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Doug Lindner

Lady Spartans pound their way into postseason

Solon sweeps Washington (Ia.) to close out schedule

WASHINGTON– The Lady Spartans made a powerful offensive statement to close out the regular season.
Solon’s varsity softball team pounded 41 hits and scored 34 runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Washington (Ia.) Demons on the road July 13.
The Lady Spartans broke open a one-run game in the opener, scoring 13 runs in the last four innings for a 20-7 victory then roared back from a 7-6 deficit to take a 14-9 win in the nightcap.

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.

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.

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.

Spartans sweep Indians and Bobcats

Solon scores 38 runs in two doubleheaders

SOLON– The Spartans went 5-0.
Solon’s varsity baseball team swept doubleheaders from Marion and Benton Community and pulled out an eighth-inning win at Mid-Prairie last week, upping the team’s season record to 10-4.
Solon picked up two WaMaC East wins at struggling Marion June 29, riding a one-hit pitching performance by junior Brayden Rickertson in a 9-1 game-one win and fending off the Indians, 9-7, in the nightcap.

Indee takes two from Lady Spartans

INDEPENDENCE– Solon’s varsity softball team fell to 15-8 after dropping a pair of games at Independence July 3.
After losing the first game, 3-2, Solon rebounded for four runs in the top of the eighth to break a 6-6 tie in the nightcap, only to see the Mustangs walk off with an 11-10 victory with five-runs in the bottom of the inning.
Sophomore Ava Stebral, senior Jadyn Jeter and senior Peyton Sands each had two hits, including a double, and two RBI. Freshman Hilary Wilson and senior Madison Sprague each had two hits.

Solon splits with Marion, sweeps struggling Beckman

Sprague pitches one-hitter against Indians

SOLON– The Lady Spartans put their offense in gear against a pair of WaMaC East softball opponents last week.
Solon split with Marion on the road June 29 then swept a pair from Beckman Catholic July 1 at home, cranking out 51 hits over the four-game span.
The Lady Spartans fell 10-3 to the Indians in the first game at Marion, but still managed 10 hits, all singles, off starter Megan Kessens. Solon exploded for 11 hits, including two home runs, in the nightcap for a 12-0 victory.

Solon rides highs and lows against Tipton and Assumption

Big win at home, big loss on the road

SOLON– The Spartans scored 15 runs over two games.
But 14 came in one game and the Solon varsity baseball team split single games against Tipton and Davenport Assumption last week.
The Spartans shut out the Tigers, 14-0, at home, on June 23 and then got waylaid by the Knights the following evening, 11-1.
Freshman Blake Timmons and seniors Lucas Walker and Mathieux Rehnke combined to limit Tipton to four hits and no runs over five innings, with seven strikeouts by Walker.

Solon splits with CCA

Lady Spartans rebound for 9-2 win in nightcap

OXFORD The Lady Spartans six-game win streak ended in Oxford.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity softball team took the opening game of a road doubleheader from Solon, 8-4, June 24, but the Lady Spartans bounced back with a convincing 9-2 victory in the nightcap.
In game one, Solon struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
But the Creek Girls grabbed control with four runs in the home half of the third.

Lady Spartans tackle ranked opponents

Solon sweeps rescheduled doubleheader from Central DeWitt

SOLON The Lady Spartans took on some heavy hitters.
Solons varsity softball team hosted a trio of ranked teams for a pair of weekend triangular tournaments and came away 1-2.
The Lady Spartans, ranked No. 14 in Class 3A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, defeated unranked Keokuk and No. 15 (2A) Columbus Catholic (Waterloo) Friday before falling to No. 10 (5A) Ottumwa and No. 4 (5A) Iowa City High Saturday.
The Lady Spartans came into the tournament riding another winning streak, having overpowered Central DeWitt with 21 total hits and 19 runs in a home doubleheader June 25.