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Boys sweep Spartan Classic Soccer tourney

Solon rolls up 24 goals in three matches to open season

SOLON– The Spartans opened the season with a bang.
The Solon varsity boys soccer team racked up 24 goals in three matches while hosting the Spartan Classic Soccer Tournament Saturday, March 31, in Spartan Stadium.
The Spartans went 3-0 for the day, opening with a 9-0 drubbing of Monticello before rolling over Bellevue Marquette Catholic, 10-0. Solon ended the afternoon with a 5-0 win over Mediapolis. Solon’s defense stifled the three teams in the shut-outs, with senior keeper Eric Weetman collecting two saves against Monticello in his only opportunities for the day.

Women of Troy victorious in home

Haight wins twice; Nock, Steva, Ince and Severt also earn victories

IOWA CITY– The 2018 regular (outdoor) track and field season opened Wednesday, March 28, for the Iowa City West High Women of Troy with their home meet under heavy clouds, cool temperatures and even some rain. However, West was hot on the track and in the field winning the meet, as has become tradition.
Mike Parker’s squad won a dozen events between junior varsity (JV) and varsity to win the event with 164 points, topping runner-up Cedar Rapids Prairie (139) and rival City High, which ranked third in team points.

Automated curbside garbage and recycling coming in July

Minimum $12.50 per month combined charge

SOLON– The cost and method of collecting garbage and recycling in Solon will be changing later this year.
At a March 7 meeting of the Solon City Council, Johnson County Refuse owner Steve Smith outlined his plans to convert from manual pickup to an automated system for curbside service beginning July 1.
According to Mayor Steve Stange, city officials were aware of the pending change, which would increase the minimum monthly charge for garbage and recycling to $12.50 per month.
Currently, residential households pay $6.35 monthly for recycling, and $1.25 per garbage tag.

Hall of fame

Brad Randall honored March 9

SOLON– In 2009, Solon Head Basketball Coach Brad Randall and his team finished a perfect 28-0 season with a 55-41 win over Pella Christian in the Class 2A final to claim the school’s first boys basketball championship.
Nine years later, almost to the day, the former coach was back on the hardwood at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Randall, accompanied by his family, and with former assistant coaches and friends in attendance, was inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Basketball Hall of Fame prior to the Class 3A championship game Friday, March 9.

Growing Pains

Community pantry seeks funds to match city expansion

NORTH LIBERTY– With a growing population comes growing demands. And amidst the perpetual expansion of North Liberty, it’s easy to overlook a less fortunate segment of the community that could use a hand.
“We just had a really busy year,” said Executive Director of the North Liberty Community Pantry Kaila Rome. “It was an overall increase in every capacity, and we’re not seeing a sign of that stopping.”

Reiland resigns

HOF wrestler coached Trojans for 19 years

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High Head Wrestling Coach Mark Reiland resigned on Monday, March 19, ending a 19-year career at West. Reiland won two state titles and was a four-time state-placer at Eagle Grove High School (1984-1987) and earned an NCAA championship in 1991 and two All-American honors while attending the University of Iowa.

Choir members to back Foreigner

SHS runs away with online contest through KRNA

CEDAR RAPIDS– How cool is that?
For a group Solon High School choir students, it may be the memory of a lifetime– performing “I Want To Know What Love Is” on stage with Foreigner.
Solon’s choir was one of six finalists in a local promotion facilitated by radio stations KRNA and KDAT on behalf of the rock band Foreigner, which brings a local vocal group on stage for every performance.
In online balloting, Solon ran away with the vote.
Out of the 29,799 votes cast, Solon captured 14,088, or 47.28 percent.

Begindergarten

Waiting list for Lakeview program

SOLON– An early beginning is proving popular at Lakeview Elementary.
The Solon school board held its regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 12, and discussed the district’s “Begindergarten” program.
Begindergarten is Lakeview’s Elementary’s alternate kindergarten curriculum, presented as an option for children technically old enough for kindergarten (5 years old on or before Sept. 15), but developmentally may be too young for the structure of kindergarten.

Brad Randall to be inducted into the IHSAA Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame

SOLON– Brad Randall, of Cedar Rapids formerly from Solon, will be inducted into the Iowa High School Athletic Association Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Randall, a 1979 Solon High School graduate, recipient of a B.A. from the University of Dubuque in 1983 and an M.A. from the University of Iowa in 1991, is now a real estate developer in Eastern Iowa who spent 21 years, 1994-2014, head coaching for the Solon Community School District.
Randall boasts 21 consecutive winning seasons culminating in a record of 368-118, a 75.7 percent win ratio.

CHAMPIONS!

West High Women of Troy claim 5A hoops title with 56-45 win over City High

DES MOINES– The third time was truly the charm.
B.J. Mayer and his Iowa City West High Women of Troy claimed the 2018 Class 5A State Basketball Championship Friday, March 2, at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines after knocking off crosstown rival City High, 56-45.
It was West’s sixth tournament appearance (all under Mayer) and its first championship since 2012.
Rachael Saunders, who was injured early in the 2017 season, likely spoke for her teammates after the game when she expressed her amazement at the accomplishment.

Restoring Ranshaw House

North Liberty to renovate historic home for public use

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s been nearly 15 years in the making.
North Liberty’s historic Samuel and Emma A. Ranshaw House, located at 515 W. Penn St., is finally getting the renovations it so desperately needs.

Macbride Fat Tire Classic, Mar. 3

Solon Centennial Lions Club to host soup luncheon

SOLON– Sugar Bottom Bikes, of North Liberty, has partnered with the Solon Centennial Lions Club to present a unique experience to area riders with the Lake Macbride Fat Tire Classic on Saturday, Mar. 3.