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North Liberty Leader

Trojan-Bolts wash out the Golden Eagles

Scarlet Martin, Aurora Roghair and Jade Roghair post double wins as IC West-Liberty High swimmers defeat Wahlert

IOWA CITY– It wasn’t home, but it was yet another home win for the Iowa City West High-Liberty High girls swimming and diving teams Tuesday, Sept. 29, as they washed away the Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High School Golden Eagles at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center. The Trojan-Bolts defeated Wahlert, 139.5-42.5 (varsity) and 118-53 (junior varsity). The meet moved to rival City High’s home due to the Coralville Recreation Center’s pool being closed for repairs.

Creek Boys win, Creek Girls runner-ups in home XC meet

Brandon Barker wins, Haidyn Barker third for CCA

IOWA CITY The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys cross country team won its home Clipper Classic meet Monday, Sept. 28, at the Kickers Soccer Complex in Iowa City. The Clippers topped the 10-team field with 39 points, led by Brandon Barker. Barker won the 5-kilometer race in 17:21.32, Gavin Zillyette was third and Peyton Stadler finished 10th.
The CCA girls were the runner-up squad with 77 points to champion Mid-Prairies 20 in a seven-team field. Haidyn Barker took third place in 20:37.52 with Kayla Jiras coming in seventh.

Clippers’ Homecoming Court announced

2020 King and Queen were crowned in virtual event on Sept. 30

TIFFIN– Homecoming at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School looks very different this year due to concerns and considerations related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the traditional parade and dance indefinitely postponed in the name of safety.

Removed and replaced

Lulu Merle Johnson is the county’s new namesake

IOWA CITY– Johnson County has a new namesake.
Lulu Merle Johnson, Ph.D., replaces Richard Mentor Johnson as the county’s eponym (namesake) through action by the county board of supervisors during a Wednesday, Sept. 23, work session.
Dr. Johnson (1907-1995) was born in Southwest Iowa and entered the University of Iowa (UI) in 1925 as one of at least 64 black students (14 women).

Is Trick-or-Treating happening?

NORTH LIBERTY– Halloween is coming up, but it will look different than years past because, you know, the COVID-19 pandemic.
Johnson County Public Health and other experts caution traditional trick-or-treating is riskier than alternatives; although interactions door-to-door are typically quick, they usually involve close and frequent contact, the conditions spreading SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus causing COVID-19. Often, many kids and families gather at doors or on sidewalks and the more households they visit, the greater chance germs are spread and linger.

A very special win for the Creek Boys

CCA rolls over Newton 41-14, and honors a great man

NEWTON– On Sunday, Sept. 20, John Michael “Mike” Hennes died unexpectedly. His death sent shockwaves through the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) community as he was an alumnus of the former Clear Creek High School, and dad to CCA athletes. Friday morning, Sept. 25, his funeral was held in Oxford. That evening, his son Anthony joined his teammates on the varsity football team with a Class 3A district game in Newton. In honor of his dad, Anthony Hennes wore a specially crafted jersey bearing the number 41, Mike’s number, in place of his usual number 15.

Lightning go 4-0 in home volleyball tourney

Cassidy Hartman shells Liberty’s opponents with 33 kills

NORTH LIBERTY– The Lightning are back, and they’re fully charged. Liberty High’s varsity volleyball team returned to the floor after a three-week pause due to the Iowa City Community School District opting to start the 2020-2021 academic year in a 100 percent online setting in response to COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County. With positivity rates well below 15 percent, the district planned to return to a hybrid (virtual and on-site) education model on Monday, Sept. 28, which green-lighted sports and other extra-curricular activities to resume on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The Barkers again lead the way for CCA XC

Brandon Barker wins, Haidyn Barker third in Kennedy High’s Eastern Iowa XC Classic

CEDAR RAPIDS– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) cross country squads ran in Cedar Rapids Kennedy High’s 2020 Eastern Iowa Cross Country Classic on Thursday, Sept. 24, at Seminole Valley Park in Cedar Rapids, giving the Clippers a shot at competing with metro-area Class 4A squads.
CCA’s varsity boys took the runner-up spot with senior Brandon Barker winning the event in 16:33.48 after maintaining a lead throughout the race. Gavin Zillyette, a junior, finished fourth in 17:15.91. The host Cougars took the team title with 37 team points to the Creek Boys’ 52.

Creek Girls hold off the Stormin’ Pointers for 3-0 sweep

CCA slips past CPU with nine kills from Etscheidt, eight from Clubb

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team improved to 9-3 overall, 3-1 in the WaMaC West, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at home, as they swept the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana, 3-0.
The Clippers dominated the first set, 25-12, and overcame deficits in the second and third games for 26-24 and 25-23 wins for the match victory.
Junior Morgan Etscheidt led the Clippers with nine kills, backed up by fellow junior Calia Clubb with eight and senior Hailey Pollock’s six.

CCA Trap Club in action against Iowa City

Quintin Becicka, Sam Pettinger, Emily Bernacki and Wyatt Adams take individual honorsQuintin Becicka, Sam Pettinger, Emily Bernacki and Wyatt Adams take individual honors

HOMESTEAD– Clear Creek Amana’s Trap Club competed against a partial Iowa City squad Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Amana Sportsmen’s Club in Homestead.
Top Team Overall — Quintin Becicka 50, Sam Pettinger 48, Emily Bernacki 47, Dillon Schmidt 47, Jackson Tandy 47.
Top Squad – 211 — Jacob VanZante, Mitchell Barney, Adam Krotz, Kale Locklear, Declan Adams.
Individuals — 1, Quintin Becicka, 50. 2, Dillon Schmidt, 47. 3, Jackson Tandy, 47.
JV Individuals
Boys — 1, Sam Pettinger, 48. 2, Drake Schmidt, 40. 3, Ryan Humphrey, 40.

Curbside leaf collection begins in October

NORTH LIBERTY– Fall leaf collection is scheduled to start Monday, Oct. 12, and run through Friday, Nov. 20. Leaves are collected curbside if at the curb by 7 a.m. that Friday.
To have leaves collected, rake them within 2 feet of the public street by 7 a.m. on each Monday. Crews collect them by Friday. Don’t bag leaves or mix them with sticks, branches or other yard waste, or any other materials.
To speed collection, avoid placing piles near street signs or utility poles, and avoid parking vehicles in front of leaf piles.

Firewise on the Farm

DES MOINES– As Iowa’s annual harvest preparation hits full stride, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources encourages farmers to get reacquainted with fire prevention practices to keep the farm ‘firewise.’ The following simple steps can save time and money: