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Chris Umscheid

A minor adjustment

New attendance boundaries set for Christine Grant Elementary

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD) Board of Directors was set to vote on and approve new elementary school attendance boundaries, in North Liberty, on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Women of Troy advance

IC West upsets W. Des Moines Dowling, 63-53

DES MOINES– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy were down 10 points to the Maroons of West Des Moines Dowling Catholic with 3:42 left in the fourth quarter of a Class 5A state tournament quarterfinal game Monday, Feb. 26, at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. But then Lauren Zacharias nailed a 3-point basket to cut the gap. Cailyn Morgan sank another 3-pointer and West was only down by four points. Another three from Zacharias shortly after, and West was ahead by one point, 45-44.

No barriers to fun

CCA’s North Bend Elementary to build area’s first inclusive playground

NORTH LIBERTY– Imagine, if you will, being a child confined to a wheelchair. It’s a warm, sunny day and you’re outside at recess with your classmates. While they’re scampering about on swings, monkey bars and other standard playground apparatus, there you sit, unless a kind classmate pushes you around the grounds for something for you to do.

Eagles fly away with Creek Girls’ tourney hopes

Wahlert Catholic defeats CCA in regional semifinal

TIFFIN– A brief, early lead disintegrated Saturday, Feb. 17, for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls basketball team as it took on the Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High School in a class 4A regional semifinal in Tiffin. Wahlert took the contest 64-56 and advanced to the regional final Tuesday, Feb. 20, against Marion at Marion High School while the Creek Girls retired for the season with an 11-11 record overall.

Tiffin News

CCA school board and Tiffin City Council hold third joint session

TIFFIN– Tiffin’s City Council and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Board of Directors held their third joint meeting Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Tiffin Elementary. The entities first held a joint session in December of 2016 and met last August.

Bolts shock Mustangs

Liberty survives foul trouble to defeat Independence, 54-43

NORTH LIBERTY– The Lightning of Liberty High flashed triumphantly Saturday, Feb. 10, with a 54-43 upset varsity boys basketball win over the visiting Mustangs of Independence. It was the third-straight win for the “Bolts” with wins over Washington (Iowa) and Wapsie Valley preceding. Independence (Indee) dipped to 14-8 with a three-game winning streak snapped by the Bolts. Indee had disposed of Clear Creek Amana, Williamsburg and Dyersville Beckman Catholic (by one point).

Striking the rewards

NL’s Metzler bowls his 27th 300-game

CEDAR RAPIDS– Dave Metzler has a life-long passion for bowling, and his dedication to the sport, and his skill, brought him many rewards the past 45 years.

New look for Clippers’ homeport

CCA’s stadium to receive new turf and additional seats

TIFFIN– When Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School football players score a home field touchdown this season, they’ll do it surrounded by “Clipper Blue” thanks to a full field makeover project.

Lightning sweeps home doubleheader

Knock off W. Delaware and Wapsie Valley

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity basketball squads swept a doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 3, at home with a pair of late-season wins.
The Lightning girls snapped a seven-game losing streak as they defeated the Hawks of West Delaware, 55-48, while the boys held on for a dramatic 48-46 win over Wapsie Valley.
The Liberty girls started out against West Delaware with a 5-0 lead thanks to a 3-point basket by Cora Saunders and a field goal from Megan Davis. Liberty took the first period 14-11, but trailed 23-20 at halftime.

Raiders slip away from the Creek Girls

Williamsburg pulls away late for 50-45 win over CCA

TIFFIN– The Williamsburg Raiders pulled off a bit of an upset Tuesday, Jan. 30, as they defeated the Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) in girls’ varsity basketball at CCA, 50-45.
A 3-point basket by Jordan Neely gave the Creek Girls an early 3-2 lead on their way to an 11-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Karsyn Stratton poured in 15 of CCA’s 27 first-half points on her way to a game-high 28. Andrea Roller drained a 3-point basket in the final minute of the second period and dropped in a two-point basket just ahead of the halftime buzzer. The Clippers led, 27-22, at the break.

A home of their own

Liberty High Bolts to get athletic fields, sooner than later

NORTH LIBERTY– Once winter finally lets go of its grip upon Eastern Iowa and the ground begins to thaw, heavy equipment will begin the process of converting an empty field into an athletic complex at Liberty High School.

Freezin’ for a Reason

Polar Plunge raises bucks for NLPD’s K-9

NORTH LIBERTY– Falco, the North Liberty Police Department’s (NLPD) first K-9, has made a bit of a splash since arriving recently. So much so, 33 people were willing to literally make a splash in the frigid waters of the pond at Centennial Park, and donate $50 each toward his food, on-going training and medical care, to do so.
The event, formally known as the Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge, and informally as “Feed the Beast” was held Sunday, Jan. 28, with temperatures in the 20s and a steady breeze, which only added to the chill.