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Solon Economist

Girls run away with regional title, set their sights on state

Lady Spartans build 75-point lead to win regional title

VAN HORNE- The falling darkness could not hide her wide smile, as Erin Kerkhoff approached the finish line. She anchored the 4x400 relay- the last event at Solon’s state qualifying track meet, May 10, in Van Horne. Having run two earlier 400s, and then the 4x100, 10 minutes prior, it was not her fastest 400. Still, she had enough to cross first, to help log another Solon entry in this week’s Class 3A state meet.

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Viking comeback foils final home match for Spartans

Vinton-Shellsburg takes 2-1 win

SOLON- Solon’s varsity boys dropped to 13-4 after falling to Vinton-Shellsburg 2-1 in the final home soccer match of the season May 10.
Junior Rodney Wittich scored on an assist by senior Luke Yetley with just under four minutes remaining in the first half to give Solon a 1-0 lead.
The Vikings scored twice in the second period on goals by sophomores David Lapan-Islas and Damon Swenson to move to 10-4 on the season.
Senior keeper Ian Johnson recorded four saves against two goals allowed, while Vinton goalie Ethan Rollinger collected 11 saves.

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Area schools combat vaping

Solon hosts informational session for parents

SOLON– It looked like a typical teenager’s bedroom: a pile of clothes on the floor, stuff on the bed, an array of items on the nightstand and on the desk. As concerned parents surveyed the scene, with guidance from Prelude staff, it quickly became apparent there was contraband hidden in plain sight.

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Think right, do right

Solon’s “Shoe Guy” Greg Morris, honored as Iowa’s Firefighter of the Year

SOLON– Greg Morris had a lot of titles over the years: husband, father, ardent fans of University of Iowa athletics know him as “The Shoe Guy,” volunteer firefighter, and now he’s added another.
Morris, from Solon, is the 2019 Iowa Firefighter of the Year.

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Tear-jerker penalty kick loss to Raiders

Lady Spartans fall, 2-1, to Williamsburg

SOLON– The Lady Spartans knocked on the door but got turned away as a result of a shootout after 100 minutes of play in Spartan Stadium on Thursday, May 2, losing 2-1 to the visiting Williamsburg Raiders.

Boys 8th at WaMaC Conference Super Meet

Lensing wins shot put, Flansburg second, Diersen third in discus

DeWITT– The Solon Spartans’ boys track and field team competed in the WaMaC Conference Super Meet at Central DeWitt High School and emerged as a team eighth in the 14-team field on Thursday, May 2. The Spartans scored 55.5 team points at the meet, bested by champion Marion with 95, Mount Vernon with 89, Clear Creek Amana with 87, Benton Community with 85, Williamsburg with 83, Vinton-Shellsburg with 63.5 and Center Point-Urbana with 61. South Tama (36), Central DeWitt (30), Beckman (29) Maquoketa (14), West Delaware (10), and Independence (3) completed the competitors.

School records, top-five finishes for girls at Drake Relays

Sprint medley fourth, Bullard fifth

DES MOINES- So, now, they’ve run against the best in the state. Solon’s Lady Spartans track team returns to the regular season this week, before gearing up for their next tour of Drake University’s ‘Blue Oval.’ With a meet in Monticello and WaMaC conference slated this week; it is into the post-season. The regional qualifier, May 9, determines who returns to Drake Stadium, May 16-18, for the state coed track meet.

Solon girls win second in a row

Cardinals dispatched by Lady Spartans, 2-0

SOLON– In the Lady Spartans’ first of two home games of the week, on Tuesday, April 23, Solon dispatched the Maquoketa Cardinals, 2-0, to move to .500 on the season. The win was the second in a row for the Lady Spartans, who appear to be building momentum on offense cresting the halfway point of the season.

Solon 5th at Pacha Relays

TIFFIN– The Solon Spartans boys track and field team rolled into Tiffin on Thursday, April 25, after the cancellation of the Maquoketa Valley meet earlier in the week due to weather, ready to compete at Clear Creek Amana High School.
Even with some team members competing at the Drake Relays for the weekend, the Spartans captured a consistent fifth-place showing.

Solon boys win 5th in a row

Spartans shut out Mustangs, 4-0

SOLON- Solon’s boys were on the attack against Mount Vernon.
The varsity soccer team dropped the Mustangs to 2-8 on the season with a 4-0 shut out at Spartan Stadium Friday, April 26.
The Spartans kept Mount Vernon keeper Zach Kolker busy all match. Kolker recorded 24 saves against four goals allowed.
Two of those goals belonged to Solon senior Luke Yetley, with seniors Jorel Justus and Ben McAtee adding one each. Senior Drew Bruck, senior Luke McInnis (two) and sophomore Gabe Yetley were credited with assists.
Senior Ian Johnson recorded two saves in goal for the shutout.

Old Gold Diner two-for-one starts May 6

SOLON- Starting May 6, on Mondays only, it's two-for-one at the Old Gold Diner.
Bring in a friend and their meal is free. All ages are welcome. To make your reservations by 1 p.m. Friday, or if you need more information, call 624-2251.

Vaping epidemic discussed May 5

SOLON- The Solon Community School District, Solon Secondary Schools PTO, Johnson County Public Health, Johnson County Sheriff’s office and Prelude Behavioral Services are sponsoring a community education presentation about the youth epidemic of vaping Sunday May, 5, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Solon Center for the Arts Auditorium.
Resource exhibits will be open at 3:30 p.m., with a presentation in the auditorium at 4 p.m. A question and answer session will follow.