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Bolts enter the MVC gracefully

Liberty High wins Cliff Brees Fall Sportsmanship Award

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High officially joined the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) with the start of the fall sports season. In addition to a number of “firsts” for the football, cross country and volleyball teams, as well as the swimmers who competed in West High green and gold; the school earned its first Cliff Brees Fall Sportsmanship Award.
The MVC presented the award to Liberty (Valley Division) and Cedar Rapids Xavier (Mississippi Division) Wednesday, Nov. 14, during the semi-annual league administrator meeting in Dubuque.
According to the MVC’s press release, athletic officials cast ballots for football and volleyball.
“This is the first time ever that Iowa City Liberty has been in the league and they are winners of the fall sportsmanship title in their initial competition,” Commissioner Randy Krejci wrote. “Cedar Rapids Xavier is a new winner this year and their last win in the fall season was in 2012.”
According to the MVC website, “Cliff began his teaching career in New London, then taught in Rockford for eight years at East High School and five years at Guilford High School, where he also served as athletic director. He coached football, basketball, track and baseball. In 1967, he and his family moved to Cedar Rapids, where he became the PE Department head and athletic director. The eight years Cliff was the Washington athletic director was one of the most successful in the history of the school, and perhaps any school in Iowa. Washington won 27 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) championships and 19 state team championships. Cliff also served as the MVC commissioner for 20 years. He also taught elementary physical education throughout the district.
Cliff received the Marv Theilen Contributor Award in 1989, IHSAA School Administrator’s Award in 1992, and was inducted into the Cedar Rapids Washington High School Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Iowa Wesleyan College Football Hall of Fame in 2007. He received a 25-year active official plaque from the ISHAA in 1995 and is the namesake of the annual MVC Sportsmanship Award.”