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Solon Economist

Scoreless week for Spartans

SOLON– The weather has been cold and wet, and the sun didn’t shine on the Spartans as they hosted the No. 1 team in Class 1A last week.
Solon’s boys’ soccer team fell to Dyersville Beckman, 1-0, Friday in Solon, the first loss of the season. The Spartans are 3-1-1.
“We obviously picked a bad opponent to turn in our worst performance of the year,” reported head coach Jeremy McMurrin. “It would have been very ugly if it wasn’t for Joe Weeks in goal, who made 16 saves out of 17 chances.”

Lady Spartans fall to Waterloo Columbus

WATERLOO– Solon’s Lady Spartans fell to sixth-ranked Waterloo Columbus, 2-1, last Tuesday in Waterloo.
Alison McKinnie gave Solon an early lead with a goal on an assist from Abby Haas, but Columbus scored twice before the half and the second half went scoreless.
“Despite the abysmal conditions, we felt really good about our play,” said head coach John Tucker. “We controlled the ball very well and our defense did an amazing job holding their offense to just a few shots.”
Katie Silberstein was credited with five saves, and came out to smother plays before shots could be taken, Tucker said.

Spartans tracksters take first place at Iowa Valley

By Ed Hadenfeldt
Special to the Economist

MARENGO– The Solon boy’s track team turned in an impressive performance in winning the Ruth Ahrens Invitational track meet, held this past week at Marengo. The team showed tremendous balance, scoring points in every event except one.
Team scores were as follows:
Solon 140
CCA 125
Vinton-Shellsburg 85
Williamsburg 68
Regina 63
Benton 54
Alburnett 18
Meskwaki 2
First place winners included:
• 4x800-meter relay: Paul Pisarik, Tyler Appleget, Zach Kienholz, Trevor Yahr, 8:49;
• Shot put: Dalton Ferguson, 49’5.25;

UPDATED: Volunteers still needed to sandbag in Solon

Meet at public works building

SOLON– Residents of Solon continued to sandbag Wednesday evening as rapidly rising waters closed in on the city’s sewage plant.
Volunteers are still needed.
Report to the new Solon Public Works building on Stinocher Street. Bring gloves and wear a hat.
Severe thunderstorms with driving winds dumped as much as 5 inches of rain on the Solon area Wednesday, and by mid-afternoon, Randall Park was submerged by a swollen Mill Creek. The city’s wastewater treatment facility is located across the creek from the park.

Fire heavily damages Solon industrial condo

Area departments respond to Thursday blaze

SOLON– Firefighters from Solon, North Liberty, Ely and Iowa City responded Thursday morning to find an industrial condominium on Solon’s south side partially engulfed in flames.

Council moving ahead with city hall design

SOLON– A Cedar Rapids engineering firm has been selected to design Solon’s new city hall.
At a March 20 meeting, city council members approved $3,050 in architectural services for Design Dynamics, Inc. for a design concept, and a full presentation was tentatively scheduled for special council meeting Monday, March 15.