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Solon Economist

Girls split during tough four-game stretch

Girls win two on the road, lose two to IC Regina, Mt. Pleasant

SOLON– The Lady Spartans played four basketball games in seven days and came away 2-2.
The two wins came on the road at Anamosa and Maquoketa, while the two losses came at home hosting No. 9 (1A) Iowa City Regina and a tough Mount Pleasant team.
The two losses moved the Lady Spartans to an 11-5 record and snapped a three-game winning streak.
Solon’s varsity girls traveled to Anamosa Tuesday, Jan. 20, and finished with a 53-48 win.
Junior Nichole Oberthien led the Lady Spartans with 13 points, while senior Josie Durr added 11. The two were a combined 7-8 from the free throw line.

Spartans get Cook-ed by Regina

SOLON– The Solon boys managed to take care of Maquoketa at home, but they couldn’t quite get past Iowa City Regina and its multi-sport athlete, Drew Cook.
The Spartans varsity basketball team fell to Iowa City Regina, 66-61, at home Saturday, Jan. 24, as part of a girls and boys doubleheader. Regina senior Drew Cook led all scorers with 29 points, going 12-22 from the field and 4-5 from the free throw line. He also snagged 10 rebounds to lead the Regals.
“Cook is a great athlete and player and we let him get way too many second-chance points,” said Solon head coach Jason Pershing.

CCA wrestlers fifth at John Byers Invitational

Quinn Murphy crowned champ

North Liberty Leader
WYOMING– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) wrestlers placed fifth in team points Saturday, Jan. 24, at the 47th annual John Byers Invitational tournament at Midland High School. Knoxville won the tournament, followed by Iowa City Regina, Tipton, Maquoketa and the Clippers. North Linn, the host Eagles, Durant, Edgewood-Colesburg, Lone Tree, Monticello and Bellevue rounded out the field.

Solon economic development seeking photos for new website

SOLON– The Solon Economic Development Group (SEDG) is seeking photographs that capture the beauty of Solon and the surrounding area.
SEDG is creating a new website for the general promotion of the community and needs photographs to help populate the site including the home page. SEDG is specifically seeking images capturing the natural beauty of the area, an example could include a landscape of fall foliage that includes a visual representation of an aspect of the community.

Optimist Club basketball contests at Solon Middle School Jan. 25

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon will host its annual Basketball Contests Sunday, Jan. 25, at the Solon Middle School gymnasium. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., contests start at 1 p.m. Contests will include dribbling, passing and shooting for boys and girls ages 8 through 13. First, second and third place awards will be given to each age group and boys and girls champions.

“Famous” SAL Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 7

SOLON– The Solon Sons of the American Legion are hosting its annual “Famous” Kettle-Fried Chicken Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Solon American Legion. The menu includes all-you-can-eat kettle-fried chicken, cheesy potatoes, oven-baked beans, bread, dessert and soft drinks. Serving is from 5 until 7:30 p.m. with take-out available. Tickets are $9 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12 and children under 6 eat free. Proceeds will benefit the community and Solon school projects.

Ely Gateway Rotary soup supper fundraiser Saturday, Feb. 7

ELY– Gateway Rotary is hosting a soup supper fundraiser Saturday, Feb.7, at the Ely American Legion Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy chili and chicken noodle soup, a bake sale and music by Shima Country Sounds, a Cedar Rapids-area favorite. Proceeds from the event support Prairie Edge School; PrairieWood Transition Center; the Summer Reading Programs at Ely, Fairfax, and Swisher libraries and other area community projects. The public is invited to an evening of food, fellowship, music and family fun for a great cause. For more information, visit www.gatewayrotary.org.

Solon “Optimism Should Be a Priority” essays due Feb. 13

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon is pleased to again sponsor its annual essay contest that will run until Feb. 13. The contest is open to students under the age of 19 who have not yet graduated from high school. The theme for this 700-800 word essay contest is “Optimism Should Be a Priority.” The winner of the local contest will have his or her essay sent on to enter further competition with the ultimate winner receiving a $2,500 college scholarship. English teacher Ivy Nielsen is coordinating the contest for the Optimist Club of Solon.

Solon will seek waiver

But new 2015-16 school calendar put together just in case

SOLON– Not so fast.
The Solon Community School District’s Board of Education was expected to make a decision on the start and end dates for the 2015-16 school year last Monday.
No decision was made.
Board members tabled the lone action item on the agenda for the Jan. 12 regular session, although Superintendent Sam Miller was instructed to proceed with applying to the Iowa Department of Education for a waiver to start school prior to Sept. 1.

Dollars for Scholars there for students all four years of college

Continuing to fund education

SOLON– High school students may not set their minds on college scholarships until their last semester, but Solon Dollars for Scholars partners with the community year ‘round to provide financial assistance to those who seek it.

Tools to weather the gales of life

Solon’s Dan Kramer wants to help people find their way

I’m an includer, who values input and individualization.
I gained this insight after taking a strength finder assessment, one of my homework assignments while working with life coach Dan Kramer. Kramer, of Solon, has been guiding clients through some of life’s most difficult transitions for about 10 years. He offered to let me go through his newly-developed program in exchange for offering my insights, real-time critique, and a write-up to let others know how the Dan Kramer Life Coach experience might help them.

Wrestlers win home invitational title

Linderbaum, Steuhm and Nelson win titles at Ed Hadenfeldt Invitational

SOLON– Three Spartans were crowned champions and Solon’s wrestling team captured points up and down the lineup to take first place at the Ed Hadenfeldt Invitational Saturday.
Kade Steuhm (145 pounds), Trevor Nelson (160) and Logan Linderbaum (285) took first place for the Spartans at their own invitational Jan. 17 in the Solon High School gymnasium.
Solon’s 213.5 points nudged out Lisbon (194) for top honors, with Iowa Valley taking third place with 139 points.
Louis Gnida (126) and Dillon Diltz (170) also reached the championship round but ended up in second place for the Spartans.