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Solon Economist

Spartans Third in Jesse Day Relays

DAVENPORT– On April 14, the Spartans grabbed third, for the second time in a week, at the Jesse Day Co-ed Relays, at the Brady Street Stadium, against 11 other teams.
The Solon boys’ track team put together a strong show in a talented field with champion efforts from Streeter McIlravy and Nate Christensen in the high jump and the 200-meter dash, respectively. Christensen added to his podium streak with a second in the 100-meter dash and a third as part of the 4x100-meter relay with Bo Black, Matt Roeder and Brandan Childs.

Three in a row for Solon boys

Spartans move to 8-2 with home wins over Raiders, Bobcats

SOLON– Since dropping two matches at a tournament in Hudson April 9, Solon’s boys varsity soccer team has rattled off three home wins in a row and upped its record to 8-2 on the season.
The Spartans held off Anamosa, 3-2, to hand the Raiders their first loss of the season Friday, April 15, and beat Western Dubuque, 2-1, on Monday, April 18. The loss was Western Dubuque’s fourth consecutive.
Anamosa came into Friday evening’s match having outscored opponents by a combined 27-1, but the Spartans jumped out to an early lead and the defense fended off a late flurry to preserve the win.

Durr scores in overtime to defeat Williamsburg

Solon girls move to 3-2 with two wins in a row

WILLIAMSBURG– Solon’s girls are back on the winning track.
The Lady Spartan varsity soccer team improved to 3-2 on the season with a 3-2 overtime victory over Williamsburg Monday, April 18.
According to Solon head coach John Tucker, the Lady Spartans controlled the play most of the game, with 25 shots on goal to less than 10 for Williamsburg.
“Williamsburg put up a good fight, but Josie (Durr) was able to find the back of the net in just the first few minutes of overtime on a pass from Megan Tucker to win the game,” Tucker reported.

Spartans third at Ruth Ahrens Track Invitational

Christensen, Ira, 4x800 relay collect first-place finishes

MARENGO– Iowa Valley High School hosted the Ruth Ahrens Boys Track Invitational on Tuesday, April 12, and the Spartans grabbed third in team scoring with a bit of a change in the cast.
The Spartans collected 10 team points apiece as Nate Christensen and Luke Ira took first place in the 200-meter dash and the 110-meter hurdles and Jake Schaeckenbach, Ben Krutzfeldt, Adam Smith and Graeson Dall took first in the 4x800-meter relay.

Balance helps Solon girls to 5th place

Misel 2nd in discus, shot put; Solon places in all 7 relays

DAVENPORT– In their annual battle against the big schools, Solon’s girls had scoring from all seven relays on the track and another great showing from the field to finish fifth in the Jesse Day Relays April 14 at the Brady Street Stadium in Davenport.

Solon girls notch first win of the season at Western Dubuque

PEOSTA– The Solon Girls Golf team traveled to Thunder Hills Golf Club in Peosta on Monday, April 11. The conditions were not ideal for golf, but the girls toughed out their first win of the season. The Lady Spartans outlasted the Bobcats, 211­-215. Western Dubuque’s Quinn Herbst was the medalist, shooting a 44. Scoring for the Lady Spartans were:Dani Carter (49), Grace McCarty (51), Jenna Roskopf (55), and Reegan Helle (56).

Council says yes to outdoor service

City to develop policy for eateries wanting to expand onto Main Street

SOLON– Evening parking is already a problem on Main Street.
Losing a couple of spots on a seasonal basis probably won’t make a difference, argued Solon City Council member Steve Duncan.
With that in mind, council members directed City Administrator Cami Rasmussen and City Attorney Jim Martinek, at an April 6 council meeting, to develop a set of guidelines which would allow Main Street restaurants to temporarily lease on-street parking spaces for use as outdoor dining areas.

A passion for wrestling

Hayden Taylor is making a name for himself on the mats

SOLON– Hayden Taylor lives for wrestling.
For six years, it’s been his passion and he’s got five state titles and numerous other awards to show for it.
Hayden, a sixth-grader in Solon, was introduced to the world of wrestling at the age of 6 when his dad, Jason Taylor, asked if he was interested in wrestling and said he could hang out at Spartan (varsity) practice as long as he didn’t get in trouble grade-wise with his school work.

Finding the formula for fun

Middle School students, staff create Solon’s largest human square root sign

SOLON– The entire Solon Middle School student body and staff lined up on the old high school football field on Monday, April 4, to celebrate Square Root Day, a play on the month and date to get the year (4x4=16).
Nearly 500 total people, including about 460 students in fifth-eighth grades, followed the instructions given by eighth grade math teacher Nancy Trow via megaphone. Trow was the innovator of the idea.
A photo was taken for the yearbook.

Spartans take 2-OT shoot-out thriller

Solon defeats CCA Clippers 2-1 after 15 penalty kicks

TIFFIN– The Solon Spartans and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers met in boys varsity soccer action Thursday, April 7, on the Clippers’ turf with a stiff wind out of the north. Solon came into the contest with a 4-0 record with wins over Iowa Mennonite, Mediapolis, Wapello and Bellevue-Marquette Catholic, while the Clippers were basking in the glory of their season-opening win over Mid-Prairie two days earlier.
After two overtime periods and 15 Penalty Kicks (PK), Solon improved to 5-0, while the Creek Boys felt the sting of their first loss of the season.

From recovery room to victory stand

Lady Spartans claim Iowa Valley title by 60 points

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
MARENGO– Nearly two weeks without a track meet had Solon’s girls anxious to get to work again. But it was nothing like the months of waiting and wondering faced by Molly Duckett. Surgery in November helped heal a torn labrum in her hip. Months of rehab meant a slow path back to the track.

Spartans challenge 4A teams at IC West

Solon boys seventh at Hollingsworth Relays in Iowa City

IOWA CITY– Coaches Mark Sovers, Dan Dall, Brad Wymer, Riley Takes, Denny Gruber and the Solon Spartan boys track team stepped up on Saturday, April 9, lining up next to 4A competition and the West High Trojans at West High School’s Hollingsworth Relays.
They stood the measure of their 4A competition, finishing seventh overall against 11 other larger school teams, with their presence felt in several events.
When Coach Sovers was asked what he felt about the boys competing against 4A competition, he smiled, peering through his darkened glasses, and said it would be good for them.