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Solon Economist

Season ends in Marion

Spartans fall one game short of state

MARION– A narrow loss to the Marion Indians ended the season for the Solon varsity baseball team July 24.
Marion came through with a bases-loaded, game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie, advancing the Indians to the state tournament in Des Moines with a 2-1 win.
The Spartans retired with a record of 22-18, just two days after a 3-2 upset win over Oskaloosa in the Class 3A Substate 6 District 12 final July 20.

Five Spartans earn WaMaC All-Conference Baseball honors

McSweeney, Miller named to First Team

SOLON– Five Solon varsity baseball players were singled out for WaMaC East Division All-Conference honors released Wednesday, July 24.
Senior Chris McSweeney and junior Cam Miller each were unanimous selections for the First Team, while senior Adam Bock was named to the Second Team.
Juniors Jax Flynn and Lucas Walker received Honorable Mention.

Taylor Ryan and Kayla West named First Team WaMaC

Six Lady Spartans earn All-Conference softball honors

SOLON– Senior outfielder Taylor Ryan and junior pitcher Kayla West received First Team all-conference honors for Solon’s varsity softball program.
The WaMaC Conference issued its East Division All-Conference Softball Teams Tuesday, July 16, with a total of six Lady Spartans listed.
Senior catcher Skyler Stookey and incoming ninth grader Hilary Wilson were named to the Second Team.
Senior Taylor Moore and sophomore Monet Barnhouse received Honorable Mention.

Council upgrades tower lease

T-Mobile to pay $1,500 a month

SOLON– T-Mobile’s antenna is staying on top of the city’s water tower.
City council members approved a five-year lease for the mobile carrier at a July 3 meeting.
T-Mobile will pay the city $1,500 a month, over the next five years, to rent a 15-by-20-foot area on the elevated tower.
Although the initial term is five years, the lease includes three automatic five-year renewals, with the rent increasing by 10 percent each term. After 20 years, an automatic extension kicks in for up to nine one-year periods, each with a one percent hike.

Solon man fractured lower jaw, bottom teeth of female, charges allege

SOLON– A Solon man fractured the lower jaw and bottom teeth of a female victim on July 15, according to allegations filed by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.
Derek Adam Westen, of 402 South Market Street, was charged with assault causing serious injury, a Class D felony, and domestic abuse assault second offense, an aggravated misdemeanor).

Solon boys romp over Pella, 13-0

Spartans advance to face Oskaloosa on the road

OSKALOOSA– Solon’s Cam Miller struck out eight and walked one against Pella.
The opposing team’s five pitchers combined for eight walks and two strikeouts.
The Spartan varsity baseball team cruised past the Dutch 13-0 in a Class 3A Substate 6 semifinal July 19 in Oskaloosa.
“Cam pitched really well, and had all of his pitches working,” Solon Head Coach Keith McSweeney said. “When they did square him up our outfielders tracked it down.”
McSweeney said the biggest play of the game probably occurred in the third inning when Solon was already up 4-0.

Spartans close out regular season with losses

Solon falls on the road to City High, Fairfield

FAIRFIELD– Two quality opponents handed Solon’s varsity baseball team a pair of losses to end the regular season.
The Spartans took to the road for back-to-back games against City High and Fairfield July 15 and 16, and came home on the wrong end of 7-2 and 14-4 scores.
“We couldn't get anything going against City High... just played flat,” reported Solon Head Coach Keith McSweeney.
Starting pitcher Ryan Geistkemper kept the Spartans in the game against City High July 15 in Iowa City.

Haggard Brothers to headline Beef Days July 19

Manternach caps two decades of booking with country royalty

SOLON– Having the Haggard Brothers perform Friday night, July 19, is next-level stuff for Beef Days.
Ben and Noel, sons of country music icon Merle Haggard, have teamed together to tour the country and will take the stage at Beef Days at 9:30 p.m. for a 90-minute tribute to their father’s music.
“It’s going to be cool,” exuded Beef Days Entertainment Chair Dean Manternach. “It’s going to be really great.”
He’s expecting a standing-room-only crowd for the biggest name ever booked for the two-day free community festival.

Council approves mass notification system

City will be able to send public alerts via phone, email

SOLON– It’s a better system at a bargain rate.
Solon council members approved a new voice and text emergency notification system at a June 19 meeting.
For an annual $1,000 subscription and a $500 startup fee, the city will be able to issue public safety announcements to all land lines as well as enrolled email and cell phone numbers.
According to City Administrator Cami Rasmussen, the City of Ely initiated a group membership rate with Nixle for its mass notification system last fall.

Big Rove features big heat

It was one hot ride. Over 1,000 cyclists pedaled into Solon Saturday, June 29, as part of the Big Rove, a 36-mile RAGBRAI training ride. Big Rove, sponsored by RAGBRAI (Register’s Great Annual Bicycle Race Across Iowa), the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, Big Grove Brewery and Think Iowa City, took over the intersection of Main Street and Iowa Street for a street party most of the day. Solon was the midway point for the ride.

Andy Anderson of The Dueling Pianos of Andy & Mike belts out a tune for Big Rove riders during the At The Turn Party in downtown Solon.

Beckman sweeps Solon

Solon on the road for baseball playoffs

DYERSVILLE– Beckman Catholic was 7-2 in its last nine games.
Solon went 3-5-1 in its last nine.
The Spartans dipped to 17-12-2 on the season after dropping a doubleheader July 5 to the Blazers, who improved to 25-10.
Beckman took the opener 6-1, then broke open a tight game for a 7-4 win in the nightcap.
The Spartans had swept Williamsburg at home July 1, and a hitter’s game against Cedar Rapids Xavier was postponed with an 8-7 score after two-and-a-half innings July 2, but Solon Head Coach Keith McSweeney is concerned about his offense.

Lady Spartans split with Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– Solon’s varsity softball team split a road doubleheader with the Williamsburg Raiders July 1.
Williamsburg took the opener, 8-7, in eight innings, then Solon stormed back for a 10-0 shutout in the nightcap.
The Lady Spartans shot out of the gates for three runs in the top half of the first inning, but the Raiders responded with a run and then tied game one with two more in the second.
After two scoreless innings, the offenses came back to life.
Solon scored twice in the fifth, but Williamsburg plated three runs later that inning to take a 6-5 lead.