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Solon Economist

Lady Spartans cruise to WaMaC title

Solon girls roll up 123 points at super meet

MAQUOKETA– With an eye now on getting entries through to the 2015 State Co-Ed Track Meet, Solon’s girls brought home two more championships last week; a 40-plus point victory margin in the 16-team WaMaC conference meet in Maquoketa, and a similar win at Monticello.

Lady Spartans split two on the road

DYERSVILLE– The Solon Lady Spartans split a pair on the road last week, defeating Dyersville-Beckman 3-2 and dropping a non-conference soccer match against No. 9 (3A) Muscatine, 3-1.
Solon, ranked No. 10 in Class 1A, fell to 5-3 on the year and will remain away from home until a matchup with Western Dubuque Monday, May 18.
No. 6 in Class 1A Center Point-Urbana comes calling the next evening, Tuesday, May 19.
At Dyersville May 4, sophomore Josie Durr scored twice and junior Nichole Oberthien added another in the 3-2 win. All three goals were unassisted.

How to save a life

Two Solon seniors reach blood donation goal

SOLON– Could a teenager dare someone to help save a life?
It could, in the case of Ty Appleget and Preston Miller, two Solon High School seniors who challenged each other to become Gallon Grads.

Poppy Days in Solon May 16-25

SOLON– Every year near Memorial Day, members of the American Legion Auxiliary go door-to-door in neighborhoods to distribute poppies in remembrance of all our service men and women who died in defense of our freedom. The poppies are made by disabled and hospitalized veterans and all contributions are used in programs to aid vets and their families. Various businesses in Solon will have donation containers and poppies through Memorial Day. Contributions are greatly appreciated.

Mary’s Meals founder MacFarlane-Barrow to speak in Solon May 29

SOLON– Meet Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow as he talks about his new book “The Shed That Fed A Million Children: The Extraordinary Story of Mary’s Meals”, on Friday, May 29, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon.
A non-competitive 5K run or 1 mile run/walk will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by a talk with Magnus MacFarlane at 7:30 p.m., conversation with Kevin Miller, question-and-answer session and book signing.
Kids and adults are encouraged to dress as a superheroes.

Community input meeting for Comprehensive Plan May 11

SOLON– The public input session for the update of Solon’s Comprehensive Plan will be Monday, May 11.
The consulting firm MSA Professional Services Inc. has been hired by the City of Solon to complete all aspects of a comprehensive plan update. MSA will be facilitating the first of two public meetings at Solon City Hall May 11 at 6 p.m.
Give your input and insight regarding the issues and opportunities that you see in the City of Solon today and in the future.

Teaching leaders, Leading teachers

Solon schools utilizing state leadership funds

By Lori Lindner
and Chris Umscheid
Solon Economist
JOHNSON COUNTY– Three area school districts have received state funding geared toward improving delivery of education in the upcoming school year.
The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD), Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Solon Community School District (SCSD) were approved to participate in the Teacher Leadership and Compensation System (TLS), beginning last fall.
It’s an initiative, long in the planning, and one that educators hope will have longevity and a significant impact on Iowa’s public education system.

Filling the gap

SolonFC tries to bridge between elementary and high school soccer

SOLON– Are you ready for some fútbol?
For more than 50 Solon kids and their families, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
This is the second year for the SolonFC, a youth soccer club initiated by a few Solon parents who saw a gap in the action for kids who love soccer. While Solon’s Recreation Department runs spring and fall soccer leagues for children in preschool through grade six and Solon High School’s soccer teams pick up new freshmen each year, there were no local soccer opportunities for players in seventh or eighth grade.

Lady Spartans double up

Solon girls win home meet by 100-point margin

SOLON– Loading up with firsts in seven of the 19 events and with double-places in nine of 12 individual events, the Solon’s Lady Spartans more than doubled runner-up Vinton-Shellsburg’s score in the 2015 Denny Gruber Relays on April 21 in Solon.
With 213 points, Solon outran Vinton-Shellsburg (93 points) and the rest of the field; Mount Vernon (84), Marion (75), North Cedar (65), Iowa City Regina (63), Davenport Assumption (41) and Dyersville Beckman (36).

Spartans snag win at Denny Gruber Relays

SOLON– The Solon boys track team was crowned team champion this past week at the Denny Gruber Relays meet held in Solon.
Team scores were: Solon (134), Vinton (124), Mount Vernon (114), North Cedar (70), Regina (67), CCA (65), Beckman (60), and Assumption (41).
The team used depth and balance in the field and running events to capture the trophy.
Place winners included:
High jump: Matt Roeder, first, 5-10.
Long jump: Zach Nunemaker, first, 21-2 3/4; Halston Durr: second, 21-2 1/4.
Shot put: Kolby Melsha, fifth, 44-1/4.

Boys third at CCA, fourth at Maquoketa Valley

TIFFIN– The Solon boy’s track team competed in two meets this past week in preparation for the all-important and upcoming WaMaC and district meets to be held in the days ahead.
The Spartans placed third overall at Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Pacha Relays in Tiffin Thursday, April 30, and were fourth at a Maquoketa Valley meet Monday, April 27.
The Mount Vernon Mustangs won the team title with a 123 points, while Regina (110) and Solon battled for second and third place.

Boys toughen against ranked opponents

SOLON– Solon head coach Jeremy McMurrin knew it was going to be a tough week with three ranked opponents on the schedule.
The Spartan soccer team came away without a win but McMurrin was happy with the improvement he saw on the field.
“Minus a few people that have played club, we are just a bunch of athletes playing the game,” McMurrin said. “We have slowly started to improve our skills and knowledge of the game.”
Solon had won three in a row heading into the match-ups against ranked opponents, all on the road, including a 2-0 victory over Maquoketa April 28.