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Jeff Hess

Lady Spartans fall prey to Blazers, 3-0

Beckman Catholic serves Solon first home loss of 2018

SOLON– Mother Nature appeared to shake off all her unlucky perspiration from the seasonal temperatures on Thursday over the noticeably colder and windswept Spartan Stadium as the Trailblazers of Beckman Catholic, from Dyersville, served the Lady Spartans their first home loss of the 2018 season on Friday, April 13.
Beckman Catholic, first place in the WaMaC East, faced the Lady Spartans under windy and cool conditions as the heavens occasionally spat upon both teams.

Spartans 7th at Jesse Day Relays

Linderbaum 1st in shot put, Ira 2nd in hurdles

DAVENPORT– The Solon Spartan boys track and field team traveled to Brady Street Stadium for the Jesse Day Relays in Davenport on Thursday, April 12, and came away with a seventh-place team finish among the 11 teams participating. Bettendorf took the team champion honor with 143.25 points, followed by Pleasant Valley (113), Davenport West (108), North Scott (64.5), Clinton (62.5), Muscatine (56), Solon (53.5), Davenport Central (51), the event host Davenport North (36.25), Central DeWitt (36) and Davenport Assumption (15).

Lady Spartans fall 4-0 to Indians

Marion is Solon’s Little Big Horn

MARION– “Sometimes the magic works, sometimes it doesn’t,” or so said Old Lodge Skins in the 1970s movie, “Little Big Man,” a comical fictionalization of the lone survivor of the Battle of Little Big Horn. The Lady Spartans, third place in the WaMaC East, moved to 1-1 on the season Tuesday, April 10, following a windswept 4-0 defeat by the second-place WaMac West Marion Indians on the grass at the Marion High School soccer field, just up the hill from the high school.

Solon deflects Comets, 4-2

Even Mother Nature cannot deter the Lady Spartans

SOLON– Mother Nature cast a sideways glance at Solon on Monday, April 2, but it did not deter the Lady Spartans from starting the season with a win, closing out against West Liberty, on the windswept tundra of Spartan Stadium, 4-2.

Boys build momentum at CCA Invitational

Field events strong as ever

TIFFIN– It may have only been the second meet for the Solon boys track and field team this season, due to Mother Nature’s recent bipolar conflict, but the results following the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Boys Invitational held in Tiffin on Thursday, April 5, proved two things; the future looks bright for Solon track competitors and the field events are solid as ever.
Sophomore A.J. Coons placed fourth with a leap if 5-8 in the high jump.

Lady Spartan soccer

drawing on experience

SOLON– In his 14th year as the Lady Spartans’ Soccer Coach, John Tucker passes his head through the tether for his whistle, knowing he is not rebuilding this season.
“Not really rebuilding… We have a strong program. We are just looking for the players to step up,” he said.
It is a strong program if last season is any reflection. With an 11-8 team record during the 2016-17 season, Solon scored 95 goals on 305 shots; recorded 42 assists; and only gave up 43 goals, a 2.39 average per game, boasting 157 total saves, a save percentage of 78.5 percent.

Solon boys track season opener

Linderbaum champion, Rocky Lensing third in shot put

GRINNELL– The Solon boys track team opened its season competing at the WaMaC Conference Indoor Meet held at Grinnell College on Saturday, March 17. Senior Tyler Linderbaum and junior Rocky Lensing continued the Spartans’ dominance in field events, spearheading the Spartans’ success, capturing first and third respectively in the shot put.
“The throwers were definitely the highlight of Saturday’s meet,” Head Coach Mark Sovers, a 22-year coaching veteran at Solon schools, commented.

Ability Physical Therapy opens

Meeting the needs of a growing community

SOLON– As the Solon community continues to grow, athletic programs continue to find success, bicycle and hiking trails are constructed, and the care center seeks to expand, businesses seek to take up residence in Spartan country to meet the expanding needs. Ability Physical Therapy is one of the businesses arriving to accommodate those developing demands.

3 All-WaMaC Lady Spartans

Brianna Smith, Gabby Marty and Abby Smith named

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans were well represented when the 2017-18 area girls’ conference basketball honor teams were announced. During a season where the Lady Spartans regular season record was 6-15 and they suffered a first round postseason loss to the Monticello Panthers, three Lady Spartans were recognized for their performance on the hardwood.

Solon falls prey to Panthers, 73-46

MONTICELLO– The Solon Lady Spartans bid adieu to the 2017-18 Basketball season on Saturday, Feb. 10, following a first-round loss to the Monticello Panthers, 73-46, after ending their regular season on the road Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Mount Vernon, with a loss to the Mustangs, 44-19.

Girls win senior sendoff

Lady Spartans break losing streak, 49-40, over West Delaware

SOLON– The Lady Spartans sent off their seniors with a win, to accompany the special recognition prior to the game, on Senior Night Tuesday, Jan. 30, defeating the West Delaware Hawks, 49-40, on the home hardwood.
The Friday, Feb. 2, game was closely contested and one of Solon’s best games for valuing the ball all season, but the Lady Spartans fell short in a loss to Maquoketa on the road, 56-46.

Solon girls move to 5-13

Losses to Anamosa at home and Dyersville on the road

DYERSVILLE– The week was not kind to the Lady Spartan varsity basketball team, which dropped two games the week before Senior Night, falling to 5-13 for the season.
On Tuesday, Jan. 23, Solon hosted a game against the Anamosa Blue Raiders who marched over them, 46-25, and then on Friday, Jan. 26, the Lady Spartans succumbed, on the road, in Dyersville, to the Beckman Catholic Blazers, 46-32.