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December 17th

Creek Girls make history on the mats

LeFleur and Williams place third in first all-girl wrestling tournament in school history

WAVERLY Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High Schools female wrestlers made their debut in a series of exhibition matches Saturday, Dec. 5, at home in a dual meet with Alburnett, and have written a new chapter in school history after competing in their first all-girl tournament. The Creek Girls participated in Waverly-Shell Rocks Girls Invitational on Friday, Dec. 11, placing eighth out of a 19-team field of competitors.

Clippers fall prey to the Tigers

CCA girls fall 59-44 to Grinnell

TIFFIN Clear Creek Amanas (CCA) varsity girls suffered their first loss of the season Thursday, Dec. 10, at home as the Grinnell Tigers defeated them 59-44 in a non-conference contest. The Tigers were ranked No. 8 in class 4A while the Clippers were the 14th-ranked squad.

Creek Boys escape the clutches of the Cardinals

Christian Withrows 28 points lead CCA past Maquoketa, 62-59

By Chris Umscheid
chris.umscheid@wcinet.com

MAQUOKETA Senior Christian Withrow led the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys past the Maquoketa Cardinals with 28 points in a 62-59 WaMaC West versus WaMaC East contest Tuesday, Dec. 8, in Maquoketa.
The Clippers trailed the Cardinals throughout the contest as Maquoketa won the first period, 23-14, and held a 39-27-halftime advantage. The Creek Boys battled back in the third quarter but still trailed the red birds by four points, 47-43, going into the final period.

Red Fern Dog Parks grass needs your help

NORTH LIBERTY The good news is dogs, and their humans, love Red Fern Dog Park. Really love it.
The bad news is all the love and heavy use impacted the parks young grass.
Red Fern Dog Park has to close in the spring to help a recent dormant reseeding take root. Meanwhile, the park remains open and memberships wont be required until after the closure. The park is expected close from March 1 to May 31, 2021, depending on weather.

The help wanted sign is still out

Supervisors make board and commission appointments, but vacancies remain

IOWA CITY The Johnson County Board of Supervisors made several appointments to county boards and commissions during its regular meeting Thursday, Dec. 10, but open seats still remain for volunteers looking to serve their community.
The Compensation Commission, which prepares a compensation (pay) schedule for elected county officers for the succeeding fiscal year, has three openings, which will be advertised for one month by the county. The supervisors appointed Dave Parsons to a one-year term, which starts on Jan. 1, 2021.

Iowa City schools return to hybrid learning

ICCSD board discuses Decision Matrix as COVID-19 positivity rates remain high

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) was expected to return to a hybrid learning mode (50 percent online and 50 percent on-site) Monday, Dec. 14, despite receiving a waiver from the Iowa Department of Education granting the district the authority to continue 100 percent online learning.
The district received the waiver on Friday, Dec. 11, but due to the short notice to families impacted by the change, opted to return to on-site learning. The move allows extracurricular activities, including high school sports, to resume.

Kunkel ready for sheriffs role

Priority on domestic violence, technology investigation

SOLON You dont get to say it very often in Johnson County.
Theres a new sheriff in town.
Brad Kunkel will take the reins from retiring Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek with the end of the calendar year.
The rural Solon resident and former city council member soundly defeated Al Fear in the June primary and was unopposed in the Nov. 3 general election.
Now hes prepared to make good on his campaign pledges and is working with Pulkrabek on a smooth transition.

Bolt No.1 calls it a career

ICCSDs Scott Kibby takes early retirement

IOWA CITY Retirement: For many its a time of reflection on a lengthy career, and anticipation looking forward to a well-earned rest.
For Scott Kibby, taking early retirement from the Iowa City Community School District at the end of the month, its a bittersweet thing as he reflects happily on the many students and staff hes worked with, but the impact of the COVID-19 on education had a souring effect.

December 9th

1-point thriller to start the season

Co-coaches Bevans and Hadenfeldt chart course day by day Solon wrestling defeats Williamsburg, 34-33

SOLON– Solon’s varsity wrestlers took a one-point thriller against Williamsburg to open the season.
And then took a drubbing from powerhouse Lisbon.
“We knew coming in this would be a young team, a lot of new faces,” explained head co-coach T.J. Bevans. “We lost 500 varsity wins last year in three guys. That’s a lot.”
2020’s 2A state champion Jax Flynn (170 pounds), as well as Zeb Gnida (152) and Seamus Poynton (182) graduated after helping the Spartans to a fourth-place finish in Des Moines.

Solon girls foiled by Sabers, 57-41

Lady Spartans fall before Sabers, 57-41

SOLON– The Lady Spartans (1-0) were unable to repeat their season opening win from a week earlier on Tuesday, Dec. 1, as they were foiled by the Class 4A fifth-ranked Central DeWitt Sabers, 57-41.
The Lady Spartans showed the same early game spark in the first quarter, taking an early lead on free throws from Callie Levin, a deuce from Elly Holubar and a steal for a layup, before a MaKinley “Mak” Levin three-pointer and a Holubar three, courtesy of a Kaia Holtkamp assist, pushed Solon out to a 11-0 lead with 4:11 remaining.