of its existence. Even its role as a precinct polling place has fallen along the wayside.

Solon woman collects $50K on Ghostbusters lottery game

CLIVE– A Solon woman said she normally doesn’t play the lottery, but when she saw her favorite movie used as the theme for one of the Iowa Lottery’s new scratch tickets, she just had to try it.
Carrie Meyer of Solon claimed the second of 10 top prizes of $50,000 available in the lottery’s new “Ghostbusters” scratch game. She said she bought her winning ticket Sunday at Casey’s, located at 203 S. Market St. in Solon.
The 40-year-old said she scratched off her ticket later the same day and was a little disappointed at first because she thought she didn’t win.

Solon FC Soccer announces Fall 2016 Registration information

SOLON– Attention parents of students entering third through eighth grades, the Solon FC is a soccer club for boys and girls in the U14, U12 and U10 age groups. The FC is currently accepting players for the fall 2016-spring 2017 seasons. The FC is an exciting opportunity for Solon youth to work with high school and college coaches and players to learn soccer and improve their skills, play against other schools and have fun. More information about registration and Solon FC can be found online at www.solonfc.org.