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Solon Economist

CCA hangs on for substate win

Spartans retired in 8-7 postseason loss

TIFFIN– It was a pretty deep hole.
Solon’s varsity baseball squad fell behind by seven runs in the first inning of a Class 3A substate semifinal in Tiffin July 20 against Clear Creek Amana (CCA).
The Spartans roared back with their own big inning, but fell a run shy of extending the season with an 8-7 loss.
“It was not the start we envisioned, but one thing we really stressed going into the postseason was dealing with adversity,” noted Solon Head Baseball Coach Keith McSweeney. “I thought our guys fought through it and got back into the game as a result of their mental toughness.”

IHSAA announces 2020 football season modifications

COVID-19 affects 2020 high school football schedule

BOONE– The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) announced revisions to the 2020 High School Football season on Friday, July 24.
The announcement stated football remains the only Iowa high school sport with regular season schedules and postseason qualifying managed the by IHSAA. It went on to indicate the revisions took into consideration returning to school concerns, geography, postseason qualifying, transportation and possible COVID-19 cases.

Drake Relays postponed to 2021

Drake Road Races and Grand Blue Mile transition to virtual events in the fall

DES MOINES– The 111th Drake Relays presented by Xtream powered by Mediacom has officially been postponed to April 2021, Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays announced Thursday, July 23.
The 111th Drake Relays were first postponed March 18 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. In the ensuing months, Drake Relays staff worked tirelessly, in conjunction with local public officials and track and field governing bodies, to explore and plan for the potential of a 2020 event.

Positive COVID-19 cases reported at Solon Nursing Care Center

No serious symptoms, no hospitalization

SOLON– The 2019 novel coronavirus has made its way into the Solon Nursing Care Center (SNCC).
A resident of the facility tested positive Sunday, July 12, according to Solon Retirement Village Campus Administrator Melissa Reed.
As of Friday, July 17, four staff members and 16 residents had tested positive.
Reed said none presented severe symptoms nor required hospitalization.
“The majority are all asymptomatic,” she reported. “They don’t have a fever, they’re not having chills, they’re not complaining about medical concerns.”

Return to Learn

On-site or virtual semesters offered Online teaching to be outsourced Masks strongly recommended but not mandated

SOLON– Solon Community School District (SCSD) families need to decide.
Will students attend classes in-person or virtually?
The choices were outlined July 16 as Superintendent Davis Eidahl revealed more detail about the district’s Return to Learn plan during a regular meeting of the school board.
The plan was to be unveiled to teachers July 17 and released to school families during a webinar July 22.
A team of 38 district employees developed the plan over the summer based on recommendations from the Iowa Department of Education and Department of Public Health.

Together again

Perfect weather for SHS graduation

SOLON– The weather cooperated, and Solon High School’s (SHS) Class of 2020 had its day in the sun.
The Solon Community School District conducted its formal graduation ceremony Sunday, July 19, at Spartan Stadium.
Inclement weather would have forced the ceremony into the high school’s auditorium, limiting the number of family members and friends able to attend.

UTV fatality on Newport Road

IOWA CITY– A Newport Road resident was killed July 16 in a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) accident in rural Johnson County.
According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Julie Bell, 62, of North Liberty, was operating a UTV in a field when she lost control, causing the UTV to roll
Passenger Mary Kay Knight, 65, of 2664 Newport Rd. NE, was pinned under the UTV and died at the scene.
The Joint Emergency Communications Center received a report of the accident at 6:03 p.m., according to a press release.

Two-game skid to end regular season

Solon falls to Mt. Pleasant, Bettendorf

SOLON– It was a tough way to end the regular season.
Solon’s varsity baseball team played back-to back games, road and home, to conclude the official schedule and came away with losses to Mount Pleasant and Bettendorf.
The Spartans fell to the Panthers 12-9 at Mount Pleasant July 13 and then lost to the Bulldogs 13-4 at home July 14.
Solon’s record dropped to 13-7.
The Spartans had an opportunity for the win against the Panthers, knotting up the game 7-7 in the fifth inning, but Mount Pleasant built some separation with five runs in the sixth.

Short season ends at home

Benton Community edges Solon in regional semifinal, 3-2

SOLON– The Lady Spartans had their chances.
Senior pitcher Kayla West and the Solon defense held Benton Community to three earned runs on seven hits, and the Lady Spartans came up with 15 hits and forced six errors.
But Solon’s varsity softball team couldn’t convert them into runs, and the Lady Spartans bowed out of the 2020 season in a Class 3A regional semifinal July 17 at home, 3-2.
Solon’s runs came in the bottom of the sixth inning with the Bobcats leading 3-0. Sophomore Camryn Keith and junior courtesy runner Payton Haasl crossed home on RBI by senior Jadyn Jeter and West.

Spartans escape Demons in quarterfinal

Solon tops Washington, 6-5

SOLON– The Spartans came up with the runs they needed.
Twice, the Washington (Ia.) Demons took the lead, and twice Solon’s varsity baseball team made its way back.
The Spartans edged the Demons in a Class 3A Substate 5 regional quarterfinal plating the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-5 victory July 17 in Solon.
The win advanced Solon to a regional semifinal against Clear Creek Amana July 20 in Tiffin.

Solon boys fall to Clippers, 8-7

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) ended Solon’s shortened baseball season.
The Clippers defeated the Spartans 8-7 in a Class 3A Substate 5 regional semifinal July 20 in Tiffin.
Stats were unavailable at press time.
Solon defeated Washington (Ia.) July 17 in a quarterfinal game. The Spartans finished the year with a 14-8 record.
CCA advanced to the regional final against No. 1 seed Davenport Assumption July 22 in Davenport.

Bolts survive Indians

Liberty High baseball circles wagons for 8-5 win over Marion

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity baseball team improved to 10-5 on the short season with an 8-5 non-conference win at home on Tuesday, July 14, over the WaMaC Conference’s Marion Indians.
Both squads plated a run in the first inning. The Lighting flashed for one run each in the bottom of the fourth and fifth. The Bolts unleashed a five-run blitz in the bottom of the sixth, after the Indians scored a run in the top half of the inning. Liberty survived a late rally by Marion in the top of the seventh as the Indians scored three runs.