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December 3rd

Five Solon varsity football players recognized by IPSWA

Shive named to First Team defense

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA) announced its selections for postseason Class 2A football honors on Tuesday, Nov. 24. Among those honored were five members of Solon’s 2020 varsity football team.
Solon senior Carson Shive was named the IPSWA Class 2A First Team defense for his success as an inside linebacker. He recorded 78 tackles, a team high, including 58 solo, 12 for loss and four sacks. He also recovered four fumbles.

Lady Spartans outpace Stormin’ Pointers in season opener

Solon overwhelms CPU, 68-41

SOLON– The Lady Spartans opened the varsity girls’ basketball season on Tuesday, Nov. 24, against the preseason, top-five ranked defending state semifinalist Center Point-Urbana Stormin’ Pointers in grand fashion, introducing new players and making a statement, surpassing CPU, 68-41.
Solon’s Kiersten Conway belted out the national anthem and Don Ellis, the voice of the Lady Spartans, introduced the WaMaC inter-conference match up.

Seniors lead Spartans under Galpin

Solon boys open on the road at Central DeWitt

SOLON– Head Coach Jared Galpin inherited an experienced boys basketball team.
The Spartans were scheduled to open the 2020-21 season against the Sabers of Central DeWitt Monday, Nov. 30, in DeWitt with a senior-heavy lineup.
“We return a lot of experience and scoring from last year’s team,” Galpin noted.
Solon returns its five top scorers from last year– seniors David Bluder, Carson Shive, Ben Cusick, Bo Janssen and junior Jake Quillin– but will have to make up for the graduation of Cam Miller, who led the team in assists (62) and was second in rebounds (80) a season ago.

Holiday trees and wreaths on display at community center

SOLON– Stop in the Solon Community Center to view the trees and wreaths form the talented, artistic, community members. Stop to bid on a tree or wreath or purchase one and raise funds for high school seniors.

Santa is coming to town Dec. 5

SOLON– A safe and socially-distanced Santa Claus will appear in Solon Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1-3 p.m. in the window of Briar Ridge Bikes, 120 W. Main St., Solon, according to the Solon Recreation Department.
If you have a letter you would like sent to the North Pole, please bring it along, and place it in Santa’s mailbox.

Increased turnout in a pandemic

Auditor Weipert pleased with county election process heading into third term

IOWA CITY– A record 86 percent turnout.
Huge early voting numbers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A fabulously popular response to drive-through voting.
Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert felt the Nov. 3 general election went really well.
On the last day of voting, he said, the staff of the auditor’s office processed 1,000 votes utilizing the drive-through service offered at the Johnson County Health and Human Services building’s parking ramp in Iowa City.

Grow west

Council considers concept for residential annexation 75 acres of houses, duplexes and four-plexes planned for Greazel property

SOLON– Another big residential subdivision is on Solon’s western horizon.
Developers representing the Grace Greazel Estate presented a preliminary annexation and rezoning concept for 116 acres just outside the city limits during a city council meeting Nov. 18.
As proposed, Trail Ridge Estates would include 107 single-family lots, 55 duplex lots and 13 four-plex lots– close to 270 living units– with space dedicated for public use as a dog park adjacent to the Hoover Nature Trail.

A challenging season ahead for the Trojan-Bolts

2020-2021 Iowa City West High-Liberty High boys swimming preview

CORALVILLE– Athletic coaches often speak of and guide their charges through overcoming adversity and rising above the challenges placed before them.
For Byron Butler and the Iowa City West High-Liberty High School Trojan-Bolts boys swim team, the 2020-2021 season is already proving to be a source of adversity and challenge.

Six seniors to lead the Bolts on the hardwood

2020-2021 Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball preview

NORTH LIBERTY– For now, the Bolts are benched.
Tuesday, Dec. 1, would’ve been the season opener for the Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball team, with a visit from non-conference competitor Washington (Iowa).
However, the Iowa City Community School District extended its 100 percent off-site learning through Friday, Dec. 11, due to continued high COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County, and all extracurricular activities, including athletics, are on-hold for the duration.

Bollers and Swails named to All-State Football teams

Iowa Print Sports Writers Association names 2020 gridiron elite

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA), with input from the Iowa Football Coaches Association (IFCA), announced its 2020 All-State high school Football Teams on Tuesday, Nov. 24, with two Clear Creek Amana (CCA) athletes recognized.
Senior TJ Bollers was a First Team defensive line pick with 35.5 tackles this season including 25 solos, 1.5 quarterback sacks and 6.5 tackles for a loss of yardage. The University of Wisconsin commit also made six receptions for 36 yards and one touchdown this season and one pass for 49 yards and a touchdown.