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North Liberty Leader

On a quest to do good

Iowa icon Carson King helps out the Stead Family Children’s Hospital, again

TIFFIN– On Sept. 14, a new Iowa icon was created. Cable sports network ESPN’s Game Day program was in Ames for the University of Iowa (UI) versus Iowa State University football game when their cameras picked up a young man named Carson King holding a cardboard sign seeking beer money. What started as a joke quickly escalated into a serious fundraiser as thousands of people from across the country responded.

A two-wheeled vision for the future

MPO of Johnson County unveils bike plans at public meeting

NORTH LIBERTY– About a dozen or so people took a first-hand look at future plans for bicycle trails in the Iowa City, Coralville, Tiffin and North Liberty area at a public meeting held by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) of Johnson County on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Van Allen Elementary School in North Liberty.

The changing of the guard

New voices and new roles for CCA school board

OXFORD– It was the changing of the guard Tuesday, Nov. 19, for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s School Board of Directors as Steve Swenka and Terry Davis departed at the end of their terms, and Eileen Schmidt and Jeff Tackaberry joined the seven-member board.

Embrace winter.

Registration is open for Beat the Bitter events By the City of North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Forget hibernating and embrace winter. North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter is back with a week full of activities to get you out of the house for outdoor winter games and good cheer. Brighten up the bleakest days of the year in the tundra of North Liberty Jan. 25 through Feb. 1, 2020. Registration is open at beatthebitter.com.
The festival offers events for all ages, it is a week full of winter cheer for everyone. Highlights include the Igloo Jam concert, the Snuggie Crawl, free family fun at Fire and Ice, the 5K-ish Obstacle Run and kickball, curling and broomball tournaments.

Nine Bolts and three Boats will bowl for the Trojans

2019-2020 Iowa City West High boys bowling preview

IOWA CITY– Nine Liberty High School student athletes and three from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) will join the Iowa City West High’s boys bowling team this season. The Bolts (Liberty Lightning) and Boats (CCA Clippers) join 13 West High Trojans.
Mike Mellecker is the coach for the Trojans (Mellecker also coaches the girls’ team, as well) with a 69-110 career record. West High went 8-14 last season.

Liberty’s Lauren Strauser to bowl for Trojans

2019-2020 Iowa City West High girls bowling preview

IOWA CITY– Liberty High senior Lauren Strauser will be the sole Bolt on the Iowa City West High girls bowling team this season. Liberty bowlers and swimmers have competed with West High in shared programs since Liberty’s founding.
Mike Mellecker is the coach for the Women of Troy (Mellecker also coaches the boys’ team) with a 68-129 career record. West High went 3-18 last season.

Experience and hard work should make the Bolts’ ballers completive this season

2019-2020 Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball preview

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High School varsity boys’ basketball team was tested in battle, they’ve grown, and they’re working on becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC). The Lightning are starting their third season of varsity competition with Head Coach Stu Ordman.

Not the chow line they were used to

CCA Middle School’s annual Veterans Breakfast thanked those who served

TIFFIN– Just as they had done countless times years ago, soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines “fell in” for the chow line. This time however, instead of grumpy mess sergeants and privates on KP duty, they were greeted by smiling middle school student council members who happily filled their red, white and blue decorated plates with pastries, breakfast pizza and even biscuits and gravy.

It’s wait and see for farmers

P&Z makes 16 recommendations, supervisors set Dec. 5 for public hearing

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Dec. 5, regarding the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), a document which codifies the Comprehensive Land Use Plan the Supervisors approved in 2018. Work began on the UDO soon after with over 1,000 man-hours spent by the county’s Planning, Development, and Sustainability department (PDS) crafting it.

The dream season comes to an end

Pleasant Valley ends Liberty High’s first state tourney campaign

CEDAR RAPIDS– Liberty High’s third season of varsity competition came to an end Tuesday, Nov. 12, with a heartbreaking loss to Pleasant Valley (PV) in the Class 5A state volleyball quarterfinals at the U.S. Cellular Center, in Cedar Rapids. The No. 7 Spartans upset the No. 2 Lightning, 3-1 (25-17, 25-12, 19-25, 25-20), ending Liberty’s dream season with a 34-3 record overall, improving their own to 30-5.

Creek Boys return four starters for the upcoming hoops season

Clear Creek Amana 2019-20 varsity boys’ basketball preview

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ basketball team returns four starters for the 2019-20 season. The squad, under Head Coach Brandon Clubb, went 11-9 overall last season, with a 10-8 showing in the WaMaC Conference. Clubb, with 15 seasons as the top man, is in his fourth season at the helm of the Clippers’ program and is assisted by Mark Stern, Nick Neuendorf, Chuck Wolfe and Tate Thomsen.

The pieces are in place for a competitive season for the Creek Girls

Clear Creek Amana 2019-2020 varsity girls’ basketball preview

TIFFIN– Hopes are high for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ basketball team that a combination of experience and depth will lead to a successful 2018-20 season.
The Creek Girls took a stab at earning a spot in the 2019 Class 4A state tournament with a regional quarterfinal win at home over Mount Pleasant, but fell in the regional semifinals to Fairfield. The Clippers finished the 2018-19 season with an 11-8 record overall and 10-6 showing in the WaMaC Conference, which was good for second Place among a competitive field.
Seniors Jordan Neely and Lydia Banwart graduated.