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Chris Umscheid

From a Bolt to a Lady Mustang

Liberty’s Sam McPherson signs with Mount Mercy

NORTH LIBERTY– The leading scorer for the Liberty High Lightning has set her future in motion. Senior Sam McPherson, leading the Bolts with 217 points ahead of the postseason, recently signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball for Mount Mercy University, in Cedar Rapids.

A unique housing option for seniors in NL

Vintage Estates housing cooperative announces plans for a 55+ community

NORTH LIBERTY– A 30-unit housing development being built in North Liberty isn’t typically unusual or out of the ordinary. However, A 30-unit development slated for construction this year is unusual in it will be a housing cooperative.
Vintage Estates of North Liberty, a Cooperative Community, will build the 30 single-family homes, and a community center, on a parcel of land along S. Jones Blvd.

Johnson County issues spark legislation discussion

Legislators look to protect renters, and rein in County Supervisors

DES MOINES — Johnson County’s legislative delegation has introduced bills this session addressing local concerns related to tenants in manufactured housing communities/mobile home parks, and the actions of the Board of Supervisors relating to animal agriculture.
Senators Kevin Kinney (D-39), Zach Wahls (D-37) and Joe Bolkcom (D-43), joined 27 other senators in sponsoring Senate File (SF) 2238, “An act relating to property law by modifying provisions relating to rental properties, manufactured home communities, mobile home parks, and manufactured mobile home communities.”

Spartans survive the Creek Boys

Solon tops CCA 62-53

SOLON — Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys tangled with their rivals, the Solon Spartans, in a WaMaC East-West contest Friday, Feb.14 at Solon High, and fell 62-53.
While the Creek Boys and Spartans did not exchange valentines on this Valentine’s Day gathering, they did open the game by swapping uncontested baskets for a pair of special seniors. First, CCA’s Aaron Cullen put up a two-point shot followed by Solon’s Andrew Coons. After that, the pleasantries and cordiality went by the wayside as the hardwood battle raged.

Stevens and Scranton punch their tickets to The Well

CCA senior and sophomore return to the State Wrestling Tournament

IOWA CITY — Clear Creek Amana wrestlers Sam Stevens and Kael Scranton earned spots on the mats of the 2020 Class 3A State Wrestling Tournament at the 3A District 6 Tournament Saturday, Feb. 15 at Iowa City West High.

Bolts take one on the chin against Prairie Hawks

CR Prairie flies past the Liberty boys 63-54

CEDAR RAPIDS– 24 hours after topping Iowa City High, the Liberty High Lightning were in action at Cedar Rapids Prairie against the 12-5 Prairie Hawks, and fell, 63-54, to dip to 9-9 on the season.

Trojan Bolts win State Swimming Championship

Liberty’s Hajek takes fifth in the 100-yard butterfly

IOWA CITY — The Iowa City West High-Liberty High boys swim team claimed the 2020 State Championship Saturday, Feb. 15 by topping the field at the University of Iowa’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The Trojan-Bolts racked up 262.5 team points to sink the competition. Ankeny was the runner-up team with 236 while Waukee was third with 231.

Undefeated Little Hawks soar over the Lightning

City High girls pound Liberty High, 63-22

IOWA CITY– The No.1-ranked Iowa City High Little Hawks remained undefeated Monday, Feb. 10, after pounding Liberty High, 63-22, in varsity girls basketball at City High. The Little Hawks defeated the Lighting, 87-31, back in December at Liberty High, and the rematch, set for Jan. 17, was postponed due to weather.

Women of Troy bowl over the Wildcats

Kylie Rohm leads Iowa City West varsity girls past Durant

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High varsity girls bowling team picked up their second win of the season Monday, Feb. 10, at home, against the Durant Wildcats. West High won, 2,096 to 1,072, with Kylie Rohm triumphant with 318, Jade Ritchey filled the runner-up spot with 314, and Liberty High’s Lauren Strauser bowled a 263.
The varsity boys fell, 2,716 to 2,559, with Liberty High’s Robert Jones leading the Trojans with 387, while Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Stirlen Roberson knocked down 369.

IHSAA announces changes for 2020 football

CCA gets new district foes, Solon drops, Liberty moves up

BOONE– The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) announced significant changes to prep football, starting this year. The association announced the changes Thursday, Feb. 6, after months of study and discussion by its Board of Control.

An afternoon of basketball gets even more exciting at CCA

Faulty motor produces smoke scare

TIFFIN– A small electric motor led to a big disruption Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School in Tiffin.
The motor, part of the ventilation system for the building, and located above a hallway between the main gymnasium and the band room, failed and burned up a little before 2 p.m. Smoke from the motor set off the building’s fire alarms, which prompted the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center to page out the Tiffin and Oxford fire departments for the alarm activation.

Trump and Warren win JoCo Caucus

Lots of participants, slim margins and a technical glitch make Caucus 2020 memorable

NORTH LIBERTY– The 2020 Caucus will be remembered for a number of reasons, including a glitch with a software application which delayed the Democratic results for several days.
Several precincts, for both the Democrats and Republicans, filled rooms at the North Liberty Community Center and clogged the parking lots. Overflow parking migrated to other nearby lots with Recreation Center staff fielding several angry phone calls from businesses whose lots were filled with caucus goers, preventing customers from parking.