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Solon Economist

Spartans third at Marion Invitational meet

MARION– On Monday, May 2, the Spartans managed a third-place team finish at the Marion Boys Track Invitational, with the WaMaC Conference Meet on the horizon.
As Coach Mark Sovers had referenced earlier in the season, the Spartans aren’t relying solely on individuals to score team points. The talented field logged solid performances to carry them to a third place finish using a few different faces to achieve it.

Solon Boys Soccer vs Beckman

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May Day Breakfast May 7

SOLON– Highlight May 7 on the calendar to remember to attend the GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club May Day Breakfast at the Solon Methodist Church from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Egg and meat casseroles, homemade kolaches and rolls, fruit, orange juice, coffee and milk will be served.
The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children, ages 5-12, with tickets available from GFWC/Iowa Solon Women’s Club members or at the door on May 7. Families and groups can receive a special deal: five adult tickets for $25 and/or five children tickets for $12.

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, 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.
Scheduled to participate are a number of area players including Solon all-time leading scorer Matt Lesan, a graduate of Upper Iowa who played semi-professional basketball with the Chicago Steam of the American Basketball Association (ABA).

Eidahl: State of the school district is strong

SCSD superintendent, board members reflect on the past school year

SOLON– One year after becoming the Solon Community School District’s superintendent, Davis Eidahl said he believes the state of the district is strong.
Eidahl arrived in Solon last year, previously serving as superintendent for Ottumwa Community School District. Eidahl, his wife, and his three children—a son in eighth grade, a son in sixth grade, and a daughter in second grade—attended baseball and softball games and other events to get acquainted with those in the community.

Macbride Raptor Project free Family Day Saturday, May 7

SOLON– Macbride Raptor Project (MRP) monthly Family Day will be held on Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family Day is free and open to the public. The Raptor’s Nest (MRP educational center) will be open with staff and volunteers available to answer questions about the project and the raptors. Snacks and crafts will also be provided for guests.

Music on Main Street concert series begins Wednesday, June 1

SOLON– Solon’s Music on Main Street Concert Series will kick off the 2016 schedule Wednesday, June 1, at the downtown bandstand featuring “Keelah and the Boys.”
Concerts begin at 7 p.m. each Wednesday evening. Bring your lawn chairs and a picnic basket and enjoy some wonderful music. In case of rain, concerts will be moved to St. Mary Catholic Church. If you would like to financially contribute to Music on Main Street or provide sponsorship or concessions on a concert evening, please contact Nancy Upmeyer at 331 1553 or nancyupmeyer@hotmail.com.
2016 Music on Main Street

Olivia Erenberger wins McNutt 4-H Rotary Leadership Award

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Noon Rotary Club presented the McNutt 4-H Rotary Leadership Award to two outstanding Johnson County 4-H youth on April 21. The recipients are Olivia Erenberger and Kara Schueler, each received a $600 scholarship.

Solon boys take first at CCA’s Pacha Relays

TIFFIN– The Spartan boys’ track and field team started the week on April 25 finishing runner-up under the sun in the Wildcat Boys Relays at Maquoketa Valley High School in Delhi with a few missing names due to college visits and family obligations.
The Solon runners and throwers finished the week on Thursday, April 28, as champions of the Pacha Relays, following some May showers and missing some members competing in the Drake Relays, at Clear Creek Amana High School in Tiffin in a field of nine other teams.

Spartans on The Blue Oval for Drake Relays

DES MOINES– A sure sign of spring in Iowa is a weekend of rain for the Drake Relays.
Rain fell on all three days of major activity on The Blue Oval at Drake University for the 107th edition of America’s Athletic Classic. However, it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of 4,485 high school, college and elite class performers on and around the track, including 17 Olympic medalists, gearing up for the 2016 Rio Games in 10 weeks.

Solon girls beat South Tama and CCA on the links

TAMA– The Solon girls golf team traveled to the Tama-Toledo Country Club on Friday, April 29, to take on host South Tama and Clear Creek Amana (CCA). The Lady Spartans pulled away from the competition, posting a 205 team score. South Tama came in with a 225, and CCA a 232, respectively. Dani Carter was the medalist for the meet with a score of 46. Also contributing to the Solon score were Grace McCarty (51), Jenna Roskopf (53), and Reegan Helle (55). Julia DeValk posted a new career-low with a 56 and rounding out the varsity scores was Katie Feldkamp with a 63.

Solon girls fall to Central DeWitt and Maquoketa

SOLON– The Solon girls fell to 4-4 on the year after a 2-1 loss to Central DeWitt Friday on the home soccer pitch.
The Lady Spartans shot out to a quick 1-0 start and held it for a good part of the first half before two unanswered goals by No. 14 (2A) Central DeWitt’s Ashley Goldensoph and Maddie Johnson.
It was the second loss in a row for Solon, which dropped out of the Class 1A rankings established by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.
The Lady Spartans finished off their fourth road match in a row with a 3-2 loss to Maquoketa April 26.