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Solon Economist

Boys tie for title, tiebreaker forces second

Girls win division at Ballard invite

BALLARD– The anticipated cross country showdown, between Class 3A’s No. 1 Ballard Bombers girls and No. 7 Solon’s Lady Spartans was not to be. The Sept. 14 near upset, though, came from Solon’s No. 5 3A boys, who went down to the wire with back-to-back state 1A champions Madrid.

First and second at Spartan Cross Country Invitational

SOLON– Approaching midseason, Solon’s cross country teams are leaning heavily on their depth to finish at– or near– the top of the standings.
That was driven home at Solon’s Sept. 21 home meet, at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area. Varsity boys shook off a one-point bump to second from their last meet to a close first place this week. With three top-10 runners, the Spartans pushed past Bettendorf, and a 52-59 win. In the junior varsity (JV) meet, they were second, 30-39 to Mount Vernon-Lisbon.

42 Stanton and Spartans’ lucky number

Spartans blast Trojans, 42-7

TAMA– The Solon varsity football team moved to 2-2 on the season, 2-0 in Class 2A, District 6 play, following another 42-point evening.
The Spartans blasted the South Tama Trojans, 42-7, on the road on Friday, Sept. 18.
It was the second straight week of 42-point productivity, following the week three rout of Union, 42-0.
Forty-two may just be the Spartans’ and Head Coach Lucas Stanton’s new favorite number.
Stanton, when asked if Friday night’s Homcoming game might be another 42-point affair, refused to forecast.
“Ha, ha! No predictions, but we do like that number!” he responded.

Solon tests West Delaware

VB team picks up win against CR Jefferson

SOLON– The competition isn’t getting any softer for the Solon varsity volleyball squad.
The Spartans continued to battle ranked opponents last week, but came up winless at home against No. 8 (4A) West Delaware and on the road facing No. 3 (2A) Wilton.
Solon hosted perennial power West Delaware Sept. 15, and while the games were close (25-20, 25-23, 25-20) it still resulted in a 3-0 loss.
The Spartans then went 1-2 at a Clinton tournament Sept. 19, defeating Cedar Rapids Jefferson 2-1 before falling twice to Wilton’s Beavers by a 2-0 score.

Sex, drugs and fishing licenses

Billerbeck shares the darker side of patrolling for the DNR in new book

SOLON– A lot of people think of a game warden as the friendly officer checking fishing licenses.
And while partially true, there’s another side to the job that’s not as family-friendly, according to Erika Billerbeck.
Billerbeck, of Solon, recounted some of the grittier true-life tales from her career as an Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) law enforcement officer in her newly-published memoir, “Wildland Sentinel: Field Notes from an Iowa Conservation Officer.”

Three positive cases

SCSD adds COVID dashboard to website

SOLON– So far, so good for the young but already tumultuous school year.
Solon Community School District (SCSD) classes began Monday, Aug. 31, and as of Friday, Sept. 11, three positive cases among students were reported.
The district placed a COVID-19 dashboard on its website under the “District Return to Learn” menu, tracking positive tests for students and staff, as well as absenteeism and quarantine numbers.

Football players used intolerable language at LaPorte City

District letters posted to SCSD website

SOLON– Solon football players used inappropriate language during a Sept. 11 game against Union High School in LaPorte City.
According to a post on the school’s website, Union football coaches and administrators were made aware of “inappropriate statements” directed toward Union football players.
The post included two letters– one penned by Solon High School Principal Zach Wigle and Activities Director Casey Hack– and the other signed by Union High School’s principal and assistant principal.

Spartans deliver Stanton’s first win in downpour

Solon puts Knights to sleep, 42-0

LA PORTE CITY– As the heavens gushed, the Solon varsity football team delivered Head Coach Lucas Stanton his first win helming the Spartans with a 42-0 victory over the Union Community Knights, on Friday, Sept. 11, in La Porte City.
In the fashion of history past, the Spartans used the elements to their advantage, keeping the ball on the ground while rain hammered the players and field, leaning on their offensive and defensive linemen for protection.

Solon picks up wins at home quad

1-2 at Linn-Mar

SOLON– They bested Huskies and Tigers, but had trouble with Lions and Cougars.
Solon’s varsity volleyball squad went 2-1 at a home quad meet Sept. 10 and 1-2 at a Linn-Mar tourney Sept. 12. If you toss out the 3-0 sweep at the hands of the top-ranked (3A) Mount Vernon Mustangs to start the week, the team notched a .500 mark.
The Spartans stayed close with the No. 1 Mustangs in Mount Vernon, falling 25-18, 25-14 and 25-18.
“We did a good job of shutting down their big hitter, we just made too many mistakes,” observed Solon Head Coach Jeff Walker.

Clean sweep

Solon XC boys, girls and JV all win at Tipton

TIPTON– The cold and rain were certainly not welcome, but the results made it worth the soggy wait for Solon runners and fans at the Tipton Invitational Cross Country Meet Sept. 8.
Solon came home with wins in not only the varsity girls’ and boys’ race, but both junior varsity (JV) events, as well.
The coaches call that hard work and reaching a goal.

Fireworks up for debate

Council members split on possible ban

SOLON– Should Solon continue to allow fireworks?
The question will be put to a vote after council members informally split on the issue at a Sept. 2 meeting.
Council members Lynn Morris and Lauren Whitehead spoke in support of banning the private displays, allowed July 1-4 since late 2017.
“We had some complaints about the size of shows going on,” noted Mayor Steve Stange. He said Morris and members of the public asked for the topic to be revisited.

Dawn of a new day

Methodist Church readies remodel for Sunday School From flip phones to smart phones

SOLON– It’s time to adapt for the Solon United Methodist Church (SUMC).
The COVID-19 pandemic shook up an already changing cultural landscape for many churches, but provided a silver lining for the local Methodists.
The global shutdown early in 2020 allowed the SUMC to tackle a messy basement remodel and pave the way for a new Director of Christian Education.
The renewed focus on families and youth will be front and center as the church re-launches live Sunday School classes Sept. 13.