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February 12th

New finance officer settles in

One job leads to another for Roman Meyers

SOLON– There was a silver lining when Roman Meyers missed out on the Solon Parks and Recreation Director job.
Meyers, 27, and his wife Megan had moved to Solon after she accepted a fourth-grade teaching position at Solon Intermediate School, and he was at Solon City Hall to vote in a school board election when he noticed a job posting for the city’s recreation director.
With a degree in kinesiology and a lifelong love of sports, Meyers decided to apply and went through the interview process.

On the climb

Registrations increase for 3rd annual Lake MacBride Fat Tire Classic Feb. 15

SOLON– The Lake MacBride Fat Tire Classic was not designed to be like other bicycle races.
Winding in and around Lake Macbride State Park, the course has climbed 2,300 feet of elevation over 20 miles, something designer Nate Kullbom said is “nearly impossible to do in Iowa.”
Kullbom, store manager for Sugar Bottom Bikes in North Liberty, said some riders felt the route was too difficult.
The third annual Lake MacBride Fat Tire Classic on Saturday, Feb. 15, will feature only 1,700 feet of climbing in the 25-mile race, he said.
“That’s still a lot.”

February 5th

From a Clipper to a Warrior

CCA’s Nick O’Connor signs with Indian Hills

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior Nick O’Connor signed a letter of intent to compete at Indian Hills Community College next year. O’Connor, a multi-sport athlete for the Clippers, will compete on the Warriors’ track and field team.
O’Connor qualified for the 2019 State Coed Track and Field Meet, taking sixth place in the 1,600-meter run, eighth place in the 3,200-meter run and anchored the third-place 4x800-meter relay with Tom Johnson, Kaden McAreavy and Jack Sexton.

Mustangs slip past Lightning in OT

Liberty falls, 69-66, to Dubuque Hempstead

DUBUQUE– The Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball team came close, very close, to upsetting the Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Hempstead. Instead, the Mustangs escaped, 69-66, in overtime to improve to 11-3 while dropping the Bolts to 6-6.

Creek Boys dispose of Vikings again

Schrepfer and O’Connor shell Vinton-Shellsburg with 10 three-pointers in 76-50 win for CCA

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ basketball team went full speed ahead past the visiting Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings on Friday, Jan. 31, for a 76-50 WaMaC West win. It was the second meeting this season for the ball clubs, and the Clippers’ second win against the Vikings after dropping them, 70-62, on Jan. 14 in Vinton.
The Clippers never trailed in the contest, winning the first quarter 9-5, leading 38-14 at halftime, and holding a 57-36 advantage going into the final period.

Bolt girls get their second win of the season against East High Trojans

McPherson and Napoli lead Liberty in 59-21 win over Waterloo East

WATERLOO– Lightning struck twice as Liberty High’s varsity girls picked up their second win of the 2019-20 season Friday, Jan. 31, on the road at Waterloo East. The Lightning scorched the Trojans 59-21 in the teams’ second meeting this season. The Bolts fried East 66-41 at home on Friday, Dec. 13.
Liberty jumped out to a 14-6 lead in the first quarter and held the Trojans scoreless in the second for a 26-6 halftime score. A 20-point effort by the Lightning in the third, while only allowing five East points, made it 46-11 going into the final period.

Creek Girls scorch the Trojans, 73-18

A dozen Clippers score for CCA against South Tama

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ basketball team pounded the winless South Tama Trojans for the second time this season Tuesday, Jan. 28, at home. The Clippers rolled the Trojans, 73-18, with a continuous clock for the second half thanks to a 49-10 halftime lead. Back-to-back three-pointers by junior Whitney Traetow gave the Creek Girls a 45-6 advantage ahead of the halftime break.

35th Annual Legislative Symposium and FFA Day at the Capitol

DES MOINES– Future Farmers of America (FFA) members from across Iowa converged on the Iowa State Capitol, in Des Moines, to build character and promote citizenship, volunteerism and patriotism. Approximately 300 high school students wearing blue corduroy from 51 schools flooded the Iowa State Capitol Building on Jan. 28. The students visited with legislators, exhibited skills learned in the agriculture classroom and learned the importance of citizenship. It was all part of the 35th Annual Iowa FFA Legislative Symposium and FFA Day at the capitol.

NL Community Pantry welcomes Iowa State Senators Wahls and Kinney Feb. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowa State Senators Zach Wahls and Kevin Kinney will visit the North Liberty Community Pantry Friday, Feb. 28, at 3 p.m.
The senators will tour the facility and talk with pantry staff about services, the recent increase in pantry traffic, and news surrounding area mobile home residents. Zach Wahls has been a vocal advocate for tenants’ rights, attending and speaking at rallies for Golf View Mobile Home Park last summer.

Beckman cruises over Solon

Blazers build big lead in 63-43 win

SOLON– It was a big hole.
When Carson Shive hit two free throws to open the Solon scoring and tie the game against Beckman Catholic Jan. 31 in Solon, it was as close as the Spartans would get the rest of the night.
Shive hit a three-pointer moments later to make the score 6-5 in Beckman’s favor, but from there out, things didn’t bounce Solon’s way.
Turnovers haunted the Spartans early on and the Blazers built a 16-5 first-quarter lead they would not relinquish.
Beckman held the Spartans to 14 points in the first half and held a commanding 26-point lead heading into the third quarter.