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Solon Economist

Three-peat

Hayden Taylor makes Solon history Marty places 6th at state wrestling

DES MOINES– Hayden Taylor willed himself to a third state title.
The Solon junior dominated the Class 2A field at 160 pounds and took his place at the top of the podium during the 2021 State Wrestling Championships in Des Moines Saturday, Feb. 20.
Taylor worked his way to the title match with a technical fall in the first round, a 9-2 decision in the quarterfinal and a major decision in the semifinal.
He squared off against second-ranked, undefeated Wyatt Appleseth of Panorama in the 160-pound final, earning a 7-2 victory.

Lady Spartans victorious in epic semifinal

Solon knocks off Monticello, 50-48, in overtime

SOLON– In the Lady Spartans varsity basketball team’s best game thus far this season, Solon bested the Monticello Panthers, 50-48, in an overtime battle of the ages.
Solon started the game as they had many this season, with a strong first quarter, building to a 15-10 lead at the end of one with both the Levin sisters, MaKinley and Callie, scoring five points in the first quarter.

Spartans blow by Demons

Solon closes out regular season with wins Substate semifinal Feb. 25

SOLON– Solon’s boys are back to their winning ways, just in time for the postseason.
The Spartan basketball team finished its regular season with a three-game win streak, edging Center Point-Urbana (CPU) on the road and then racing out of the gates against the Washington Demons at home.
Solon fended off the Stormin’ Pointers, 60-54, in Center Point Feb. 16, then cruised to a 62-38 victory over the Demons Feb. 18 in Solon.
Washington came into the game with a 14-5 record and its own three consecutive wins, including over Clear Creek Amana.

Solon down Trojans to advance

SOLON– On to the next round.
Solon’s varsity boys’ basketball team advanced to a Class 3A Substate 4 semifinal with a 64-30 win over South Tama at home Feb. 22 in quarterfinal playoff game.
The Spartans will host Maquoketa Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. for the right to play in the Substate 4 final, scheduled for March 1 at a site to be determined.

Lady Spartans halted by Knights, 49-36

Solon derailed by Assumption in 3A Region 7 championship

CLARENCE– It took three Davenport Assumption Knights– Dawsen Dorsey (14 points), Ava Schubert (14) and Anna Wohlers (11)– to derail the Lady Spartans’ express during the 2020-2021, COVID-modified season. Solon traveled 30-minutes north to North Cedar High School, neutral territory for both teams, to meet and ultimately succumb to the Davenport Assumption Knights, 49-36, in a Class 3A regional final Feb. 20.

Trail Ridge Estates stalled

No super-majority to overturn P&Z decision

SOLON– Trail Ridge Estates is one vote short.
As is, the proposal to annex and rezone a 130-acre residential subdivision west of Solon’s city limits on Highway 382 has only three of four city council votes needed to override a Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission decision.
Mayor Steve Stange conducted the informal poll of council members at a Feb. 17 meeting.

Dollar General planned

Parking concerns raised; plan sent to P&Z for comment

SOLON– A national retail chain has its eye on a Highway 1 industrial lot.
A concept plan for a 10,640 square-foot Dollar General was introduced to Solon City Council members during a Feb. 17 meeting.
Council members and Mayor Steve Stange raised concerns over a requested variance for parking stalls, and asked for the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) to comment.

Becoming a destination

Auditorium revival adds hotel to Solon. Palmer House Stable and Literary Hotel to provide unique package.

SOLON– “You have to offer an experience that people will talk about years later,” Al Wells said.
And Solon is ready to step up to the plate.
Wells, owner and operator of the Palmer House Stable, and partners Bill Wittig and Bruce Hudson, are knee-deep into the renovation of the abandoned St. Mary Auditorium in Solon.
When complete later this year, the Auditorium Lofts and Commons project with its second-floor hotel, will add another missing element to the community.

City Circle Theatre Company presents “First Date: A Musical Comedy” Feb. 26-28

CORALVILLE– City Circle Theatre Company’s next virtual performance is “First Date: A Musical Comedy,” Feb. 26-28. The event is professionally recorded and edited by CoralVision. Tickets are $12-$25. For tickets and more information, visit www.CoralvilleArts.org or call the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at 319-248-9370.

Firehouse project continues to seek funds

Donations help lower borrowing 486 calls for service in 2020

SOLON– Solon’s firefighters aren’t done fundraising yet.
The Solon Firefighter Association collected just shy of $1.2 million in the past two-and-a-half years for a new firehouse, noted department member Greg Morris, and the work will keep going until the project is complete.
“You’ve got to be proud of that number,” he said.
Morris had no illusions people were going to dump that kind of money in his lap when he took on a leadership role with raising the $4 million needed.
But, he added, “COVID has really hurt our ability to get in front of people.”

Too big, too fast

Some Solon area residents want to slow proposed growth Trail Ridge discussed at special council session

SOLON– They want Solon to stay Solon.
Locals shared their fears a proposed 130-acre residential subdivision would grow the town too quickly during a special city council meeting Feb. 10 dedicated to Trail Ridge Estates.
Jeff Geistkemper summed up the concerns of several Solon-area speakers.
His property on Solon’s west side would be annexed along with the development.
“We knew the day was coming when we may become annexed,” he said during the virtual meeting. “I just think this is too aggressive.”

Streak ends at Mt. Vernon

Solon rebounds against South Tama

SOUTH TAMA– The winning streak for the varsity boys’ basketball team ended at 16 in Mount Vernon Feb. 9.
The Mustangs took an early lead and held it, 60-47, to hand Solon only its second loss of the season.
But the Spartans bounced back for an easy win at South Tama Feb. 12 and head into the final week of the regular season with a 17-2 record.