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Chris Umscheid

Youth is an advantage for the Lightning

Liberty High boys cross country preview

NORTH LIBERTY– Often when coaches discuss their team ahead of any given season, a “young” team is considered a disadvantage due to a lack of experience, particularly in varsity competition. Josh Hildebrand, head coach for Liberty High’s boys cross country, sees having a “young” squad as a strength.

Arlington Ridge was the place to be in North Liberty

Third annual NL Porchfest fills neighborhood with a day of fun and music

NORTH LIBERTY– The Arlington Ridge neighborhood of North Liberty banded together Saturday, Aug. 11, for its third Porchfest, a day of music, food and games in a family-friendly environment. Twenty-seven solo and group acts performed on seven stages set up on porches scattered throughout the neighborhood along Whitman Avenue and Canterbury Street.

Giving back while helping out

Tiffun Creek Fest provides a day of fun with a greater purpose

TIFFIN– For the second year, residents of Tiffin and the surrounding area had a full day of entertainment courtesy of the Tiffun Creek Fest, the successor to Tiffin Fest. This year’s event was held on Saturday, July 28, in the Tiffin City Park, a change from the soccer fields last year.

The clouds are building

Liberty High’s football field nears completion, but probably won’t be ready until mid-season

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s Lightning (the Bolts) will soon have a complex full of clouds to strike from as an athletic complex just west of the school continues to take shape.
Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) voters approved a $192 million bond issue last September, which included $12,544,000 for the second phase of a three-phase construction plan for Liberty. Phase One was design and construction of the 264,000 square foot school, which opened last August.

Tiffin a "growing community under development"

Population growth triggers revision to Tiffin’s Comprehensive Plan

TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin commissioned a Comprehensive Plan, to serve as a guide toward managing future development and population growth over a 20-year span, in 2014. The 2014 edition took approximately two years to compile, craft and approve. In the short span since the plan was adopted, Tiffin’s growth continued seemingly unimpeded, and projections for future growth needed to be revised.

Clear Creek Boys clobber Panthers, 14-3

CCA earns first postseason win since ‘15 with 14-3 victory over Mt. Pleasant

SOLON– Friday the 13th turned out to be the Clippers’ lucky day as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity baseball team pounded the ball early and often for a 14-3 win over the Panthers of Mount Pleasant in a Class 3A Substate 5 District 9 first round game in Solon.
The Creek Boys put two runs on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning as Cam “Lender” Armstrong hit a sacrifice fly to score Sam Young, and Cody Ogden drilled a solo homerun.

Bolts fall victim to Trojan juggernaut

Strunk homers in West’s 8-3 win over Liberty

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High closed out the regular season at 29-9 extending its win streak to nine in a row at the expense of new rival Liberty High with an 8-3 non-conference varsity win Monday, July 9, at West High.

Not your grandpa's playground

Centennial Park’s first playground ready for Blues & BBQ festival

NORTH LIBERTY– Playground design has come a long way. Forty years ago, kids played on jungle gyms and monkey bars installed on asphalt pads or surrounded by various sizes of gravel. Later, bits and pieces of shredded tires were layered around the appliances, cushioning young bodies from the inevitable falls. More recently, other materials such as wood chips were placed to provide a softer surface.

CCA's SAVE: An alternative to asking taxpayers for more

CCA explores funding options through SAVE dollars

OXFORD– SAVE: “Secure an Advanced Vision for Education,” is a funding stream many school districts in Iowa rely on for a multitude of projects without having to dip into an already strained general fund. SAVE was previously known as “SILO” or the School Infrastructure Local Option tax, or more formally, “the Statewide School Infrastructure Sales and Services Tax.”

Clippers split with Stormin’ Pointers

CCA baseball sweeps, softball swept

CENTER POINT– The Clear Creek Amana varsity baseball and softball teams traveled to Center Point for a pair of doubleheaders Monday, June 25, against the Center Point-Urbana (CPU) Stormin’ Pointers.
Both Clipper squads hit the .500 mark with the Creek Boys improving to 12-12 sweeping the Pointers, 10-5 and 6-4, while the Creek Girls dipped to 14-14 being swept, 11-0 and 7-1.

Bolts and Pirates split in Cedar Rapids

Kimm RBI lifts Liberty, 2-1

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty Lightning snapped the Alburnett Pirates’ nine-game winning streak on Wednesday, June 27, at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids.
The Pirates took game one of the varsity doubleheader 4-2, but the Bolts regrouped and won the nightcap, 2-1.

CCA names principal for new elementary in Tiffin

District approves from within

OXFORD– Sometimes the obvious answer is right in front of you. For the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District, as Communications Director Laurie Haman said in a recent press release, the district, “did not have to look far to add a new elementary principal.” Brian Williams, the current Director of Curriculum and Instruction, has been approved by the board to become the principal of the new elementary school, which is currently under construction just north of Tiffin Elementary.