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Chris Umscheid

A dynamite performance

Fun and surprises with ‘The Foreigner’

TIFFIN– For Pete Huch it was a golden opportunity. Huch, the drama director at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School, has wanted to stage a production of Larry Shue’s “The Foreigner” since his college days.
“I finally got the cast for it,” Huch said, adding that the CCA group was a good fit for Shue’s cast of characters.

Women of Troy hold off Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs

West girls up to the challenge

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy repelled a threat from the Mustangs of Dubuque Hempstead Tuesday, Jan. 8, pulling off a 55-46 MVC victory on their home court.
Laynie Whitehead put West on the scoreboard early in the first period, and West took a 9-1 lead prompting the Mustangs to call for a time-out. Ally Disterhoft hit the first of two 3-pointers late in the quarter for a 16-7 lead. The Mustangs galloped back in the second, out-scoring West 13-11. West held a 27-20 lead at the half, with 12 of those points coming from Disterhoft.

Clipper JV girls take Solon Spartans 60-49

TIFFIN– With the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Spartan varsity girls moving their match-up to Cornell College and “Rivalry Saturday,” Friday night’s junior varsity (JV) game became the marquee contest. The home crowd wasn’t disappointed though, as PJ Sweeney and company pulled off a 60-49 win powered by sophomore Lexi Kinnaird’s 22-point effort including one 3-pointer.
Kelly Noska, a junior, put in 15 points while sophomore Kiley Seelman had 12 with a trio of 3-bombs. Sophomore Kelsey Hall had a 9-point night and sophomore Alexa Sweeney added in 2.

Report confirms more east side growth

OXFORD– The Facilities Committee of the Clear Creek Amana school district was formed last fall to explore the needs of the growing district, and propose solutions for consideration by the school board of directors. Since October, the volunteer members have poured over a plethora of enrollment figures and capacity data for the district’s buildings.

Lady Spartan JV bested by CCA

TIFFIN– With the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Spartan varsity girls moving their match-up to Cornell College and “Rivalry Saturday,” Friday night’s junior varsity (JV) game became the marquee contest. The home crowd wasn’t disappointed, as PJ Sweeney and company pulled off a 60-49 win powered by sophomore Lexi Kinnaird’s 22-point effort including one 3-pointer.

Clipper boys fall to Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers fell to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the WaMaC Tuesday night after the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings came to town, sacking and looting for an 83-57 win.
A Tony Pederson 3-pointer gave CCA a 10-9 lead in the first period, the only Clipper lead of the night. The Vikings took the quarter 17-10 and never looked back as the Clippers struggled to maintain possession of the ball.
A salvo of 3-pointers by Mitch Stopko, Konrad Moore and Kam Kahler in the second period helped the Clipper cause, but the home team still lagged behind 38-21 at the half.

Warriors edge out Women of Troy

IOWA CITY– Maybe if they’d just had a few more minutes to play.
Time was not on the Women of Troy’s side Friday night as both the sophomore and varsity squads came up short despite fourth-quarter rallies. The sophomores trailed most of the game, put up a fierce fight in the fourth, and fell, 39-34. Jessie Harder led the sophs with an 18-point effort.

CCA growth: Perception is reality

UI Professor’s statistics back-up CCA enrollment growth projections

OXFORD– A draft report produced by a University of Iowa professor and one of his graduate students uses scientific methodology to pinpoint where enrollment growth is occurring in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district, and maps-out the likely continuation of that growth.

CCA girls stun the Mustangs

MOUNT VERNON– A slow start Tuesday night turned into a big win for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers girls basketball team. The Clippers pulled-off a 47-45 win in overtime in the Lady Mustangs’ stable.
A dismal first period found the Clippers struggling, shooting only 1-11 from the floor, and trailing 8-2. CCA narrowed the gap to 3 points, but watched as the Mustangs galloped away on a 12-3 run late in the quarter. Mount Vernon had the 21-9 advantage at the halftime break.

Vets give perspective at Solon’s Veterans Day Program

SOLON– Veterans Day, sometimes known as Remembrance Day, is a time for honoring all those who have worn the uniform of the United States Military.
Following the presentation of the colors by the Solon American Legion Post 460, and the playing of the national anthem by the eighth grade band, five ex-service members spoke at the annual Veterans Day Program held at the middle school.

Good start for Clipper girls

TIFFIN– Following a solid 52-34 win over West Delaware Tuesday night at home, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) coach Matt Haas was more introspective than celebratory.
“We’ve done some good things these first two games, obviously there’s some things we need to capitalize on and work on,” Haas said. The win moved the Clippers to a 2-0 start to the season, an improvement over the squad’s 1-1 record at this time last season.

ThinkFirst! safety talk aims to reduce devastating injuries

NORTH LIBERTY– It only takes an instant to change a life, possibly forever.
Each year, approximately 600 Iowans are paralyzed from a spinal cord injury and another 5,000 will suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to information provided by ThinkFirst Iowa, an injury prevention program based out of the Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines.