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North Liberty Leader

West stays perfect on the road; Trojans’ pounding offense saves the night

DUBUQUE– The Rams of Dubuque Senior High School put up quite a fight Friday, Sept. 27, as they hosted the Trojans of Iowa City West on Dalzell Field in an MVC-Mississippi Division contest. West was defending its 4-0 record, while the Rams entered the fray with a 1-3 showing, after having knocked-off Linn-Mar 28-13 in week two action.
The Trojans kept their perfect record, holding-off the Rams and ram-rodding a ground attack for a 32-20 win.

A celebration rings out in Tiffin

CCA picks up homecoming win over Fort Madison

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– The Fort Madison Bloodhounds sniffed around for a victory and a chance to spoil homecoming for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Friday, Sept. 27. Instead, they were sent to the pound as the Clippers played dogcatcher with a 28-8 victory. The win improved the Clippers to 2-3 overall (0-2 in Class 3A District 6) with the regular season half-over.

CCA volleyball beats Williamsburg 3-1

WILLIAMSBURG– It took four sets to settle the matter, but in the end the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity volleyball team reigned over the Williamsburg Raiders on the road Tuesday, Sept. 24. The Clippers took the 3-1 win improving their record to 7-4-0. CCA took the first set 25-17, dropped the second set 25-17 and prevailed in the next two games 25-23 and 25-16.

Clipper cross-country in action at Solon

SOLON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) cross-country teams traveled to Solon Monday, Sept. 23, for the Solon invitational. Iowa City High’s Little Hawks reigned in both the girls’ 4K and boys’ 5K events. The host Spartans were third (girls) and fifth (boys) while the Clippers finished eighth in team points in girls’ competition and ninth in the boys’.
Chloe Keith led the Clipper girls with a 40th-place finish in 18:16. City High’s Ellen Carman won in 15:48. Eric Douglass was the leader for the boys in blue with a 12th-place finish in 17:44. Tipton’s Eric Lenz won in 16:29.

Venenga chosen as NL chief

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty has named its new chief of police.
Lt. Diane Venenga was chosen last week among a field of four final candidates culled from a national search orchestrated by Moulder and Associates LLC of Des Moines.

Muller continues pursuit of the truth

NL resident guides next generation of journalists

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– As a child, Lyle Muller really liked three things: radio, newspapers and music. And through a dedicated career in the media, he is accomplished in all three.
Muller, a North Liberty resident since 1979, is currently the Executive Director of Iowa Watch, a non-profit media watchdog with the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism. Formerly the editor for The Gazette, Muller now spends his days focusing on the craft of journalism and mentoring up-and-coming student journalists.

Reconfigured CCA board sets sail

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

OXFORD– While the majority of voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district did not call for change in the Sept. 10 school board election, the board of directors did undergo a roster change, and a change in leadership.

Storm and high wind cause damage in North Liberty

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– It was here and gone quickly, but Eastern Iowa’s severe weather last Thursday, Sept. 19, left plenty of reminders in its wake.
People in several North Liberty neighborhoods were surveying and cleaning up after heavy wind and rain damaged homes, outdoor equipment and other structures Friday morning, including the Greer family.

West escapes CR Prairie undefeated

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Trojans survived their greatest threat so far this season, escaping from Cedar Rapids Prairie with a 21-14 win and keeping their record perfect at 4-0.
“Prairie plays us tougher than anybody,” coach Brian Sauser said after the win on a bizarre night. “It’s fun when we get out there and score 50, 60 points. But to gut-out a win in a tough place to play is huge.”

West Cross-Country in action in Ames

Girls third, Boys 17th on tough course

AMES– Both boys and girls cross country squads were in action for Iowa City West High Saturday, Sept. 21, at the 7th Roosevelt-Heartland Classic on the Iowa State University’s cross country course.
“It was a tough meet today,” boys coach Brian Martz said, “both the competition and the course.” The boys finished 17th as a team in a field of 35. Edina, Minn., won the boys’ 5K run with 134 points, the Trojans were 17th with 449.
Daniel Gardarsson continued to lead the way for West, putting in a fourth-place finish in 15:59.0.

Women of Troy sweep Rams

DUBUQUE– The West High Women of Troy improved their record to 11-5-0 with a 3-0 sweep of the Dubuque Senior Rams Tuesday, Sept. 17, on the road. West dominated the match 25-8, 25-10 and 25-12.
Ali Tauchen, a freshman, led the offense with nine kills while junior Laynie Whitehead had eight. Emily Halverson, a freshman, and senior Toni Martins had five kills each, senior Mollie Mason made four and Lizzy Klemme (senior) and Mikaela Morgan put up three kills apiece.

CCA can’t stop Spartans’ drive

By Doug Lindner
North Liberty Leader

SOLON– If you looked at the offensive stats, this game didn’t look bad for Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers.
But if you looked at the score, it was another story.
The Clippers traveled to Solon Friday evening and ended up as fodder for the Spartans’ Homecoming celebration in a 42-7 loss, moving the Clippers to a 1-3 record and a third consecutive loss.
The Clippers racked up over 300 yards of offense, but penalties and miscues plagued CCA.