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Chris Umscheid

The customer always came first

Tiffin’s Karen Ruppert looks back on a career with the postal service

TIFFIN– When Karen Ruppert closed the customer service window on Dec. 24, 2019, she also closed out a career spanning 42 years with the United States Postal Service.
Ruppert, a resident of rural Tiffin, was the postmaster of the fast-growing community from Feb. 23, 1991, until her official retirement date last month.

“Never forget where you came from”

SYNcere Printing in Tiffin: making bucks and making a difference

TIFFIN– Since 2016, Juan Santiago has been screen-printing T-shirts and other garments under the business name of SYNcere Printing (LLC). It’s a unique enterprise for a unique individual who has been an active duty Marine, a member of the Iowa Army National Guard and a High Risk Unit officer with the Iowa Probation and Parole Department.

One game closer to state

Withrow’s 25 points power CCA past Keokuk in 76-66 substate win

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys came a step closer to following the girls to the state basketball tournament as they conquered the Chiefs of Keokuk Thursday, Feb. 27, in a Class 3A Substate 5 semifinal game at home.
The Clippers topped the Chiefs 76-66 and advanced to a substate final on Wednesday, March 4, (after this edition’s deadline) against Davenport Assumption in Muscatine.

A BIG win and a first for the Creek Girls

Upset win over Marion sends CCA to the first state tournament in school history

MARION– “It doesn’t even feel real!”
That’s what Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior and four-year varsity starter Karsyn Stratton said when asked about knocking off second-ranked Marion in a Class 4A regional final game, and heading to Des Moines for the first girls state basketball tournament appearance in school history. The Clippers defeated the Marion Indians soundly, 66-49, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Marion, to punch their ticket to the 2020 state tourney.

Liberty’s McPherson earns MVC Valley Division 2nd Team honors

Three Bolts named to Girls All-Division Basketball teams

NORTH LIBERTY– Three Liberty High varsity girls were named to the 2019-2020 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Girls Basketball All-Division Selections list for the Valley Division, released on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Senior Sam McPherson was a Second Team pick after leading the Lightning in scoring with 217 points in the regular season. McPherson recently signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball for Mount Mercy University, in Cedar Rapids.
Freshman Keiko Ono-Fullard and senior Isabel Smith were both named to the Valley Division Honorable Mention team.

Mustangs stomp on Bolts’ state tourney dream

Liberty boys fall 52-49 in substate semifinal to Dubuque Hempstead

DUBUQUE– The 2019-2020 varsity basketball season came to a sudden end for the Liberty High Lightning Friday, Feb. 28, on the road at Dubuque Hempstead in a Class 4A substate semifinal game.
The Mustangs stomped on the Bolts’ hopes for a state tournament appearance by topping Liberty, 52-49. Hempstead previously knocked off Liberty 69-66 in overtime on Jan. 28.
Liberty trailed throughout the contest with the Mustangs leading 11-6 at the end of the first quarter, 24-12 at halftime and 37-25 at the end of the third.

Two Bolts sign Letters of Intent for the Hawkeyes

Woody and Cannon commit to U of I Track and Field

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High student athletes Drake Woody and Taylor Cannon signed Letters of Intent for the University of Iowa’s Track and Field programs Monday, Feb. 24.

Season finale

Liberty High’s show choirs put on an afternoon extravaganza

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High School’s show and jazz choirs brought down the curtain on a successful 2019-2020 season with a Spring Showcase concert featuring vocal groups Spark, Amplify, Voltage, Impact and Storm Saturday, Feb. 22, at Liberty High. Interspersed among the groups were three teasers for the upcoming spring musical “Shrek” as Agustin Colon-Sanchez (Donkey), Posey Stoeffler (Fiona) and Scott Dill (Shrek) performed solos from the show. North Central Junior High’s New Connections show choir also performed a set.

A unique facet of Iowa City history comes alive in “Beer Money”

North Liberty author Steve C. Sherman releases his sixth novel

NORTH LIBERTY– In the early 1880s, a trio of brewers in the Northside neighborhood of Iowa City had become wealthy and powerful, and Public Enemy No.1 in the eyes of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). The clash between the WCTU and the brewers: Conrad Graf, J.J. Englert and John Dostal is the focal point for North Liberty author Steve C. Sherman’s latest book, “Beer Money,” a work of historical fiction set for release on Tuesday, March 10.

Creek Boys end regular season as WaMaC West Co-Champs

Schrepfer, Potter and Withrow power CCA to 74-58 win over Benton Community

VAN HORNE– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys’ basketball history was made on the road Tuesday, Feb. 18, as the Creek Boys defeated Benton Community, 74-58, and claimed a share of the WaMaC West Championship.
The Clippers finished the regular season with a historic12-2 record in the West Division (14-5 in the conference, 16-5 overall) and tied with rival Williamsburg for the first WaMaC Divisional Championship in school history. It is also the first conference basketball championship for the Clippers since 2000-2001.

Creek Girls cruise past the Dutch

Meagan Harvey sinks eight 3-pointers in 75-59 Class 4A regional semifinal win

TIFFIN– Karsyn Stratton got the ball from Calia Clubb in the opening tip-off, and seconds later gave Clear Creek Amana (CCA) a 2-0 lead Saturday, Feb. 22, in a Class 4A regional semifinal at home against the Pella Dutch. The Creek Girls, driven by a desire to continue their season, and fueled by a fired-up student section, rolled past the Dutch 75-59 to advance to the regional final, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 25, (after this edition’s deadline) at Marion High School against the second-ranked Marion Indians.

Trojans, Bolts and Boats try to bowl their way to state

CCA’s Stirlen Roberson finishes sixth in 3A district tourney

CEDAR RAPIDS– Iowa City West High’s bowling teams, comprised of student athletes from West, Liberty High and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) competed in a joint Class 3A state qualifying (district) meet on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Lancer Lanes, in Cedar Rapids.
The Trojans, Bolts and Boats came up short in sending anybody to the state meet, set for Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Cadillac Lanes, in Waterloo, as both the Trojans and Women of Troy finished sixth in their six-team fields.