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Solon Economist

Lady Spartans start the season 4-0

Girls pick up wins on the road early in the season

SOLON– Last year, the Solon girls varsity basketball team started out 0-3 and were never able to string more than two wins together consecutively.
This year’s squad has been able to mirror that in reverse.
The Lady Spartan basketball team has started the season with four straight wins, with a close 53-50 win on the road at Benton Community Friday night, and a 44-25 victory at Washington Saturday.
“We knew going in that the Benton was going to be a great test on the road,” said Solon head coach Tony Nicol. “They are so well coached and mix things up both defensively and offensively.”

Spartan boys pull out thriller against Bobcats

SOLON– It went right down to the wire, but the Solon boys basketball team won its home opener Friday night against the team that ended its season a year ago.
A depleted Spartan squad defeated Benton Community, 63-59, to move to 2-0 on the young season.
Starting guard Halston Durr is out four-to-six weeks, according to head coach Jason Pershing, and guard Emilio Villagrana and Jacob Coons fouled out in the fourth quarter when Solon had taken control of the game.

Solon wrestlers win Montezuma Invitational

MONTEZUMA– After splitting two duals last Thursday in Williamsburg, the Solon wrestling team had a dominating day at the Montezuma Invitational on the way to a team title. 
The Spartans had eight of 14 wrestlers in the tournament finals and crowned five champions (Ben Carr, 120; Louis Gnida, 126; Graeson Dall, 152; Trevor Nelson, 160; and Logan Linderbaum, 285) along with three wrestlers finishing as runner-up (Christian Haight, 106; Cole Fritz, 138; and Kade Steuhm, 145).

Minor injuries for students in fatal bus-car crash

A bus containing approximately 30 Solon Community School District students was involved in a collision Thursday, Dec. 4, at the intersection of Highway 382 and Ely Road west of Solon.
According to Superintendent Sam Miller, three minor injuries were reported to school children. “Parents of all students on the bus were notified of the accident,” Miller said in a press release. “Students were transferred to a different bus and taken home.”

Finding compromise on a new school calendar

Committee recommendation coming at Dec. 8 meeting

SOLON– Different things are important to different people.
When it comes to the Solon school calendar, students, parents and school staff differ on which has the most impact– the starting date for the school year or ending the first semester before winter break.
The school district’s calendar committee has been working to develop the landmark dates for the 2015-16 school year, and a formal recommendation is expected at the school board’s Dec. 8 meeting.

Kunkel resigns from city council

SOLON– Solon City Council member Brad Kunkel has resigned from his position effective Dec. 1.
Kunkel has purchased a residence outside the city limits. He made the announcement at the Wednesday, Nov. 19, meeting of the city council. Mayor Steve Stange indicated at that meeting he would prefer to appoint a replacement after taking applications from the community.
The council vacancy was on the agenda for discussion at the regular city council meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3.

Our Lord’s Church annual candy and gift sale Fri. and Sat. Dec. 5-6

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will be holding its 10th annual candy sale Friday, Dec. 5, from 3 until 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Featured are a large variety of homemade candies as well as gifts and homemade items. Enjoy a cup of coffee and work your way around the room and select your items.

Annual St. Mary Catholic Church Cookie Walk, Sunday, Dec. 7

SOLON– St. Mary Catholic Church in Solon will host its Annual Cookie Walk, Sunday, Dec. 7, from 8 a.m. until noon. Cookies and candies are available for purchase at $5 per pound. A variety of pies will also be available for purchase. 

St. Bridget’s 120th Birthday Party and Christmas Open House Dec. 7

SOLON– St. Bridget’s 120th Birthday Party and Christmas Open House will be held Sunday, Dec. 7, with entertainment by the West Branch Community Choir at 1:30 p.m. Santa will make an appearance and refreshments are provided. The church is located at 2136 St. Bridget’s Rd. NE, Solon, and will be open at 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to join.

Solon High Band’s Winter Concert will be Monday, Dec. 15

SOLON– The Solon High Band’s Winter Concert will be Monday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Solon Middle School Auditorium. The concert will feature a variety of traditional holiday songs. For a number of years, the students of the band have sent $35 each month to support a girl named Asnet who lives in Uganda. The band would like to take up a collection at the end of the concert. The students decide where to give the money. The band has contributed to Asnet’s family and community, Wounded Warrior Project, Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross and Witty Kitties.

Pack the Gym Night for wrestlers Thursday, Dec. 11

SOLON– The Solon Spartan wrestling team is hosting Pack the Gym Night on Thursday, Dec. 11, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Solon High School gym.
The Spartans will wrestle Dyersville Beckman and arch rival Mount Vernon in a double dual meet.
Come support the Solon wrestling team and pack the gym with Spartan wrestling fans.

New opportunities

New recreation director hopes to add more programs

SOLON- Solon Recreation Director Mike Reeve’s favorite moments are those of triumph and kindness.
Because he’s present for every Parks and Recreation game and activity, he gets to see the best of young athletes and coaches in the area. Sometimes he witnesses the excitement of a kindergartener’s very first soccer goal. Other times, he sees the definition of integrity, like when a coach tells a referee about a penalty he missed, even though it would go against his own team.