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Solon Economist

Spartans to state dual

Eight Solon wrestlers to individual tournament Feb. 15

WEST LIBERTY– It all came down to the last two matches for Solon.
After rolling to a 45-24 win over Independence in the opening meet of the regional duals Feb. 6 in West Liberty, the Spartan varsity wrestling team faced off with the home Comets for a berth in the 2018 State Dual Tournament.
Despite leading by 17 points midway through the meet, Solon found itself trailing 34-29 with just the 160 and 170 pound matches remaining.
“We knew we had to win both of those matches,” Solon Head Wrestling Coach Blake Williams said. “There was no ifs ands or buts about it.”

Spartans hold off Mustangs

Postseason begins Monday, Feb. 19, hosting Keokuk

SOLON– It was another close win for the Solon boys.
The Spartan varsity basketball team avenged a January road loss with a 67-62 home victory over Mount Vernon Feb. 6.
Solon jumped out to a first-quarter lead, but the two teams battled back and forth in a see-saw affair throughout the game.
The Spartans actually trailed early, but hopped back into the game thanks in part to some early offense from senior Luke Schaeckenbach.

Solon falls prey to Panthers, 73-46

MONTICELLO– The Solon Lady Spartans bid adieu to the 2017-18 Basketball season on Saturday, Feb. 10, following a first-round loss to the Monticello Panthers, 73-46, after ending their regular season on the road Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Mount Vernon, with a loss to the Mustangs, 44-19.

Lady Spartan coach Bishop resigns

SOLON– Lisa Bishop, head girls basketball coach at Solon High School, resigned Monday, Feb. 12, according to Solon Community School District Activities Director Zach Wigle.
“She met with current players earlier today to notify them,” Wigle said in an email.

Swisher Legion Lenten suppers

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion will serve Lenten suppers every Friday between Feb. 16 and March 23, from 5-8 p.m.
The Legion will serve all-you-can-eat fish ($11), shrimp ($14) and chicken strips ($7). Add-on shrimp for $6; meals for children 6-12 years of age are $5; kids 5 and under are free. Meals are served with one trip through the salad bar. Carry-out is available.
The Swisher American Legion Junior Auxiliary will host a bake sale in conjunction with the Lenten suppers. The public is welcome, call 319-857-4687 for more information.

Sectional champions

Solon advances to regional duals; 11 Spartans head for district meet

SOLON– With four champions and seven runners-up, the Solon Spartans ran away with the team title at a Class 2A sectional tournament Saturday, Feb. 3, in Solon.
Solon’s varsity wrestlers compiled 243.5 points for a comfortable lead over second-place Mount Vernon in the six-team field that also included Central DeWitt (160.5), Camanche (152), Tipton (108.5) and Northeast (101).
The sectional win advanced Solon to a regional dual meet Feb. 6 in West Liberty with the chance to qualify for the state dual meet in Des Moines Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Spartans down Cardinals in OT

60-57 win moves Spartan boys to 12-7 with two games left

SOLON– It took overtime, but the Solon Spartans defended their home court against an improved Maquoketa squad with a 60-57 win Friday, Feb. 2.
The Cardinals had started the season losing six of their first seven games, but were 5-1 in their last six and matched the Spartans score for score in the second half of another nail-biter.

Girls win senior sendoff

Lady Spartans break losing streak, 49-40, over West Delaware

SOLON– The Lady Spartans sent off their seniors with a win, to accompany the special recognition prior to the game, on Senior Night Tuesday, Jan. 30, defeating the West Delaware Hawks, 49-40, on the home hardwood.
The Friday, Feb. 2, game was closely contested and one of Solon’s best games for valuing the ball all season, but the Lady Spartans fell short in a loss to Maquoketa on the road, 56-46.

Solon Drama to present “Little Women”

March 2-4

SOLON– The Solon High School Drama Department presents “Little Women” on March 2-4. Tickets for shows go on sale on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. online through MidwestTix. Visit MidwestTix at https://midwestix.securemytix.com/events/26063.
In-person ticket sales begin on Feb. 17 in the high school auditorium lobby from 10-11:30 a.m.
Tickets are the same price through both venues, $11.50, $14.50 or $17.50, service fees are included in these prices.

Retirement Village to add palliative care

Groundbreaking expected in March for new wing

SOLON– Solon Retirement Village has been approved to add a palliative care unit onto its evolving campus, expecting to break ground in March. 
Melissa Reed, who has served as Administrator for nine years at the Solon Retirement Village unit of Solon Nursing Care, said for now, it is being referred to as the Solon Retirement Village Palliative Care Unit, “But we hope to have a more formal name as we get into the process.”
The project was approved in October by the State Certificate of Need board.
Palliative units are similar though distinct from hospice houses, Reed explained.

Priming the pump

Splash pad committee seeking county, state funds

SOLON– Solon’s splash pad committee is still not close to its goal of raising approximately $400,000.
But it’s much closer than it was two years ago.
Melissa Tiedemann, chair of the splash pad committee, told council members at a Dec. 20 meeting about $80,000 has been collected for the project.
The committee had $5,000 in March of 2016.
Tiedemann joined the committee after receiving an initial mailer from Solon Activities Director Mike Reeve and has spent the last year as chair of the committee.

Alzheimer’s awareness program at St. Mary

SOLON– Solon High School students will present an Alzheimer’s awareness presentation at 11:30 a.m., after Mass on Sunday, March 18, at St. Mary Catholic Church. The event is hosted by Colin Horning and Carl Richey, along with his mother Angela Steinbrech, grandmother Narg Steinbrech, and grandfather Ed Steinbrech, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago. The presentation itself will provide a basic rundown of the different forms and stages of dementia, how to care for loved ones or friends, and how it affects not only the patient but those around them.