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Chris Umscheid

Bolts fall to Muskies and Trojans in double dual meet

Avalos wins by fall for Liberty High

IOWA CITY– The Liberty High wrestlers visited Iowa City West High Thursday, Jan. 16, for a double dual meet with the Trojans and Muskies of Muscatine, and ended up 0-2 in varsity competition.
The Muskies knocked off the Lightning, 72-6, in varsity action with Liberty’s Gabe Avalos pinning Collin Zellmer in 5:52 at 113 pounds. The Bolts picked up a junior varsity (JV) win, 12-5, as Austin Franklin pinned Trevan Phelps in 2:00 at 152 pounds and Jackson Tubbs won his 138-pound match by pinning C.J. Palmer in 51 seconds.

Schrepfer leads CCA past Benton Community, 62-42

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys’ basketball team picked up its second win of 2020 and improved to 6-3 Tuesday, Jan. 7, in a varsity contest at home against Benton Community, 62-42, as the second half of a girl-boy doubleheader.
The Creek Boys pounded the Bobcats, 22-3, in the first quarter and held a 35-12 halftime advantage. The Clippers led, 55-27, at the end of the third.

Bolts overcome rough start to shock Golden Eagles

Liberty overcomes Dubuque Wahlert, 64-59

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High boys varsity basketball coach Stu Ordman summed up his team’s 64-59 win over Dubuque Wahlert very succinctly.
“Terrible start for Liberty. Lot of energy coming back.”
The Bolts knocked off the Golden Eagles Tuesday, Jan. 7, at home, snapping a two-game losing streak and posting their first win of 2020.

They can’t finish it soon enough

North Liberty’s new police station is coming together slowly

NORTH LIBERTY– They’ll have to wait just a little bit longer.
While construction work progresses slowly on the new North Liberty Police Department facility (across from the fire station on Cherry Street) Chief Diane Venenga and her officers and staff continue to work out of their cramped quarters at 5 E. Cherry St.
It could be worse. The department, founded in 1999, started out across North Main Street in what was at the time home to the police department, city hall, and the fire department.

Williamsburg swimmers sink Ottumwa, fall to Des Moines East

CCA’s Colvin wins JV 50-freestyle, McGrath wins 200-IM and 100-Fly

DES MOINES– The Williamsburg Raiders sank Ottumwa in boys varsity swimming at Des Moines East High School on Thursday, Jan. 9. Unfortunately though, Des Moines East knocked off the Raiders in the double dual meet. The Raiders, with five Clear Creek Amana (CCA) swimmers; Braxton McGrath, Jack Colvin, Jaxon Strank, Connor Hench and Landon Schanz; defeated Ottumwa, 88-74, but fell to East, 114-55.

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.

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.

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).