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Solon Economist

Solon takes two from Williamsburg

SOLON– Two Solon pitchers threw gems, and the Spartans made the most of a handful of hits to squeeze a doubleheader sweep out of visiting Williamsburg July 1.
Cam Miller struck out 13 and walked two in a 2-0 shutout, and Lucas Walker allowed a single earned run while striking out seven and walking four in a 4-1 win.
Solon manufactured both of its runs in the first inning of the opener. Chris McSweeney had two of the Spartans’ four hits, with the others belonging to Jax Flynn and Ryan Geistkemper (a double). Flynn had the lone RBI for Solon’s offense.

Here and back

More than 1,300 bicyclists to flood Main Street for RAGBRAI training ride

SOLON– Solon will be at the turn for Big Rove, a 36-mile RAGBRAI training ride Saturday, July 29.
Downtown will the mid-point for over 1,300 bicyclists as they travel from Big Grove Brewery & Taproom in Iowa City to its namesake in Solon for lunch and back, with stops in North Liberty along the way.
The event, sponsored by RAGBRAI (Register’s Great Annual Bicycle Race Across Iowa), the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, Big Grove Brewery and Think Iowa City, will take over the intersection of Main Street and Iowa Street for a street party most of the day.

Ely City Administrator Hoy leaving post

City hopes to choose replacement at the end of the month

ELY– The City of Ely hopes to land a new City Administrator by the end of the month.
The members of the Ely City Council voted at an April 25 session to accept the resignation of current City Administrator Denise Hoy, who took a new position as City Clerk for the City of Ankeny.
Her last day on the job will be Friday, June 14.
She’s moving back to central Iowa to be closer to her children and grandchildren in Conrad and Knoxville.
“Ankeny’s right in the middle,” Hoy said.
She joined the City of Ely in January of 2017 after over two decades working for the City of Conrad.

Swisher native Conor Mittauer trains to serve as the next generation of U.S. Naval Aviation Warfighters

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas– A 2012 Cedar Rapids Prairie High School graduate and Swisher native is participating in a rigorous training process that transforms officers into U.S. naval aviators.
Lieutenant Junior Grade Conor Mittauer is a student pilot with the “Stingrays” of Training Squadron (VT) 35, based in Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. The squadron flies the T-44C Pegasus aircraft.
A Navy student pilot is responsible for training to become a maritime pilot.
“I enjoy how extremely challenging the training program is,” Mittauer said.

Solon sweeps Independence

Maquoketa game suspended at 1-1

SOLON– Jake Van Roekel and Sully Steen made the most of their first starts of the season.
The sophomore and junior led the varsity Spartans to a 10-3 and 15-5 doubleheader sweep over Independence June 6 in Solon.
Van Roekel went 6-1/3 innings on the mound in the opener, giving up two earned runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking three. Steen pitched five innings in the nightcap, striking out six and allowing a single walk while giving up five runs (one earned) on five hits.

Lady Spartans slugging their way to wins

Solon offense pounding out runs

SOLON– Offense is not a problem for the Lady Spartan varsity softball team.
Among those squads reporting statistics to Quik Stats Iowa (as of June 5), Solon ranked second in all classes for doubles (29), third in hits (152) and seventh in home runs (10).
The Lady Spartans have racked up 117 runs.
Thirteen of them came in a wild and wooly 13-10 win over Mount Vernon June 4 in Solon.
The Lady Spartans split with the Mustangs, who took the nightcap, 12-2, handing Solon its first loss of the season.

Spartans blank Eagles in substate semifinal

Solon boys shut out Pella Christian, 4-0

SOLON– It didn’t take long for Solon to assert itself against Pella Christian in a Class 1A Substate 6 soccer match May 22.
Senior Luke Yetley found himself at the top of the box for a shot on goal just four minutes into the match and threaded a pair of Eagle defenders for a 1-0 lead. Brother Gabe Yetley was credited with the assist.
From there, the Spartans dominated, walking away with a 4-0 win and a matchup against Iowa Mennonite for a berth in the state soccer tournament. Iowa Mennonite defeated Clarke, 1-0, in the other side of the Substate 6 bracket.

Lady Spartans triumph in rain

Defeat Regina 2-1

SOLON– The wind howled through the cables of the handrail at Spartan Stadium making ominous organ like noises, as the bluster and temps made the regular season end for the Lady Spartans much like it began. But Solon would not be daunted, triumphing over the Iowa City Regina Regals, 2-1, after trailing 1-0 at the half on Tuesday, May 21, at Spartan Stadium.

Bolts and Spartans split in season opener

Liberty High falls 5-1 to Solon, but takes nightcap 11-8

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CEDAR RAPIDS– “Let’s have some fun, fellas.” With those words, Tom Cronk sent his Liberty High Lightning, AKA: “The BOLTS,” out on the diamond to open the 2019 season at their home away from home, Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids (Liberty’s “home diamond” this season). The Bolts took on the Solon Spartans in a non-conference doubleheader Monday, May 20, and split with a 5-1 game one loss and an 11-8 nightcap victory.

Become the you you’ve always wanted to be

Elite Fitness opens in Solon

SOLON– Spartan Square, a small strip mall on the south side of Solon along Highway 1 has become something of a one-stop-shop for healthy living. The center includes Mac’s Nutrition, Eastern Iowa Family Counseling, Ability Physical Therapy, and opening today, Elite Fitness.

Girls run away with regional title, set their sights on state

Lady Spartans build 75-point lead to win regional title

VAN HORNE- The falling darkness could not hide her wide smile, as Erin Kerkhoff approached the finish line. She anchored the 4x400 relay- the last event at Solon’s state qualifying track meet, May 10, in Van Horne. Having run two earlier 400s, and then the 4x100, 10 minutes prior, it was not her fastest 400. Still, she had enough to cross first, to help log another Solon entry in this week’s Class 3A state meet.

Viking comeback foils final home match for Spartans

Vinton-Shellsburg takes 2-1 win

SOLON- Solon’s varsity boys dropped to 13-4 after falling to Vinton-Shellsburg 2-1 in the final home soccer match of the season May 10.
Junior Rodney Wittich scored on an assist by senior Luke Yetley with just under four minutes remaining in the first half to give Solon a 1-0 lead.
The Vikings scored twice in the second period on goals by sophomores David Lapan-Islas and Damon Swenson to move to 10-4 on the season.
Senior keeper Ian Johnson recorded four saves against two goals allowed, while Vinton goalie Ethan Rollinger collected 11 saves.