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Solon Economist

Great-grandma’s secrets help Solon pies fill winner’s circle

SOLON– After learning to make pie in 2010 at her great-grandmother’s house in Lone Tree, Brianna Smith went right to work on a prize-winning recipe.
In 2011, she won best overall pie filling, beating adults and entries from the youth division. Brianna is now 12 and this year took the best youth pie honor for her apple pie with caramel sauce topping and homemade crust.

Lady Spartans stopped short in soccer

SOLON– The Solon Lady Spartans lost to Mount Vernon 1-0 in a Class 1A regional quarterfinal May 29 in Solon.
“Overall I could not be more proud of the girls this year,” said Solon head coach John Tucker. “We had some incredible games and it has been a joy to watch this team grow. I can’t say enough about the teamwork and camaraderie that this team has had. It will be tough to say goodbye to seniors Katherine Carr, Emily Ament and Alex Zierke. They had great careers with us, and hopefully walk away with fond memories and lasting friendships.”

Girls take third at state track

Solon’s Lady Spartans locked up third place at the 2012 State Track and Field Meet held in Des Moines May 17-19, paced by Lauren Benzing and Emily Bransky. Benzing finished third in the 800, 1500, 3000 and 1600 medley (with Jessica Brimeyer, Karly Kramer and Jadyn Miller. Bransky finished third in the 100, fifth in the 200 and anchored the 4x200.

Lady Spartans take second

The Lady Spartans were denied the 2012 softball championship by hard-hitting Ballard after winning 1-0 against Estherville Lincoln in the semifinal at Ft. Dodge.

Solon Invitational named for Hadenfeldt

Long time coach and teacher Ed Hadenfeldt was recognized for his tremendous commitment to the Solon Wrestling Club and the Solon Community School District when the Solon Invitational wrestling tournament was renamed the Ed Hadenfeldt Varsity Wrestling Invitational. Hadenfeldt has been a teacher and coach at Solon since 1978, and has been involved in the Solon wrestling program ever since. Hadenfeldt’s wife Mary, and three sons, Adam, Aaron, and August, were present for the announcement and the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement plaque. (photo courtesy Jill Paulson)

Spartans bow out in first round at state

The Solon boys’ soccer team lost 1-0 to the West Liberty Comets in the the first round of action in the Class 1A State Soccer Tournament. The Comets would lose in the next round to Nevada, which fell to Waterloo Columbus in the 1A title game.

Mebus’ throw hits gold

DES MOINES– Connor Mebus threw the shot put 57 feet, 11.75 inches, shattering his own school record and bringing home a gold medal from the state track meet held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines. The monster throw came on his third throw in the preliminaries after he had tossed an impressive 54 feet on his second throw. Mebus peaked at the best time possible, as the second place thrower from Decorah hit 56 feet, 7 inches. Mebus became the 14th state champion for throwing coach Brad Wymer, and the first to come from Solon.

No. 1 Decorah ends Solon’s playoff hopes

DECORAH– Solon scored the first three points, but the next 35 points came from No. 1 Decorah in a second round game in the Class 3A football playoffs. The Spartans took the opening kickoff and scored a field goal, but the Vikings went on to score 35 unanswered points on the way to a 35-10 win, bouncing Solon from the postseason with an 8-3 record.

Solon ousted in substate final by Assumption

IOWA CITY– “It was a game where you couldn’t have too many bad possessions in a row,” Solon Head Coach Brad Randall said. “You have to play pretty flawless to beat them.”
The Solon Spartans fell behind Davenport Assumption in the first quarter of a Class 3A substate final last Monday night, and couldn’t overcome a double-digit lead, losing 59-40.
The Solon Spartans had remained alive in postseason basketball play by eliminating both Clear Creek Amana and Williamsburg in nail-biting fashion for a chance at a berth in the state tournament against Assumption.

Lady Spartans win fifth in a row

SOLON– Rylee Smith shot only two free throws against Central DeWitt.
They came with five seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Lady Spartans needed them to break a 37-37 tie.
Smith sank them both. They were the second and third point scored by Solon in the fourth quarter of a game which the Lady Spartans controlled in the first half, and almost let slip away in the second.
Solon’s girls defeated Central DeWitt, 39-37, last week at home, then traveled to Manchester Friday for a 53-35 thumping over West Delaware.

Historic Dillon’s Furrow marked in Solon

SOLON– History was marked in Solon on Sunday, Nov. 25, when a plaque was set next to Highway 1 on Main Street. The marker recognizes a point in time along the line that 173 years ago was known as the new military road from Iowa City to Dubuque.
It was built for $20,000 and, after surveying, was plowed by Lyman Dillon, of Cascade. Dillon, 39 years old and born in Utica, N.Y., was single and the owner of a saw mill.

Solon Lady Spartans handle Maquoketa, Anamosa

SOLON– After a 1-2 start, the Solon Lady Spartans have reeled off three straight wins.
Solon’s varsity girls hosted Maquoketa and Anamosa last week, outscoring their opponents 123-63.
After Tuesday’s home game against Central DeWitt, however, it’s five straight on the road, including a Dec. 18 matchup with No. 9 Western Dubuque.
“I am pleased with the progress of the team at this point in the season,” first-year head coach Tony Nicol said. “The transition into my system has gone more smoothly than I had expected.”