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Chris Umscheid

Creek Girls escape Lightning Bolts

CCA tops Liberty, 64-58

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NORTH LIBERTY– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls basketball team picked up a pair of wins Friday, Jan. 5, and Saturday, Jan. 6, extending its winning streak to five games and improving its record to 6-4. The Clippers defeated Central Clinton, DeWitt, 50-38, Friday night and faced the Liberty Lightning in a varsity girl-boy doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
The Bolts fell, 55-32, Tuesday, Jan. 2, at home to Dubuque Hempstead and were topped 64-58 by the Creek Girls for their second-consecutive loss and a 5-7 record.

Born to be a firefighter

New NLFD Chief Brian Platz looks to be an agent of change

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NORTH LIBERTY– As a young boy growing up in Dyersville, Brian Platz developed an early passion for the fire service. His dad was the chief for 18 years and the younger Platz spent much of his time at the station with him.
“Those were the formative years of my life growing up,” he said. “He eats, sleeps and breathes fire, so I think he instilled the love for the fire service in me. I knew from the very beginning I wanted to be a firefighter, and there’s no other course for me.”

Trojans finish 2017 on top

West High trounces East High, 86-55

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans finished 2017 with a 7-0 record thanks in part to trouncing the Waterloo East Trojans, 86-55, Friday, Dec. 22, at home.
West pulled ahead 18-11 at the end of the first period and bombed the visiting Trojans 24-15 in the second quarter for a 42-26 advantage at halftime. West High continued to punish East High with 23 and 21 points in the third and fourth quarters.

Platz: Born to be a firefighter

New NLFD Chief looks to be an agent of change

NORTH LIBERTY– As a young boy growing up in Dyersville, Brian Platz developed an early passion for the fire service. His dad was the chief for 18 years and the younger Platz spent much of his time at the station with him.
“Those were the formative years of my life growing up,” he said. “He eats, sleeps and breathes fire, so I think he instilled the love for the fire service in me. I knew from the very beginning I wanted to be a firefighter, and there’s no other course for me.”

NLPD makes Christmas brighter

Officers and community band together for annual Shop with a Cop event

CORALVILLE– There was a heavy police presence at the Target Store in the Coral Ridge Mall Tuesday, Dec. 12, however no crime had been committed and no threat mitigated.
Instead peace, goodwill and the spirit of helping thy fellow man reigned as officers and staff of the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) conducted their third annual Shop with a Cop event.

Trojans undefeated

Iowa City West High sinks Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 131-39

North Liberty Leader

NLFD battles wind-driven house fire

One miserable day

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Fire Chief Brian Platz was stunned.
“In 25 years in the fire service, I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.
Platz was reacting to a wind-driven blaze that completely destroyed a house in the 2800-block of 270th Street NW on Wednesday, Dec. 13.
The alarm was sounded shortly before 10 a.m. as a report of smoke coming from a residence at 2855 270th Street NW. The North Liberty Fire Department’s (NLFD) response was immediate.

Creek Girls escape Vikettes’

CCA holds off Vinton-Shellsburg upset bid, 49-42

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 2-4 with a 49-42 win over the Vinton-Shellsburg (VS) Vikettes on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at home.

Creek Boys capsized by the Trojans

South Tama pushes past CCA, 70-52

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys attempted to ride a wave of momentum in the wake of a Dec. 12 win (the first of the season) over Benton Community as they took on the visiting Trojans of South Tama. Unfortunately for the Creek Boys, the wave quickly turned into a riptide as the Trojans capsized the Clippers early and took a 70-52 win Dec. 15.
CCA trailed throughout the contest and went from a five-point deficit at 16-11 at the end of the first period to a 33-19 gap at halftime.
South Tama led 42-30 going into the final quarter.

Distant dream nearing reality

One-stop-shop for crisis intervention moves forward

IOWA CITY– What once seemed like only a good idea, and a bit of a dream, is nearing realization in Johnson County as plans for a comprehensive, “one-stop-shop” for addiction and behavioral short-term care recently took a giant step forward.

A hobby gone awry

Pyles making the Christmas season bright near Solon

LAKE MACBRIDE– It all started 40 years ago, and has exploded into a light and sound spectacle that just keeps growing and growing at the corner of Hwy. 382 and Newberry Drive west of Solon and near the entrance to Lake Macbride.
“It was when I had my first daughters, and Christmas was Christmas, and I just put up a few strings (of lights), and we’ve been at it ever since,” Dan Pyle said. Pyle and his wife Hope have gone from those first few strands to 142 separate runs of extension cords supplying electricity to at least 30,000 lights.

Stormin’ Pointers sweep varsity Bolts

Liberty girls fall 71-17, boys fall 61-55 in overtime

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s basketball teams met the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CP-U) Saturday, Dec. 9, with sophomore/junior varsity and varsity squads all in action on the home floor during a “gold out” event supporting those fighting cancer.
The varsity girls fell 71-17 to the third-ranked (Class 4A) Pointers in the first half of a varsity doubleheader.