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Doug Lindner

Spartans sweep Indians and Bobcats

Solon scores 38 runs in two doubleheaders

SOLON– The Spartans went 5-0.
Solon’s varsity baseball team swept doubleheaders from Marion and Benton Community and pulled out an eighth-inning win at Mid-Prairie last week, upping the team’s season record to 10-4.
Solon picked up two WaMaC East wins at struggling Marion June 29, riding a one-hit pitching performance by junior Brayden Rickertson in a 9-1 game-one win and fending off the Indians, 9-7, in the nightcap.

Indee takes two from Lady Spartans

INDEPENDENCE– Solon’s varsity softball team fell to 15-8 after dropping a pair of games at Independence July 3.
After losing the first game, 3-2, Solon rebounded for four runs in the top of the eighth to break a 6-6 tie in the nightcap, only to see the Mustangs walk off with an 11-10 victory with five-runs in the bottom of the inning.
Sophomore Ava Stebral, senior Jadyn Jeter and senior Peyton Sands each had two hits, including a double, and two RBI. Freshman Hilary Wilson and senior Madison Sprague each had two hits.

Solon splits with Marion, sweeps struggling Beckman

Sprague pitches one-hitter against Indians

SOLON– The Lady Spartans put their offense in gear against a pair of WaMaC East softball opponents last week.
Solon split with Marion on the road June 29 then swept a pair from Beckman Catholic July 1 at home, cranking out 51 hits over the four-game span.
The Lady Spartans fell 10-3 to the Indians in the first game at Marion, but still managed 10 hits, all singles, off starter Megan Kessens. Solon exploded for 11 hits, including two home runs, in the nightcap for a 12-0 victory.

Solon rides highs and lows against Tipton and Assumption

Big win at home, big loss on the road

SOLON– The Spartans scored 15 runs over two games.
But 14 came in one game and the Solon varsity baseball team split single games against Tipton and Davenport Assumption last week.
The Spartans shut out the Tigers, 14-0, at home, on June 23 and then got waylaid by the Knights the following evening, 11-1.
Freshman Blake Timmons and seniors Lucas Walker and Mathieux Rehnke combined to limit Tipton to four hits and no runs over five innings, with seven strikeouts by Walker.

Solon splits with CCA

Lady Spartans rebound for 9-2 win in nightcap

OXFORD The Lady Spartans six-game win streak ended in Oxford.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity softball team took the opening game of a road doubleheader from Solon, 8-4, June 24, but the Lady Spartans bounced back with a convincing 9-2 victory in the nightcap.
In game one, Solon struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
But the Creek Girls grabbed control with four runs in the home half of the third.

Lady Spartans tackle ranked opponents

Solon sweeps rescheduled doubleheader from Central DeWitt

SOLON The Lady Spartans took on some heavy hitters.
Solons varsity softball team hosted a trio of ranked teams for a pair of weekend triangular tournaments and came away 1-2.
The Lady Spartans, ranked No. 14 in Class 3A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, defeated unranked Keokuk and No. 15 (2A) Columbus Catholic (Waterloo) Friday before falling to No. 10 (5A) Ottumwa and No. 4 (5A) Iowa City High Saturday.
The Lady Spartans came into the tournament riding another winning streak, having overpowered Central DeWitt with 21 total hits and 19 runs in a home doubleheader June 25.

Under construction

5th Street intersection closed through mid-July for signal project Council updated on current projects

SOLON– It will be mid-July before the intersection of Highway 1 and 5th Street opens back up.
Eastbound through traffic on 5th Street has been diverted around construction of a traffic signal, and paving is scheduled for July 13-14, according to City Engineer Dave Schechinger.
During a June 17 city council meeting, Schechinger said crews are currently working on sewer and sub-drain, with subgrade scheduled for the following week. The work is expected to increase the intersection’s radius, widening the southeast corner by about 10 feet.

Splash pad back in sight

City prepares to absorb rising costs Hoping for summer 2021 opening

SOLON– The City of Solon would like to get its splash pad into the ground, but there are still costs up in the air.
It’s been a long time on the drawing board for the city’s first water park, but city officials hope to pull the project together and start construction in earnest yet this year.
At a special meeting June 10, city council members authorized a $64,518.45 down payment to Vortex Aquatic Structures International for the splash pad’s structures and recirculation equipment.
The total cost of the materials will be $215,061.50, including delivery.

23 runs good for sweep

Solon takes two from CPU Three wins in a row for Spartans

SOLON– The bats came alive against the Stormin’ Pointers.
Solon High School’s varsity baseball team swept a doubleheader from Center Point-Urbana (CPU) 10-1 and 13-3 at home June 18.
The Spartan pitchers allowed only four hits and a single earned run in the opener, while Solon’s offense knocked 14 hits, including three doubles.
The Spartans put up two runs in the bottom of the first, but broke open the game with six in the fourth inning, sandwiched by single runs in the third and fifth.

Baseball is back

Spartans topple Fairfield in home opener Solon begins season with split at West Delaware

SOLON– Fans welcomed Solon’s varsity baseball team back to the diamond June 17 for a home opener against the Fairfield Trojans.
The Spartans made the most of six hits and five walks for a 9-3 win.
The victory moved Solon to 2-1 after starting the season with a doubleheader split with West Delaware June 15.
Junior Brayden Rickertson threw 4 1/3 innings on the mound, giving up four hits and two unearned runs while striking out four and walking three. Senior Sully Steen pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief, giving up an unearned run and a hit.

No Beef Days

Solon’s annual celebration limited to socially distant events Buy your Beef Days Bundles starting July 1

SOLON– “Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel our traditional 2020 Solon Beef Days events,” the Facebook post said.
With that, Solon’s Beef Days Committee announced on June 16 what many suspected.
“This decision did not come easy, but after careful consideration and conversations with city officials and local health agencies we have decided that Beef Days could not go on like normal under the current social distancing guidelines and other restrictions set forth for our state,” the post continued.

Black Lives Matter

Solon grads share their experiences with racism Over 100 march through Solon

SOLON– Black Lives Matter to white people, too.
And that is making a difference, according to a few Solon High School (SHS) graduates.
SHS alumni led a throng of about 150 people on a march through Solon Sunday, June 14, demanding justice for black Americans.
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters shouted the names of the most recent victims in America’s race war as they walked from the SHS parking lot to the bandstand downtown.
Leading the crowd were Solon graduates Ainslee Eastman, Cate Neumann, Sydney Lawson and Ellie Hawkins, and 17-year-old Quincy Jagnow of North Liberty.