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February 26th

Lady Spartans’ Holtkamp and Holubar recognized for season performances

Two Lady Spartans receive postseason recognition

SOLON– Following the Lady Spartans basketball team’s exit from the postseason, with a final season record of 9-13, following a 64-55 loss, at home, against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes on Saturday, Feb. 15, some tears were shed after the young team showed great improvement in only its second season under Head Coach Jamie Smith.

Two champs!

First-ever twin titles for Solon

DES MOINES– It was the first time in school history Solon had two state champs in the same year.
It was also the first time Solon had a two-time winner.
Hayden Taylor and Jax Flynn ascended to the top of the podium at the Iowa Individual Wrestling Tournament in Des Moines, capturing titles at 145 and 170 pounds, and propelling Solon’s wrestling team to a fourth place finish in Class 2A.
For Taylor, it was the second consecutive title; Flynn became the seventh state champ in school history.
Both had to overcome big challenges on their way.

7th Annual Brett Smith Memorial 5K Run/ walk, April 18

Proceeds to benefit Solon Firehouse project

“My community is why I will always be a Spartan. Since I was little I always knew there was something special about it, and always knew that’s where I would want to grow up and live out my life. I’m blessed to have the support I do and I love you all for it. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to live in Solon and wouldn’t change it for the world.”– Brett Smith (Facebook entry: Dec. 23, 2011)

By Sandy Willey
Special to the Economist

Stronger Together

Booster Club and school board to get control of fundraisers

SOLON– There are too many fundraisers.
So, the Solon Community School District (SCSD) Board of Education has endorsed a proposal from the Solon Booster Club to bring all athletic fundraisers under one roof.
At a board meeting Feb. 20, Booster Club Treasurer Adam Stahle unveiled “Stronger Together,” a project aimed to strengthen the club’s sagging membership and address the district’s concern over the number of groups seeking funds on behalf of school programs.

A ton of fish, a ton of fun

Legion Friday night fish fries return Feb. 28 Raffle proceeds to help bring traveling Vietnam memorial

SOLON– This year, there will be plenty of fish.
In 2019, the Solon American Legion attracted the biggest crowds ever for its traditional Friday night fish fries.
Typically, over the course of seven Fridays heading into Easter, the Legion would draw an average of 230 people each evening.
“And last year we averaged over 350 per night,” explained Legion member Denny Hansen.
Last year, organizers decided to offer shrimp each week and moved the serving line out of the kitchen, he noted, and it made a big difference.
But they encountered an immediate problem– they hadn’t ordered enough food.

February 19th

Women of Troy bowl over the Wildcats

Kylie Rohm leads Iowa City West varsity girls past Durant

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High varsity girls bowling team picked up their second win of the season Monday, Feb. 10, at home, against the Durant Wildcats. West High won, 2,096 to 1,072, with Kylie Rohm triumphant with 318, Jade Ritchey filled the runner-up spot with 314, and Liberty High’s Lauren Strauser bowled a 263.
The varsity boys fell, 2,716 to 2,559, with Liberty High’s Robert Jones leading the Trojans with 387, while Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Stirlen Roberson knocked down 369.

Undefeated Little Hawks soar over the Lightning

City High girls pound Liberty High, 63-22

IOWA CITY– The No.1-ranked Iowa City High Little Hawks remained undefeated Monday, Feb. 10, after pounding Liberty High, 63-22, in varsity girls basketball at City High. The Little Hawks defeated the Lighting, 87-31, back in December at Liberty High, and the rematch, set for Jan. 17, was postponed due to weather.

Trojan Bolts win State Swimming Championship

Liberty’s Hajek takes fifth in the 100-yard butterfly

IOWA CITY — The Iowa City West High-Liberty High boys swim team claimed the 2020 State Championship Saturday, Feb. 15 by topping the field at the University of Iowa’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The Trojan-Bolts racked up 262.5 team points to sink the competition. Ankeny was the runner-up team with 236 while Waukee was third with 231.

Bolts take one on the chin against Prairie Hawks

CR Prairie flies past the Liberty boys 63-54

CEDAR RAPIDS– 24 hours after topping Iowa City High, the Liberty High Lightning were in action at Cedar Rapids Prairie against the 12-5 Prairie Hawks, and fell, 63-54, to dip to 9-9 on the season.

Stevens and Scranton punch their tickets to The Well

CCA senior and sophomore return to the State Wrestling Tournament

IOWA CITY — Clear Creek Amana wrestlers Sam Stevens and Kael Scranton earned spots on the mats of the 2020 Class 3A State Wrestling Tournament at the 3A District 6 Tournament Saturday, Feb. 15 at Iowa City West High.