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Doug Lindner

Wrestlers 4th at WaMaC

Taylor, Gnida take titles, Marty 2nd

MANCHESTER– It was a solid showing.
Solon’s varsity wrestlers came in fourth at the 14-team WaMaC Conference Tournament in Manchester Feb. 1.
Hayden Taylor (145 pounds) and Zeb Gnida (152) brought home first-place finishes, with Gage Marty (195) taking runner-up.

Beckman cruises over Solon

Blazers build big lead in 63-43 win

SOLON– It was a big hole.
When Carson Shive hit two free throws to open the Solon scoring and tie the game against Beckman Catholic Jan. 31 in Solon, it was as close as the Spartans would get the rest of the night.
Shive hit a three-pointer moments later to make the score 6-5 in Beckman’s favor, but from there out, things didn’t bounce Solon’s way.
Turnovers haunted the Spartans early on and the Blazers built a 16-5 first-quarter lead they would not relinquish.
Beckman held the Spartans to 14 points in the first half and held a commanding 26-point lead heading into the third quarter.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial traveling wall coming to Solon?

Council approves $3,000 of $7,000 tab

SOLON– A traveling version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial may be coming to Solon in August.
Scott Rozinek, a member of the Solon American Legion, approached the Solon City Council for partial funding of the proposal at a Jan. 22 meeting.
Council members agreed to fund a $3,000 down-payment.
The total cost, Rozinek said, would be $6,000, plus lodging for a driver and any other associated local expenses.
Rozinek told city representatives he had previously assisted in the displaying of a Vietnam traveling memorial wall in West Branch.

Golfletics

Austin Kopp returns home to fuse technology and fitness efficiently

CORALVILLE– Golfletics is a perfect place to discover the game of golf.
The new performance center features two cutting-edge public simulator bays where you can play some of the best courses in the world with no weather issues. In the back is a 600 square-foot gym and an additional instruction and club-fitting bay.
“It’s kind of a marriage of all my experience,” explained Solon native and North Liberty resident Austin Kopp.

Spartans edged by Mustangs

Mount Vernon escapes with 70-68 win

SOLON– “They left it all on the floor,” Solon head Coach Matt Lesan said. “Some of those bounces that aren't going our way will start to change.”
Everything was looking good for a Spartan upset of two-loss Mount Vernon Jan. 24 in Solon.
But the Mustangs retook the lead when it mattered, and the 70-68 loss dropped the Solon varsity boys to a third straight loss and a 3-11 record. Mount Vernon improved to 11-2.
The Spartans held a 38-33 advantage at the half in a see-saw battle which featured some hot shooting and some aggressive defense.

One win, one tie

Solon wrestlers down Marion, but end in 36-36 deadlock with Mount Vernon

SOLON– Trailing 36-33 heading into the final match, it was up to Nash Altman at 285 pounds.
And he delivered.
Altman’s 1-0 victory against Mount Vernon’s Keaton Dennis knotted the score 36-36 and helped Solon’s varsity wrestlers avoid a loss to the Mustangs during a double dual meet Jan. 23 in Solon.
The Spartans picked up a comfortable 51-28 win over Marion earlier in the evening.
Solon faced an 18-0 deficit against the Mustangs when Jakobe Lahr put the home team on the scoreboard with a pin of Mount Vernon’s Jacob Coon at 126 pounds (2:21).

Solon Senior Dining celebrates 40 years

Countless volunteers have carried the cause for Old Gold Diner

SOLON– They list off the names.
Rosemary Erenberger, Peg Zaruba, Naomi Steinbrech, Jeanne Erhart, Bev Noska, Irene Steinbrech, Elaine Reynolds, Marie Kroul, Bessie Drahos and Doris Looney, Wayne Croy, Betty Buchmayer, Milt Hunt, Elieen Hageman, Anna McAtee.
It’s not complete by any means– there’s a long list of people who helped keep Solon’s Senior Dining program alive since its creation in 1980.

Getting vets outdoors

Solon-based Iowa Veterans Outdoor Experience growing through giving

SOLON– They’re just taking care of family.
And veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are the biggest family you’ll ever know, Brad Storck explained.
Storck is a co-founder of Iowa Veterans Outdoor Experience (IVOE), a homegrown non-profit which hosts a group of disabled veterans twice a year for an exclusive hunt on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ground at Coralville Lake.
The group has been around for seven years, staffed by volunteers from the Solon American Legion and supported with contributions from area businesses and organizations.

Solon boys break six-game skid

Spartans down Maquoketa. 68-39

SOLON– It was good to get a win.
After dropping the previous two games by a combined four points, Solon’s varsity boys’ basketball team blew out the Maquoketa Cardinals for a 68-39 home victory Jan. 16.
Despite playing in the Solon Middle School, the Spartans tore the game open in the third quarter, turning a 10-point halftime margin into a 22-point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“I loved how our guys responded to getting challenged,” noted Head Coach Matt Lesan.
This time, Solon took a 19-11 first-quarter lead and didn’t look back.

Wrestlers hop in to J-Hawk invite, take 6th

Ed Hadenfeldt home tourney canceled

CEDAR RAPIDS– It’s been a frustrating couple of weekends for Solon’s varsity wrestlers.
The Prairie City-Monroe tournament scheduled for Jan. 11 was canceled due to winter weather, and then the forecast did not look good heading into the weekend of Solon’s home Ed Hadenfeldt Invitational Jan. 18.

Mustangs hold off Spartans, 76-64

Mount Vernon second-quarter surge keeps Solon at bay

MOUNT VERNON– It was another pretty close game.
After building an eight-point lead in the first half, Mount Vernon moved to 8-0 on the season by holding off Solon, 76-64, Jan. 7 in Mount Vernon.
The loss dropped Solon to 2-6.
The Spartans trailed by only a point, 18-17, at the end of the first period, but the Mustangs padded the margin in the second period and held a 37-29 advantage at the half.
Solon could keep pace in the third quarter, but couldn’t trim the lead.
Mount Vernon junior Keaton Kutcher carried the load for Mount Vernon, scoring 32 points and grabbing five steals.

Solon wrestlers make points count against Beckman

Spartans push past with 44-29 dual win

SOLON– The varsity Spartans wrestling team held a 24-3 lead against Dyersville Beckman five matches into a Jan. 9 dual meet in Solon.
But three of the wins had been forfeits at 195, 220 and 285 pounds.
Now it was Solon’s turn, forfeiting at 106 and 113.
Beckman followed it up with a major decision at 120 and a pin at 126 and suddenly the Blazers were up, 25-24.
But Solon would take four of the last five matches and distance itself for a 44-29 victory.