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Chris Umschied

Clipper football focuses on the present ahead of an uncertain season

2020 Clear Creek Amana varsity football preview

TIFFIN– Student athletes, their families and coaches watched as the 2020 spring sports season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.
They held a collective breath as summer baseball and softball were allowed to proceed, albeit in a shortened season, which did see some teams benched due to positive infection testing.
With the green light from the state and the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), there will be a 2020 high school football season. As with the summer sports however, it will look a little different.

Not as much pomp, fewer parades and little in the way of illuminations

4th of July celebrations look different in the age of COVID and fireworks ordinances

IOWA CITY– John Adams commented on the Fourth of July, “It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”
However, with ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 virus and restrictions on the personal use of fireworks, this year’s celebration of Independence Day may well have far less pomp, fewer parades, socially-distant bonfires, and little in the way of “illuminations.”

A one-stop shop for all things aquatic

DiVentures opens brand new swimming and diving center in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY After two years in the community, DiVentures SCUBA and Swim Center has opened a new facility on West Penn Street in North Liberty. A grand opening and ribbon cutting event was held on Saturday, Nov. 2, for the 8,500-square foot facility, which replaces a much smaller, temporary location in North Liberty.
DiVentures founder Dean Hollis explained the many unique features, and rationale for locating a dive shop in Eastern Iowa.

Bolts compete in Linn-Mar/Alburnett tourney

Liberty softball splits with CPU and defeats Mid-Prairie

ALBURNETT– Liberty High’s varsity softball team competed in Linn-Mar and Alburnett’s tournament, which was originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23.
However, the first day of the tourney was cancelled due to field conditions, leading Liberty on Friday to take on Northeast Goose Lake and Center Point-Urbana (CPU) instead at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids.