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Jeff Hess

Tradition never graduates- Spartans defeat Mustangs again, 35-7

35-7 season opener over Mustangs affirms prognostications

MOUNT VERNON– “Tradition never graduates” adorned the side of the machine shed for all to see heading north on Highway 1, toward Solon, on their way to the Highway 1 rivalry game Friday, Aug. 30.
The tradition of Solon defeating the Mustangs continued, as the Spartans soundly defeated Mount Vernon, 35-7, at Ash Park, under the lights on the Cornell Rams’ home field in Mount Vernon. It was the 17th straight victory for Solon in the match up.

Fall Sports Kick Off displays strong programs

Preseason prospects keep Coach Miller focusing on balance

SOLON– Spartan Stadium filled with fall sports athletes and Spartan faithful, like a cornucopia of athletic promise, prior to the Spartans’ preseason scrimmage with Union on Friday, Aug. 23.
The matchup, previously scheduled to be played at Union was relocated to Solon when conditions of Union’s field forced the change of venue. Subsequently the Falls Sports Kick Off was also rescheduled from Thursday, Aug. 22, to coincide with the Union scrimmage at Spartan Stadium.

New season, same goals

22 returning seniors and a lot of promise

SOLON– The 2019-20 varsity football season holds some heavy promise preseason.
Solon Head Coach Kevin Miller speaks of consistent expectations albeit tempered with a bit of melancholy as his son, quarterback Cam Miller, competes in his senior season.
The Spartans completed the 2018-19 season with a 9-1 record. They completed a perfect regular season, outscoring regular season opponents 369-99. Their only loss came at the hands of Western Dubuque, 48-13, at Spartan Stadium in the opening round of the playoffs.

Lady Spartans triumph in rain

Defeat Regina 2-1

SOLON– The wind howled through the cables of the handrail at Spartan Stadium making ominous organ like noises, as the bluster and temps made the regular season end for the Lady Spartans much like it began. But Solon would not be daunted, triumphing over the Iowa City Regina Regals, 2-1, after trailing 1-0 at the half on Tuesday, May 21, at Spartan Stadium.

Tear-jerker penalty kick loss to Raiders

Lady Spartans fall, 2-1, to Williamsburg

SOLON– The Lady Spartans knocked on the door but got turned away as a result of a shootout after 100 minutes of play in Spartan Stadium on Thursday, May 2, losing 2-1 to the visiting Williamsburg Raiders.

Boys 8th at WaMaC Conference Super Meet

Lensing wins shot put, Flansburg second, Diersen third in discus

DeWITT– The Solon Spartans’ boys track and field team competed in the WaMaC Conference Super Meet at Central DeWitt High School and emerged as a team eighth in the 14-team field on Thursday, May 2. The Spartans scored 55.5 team points at the meet, bested by champion Marion with 95, Mount Vernon with 89, Clear Creek Amana with 87, Benton Community with 85, Williamsburg with 83, Vinton-Shellsburg with 63.5 and Center Point-Urbana with 61. South Tama (36), Central DeWitt (30), Beckman (29) Maquoketa (14), West Delaware (10), and Independence (3) completed the competitors.

Solon girls win second in a row

Cardinals dispatched by Lady Spartans, 2-0

SOLON– In the Lady Spartans’ first of two home games of the week, on Tuesday, April 23, Solon dispatched the Maquoketa Cardinals, 2-0, to move to .500 on the season. The win was the second in a row for the Lady Spartans, who appear to be building momentum on offense cresting the halfway point of the season.

Solon 5th at Pacha Relays

TIFFIN– The Solon Spartans boys track and field team rolled into Tiffin on Thursday, April 25, after the cancellation of the Maquoketa Valley meet earlier in the week due to weather, ready to compete at Clear Creek Amana High School.
Even with some team members competing at the Drake Relays for the weekend, the Spartans captured a consistent fifth-place showing.

State track meet brings out personal bests for Solon boys

Ira, Linderbaum 2nd

DES MOINES– The Solon boys track and field team found success against tough statewide competition, again.
“We were really pleased with our team performance at the state track meet. Our goal from the beginning of the year has always been to go out and compete as the best version of ourselves each time we have the opportunity. When you can do it during championship season it is very satisfying,” said Coach Mark Sovers.

Lady Spartans win in Williamsburg, lose on senior night to South Tama

SOLON– The Lady Spartans started their week by mending their winning ways in Williamsburg on Tuesday, May 15, with an offensively aggressive performance resulting in a win over the Williamsburg Raiders girls’ soccer team, 2-1. Their success was stymied on Thursday, May 17, at home against South Tama, as they fell on Senior Night, 1-0.

Spartan boys track and field team 5th in 3A qualifier

Ira 110 hurdles first, Linderbaum first in shot/third in discus, 800 sprint medley third

SOLON– Coach Mark Sovers posted to Twitter on Thursday evening, May 9, a picture of the empty Spartan Stadium track’s lanes, with the sunset-illuminated school in the background, empty. The caption accompanying the picture read, “Reflecting on the incredible opportunity to coach such unselfish, relationship driven athletes. Looking forward to the best version of who we are shining through. #humble”
Spartan Stadium lights blazed on Thursday, May 10, as Solon hosted a coed Class 3A qualifying track meet.

Varsity boys 2nd, JV boys 3rd at WaMaC East coed meet

SOLON– The Solon Spartan boys track and field teams, junior varsity (JV) and varsity, both flourished at the WaMaC East Divisional Championship meet, finishing third and second, respectively on Monday, May 7, postponed from Thursday, May 3, due to inclement weather, at Spartan Stadium.