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February 18th, 2021

NL man charged in IC robbery

IOWA CITY– A North Liberty man was charged with first-degree robbery after a November incident in Iowa City.
According to a criminal complaint filed by the Iowa City Police Department, Ernest Allen, 35, of North Liberty, sought a ride from a victim and, upon arrival at the destination, asked for $10 in cash. When the victim retrieved his wallet, the complaint noted, he felt/saw a handgun pressed to his hip while the defendant stated, “You know what this is.” Allen stands accused of taking the victim’s money, then warning the victim not to follow.
First-degree robbery is a Class B felony.

FFA members host district conference

TIFFIN– Each year, the Southeast District and Iowa Future Farmers of America (FFA) officers plan and facilitate Greenhand Fire Up Conferences for FFA members in the southeast district. Clear Creek Amana High School welcomed FFA chapters from all over the Southeast District on Monday, Jan. 18.

“A true role model”

Gov. Reynolds tours and praises Johnson County’s GuideLink Center

IOWA CITY– The GuideLink Center, also known as the Access Center of Johnson County, started accepting patients with an acute mental health or substance abuse crisis on Monday, Feb. 15, as part of a gradual “soft opening.”
The facility, located at 300 Southgate Ave. in Iowa City, has been a goal through roughly a decade of discussion in Johnson County. Momentum was gained in 2015 when then Jail Alternatives Coordinator Jessica Peckover started a crusade for a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) made up of law enforcement officers, starting with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO).

February 11th

First Lightning, then the Storm

Liberty Highs Brody Fishman commits to Simpson College for football

NORTH LIBERTY Lightning often precedes a storm, and in high school senior Brody Fishmans case, playing football for the Liberty High Lightning preceded joining the Storm at Simpson College, in Indianola. Fishman announced his decision to commit to Simpson via social media on Monday, Feb. 1.

Creek Girls upend the Indians

Calia Clubb leads all with 24 points in 51-41 victory for CCA

MARION The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls picked up a fourth consecutive win to improve to 13-3 overall (12-2 in the WaMaC West) with a 51-42 win over WaMaC East team Marion on Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the Indians hunting ground.
Both teams entered the contest unranked after recently falling out of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Unions weekly rankings.

Clippers earn program best finish at WaMaC Wrestling Tourney

Ryker Jones and Tyler Steines place 2nd nearly making CCA history

MANCHESTER The 2021 WaMaC Varsity Wrestling Tournament was originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 30, at Marion High School, but an impending winter storm postponed the event, and moved it to West Delaware High School in Manchester on Monday, Feb. 1.
For Clear Creek Amana (CCA) the wait was surely worth it, the Clippers posted their best WaMaC Tournament team finish in program history, and had two grapplers come close to being the first to win WaMaC titles.

Bolts shock the ‘Burg

Keiko Ono-Fullard powers Liberty past Williamsburg, 51-40

WILLIAMSBURG– Liberty High’s varsity girls traveled to Williamsburg for a non-conference game against the Raiders Saturday, Feb. 6, and picked up their third win of the season, 51-40.
Keiko Ono-Fullard, a sophomore, led the Lightning with 13 points including a pair of three-point baskets. Fellow soph Kennedy Daugherty dominated on the boards with a dozen rebounds.
The win improved Liberty to 3-9 overall while sitting at 2-7 in the Mississippi Valley Conference-Mississippi Division. Williamsburg dipped to 8-10 overall and sat at 7-8 in the WaMaC West.

5 Spartans advance

Solon hosts district tournament Saturday

DeWITT– Five Solon wrestlers will defend their home mats at a district meet Saturday, Feb. 13.
Caleb Ebert (152 pounds), Hayden Taylor (160), Lucas Kampman (170), Lucas TePoel (182) and Gage Marty (220) advanced out of a Class 2A sectional at DeWitt Feb. 6.
Ebert and Taylor took sectional titles. Kampman, TePoel and Marty placed second.
The host Sabers took the team championship with 220.5 points. Camanche and Solon were tied for second with 160.5 in the six-team field. The first- and second-place winners in each weight class moved on to the District 7 tournament at Solon Saturday.

Lady Spartans stunned by Beckman Catholic, 58-52

Callie Levin early foul trouble, Lady Spartans come up short

SOLON– The Lady Spartans tasted defeat at the hands of the Beckman Catholic Blazers, 58-52, on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at home, yet three players scored in double digits.

Solon streak stays alive

Spartans take wins from Beckman and Maquoketa

SOLON– Sixteen wins in a row.
The varsity Spartans moved to 14-0 in the WaMaC Conference and 16-1 overall last week with basketball victories hosting Beckman Catholic and on the road at Maquoketa.
Every possession counted in the 38-36 win at home against Beckman Feb. 2.
“We knew coming in that this was going to be a tough game. Beckman is a team that guards hard,” Head Coach Jared Galpin said.