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January 8th, 2020

Growing the Parks and Rec. Dept.

Harder steps in to help develop programs

SOLON– This is exactly what he wants to do.
“I’m really excited to be here,” said new Solon Recreation Director Tom Harder. “This is a job that I’ve been picturing myself in for a long time.”
Harder, 26, started his position Dec. 16, replacing Ben Flaherty, who served in the job from September of 2018 to Nov. 7.
A native of Iowa City, Harder attended West High, and stayed in town to attend the University of Iowa (UI), obtaining both his undergraduate and master’s degrees in sports and recreation management.

Records set locally and statewide for First Day Hikes

145 people ply the trail at Lake Macbride

SOLON– At least 4,358 people participated in “First Day Hikes” in Iowa’s State Parks on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported it was the highest attendance since the start of the annual event in 2012, and coincided with kicking off the Iowa State Park Centennial Year (2020).

January 2nd

Little Hawks slip past Bolts

Liberty Boys suffer first loss of the season to City High, 41-38,

NORTH LIBERTY The City High Little Hawks snapped Liberty Highs four-game winning streak with a slim, 41-38, win over the Lightning Friday, Dec. 20, at Liberty High.
The Bolts took a 12-11 lead at the end of the first quarter, but were outscored, 13-4, in the second as City built a 24-16 halftime advantage. The Lightning rallied in the third but still trailed, 34-31, going into the final period.
Junior Kelby Telander led the Lightning with a team-high 14 points, while Sam Funke and Andre Brandon contributed eight points each.

Clippers 10th at Ft. Madison wrestling invitational

Stevens and Scranton place second at 126 and 132 pounds

FORT MADISON– The Clear Creek Amana wrestlers competed in Fort Madison’s invitational tournament on Saturday, Dec. 21, and finished the two-day event 10th in team points out of 18 teams participating.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy won the tournament with 487.0 team points, Dubuque Hempstead was the runner up with 421.5 and Solon was fifth with 374.0.
Sam Stevens (126) and Kael Scranton (132) finished second, while Jayden Massey (120) was fourth for CCA

Trojan-Bolts top field at Little Hawk swimming invitational

Liberty’s Hajek and West’s Pinter set meet records

IOWA CITY– The combined Iowa City West High and Liberty High boys swim team closed out 2019 winning the 2019 Little Hawk Invitational hosted by Iowa City, City High on Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center.
West High’s Trojan-Bolts won with a team score of 426 points, topping the eight-team field. City High was fifth with 250, while fellow MVC rival Cedar Falls was sixth with 183. Ankeny took the runner-up spot with 358 team points.

Creek Boys drop rough one to Stormin Pointers

CPU snaps CCA win streak with 57-37 loss

CENTER POINT The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys dipped to 4-3 as the Stormin Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU) snapped the Clippers four-game winning streak Friday, Dec. 20, in Center Point. The Pointers defeated the Creek Boys, 57-37, in a game marred by the ejection of the Clippers student section by the officials in response to shouts of bull s*** by the students voicing their objection to foul calls.

Liberty girls end 2019 1-6

City High soars past the Lightning, 87-31

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity girls’ basketball squad ended 2019 on a sour note. The City High Little Hawks flew by them for an 87-31 win on Friday, Dec. 20. City took a commanding 30-8 lead in the first quarter and held a 54-16 halftime advantage. The Little Hawks pounded in 22 points in the third, holding the Lightning to only six, for a 76-22 lead going into the final period.
The loss dropped the Bolts to 1-6. It was Liberty’s second consecutive loss after a Dec. 13 win on the road against Waterloo East.

Helping non-profits do great things

Team 218 Web Design donates services annually

NORTH LIBERTY– Team 218 Web Design is not your typical website designer.
“We’re not out to be the biggest or have the most clients,” explained co-owner Chuck Hersey, of North Liberty. “We’re a little more selective in the projects we get involved in. We like getting involved in projects that are interesting to us.”
And once a year, that includes offering free services to a non-profit organization.

Hoping for less bitter this year, Beat the Bitter returns this month!

A full week of outdoor activities kick off on Jan. 25

NORTH LIBERTY– Winter in Iowa can be rough. Once green cornfields resemble a windswept Arctic tundra from Siberia. Most people huddle in their homes, grumbling about the cold, the wind, the snow, the ice, and whatever reason it is they continue to live in Iowa.
However, there is another group of people who grin rather than grumble and embrace winter rather than curse it. For those special folks, there is Beat the Bitter, a week full of activities designed to get people out from under their comforters and into the great outdoors for fun, adventure and good cheer.

Solon 5th at Fort Madison Invitational

Taylor, Gnida and Flynn take 1st

FORT MADISON– Powered by three individual champions, Solon’s varsity wrestlers placed fifth in the 18-team Fort Madison Invitational Dec. 20-21.
Hayden Taylor (145 pounds), Zeb Gnida (152) and Jax Flynn (170) provided 154 of the Spartans’ 374 points with first-place finishes.
Twelve Solon wrestlers earned points in the two-day tournament heading into the holiday break.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy took the team title with 487 points, with Dubuque Hempstead (421.5) and host Fort Madison (421) neck and neck for runner-up. New London edged Solon out of fourth place by seven points.