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North Liberty Leader

NL Mayor Terry Donahue inducted into Iowa League of Cities Hall of Fame

NORTH LIBERTY– In recognition of extraordinary public service to local government and the Iowa League of Cities, Mayor Terry Donahue was inducted into the league’s Hall of Fame.
Mayor Donahue joins 47 previous inductees.

Creek Girls go 3-1 in West’s Caroline Found VB tourney

CCA hosts annual memorial event

TIFFIN– Due to the Iowa City Community School District conducting 100 percent online classes, all sports and other extra-curricular events are on hold until the district resumes at least 50 percent on-site education. Because of this, the annual Caroline Found Invitational Volleyball Tournament, hosted by Iowa City West High in honor of Found, a West High student and volleyball standout who died in a moped accident in 2011, was in jeopardy of being cancelled.

Creek Boys fall in rainy slog against the Saints

CR Xavier Catholic tops Clear Creek Amana, 30-7

CEDAR RAPIDS– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football team dipped to 1-2 on the season as they fell 30-7 to undefeated (3-0) Cedar Rapids Xavier Catholic Friday, Sept. 11, at Saints Field.
The Creek Boys caught a lucky break halfway through the first quarter when the Saints fumbled the ball on a third-and-goal, and Mark Gorbatenko recovered for the Clippers. Unfortunately, the ensuing Clipper drive failed, and the period ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

Creek Girls sweep the Bobcats, 3-0

Clubb leads CCA past Benton Community with 11 kills in WaMaC West win

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team improved to 5-1 on the season with a 3-0 sweep of the visiting Benton Community Bobcats Tuesday, Sept. 8, in Tiffin.
The Clippers held off the Bobcats for a 25-17 first-set win, overpowered them, 25-15, in the second, and dominated, 25-12, in the third. Junior Calia Clubb led the Creek Girls with 11 kills, while freshman Bliss Beck produced nine and senior Hailey Pollock made eight.

Barkers again lead the way for CCA XC

Brandon wins for varsity boys, Haidyn leads varsity girls with runner-up finish at Benton Community Invitational

WILLIAMSBURG– The Williamsburg Sports Complex was “home” for Benton Community’s invitational cross country meet on Saturday, Sept. 12, due to derecho damage. The field of competitors expanded as Clear Creek Amana (CCA) became a late addition due to its own weather issue, namely, a Thursday, Sept. 10, rainout in Fairfield.

Maybe something virtual this fall, maybe something next spring

CCA School Board ponders the fate of Homecoming 2020

OXFORD– It is practically a cliché to say nothing has been left untouched, unchanged, by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
However, after a spring which saw all high school sports cancelled, schools closed and graduations cancelled, done drive-through style in school parking lots, or held virtually, another annual high school tradition is in jeopardy of being unlike any other.

Limkemann wins spot on Tiffin City Council

120 votes total in special election for open seat

TIFFIN– One hundred twenty votes decided who fills an empty seat on the Tiffin City Council.
A special election to fill the seat vacated by Rodney Walls in late May, was held Tuesday, Sept. 1, with Skylar Limkemann defeating Dapo “DJ” Oguntoyinbo, 77-39. There were 115 ballots cast on election day with three write-ins and five absentee ballots received for a grand total of 120 votes cast out of 2,680 registered voters for 4.48 percent.

North Liberty Community Pantry needs volunteers

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) needs volunteers to help distribute food.
The pantry is seeking passionate and dedicated individuals who wish to help alleviate food insecurity in the community. After seeing an increase in new families needing assistance due to COVID-19 and the derecho storm, NLCP is seeking additional help to fulfill the operation’s needs. Individuals available for daytime and afternoons helping take orders and carry out groceries are strongly encouraged to sign up. Protective equipment is both required and provided. Moderate lifting is required.

City of North Liberty PlaceMates returns for virtual dinners with neighbors on Sept. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– PlaceMates introduces residents of 52317 to fellow North Libertarians. While PlaceMates was first designed to be potluck dinners held concurrently in homes throughout the city (the program matched over 100 households across 22 potlucks in 2019), it pivoted to a virtual alternative to comply with social distancing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
That said, now is the time to connect as a community more than ever.

Residents invited to paint storm drains

NORTH LIBERTY– Storm drains are mouths to rivers and lakes and when pollutants enter the storm drains, they can easily be carried into water bodies. Murals found on storm drains throughout North Liberty remind the public the important role the drains play in Iowa’s water quality and our responsibility to keep them clean.

Keeney and Mac deliver one-two punch for Lightning

Liberty and CCA squads run Regina’s Bob Brown Cross Country Classic

IOWA CITY– The Lightning struck twice Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Iowa City Regina Catholic High School Bob Brown Cross Country Classic where Liberty High won both the girls and boys team titles. The large field was broken down into “A” and “B” races due to COVID-19 mitigation strategies.
Liberty junior Ashlyn Keeney won the event in 19:33.61 with senior teammate Cami Mac hot on her heels in 19:43.41 for second place. Senior McKenzie Logan and freshman Cori Mac were fourth and fifth in 21:12.37 and 21:13.91, respectively.

Creek Boys sail past the Muskies in Week Two

CCA defeats Muscatine, 41-21

TIFFIN– Week Two of the 2020 prep football season found the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers at home in a non-district contest against the Class 4A Muskies of Muscatine with a greatly reduced crowd in the bleachers, including a smaller but no less vocal student section. After a Week One loss on the road to Mount Pleasant, the home field advantage may have factored in as CCA dominated the Muskies, 41-21.