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Solon Economist

Five-set loss, five-set win

2 days after tough home loss, Solon rebounds

SOLON– The Lady Spartans slugged it out on Senior Night.
Solon’s varsity volleyball team hosted No. 13 (4A) Western Dubuque Tuesday, Oct. 3, in the final home match of the season, but couldn’t put the Bobcats away.
Despite a rollicking, see-saw battle, the Lady Spartans fell in five sets, 3-2.
“I was extremely happy with the effort,” Solon Head Volleyball Coach Sarah Ferin said. “We played some really great volleyball Tuesday night.”

Boys 7th, girls 2nd at Wellman meet

Girls a close third at soggy North Linn

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist
TROY MILLS– Each year, at the North Linn Cross Country Invitational, you can count on the weather… to do something different.
Past years have featured sub-freezing temperatures, swirling snow or high winds. This year, Mother Nature offered soaked turf and light rain for one of the biggest late-season runs in Eastern Iowa. Still, runners from two dozen schools had to run the same course, in the same conditions. This year, coaches just hoped for a team of mudders.

Solon Alumni Basketball Tournament planned for Saturday, Dec. 30

SOLON– The Solon Basketball Alumni tournament will be held on Saturday, Dec. 30. Tip off is scheduled for 9 a.m. with games held at the high school and new middle school. The tournament is double elimination with a cost of $20 per participant.

Solon Parks & Rec Department

Basketball referees needed for third-sixth grade girls’ basketball: Applicants need to be in high school, or older, and have prior experience in either playing or refereeing basketball. Games will be played on Saturdays in the Iowa Street gym (Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 18, Dec. 2, and Dec. 9) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Referees will be paid $10 per game. For questions regarding the positions, call or text Mike Reeve at 319-594-1978 or email him at mike-reeve@solon-iowa.com.

VNA, Solon Retirement Village hosts flu clinic Thursday, Oct. 5

SOLON– The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) will provide a flu shot clinic at the Solon Assisted Living Village on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 1-3 p.m.
Call the VNA at 319-337-9686, ext. 1155, for more information. The VNA will bill attendee’s insurance company, Medicare B or Medicare replacement policies. Attendees should bring their insurance cards.

Our Lord’s Fall Festival Oct. 14

SOLON– Our Lord’s Church will hold its annual Bake Sale and Soup Luncheon Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the church, located at 131 N. Market St. in Solon.
The soup luncheon features homemade chili, chicken noodle, and chicken tortilla soup, along with hot dogs and drinks. All soups will be hot and ready at 10:30 a.m. The bake sale will include kolaches and much more. Dee Meister’s cards will also be on sale.

Scouting for Food Oct. 14

SOLON– Scouting For Food will take place in Solon on Oct. 14.  Scouts will distribute donation bags Oct. 7-11 and collect filled bags on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. Donations collected in Solon will be delivered directly to the Solon Food Pantry.
A donation drop box will also be placed at Solon City Hall from Oct. 3-14 for anyone not receiving a bag or living in city limits.

Devoted to serving kids

Youth librarian Cassi Elton ready to reach out to Solon

SOLON—Solon’s kids were welcomed to the library’s Storytime with a ukulele last week, as new Youth Services Librarian Cassandra (Cassi) Elton sang and strummed “If You Want to Read a Book” to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”
Elton, who began in her new role on Sept. 18, will be facilitating and planning weekly Storytime, instructing Babygarten, and organizing early-out activities and teen programming.
Working with boisterous children sounds like a fun challenge to her, rather than a scary task. She loves kids’ contagious enthusiasm.

Homecoming

Homecoming King Nick Radcliffe and Queen Ellen Cross. (photo by Jeff Hess)

Solon smothers Bloodhounds, 62-0

Ft. Madison dominated by Spartans in Homecoming rout

SOLON– Sixty-two unanswered points later, the top-ranked Solon Spartans have outscored their 2017 season opponents 244-14.
In their fourth shut out of the season, Solon’s varsity football squad smothered the Fort Madison Bloodhounds, 62-0, on Friday, Sept. 29.
The Spartan defense blanketed the Bloodhounds most of the game, holding Fort Madison quarterbacks Lennon Barker and Will Larson to a total of 6-21 passing combined for 17 total yards and intercepting them a total of three times. Solon’s defensive juggernaut denied the Bloodhounds’ ground game, allowing only 64 yards on 28 carries.

Solon captures first cross country title this season

Girls win, boys third at Williamsburg XC

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the Economist

WILLIAMSBURG– Cloudy and cool was a welcome change… and so was the team title. Solon’s girls raced to their first 2017 win at the Raider Invitational cross country meet, Sept. 26, in Williamsburg. Leading the way, with her first high school win, was freshman Kiersten Conway.

Blazers sweeps Lady Spartans at home

Solon volleyball season wraps up Oct. 5 at Central DeWitt

SOLON– The Lady Spartan varsity volleyball team won’t be able to finish with a perfect home record.
Solon was swept by Dyersville Beckman (25-12, 25-17, 25-16) Sept. 26, the same night of the team’s annual cancer awareness fundraiser and Future Spartan night.
The Lady Spartans host only three home matches this season, winning against Anamosa Aug. 31, and welcoming Western Dubuque for Senior Night Oct. 3.