Team Keeping Spirit Alive Despite Potential School Closure
Undefeated Solon Springs Could Make Dist. History
It’s been a hard year for the Solon Springs School District that could potentially close its doors in the next few years.
But on the basketball court, it’s been nothing but good news for the school that’s undefeated and well on its way to winning its first-ever conference title.
“We’ve been a school for going on 70 years now. For it to be the first conference championship that we’ve had in boys basketball, it would be phenomenal,” said Athletic Director Nate Ahlberg.
With a 12–0 record, it looks like this could finally be the year.
“They’re a very talented team. We have some height along with our skill which is something we haven’t had in years past,” said assistant coach Marcus Besonen
The Eagles isn’t only playing for a banner to hang up in the gym, they are playing for the school’s doors to stay open.
“The spirit is there, the energy is there, we have a lot more to play for then just ourselves, its our school, its our community and everyone is really enjoying this so far,” said Head Coach Dale Rajale
The small school district has struggled with state funding cuts in recent years. It’s now being forced to dip into the district’s savings.
“We are going to a referendum in April just to be able to add enough funds to keep things going a couple of years from now,” said Ahlberg.
The referendum will be on the ballot for the community to vote on.
“It has been a stressful time for staff members, and the community to just have that hanging over what is going to happen,” said Ahlberg.
With a future full of unknowns, it’s not stopping the Eagles from focusing on win — and hopefully a big win for the whole community.
“It’s kind of out of their hands but the nice thing is when we have full gyms like that and we have information about referendum out. it gets to a certainly larger audience that way,” said Ahlberg.
Solon Springs will be back in action Tuesday night against Ironwood — a team that they’ve already defeated once this year.