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Chris Umscheid

Grant Elementary opens its doors

NL’s newest elementary school honors a living legend

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) opened the doors to its 22nd elementary school on Wednesday, Aug. 21, with a ribbon cutting and ice cream social.
The new school, Christine Grant Elementary, is the fourth ICCSD elementary school in North Liberty (North Bend Elementary is part of the Clear Creek Amana School District), the sixth school building total, and the first to be built in North Liberty after Liberty High School opened in 2017.
The district has 28 schools in total with more likely as enrollment growth in and around North Liberty continues.

Nine weeks to seal their legacy for the O-Bolts

2019 Liberty High varsity football preview

NORTH LIBERTY– Four years ago, 21 Iowa City West High freshmen suited up in black pants, jerseys and helmets, instead of West High green garb, and became the Liberty High Lightning, otherwise known as the Bolts.
The school hadn’t been built yet, but the young men were destined by their grade level to attend it when it was. As the first football team, they named themselves the Original Bolts, or “O-Bolts.”
Jeff Gordon has been head coach since day one. Together they’ve put together a 14-13 record over three seasons: freshman, sophomore and one year of varsity.

“Grit, Gravel, Grind– Lightning Within Us”

2019 Liberty Girls Cross Country preview

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity girls cross country Head Coach Tonya McDonough titled her 2019 preseason media guide “Grit, Gravel, Grind– Lightning Within Us,” which sets the tone for the Lightning.
This is the third season for the program, having run an incomplete team in 2017, which competed as an independent, not affiliated with an athletic conference.
Camille Mac, then a freshman, qualified for the Class 3A state meet and finished 13th overall in 19:16.

Creek Boys No.1 in preseason XC rankings

IATC puts CCA at the top of Class 3A

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Clippers took the top spot in the Iowa Association of Track Coaches (IATC) preseason cross country team rankings. CCA’s squad was ranked No. 1 in Class 3A in the rankings released on Thursday, Aug. 22.
The Creek Boys topped the 15-team list, which includes WaMaC foes Marion and Mount Vernon-Lisbon. The WaMaC’s Center Point-Urbana was listed as one of the “Teams to Watch.”

Doggie dreams can come true

NL Council action makes dog park a 2020 reality

NORTH LIBERTY– A dog park for North Liberty took a Labrador’s leap closer to reality as the city council passed two resolutions related to the park Tuesday, Aug. 13, during its regular meeting.

Groovin’ on a Saturday afternoon

Porchfest fills NL’s Arlington Ridge neighborhood with music

NORTH LIBERTY– For the fourth year, the Arlington Ridge neighborhood of North Liberty was filled with music as porches and driveways became stages, and yards and sidewalks filled with audiences for Porchfest.

The first team trip to Fort Dodge is the goal for the Bolts

2019 Liberty High boys cross country preview

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s boys cross country team has experienced a growth spurt this year with 10 new faces out on the course, bringing the roster up to 38.

Another challenging season ahead for the Creek Girls

2019 Clear Creek Amana varsity volleyball preview

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team is in for another challenging season in the WaMaC Conference, and faces a significant challenge before it even sets sail on the 2019 campaign.

Newcomers to give the Creek Girls a boost

2019 Clear Creek Amana girls cross country preview

TIFFIN– It’s a mix of seasoned veterans and energetic rookies for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls cross country team this season.
The squad placed 10th out of 11 teams in a Class 3A district (state qualifying) meet last October in Fairfield, led by senior Kaylie Barker’s 22nd-place finish.
This year, Coach Jane Astor returns seven letter winners: senior Olivia Smyka, juniors Alexis Ponce, Kayla Jiras, Madeline Fox and Lauren Lasswell, and sophomores Allie Kounkel and Emily Coleman.

Creek Fest puts the “Fun” in Tiffin

Something for everybody at Tiffun Creek Fest

TIFFIN– This year’s Tiffun Creek Fest offered an afternoon and evening of fun for all ages. The Saturday, Aug. 10, event kicked off with a Kid’s Fishing Derby and featured Tiffin City Council member Jim Bartels as the Grand Marshal for the afternoon parade.

A taste of success builds an appetite for 2019 greatness

CCA varsity football preview

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity football team had a historic 2018 gridiron campaign, and that taste of success has them hungry for an even better 2019 outing.
The Clippers posted their first 7-0 record in school history and made their first Class 3A playoff appearance since 2014. Sixteen teams made it into the playoffs under the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s (IHSAA) Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), which looks at the team’s record, the team’s opponents’ records, and team’s opponents’ opponents’ records to develop a ranking.

SPARK-ing ideas in North Liberty

Unique public forum highlights the best of North Liberty, and offers suggestions for the future

NORTH LIBERTY– What is so special about living in North Liberty? What would make living in North Liberty more enjoyable? How can a smalltown feel be maintained in an ever-growing community? What would help North Liberty be a more progressive community in the future?
Eight presenters, sometimes solo, sometimes in pairs, and even in a small group, took center stage on Tuesday, July 30, at the Tin Roost restaurant in North Liberty for a unique event called SPARK North Liberty to present their answers and vision.