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Solon Economist

Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 can drive Saturday, June 3

SOLON– Solon Boy Scout Troop 120 will collect cans and bottles on Saturday, June 3, from 1-5 p.m. Scouts and parents will collect throughout the community. Can donations can also be dropped off at the St. Mary Catholic Church parking lot from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations will be used to provide camping opportunities and other Scouting activities.

Girls runner-up at WaMaC

State qualifiers determined at May 11 meet

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
EPWORTH– Following a strong push for second place in the 16-team WaMaC Super Meet May 4, Solon’s girls now adjust their lineup for Thursday’s state-qualifying district meet in Marion and hope to qualify through a large contingent to the May 18-20 Class 3A state meet in Des Moines.

Spartan golfers third at WaMaC divisional meet in Manchester

Stahle and McIlravy lead Spartans

MANCHESTER– The Spartans were within an eyelash of second place at the seven-team WaMaC Conference East divisional golf meet held May 2 at the Pin Oak Pub and Links in Manchester.
Solon’s varsity boys and Mount Vernon tied at 165, 10 strokes behind winner and host West Delaware. The tiebreaker went to the fifth golfer, with the Spartans a stroke behind in third, with Dyersville Beckman (170), Central DeWitt (173), Anamosa (177) and Maquoketa rounding out the field.

Anamosa wins April 21 golf dual against Lady Spartans

ANAMOSA– The Solon Lady Spartan golf team traveled to Fawn Creek in Anamosa on Friday, April 21, for a dual with Anamosa. It was a cool, windy night, but the course was in great condition. The home course advantage would help Anamosa post a 189-224 victory. Anamosa would have the top two scores with a 38 and 44. Senior Julia DeValk would be the low scorer for the Lady Spartans with a 52. Leah Woessner shot a 55, Heather Vance a 58 and Grace McCarty a 59.

Lady Spartans third at divisional golf meet May 1 in Anamosa

ANAMOSA– The Solon Lady Spartans traveled to Anamosa on Monday, May 1, for the WaMAC East Divisional Meet and finished third in the Seven-team field.
Mother nature was not going to cooperate producing a lot of rain, wind and overall just nasty weather. Host school Anamosa won the meet and Central DeWitt came in second.
Grace McCarty shot a 49 to lead the Lady Spartans. Dani Carter shot a 51, Julia DeValk and Leah Woessner shot a 54 and 57 respectively. The Lady Spartans returned to action on Friday, May 5, at the Tigerette Invite in Tipton.

Solon defeats Central DeWitt on penalty shot, 1-0

SOLON– Sophomore Luke Yetley had a point-blank shot at the goal on a penalty kick with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first half and he made it count.
Yetley’s goal provided Solon’s varsity boys’ soccer team with a 1-0 win over Central DeWitt May 4 in Solon. The win moved the Spartans to 12-5 on the season. Junior keeper Eric Weetman had seven saves in the shutout.
It was a bounce back game for Solon, which had been defeated on the road May 2 at Maquoketa, 2-1. Senior Ben Carr scored Solon’s lone goal on an assist from sophopmore Jorel Justus.

Spartans 11th at WaMaC Conference Super Meet

Linderbaum, Walker, Flansburg, Coons and Ira lead Spartans

EPWORTH– “(The) teams in the WaMaC are some of the best in the state and will make a statement at the state meet,” Coach Mark Sovers said when asked for his perspective of the Solon Spartans’ track and field team’s 11th-place finish at the WaMaC Conference Coed Super Meet held at Western Dubuque High School, in Epworth, on Thursday, May 4.

Spartans capture fourth at Ruth Ahrens Invitational track meet

 MARENGO– The Solon boys varsity track team improved their showing behind solid scoring performances from underclassmen. Tuesday, April 11, the gear was loaded on the bus and the team trekked to Iowa Valley High School in Marengo for the Ruth Ahrens Invitational, a trek that would post one of the best team performances to date.

Durr’s five goals power Lady Spartans past Maquoketa, 7-2

SOLON– Five goals from senior Josie Durr sealed Maquoketa’s fate in Solon May 2 during a girls’ varsity soccer match.
The Lady Spartans took a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals in a WaMaC Conference East Division matchup.
All of Durr’s goals came in the first half.
Junior Megan Tucker gave Solon a 6-1 lead after finding the back of the net with nine seconds remaining in the first period. Sophomore Taylor Ryan added a goal in the second period. Tucker was credited with an assist, while keeper Brianna Smith recorded five saves.

Lady Spartans best Regina on home golf course

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans hosted the Regina Lady Regals on Monday night, April 24, at Lake MacBride Golf Course. The course was playing really tough with slick greens and tough pin placements, but the girls didn’t let the course get the best of them. All four of Solon’s seniors would contribute to the team score with Dani Carter’s 50 leading the team. She was followed by Grace McCarty (51), Julia DeValk (57), and Katie Feldkamp’s 60 for a team total of 218. Regina was led by Grace Sharpless’ 53 and scored a 231 as a team.

The state of Swisher

Mayor Chris Taylor helps chart the future of small-town Iowa

SWISHER– Running for city office, and most recently for chair of the Johnson County Democrats, both sort of came about by accident, said Swisher Mayor Chris Taylor.
Happy accidents, he noted, that began with his bid for a Swisher City Council seat in January 2014.
“I remember sitting at my kitchen table and thinking, ‘Well this isn’t something I’ve done before,’” he shared. “I have no background in politics, but I thought it’d be a good way to get to know my community better, help the community ask some bigger questions about what it wanted to be, where it wanted to go.”

Solon KCs hosting spaghetti supper Saturday, May 6

SOLON– Solon’s Knights of Columbus (KC) host its annual spaghetti supper Saturday, May 6, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church Parish Hall.
The KCs will be serving a spaghetti dinner with garlic bread and salad in exchange for a free will donation. Doug Thompson’s famous spaghetti sauce will be available for carry-out sale.