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Chris Umscheid

Forfeits hurt Bolts against the Cougars on the mat

Brownsberger, Morris and Franklin get pins as CR Kennedy sweeps Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Fifteen forfeits, seven varsity and eight junior varsity, put the Liberty High wrestlers in a hole they couldn’t dig out of Thursday, Dec. 12, in a home dual meet against Cedar Rapids Kennedy. The Cougars swept the Lightning, 67-12 (varsity) and 75-6 (JV).
Ian Brownsberger and Jaxson Morris scored the Bolts’ varsity points as Brownsberger pinned the Cougars’ Tyler Bartels in 1:54 in the 120-pound match. Morris pinned Levi Heskje in 1:56 for the 126-pound contest. Austin Franklin earned the Lightning’s JV points pinning Alex Clay in 1:10 for the 126-pound match.

UDO passes first reading on split vote

Johnson County Supervisors approve controversial plan, 3-2

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors are on track to achieving a major goal for 2019: passing the updated Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), and having it in place to go into effect on January 1, 2020.
The 299-page document, which codifies the county’s comprehensive plan, was approved on a 3-2 vote in the first of three required readings Thursday, Dec. 5, during a regular meeting of the supervisors.

Sights of the season, in Oxford

Voting for “Light It Up Oxford” Christmas Decorating Contest ends Dec. 13

OXFORD– Christmas lights shine bright in the early winter nights in Oxford. And for somebody, they may shine a bit brighter with $100 in prize money.
The American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 537, in Oxford, is sponsoring a “Light It Up Oxford” Christmas Decorating Contest with a $100 cash prize for the best residential and the best business entry in Oxford. Registration was from Oct. 18 to Nov. 1. Four houses and six businesses registered for the contest with voting ending on Friday, Dec. 13.

“Property Rites” takes the stage at Liberty High

One-act drama runs Friday and Saturday

NORTH LIBERTY– Kyle McManus has a problem. He is an art collector who invested millions in 15 high-tech androids programed to perform thousands of movements, monologues, dialogues and more. He’d like to sell them but a serious malfunction has arisen; they’ve come alive. The sculptures’ struggle to become autonomous, coupled with his desire to destroy them is played out in the one-act drama “Property Rites,” by Alan Haehnel.

Creek Boys come up short in season opener

Central DeWitt tops CCA, 75-70

DEWITT– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys came up a little short in their basketball season opener Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Central Clinton, DeWitt. The Sabers topped the Clippers, 75-70.
The Creek Boys dominated the first quarter with a 21-13 lead, but the Sabers roared back in the second leaving CCA hanging onto a one-point advantage, 32-31, at halftime. DeWitt pulled ahead in the third with a 52-51 lead going into the final quarter.

Bolts light up the Demons

Liberty boys open the season with 74-50 win in Washington

WASHINGTON– The Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball team opened the 2019-20 season with a 74-50 non-conference win over the Washington Demons Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Washington.
The Lightning jumped out to a 29-10 lead at the end of the first period and held a commanding lead, 43-23, at halftime. The Bolts continued the onslaught in the second half with a 62-32 advantage going into the final quarter.
Junior Ira Hazeltine led Liberty with 21 points including six three-pointers. Senior Andre Brandon put in 14 points with a dozen from junior Kelby Telander.

Bolts fall in season opener to the Wahawks

Morris and Terwilleger led Liberty in 72-8 loss to Wahawks

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High grapplers opened the 2019-20 season with a 72-8 loss to the Waterloo West Wahawks, at home, on Thursday, Dec. 5.
Jaxon Morris, a freshman, put the Lightning on the scoreboard with an 8-2 decision over West High junior Reese Talaska. Sophomore Elijah Terwilleger won a 16-0 technical fall in 4:25 over West High sophomore Michael Tatum.
The Bolts forfeited at 106, 113, 170, 182, 195 and 220 pounds.

Trojan-Bolts dunk the Tigers

Liberty’s Hajek, Nichols and Keeney post wins in West High swimming victory over Cedar Falls

CORALVILLE– The Iowa City West High boys swimming team notched yet another victory Tuesday, Dec. 3, dunking the Cedar Falls Tigers at the Coralville Recreation Center. The combined West High/Liberty High squad took the varsity meet, 133-37, and the junior varsity (JV) meet, 131-35.
Liberty High swimmers Izaak Hajek, Luke Nichols and Gavin Keeney won in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, and 100-yard breaststroke, respectively. Hajek (a senior) won in 22.19 seconds, Nichols (a junior) won in 49.38 seconds and Keeney (a sophomore) won in 1:04.77.

Creek Girls fall to Sabers

Stratton leads CCA with 21 points in 52-47 loss

DEWITT– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls dipped to 1-1 on the season with a 52-47 loss to the Sabers of Central Clinton-DeWitt on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
The Clippers trailed, 10-5, at the end of the first quarter and continued to trail, 21-16, at halftime. A 14-point third period helped the Creek Girls’ cause leading to a slim, 30-29, advantage going into the final quarter. However, the Sabers outscored the Clippers, 23-17, in the period for the win.

Creek Girls open season with a win over rival Lady Spartans

Stratton’s 31 points leads CCA over Solon, 58-43

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls basketball team opened its 2019-20 season with a 58-43 win over WaMaC East rival Solon at home on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
The Clippers won the first period 11-6 after pulling ahead from a 6-6 tie with the Lady Spartans, and powered ahead in the second to a 28-13 halftime advantage. Senior Meagan Harvey sank a long-range three-point basket, which put the Creek Girls up 17-12 in the second period, while senior Karsyn Stratton finished the half with a rebound and a basket. Stratton went on to lead all scorers with a 31-point performance.

Trojans fall to the Little Hawks

Bowling season opens with The Battle for the King and Queen Pins

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High and Iowa City, City High opened the 2019-20 bowling season with the annual crosstown rivalry match on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at Colonial Lanes in Iowa City. The Trojans and Little Hawks battle each year for the King and Queen Pins, and this year City High prevailed as its varsity boys and varsity girls defeated the Trojans.

Three Bolts earn more volleyball honors

IGCA names All-State teams

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) recently released its picks for 2019’s volleyball Senior All-Stars, All-District and All-State teams with Liberty High represented.