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Solon Economist

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.

Class of 2020 to have its day

July 19 ceremony to be held at Spartan Stadium Inclement weather could curtail attendance

SOLON– Parents, family members and friends will be able to spread out at Spartan Stadium to safely celebrate the graduating Solon High School (SHS) Class of 2020 Sunday, July 19.
But if the weather doesn’t cooperate, things change.
According to SHS Principal Zach Wigle, if the ceremony is forced inside, the district will utilize the high school auditorium, and that will limit the number of guests for each graduate.

Helping others feel good

Physical therapist Tara Saul joins staff at Ability PT

SOLON– COVID-19 put the brakes on Tara Saul’s transition to Solon.
Saul was originally set to take up her new position as a physical therapist at Ability PT’s Solon clinic in March.
While physical therapy was deemed an essential service by Governor Kim Reynolds and Ability remained open during COVID restrictions, there weren’t as many patients in the clinic, Saul said. Not as many people were going outside or not being as active, and as a result, there were not as many injuries.
Saul became a stay-at-home mom with very active son Logan, 1 1/2.

Solon takes 3 of 4 on the road

Spartans sweep Raiders, split with Mustangs

SOLON– It was a successful week on the road for the Spartans.
Solon’s varsity baseball team took three out of four away from home, sweeping Williamsburg July 6 and splitting with Mount Vernon July 10.
The Spartans have won eight of their last nine and improved to 13-9 on the season.
Solon pitching held Williamsburg to just six hits in the opener, although the Raiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings.

Benton Community sweeps Solon

5 RBI for Jeter in loss

SOLON– Normally, 11 runs would be enough.
The Lady Spartans fell short, however, falling to Benton Community, 15-11, as part of a home doubleheader July 6. Solon also lost the nightcap, 7-6, racking up its fourth consecutive loss.
The Lady Spartans trailed the Bobcats, 15-5, after two innings, but clawed back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, three in the sixth and a score in the bottom of the seventh.

Lady Spartans split with No. 5 Mustangs

West pitches one-hitter in win

MOUNT VERNON– Solon’s varsity softball team halted a five-game skid by splitting with fifth-ranked (Class 3A) Mount Vernon on the road July 8.
The win didn’t stop the Lady Spartans from dropping out of the July 9 softball rankings issued by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. Solon had been ranked 13th.
The Lady Spartans scored freshman Hilary Wilson in the top of the sixth inning to provide a 1-0 win in the nightcap of a doubleheader with the Mustangs.
Senior Kayla West delivered a one-hitter on the mound, striking out one and walking none over seven innings and 22 at-bats.

Show will go on for many 4-H, FFA families

Johnson County Fair prepares for competitions with no crowds

IOWA CITY– For most Johnson County 4-H and FFA (Future Farmers of America) families, there will be a 2020 fair.
When the Johnson County Fair Board announced in mid-May it was canceling 2020 grounds and grandstand entertainment, it also promised to find a way to spotlight the accomplishments of 4-H and FFA members.
That opportunity is coming up July 26 through July 29.

City, school renew community center lease

SOLON– The community center has another six months.
At a June 17 meeting, city council members approved a second six-month lease with the Solon Community School District, extending the operation of the Solon Community Center to the end of 2020.
In December of 2019, the city and school negotiated a new six-month lease for the former middle school at 313 S. Iowa St. in an attempt to control costs.

Beef Days Bundles available for online order

SOLON– Thanks to everyone for your patience as the Beef Days Committee works out the details in alternative activities. With social distancing, we are unable to gather together, so the committee wants to send a little taste of Beef Days to each home. The Beef Days Committee announces “Beef Days Bundles,” featuring varieties of meat from local locker Ruzicka's and your choice of soda or Big Grove Brewery Boomtown beer. Uptown Solon won't be street-lined with activities in Mid-July, like usual, but we encourage everyone to have their own backyard Beef Days BBQ.