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Solon Economist

Ely News by Lenna See

Janice Heathman of Swisher, Amy Krug of Amana, Barb Matias of Cedar Rapids, Barbara Mackey, Kathy Osborn and Jan Mackey enjoyed dining at the Ronneburg Restaurant in Amana on Friday, May 4. The occasion was to celebrate Barbara Mackey’s 80th birthday and Kathy’s 65th birthday.

Shueyville High Alumni Banquet

held April 27

SHUEYVILLE– The 127th annual Shueyville High School Alumni Banquet was held April 27 at the Shueyville United Methodist Church. The Shueyville Center was open to look at the alumni remembrance shelves. Darlene Suchomel and John Castek entertained with their accordion music.
This year all who attended Shueyville grade school in the old high school building were invited to attend. Next year it will be the same. Let Kathryn Birky, in the Swisher phone book know if you want to attend so we can send out an invitation.

Solon American Legion Girls State

SOLON– Iowa Girls State is one of the premier programs sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and was all started by a dream of four women over 70 years ago in hopes of teaching young women about the political process. Girls State is a “learning by doing” program, which takes the girls through the entire political process.

Solon American Legion Boys State

SOLON– Coming into its 79th annual session, American Legion Hawkeye Boys State will be held at Camp Dodge in Johnston June 10-15. Boys selected to attend from Solon this year are Lance Martin, son of Dean and Carole Martin, and Jesse Miller, son of Randy and Denise Miller. They were chosen by members of the Solon American Legion Post No. 460 to attend based on scholastic and community achievements.

Record 4x400 lifts girls to eighth

Lady Spartans leapfrog from 13th place late at state meet

DES MOINES– A top-eight finish; a couple more school records and Solon’s girls’ track team returned from the 2018 state track meet knowing they had pushed themselves to the limit.
Qualifying in 14 events, the Lady Spartans had the numbers. A down-to-the-wire second-place finish in the 4x400 meter relay and school record in the fourth-place shuttle hurdle relay were final day highlights; but it took an all-in effort from everybody to rack up the 28 team points.

Spartans advance against Highland

Possible substate final against No. 2 Iowa Mennonite Saturday

SOLON– Solon’s varsity boys took their first step toward a trip to the state soccer tournament Monday.
The Spartans took care of business against one-win Highland Riverside in the opening round of Class 1A Substate 5 soccer May 21, dispatching the Huskies 5-0 at Spartan Stadium.
The win advanced Solon to a semifinal Wednesday, May 23, against Holy Trinity Catholic- Fort Madison, which defeated Central Lee 2-0 in a quarterfinal Monday evening in Burlington.

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.

Girls send 14 to state

Four field events, six relays, three individuals

SOLON– Senior Sophie Nicol’s track season has gone a little rough.
“I was sick. There was an injury,” she said. “I spent the longest time getting my endurance back, trying to qualify for state.”
She has run just about every distance in her four year high school career. It took the toughest one, in the state qualifier, to make her statement.

Solon falls prey to Vinton- Shellsburg

Vikettes triumph over Lady Spartans in soccer, 3-1

By Jeff Hess
Solon Economist
SOLON– The Spartan Stadium was aglow most of the week. Friday night, May 11, was no different as the Lady Spartans soccer team hosted the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes, falling prey to them, 3-1, under the lights.
After about 20 minutes of offensive and defensive transitions, working up and back on the field, the Vikettes scored to take the lead, 1-0, with 19:13 aglow atop the Spartans’ scoreboard.

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.