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Jeff Hess

Lady Spartans defeat Demons at home

Solon downs Washington for 2nd win, 53-46

Solon Economist
SOLON– Solon’s Brianna Smith returned to the Lady Spartans’ home court on Saturday, Dec. 2, arguably in an effort to wash the bitter taste of the 64-18 loss to Marion the night before from every Solon fan’s memory. Shooting 5-5 from the arc, Brianna Smith led the 1-2 Lady Spartans with 22 points to a 53-46 win over the 1-2 Washington Demons while exorcizing a few from the night before on Saturday, Dec. 2.

No. 1 Marion routs Solon Women

Lady Spartans pick up second loss, 64-18

Solon Economist
MARION– On Friday, Dec. 1, the Lady Spartans found out what it is like to meet a No. 1-ranked team as they headed to Marion to face the Indians. Suffice it to say it was an eye-opening, 64-18 loss.
“I hope we can take some pride in the fact that we never gave up,” Coach Lisa Bishop said. “That Marion group has been playing together for a long time, year round. They know each other very well and have worked extremely hard on their game in the off-season. They should be rewarded and I think they will be state champs.

Lady Spartans stumble

S. Tama outpaces Solon, 51-47

Solon Economist
SOLON– The Lady Spartans paced the South Tama Trojans on Tuesday, Nov. 28, but fell a few steps shy in the final quarter, losing 51-47.
“I think we let the game get away due to foul trouble, not taking care of the ball, and missed free-throws,” Coach Lisa Bishop commented. “Big credit to South Tama for capitalizing on each of those mistakes.”
Solon’s starting lineup for the second game of the season included juniors Saige Hauer, Gabby Marty, Abby Smith and Erin Kerkhoff led by senior Brianna Smith.

New season, new tempo

Solon gallops past Vinton-Shellsburg, 51-33

SOLON– The Lady Spartans took to the court to start a new season with a different appearance, a different pace, fast transitions and an exciting win over the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Solon High School.
The Lady Spartans’ season opener commenced the 2017-18 season for both Solon and the Vikettes and a new, faster-paced, transition-oriented, full-court game by the Lady Spartans resulted in an eight-point lead at the half and a 51-33 triumph over the Vikettes. The win moved the Spartan ladies to 1-0 for the season.

Soup and Hoops

Solon High School kicks off winter sports

SOLON– Blustery winds and dropping temperatures promise the arrival of winter to the Midwest.
In Solon, it means the kick off of the winter sports season and the annual Soup and Hoops event that kicks it off.
The Solon High School commons transformed into a bit of soup kitchen at a kick off to winter sports on Friday, Nov. 17.

Lady Spartans tip off winter season

Solon girls start with 3 of first 4 games at home

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
SOLON– “We have had a great preseason. This group really wants to be coached and (is) willing to be all-in during the season in order to be successful!” Solon Head Coach Lisa Bishop said of this year’s varsity basketball team.
“They are working hard, having great effort and enthusiasm, and many of them are stepping up as leaders,” she said, citing returning players Brianna Smith, Gabby Marty, Erin Kerkhoff, Abby Smith, Saige Hauer, Jenna LeDage and Taylor Ryan.

Spartans’ journey ends

Solon falls to Xavier at UNI-Dome, 35-7

CEDAR FALLS– The Spartans struggled little during the regular football season, but met their Goliath, falling 35-7 to Cedar Rapids Xavier in the Class 3A semifinals at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, on Thursday, Nov. 9.
“Xavier executed at a very high level on offense and had a great plan to attack our defense,” Solon Head Football Coach Kevin Miller said. “Our offense had to abandon our game plan prematurely due to the Xavier’s early success. We moved the ball but couldn’t finish inside the red zone when we needed to.”

Solon crushes West Delaware, 54-14

Spartans to UNI-Dome to face unbeaten Xavier in 3A semi

SOLON– Solon’s defense made statements all season and Coach Kevin Miller challenged the offense.
On Friday, Nov. 3, the Spartan offense answered resoundingly, defeating the West Delaware Hawks, 54-14, to advance to the state semifinals to face Cedar Rapids Xavier, the only other 11-0 team in Class 3A football.
“This was the first time, this season, we put all three phases together. Overall, I thought we executed at a high level and we valued the football. Defensively, we played well, other than a couple of plays where we failed to execute our assignments,” Coach Miller commented.

The tradition continues

Wartburg’s homecoming against Loras serves as reunion for five Spartan families

WAVERLY– Wartburg College’s homecoming was a bit of a reunion for five Spartan alum on Saturday, Oct. 14, at Zimmerman field, following the Knights’ win over the Loras Duhawks, 42-11. Wartburg senior Chris McNutt and sophomore Brandan Childs met former high school football teammates Loras sophomores Spencer Lawson and Dalton Vislisel along with freshman Jarod Clevenger and their families joined together at the Wartburg “W” at midfield following the game.

Machine Shed Mantra

Senior football dads keep the spirit alive

SOLON– The “Machine shed mantra” has been a part of Solon football tradition since 1985, when Maury Miller, Coach Kevin Miller’s father, scrawled “Bear Season” on the building in reference to a rivalry game between the Solon Spartans and the West Branch Bears.
The original intent was to elevate the level of competition and has done so, for the last 32 years.

Spartans advance to quarterfinals

Solon smothers Vikings in 34-2 win

SOLON– Neither rain, nor sleet, nor cold of night could deter the Spartans on Friday, Oct. 27, at Spartan Stadium as Solon emerged victorious from a postseason football clash with the Decorah Vikings, 34-2.

Perfect season

Spartans end regular season 9-0 with 43-0 win over Trojans

Solon hosts Decorah Friday in first round of 3A football playoffs

SOLON– The Spartans ended the perfect regular season at 9-0 (7-0) with a 43-0 exclamation-point victory over the Fairfield Trojans Friday, Oct. 20, at Spartan Stadium.
A Senior Night win capped the Spartans’ perfect season of “Do what we do!” as the Solon defense held Fairfield to 53 total yards passing and just two yards rushing on 21 carries in 48 minutes of football.
The defensive performance set up Solon’s offense to accumulate 162 yards passing, going 10-17, and rush for 214 yards on 33 carries.