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Trojans return to the UNI-Dome

West High pushes past Cedar Falls, 27-9

Bettendorf awaits IC West in Class 4A semifinal

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IOWA CITY– They’re going back to “The DOME.”
Iowa City West High’s varsity football Trojans knocked off Cedar Falls for the second time this season Friday, Nov. 3, at home in a Class 4A state football quarterfinal, and punched their ticket to a Friday, Nov. 10, semifinal with Bettendorf.
The Trojans won, 27-9, thanks in part to a big second half.

A diamond in the rough no longer

CCA improves the baseball diamond in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Next spring, when the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers hit the diamond in Tiffin to start the 2018 baseball season, they may well sing John Fogerty’s 1985 hit Centerfield: “Well, a-beat the drum and hold the phone. The sun came out today. We’re born again, there’s new grass on the field. A-roundin’ third and headed for home, it’s a brown-eyed handsome man. Anyone can understand the way I feel…”

West athletes earn All-MVC Volleyball honors

Colby Greene named to Mississippi Div. First Team

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) released its 2017 All-Division Volleyball Selections Tuesday, Oct. 31, with five Iowa City West High student athletes earning recognition.
Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Maddie Slagle earned Mississippi Division Athlete of the Year, Jefferson’s Amy Norton was named the Division Coach of the Year and the Jefferson J-Hawks were the division team champion.

Learning from last season

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IOWA CITY– Mark Reiland, West High’s head varsity coach, doesn’t sugar coat his words. Ever.
Looking at the 2017-18 wrestling season, Reiland, in his 19th year at West High, said his team has, “Lots of returning kids with varsity experience, but not all of the experience was positive.”
In other words, for some of his Trojans, the 2016-17 season may well have been more of a learning situation.

Roghair and Ernst third at State

Women of Troy eighth in team points

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MARSHALLTOWN– Iowa City West High sent five swimmers to the 2017 State Swimming and Diving Meet in Marshalltown Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4.
The Women of Troy were eighth in team points behind team champion Ames (384 points), Dowling Catholic, Bettendorf, Ankeny, Cedar Falls, Waukee and Pleasant Valley.
Lily Ernst, a sophomore, and Aurora Roghair, a freshman, put up third-place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard freestyle, respectively. Roghair also posted a fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle.

Alleyna Thomas Swimmer of the Year

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IOWA CITY– The 2017 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division Swimming selections were released Monday, Oct. 30, with Iowa City West High well represented.
Alleyna Thomas was named the Mississippi Division Swimmer of the Year, while the Dubuque Wahlert Coaching Staff took Coach of the Year honors.

200-medley relay: Honorable Mention: Iowa City West (Vivian Gibson, Jennifer Du, Silvia Tinelli, Izabel Houselog).
200-freestyle: First Team: Aurora Roghair. Second Team: Alleyna Thomas.

Creek Girls look to build on historic season

2017-18 CCA girls basketball preview

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls basketball team made history last season as it notched its first postseason win in well over a decade. The Clippers defeated Benton Community, 53-40, on Feb. 15 at home in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal for the historic win. However, Cedar Rapids Xavier dashed the Creek Girls’ hopes of advancing farther with a 55-33 loss three days later in the regional semifinal. The loss ended the Clippers’ season at 13-10 overall, and 8-6 in the WaMaC Conference, good for fourth in the West Division.

Swisher Auxiliary to host Annual Homemade Turkey Supper and Turkey Bingo Saturday, Nov. 4

SWISHER– Swisher Auxiliary’s Annual Homemade Turkey Supper and Turkey Bingo will hosted Saturday, Nov 4, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Swisher American Legion, located at 68 3rd St. SE, in Swisher.
Cost of the event is adults $10, children 6-12 years old $5 with under 5 admitted free.
The Junior Auxiliary will also host a turkey bingo upstairs. Cost is $1 to play bingo for the opportunity to win a frozen turkey. Bingo begins at 4:30 p.m. and lasts until the turkeys are gone. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Keystone Place mural celebrates Iowa

Retirement community artwork pays tribute with beauty and humor By Cale Stelken

NORTH LIBERTY– “It kinda felt like Oakdale, maybe a prison!”
Mary Jo Pipkin, Executive Director of Keystone Place at Forevergreen, laughed about the once imposing, concrete wall that loomed over the retirement community’s Memory Care Courtyard.
“We started out here and said, ‘Gosh, what can we do with this wall with it being secured and gated in?’” she said. The staff soon saw the giant pale slab as an artistic opportunity.

Traffic stop leads to trio’s arrest

Search warrant finds slew of drugs

NORTH LIBERTY– Three North Liberty residents face multiple charges following a search of their home. The arrests were spurred by a traffic stop gone awry the previous evening.
At about 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 24, North Liberty Police Officer Spence Madole began pursuit of a Honda Civic driven by Jahmil B. Thomas, whose license was barred for being repeat offender.
As the officer turned around and closed in on Thomas, the 23 year-old exited his car. The officer ordered Thomas to stop before he fled into the woods on foot. Officer Madole was able to identify Thomas based on booking photos.

North Liberty City council candidates speak out

Annie Pollock
Please tell us a little bit about your personal background:
I was born and raised in Northville, Michigan. I first came to Iowa to attend the University of Iowa where I earned my Bachelor of Science, Certificate of Aging Studies, Master of Arts and Master of Health Administration. I have also lived in Denver and Boston. I am proud to call North Liberty home since 2010. I live here with my husband, Zach, and our two year-old son, Xavier. I work in strategic planning and business development at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

North Liberty Business Boom to celebrate the business community Nov. 2

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the local business community to share a drink, a few bites and each other’s company at the North Liberty Business Boom. The open-house social will be held on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 5-6:30 p.m., at the South Slope Community Center, 980 N. Front Street. The event is complementary and no RSVP is required. More information about the event is available at northlibertyiowa.org/boom.