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Chris Umscheid

Capitalizing on partnerships

Tiffin’s new Rec. Center could lead to new opportunities for area schools

TIFFIN– A new recreation center being planned by the City of Tiffin has the potential of forging partnerships between school districts and the city, and providing facilities for high school swimming and diving teams (as well as other competitive swim clubs/teams).
Tiffin City Administrator Doug Boldt gave an update on the project during a joint meeting of the Tiffin City Council and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s School Board of Directors Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Oak Hill Elementary School in Tiffin.

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Decision time grows near

CCA presents three options for handling continued enrollment growth ahead of a bond referendum this fall

TIFFIN– There is little doubt the Clear Creek Amana Community School District (CCA) will need to ask the voters to approve another bond referendum in September in order to provide space for continued enrollment growth. The question, though, is how much money the district will ask for, and how much new space it will be able to build.

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The Creek rises over the Raiders in doubleheader

Stratton and Withrow lead CCA in girl-boy wins over Williamsburg

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School celebrated the New Year with a varsity basketball sweep of rival Williamsburg Friday, Jan. 3, at home. The Creek Girls had no trouble rolling past the Raiders to a 62-36 win while the Creek Boys had a tough battle throughout, pulling out a 58-56 victory.

Wahawks overrun the Bolts

Telander leads Liberty boys in 52-32 loss to Waterloo West

WATERLOO– Liberty High’s varsity boys basketball team opened 2020 with its second loss of the season Friday, Jan. 3, on the road at Waterloo West. The Wahawks soared past the Lightning 52-32 and improved to 6-1 while dropping the “Bolts” to 4-2.
West took a 13-9 lead at the end of the first quarter and held a 21-14 halftime advantage. The Wahawks outscored Liberty 16-6 in the third period to take a 37-20 lead into the final quarter. The Bolts had their best effort in the fourth with a dozen points, but the Wahawks’ lead held.

No. 9 Wahawks overpower the Lightning’s ladies, 64-24

NORTH LIBERTY– The Waterloo West Wahawks, the No. 9 varsity girls’ team in Class 5A per Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) Thursday, Jan. 2, weekly rankings, overpowered the Liberty High Lightning Friday, Jan. 3, at Liberty. West defeated the “Bolts” 64-26, improving to 8-1 and dropping un-ranked Liberty to 1-7.

West sweeps the Golden Eagles off the lanes

CCA’s Roberson and Ripperton, and Liberty’s Jones help lead IC West past Wahlert Catholic

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High Trojan and Women of Troy bowling squads opened 2020 on a winning note as they swept the Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High School off the lanes Friday, Jan. 3, at Colonial Lanes in Iowa City.
West’s varsity boys won 2,303 to 2,298 with Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Stirlen Roberson the runner-up with 334 behind individual winner Will Kamentz of Wahlert (340). Liberty High’s Robert Jones won the junior varsity (JV) match and led the team to a 2,228 to 1,810 victory.

Records set locally and statewide for First Day Hikes

145 people ply the trail at Lake Macbride

SOLON– At least 4,358 people participated in “First Day Hikes” in Iowa’s State Parks on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported it was the highest attendance since the start of the annual event in 2012, and coincided with kicking off the Iowa State Park Centennial Year (2020).

Records set locally and statewide for First Day Hikes

145 people ply the trail at Lake Macbride

SOLON– At least 4,358 people participated in “First Day Hikes” in Iowa’s State Parks on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported it was the highest attendance since the start of the annual event in 2012, and coincided with kicking off the Iowa State Park Centennial Year (2020).

Bringing kids together

Students helping students in the CCA Middle School’s Peer PE program

TIFFIN– Seventy Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School students have taken on a role typically more mature of seventh and eighth graders, and their classmates with special needs are the beneficiaries. The students, led by Physical Education (PE) Teacher Nick Boeset, spend time each week in a Peer PE program working one-on-one with their classmates in an open gym format.

A Very Merry Christmas in Swisher

Santa Claus and The Grinch team up for Christmas joy

SWISHER– The sights and sounds of the season were on full display Saturday, Dec. 14, in a small, northwestern Johnson County community as “A Very Merry Christmas in Swisher” was held for an evening of holiday festivities.

Hoping for less bitter this year, Beat the Bitter returns this month!

A full week of outdoor activities kick off on Jan. 25

NORTH LIBERTY– Winter in Iowa can be rough. Once green cornfields resemble a windswept Arctic tundra from Siberia. Most people huddle in their homes, grumbling about the cold, the wind, the snow, the ice, and whatever reason it is they continue to live in Iowa.
However, there is another group of people who grin rather than grumble and embrace winter rather than curse it. For those special folks, there is Beat the Bitter, a week full of activities designed to get people out from under their comforters and into the great outdoors for fun, adventure and good cheer.

Creek Boys drop rough one to Stormin Pointers

CPU snaps CCA win streak with 57-37 loss

CENTER POINT The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys dipped to 4-3 as the Stormin Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU) snapped the Clippers four-game winning streak Friday, Dec. 20, in Center Point. The Pointers defeated the Creek Boys, 57-37, in a game marred by the ejection of the Clippers student section by the officials in response to shouts of bull s*** by the students voicing their objection to foul calls.