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September 9th, 2020

Maybe something virtual this fall, maybe something next spring

CCA School Board ponders the fate of Homecoming 2020

OXFORD– It is practically a cliché to say nothing has been left untouched, unchanged, by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
However, after a spring which saw all high school sports cancelled, schools closed and graduations cancelled, done drive-through style in school parking lots, or held virtually, another annual high school tradition is in jeopardy of being unlike any other.

September 2nd

Lady Spartans reload

Former players join Walker as VB coach

SOLON– The Lady Spartans lost two of their top weapons from 2019, but still have a lot of experienced players coming back for first-year Head Coach Jeff Walker.
Solon’s varsity volleyball team opened the season Aug. 27 with a 2-0 loss against Center Point-Urbana at a relocated triangular meet in Mount Vernon.
The Stormin’ Pointers took a close 27-25 victory in the first game and then cruised to a 25-15 win in the second. No stats were available for Solon.

Spartans fall to Raiders, 17-14

A field goal thwarts Spartan victory in season opener

SOLON– The Solon Spartan varsity football team took their first dip in Class 2A waters against the Williamsburg Raiders on Friday, Aug. 28, and found it fraught with competition as a season-opening win was stolen from it courtesy of a 20-yard field goal with 1:35 remaining, in the fourth quarter, by Williamsburg Raider junior Alex Marovets for a 17-14 victory over the Spartans. It was the Raiders’ first win over Solon since 2011.
The kick that delivered the Raider win was a cherry on a 10-unanswered-point sundae Williamsburg put together in a six-minute rally late in the game.

Boys, girls each run 3rd, in cross country season kickoff

ANAMOSA– Same meet… different look, as Solon’s cross country teams opened the 2020 season. Usually held in midseason, the Anamosa Invitational was first on the calendar this year. It ushered in a new look, as COVID-19 precautions meant different training, team transportation, meet preparation, social distancing on the course and masks on many– certainly not all– spectators in the Aug. 29 meet.

Stange asks for special September session to discuss community center

6-month lease expires at the end of 2020

SOLON– It’s time to talk about the future of the Solon Community Center.
At the end of an Aug. 19 Solon City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Stange asked for a September work session to discuss the converted school building.
Stange said he had individual conversations with council committee members, as well as City Administrator Cami Rasmussen and Recreation Director Tom Harder, regarding the facility the city has operated since June of 2018.

High positivity rates, 100% return concern parents

Third-party option not really equitable education Solon parent and epidemiologist would have preferred a hybrid school model

SOLON– As a parent, teacher and public health epidemiologist, Kelly Baker is concerned about the Solon Community School District (SCSD) Return to Learn plan.
Solon schools opened for the year Aug. 31, with an estimated 95 percent of students attending in person.
It’s been difficult for numerous parents to decide whether to send students to school or to utilize a third-party, online-only option, she said.
The district’s plan has lacked a lot of detail, and while it’s still evolving, it’s not the hybrid model Baker would prefer.

Firehouse campaign trying to push past COVID

$500k contribution moves project closer 2021 construction possible

SOLON– When things were looking bleak for fundraising, a Solon family came through.
The Dennis and Jana Munson family of rural Solon donated $500,000 to the Solon Firehouse campaign.
“Obviously, our hats are off to the Munson family,” said firefighter and Firehouse organizer and Greg Morris. “Dennis and his family are just committed to what we provide and do for our community. They all view it as an important entity of our community.”
Morris was on the treadmill when his phone rang with a number he didn’t recognize.

Trojan-Bolts dunk Dubuque’s Mustangs

IC West-Liberty High girls open 2020 swimming season with home win over Hempstead

CORALVILLE– The combined Iowa City West High and Liberty High “Trojan-Bolts” picked right up where they left off last year, staying undefeated in the Coralville Recreation Center’s pool Tuesday, Aug. 25, with a dual meet win over Dubuque Hempstead.
The Trojan-Bolts’ junior varsity (JV) squad won, 143-21, with the varsity winning, 151-35.

Brandon McCarty awarded scholarship

CCA grad selected for Iowa PGA Foundation’s Charlie Burkart Scholarship

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty native and Clear Creek Amana High School graduate Brandon McCarty was selected as the 2020 Charlie Burkart Scholarship honoree by the Iowa PGA Foundation.
“I am very honored and appreciative that I was selected as the 2020 Charlie Burkhart Scholarship winner. This award will be a tremendous help as I continue my academic and golf career at the next level,” McCarty said.

Bolts struggle against Trojans

Iowa City West wins season-opener against Liberty High, 27-0

NORTH LIBERTY– Cheerleaders cheered, a small pep band (socially distanced in the stands and with cloth covers over the bells of their horns) performed, and the football teams did gridiron war Friday, Aug. 28, as the Iowa City West High Trojans invaded the Liberty Lightning.
But there were no spectators inside the stadium.
As part of the Iowa City Community School District’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies, spectators were not allowed in (they instead gathered on top of vehicles in the parking lots and stood along the fence surrounding the stadium).