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February 19th

Most wins ever

When the Iowa Hawkeye women beat Northwestern last week 90-84, Lisa Bluder not only passed Vivian Stringer for the most wins (270) in school history, she topped Tom Davis, the former men’s head basketball coach.
What are the chances of head coaches from the women’s and men’s basketball teams to finish their careers with exactly 269 victories?
All five Iowa starters were in double figures, with Melissa Dixon and Samantha Logic leading the way.
That’s the way Lisa coaches basketball, and why she has been so successful.

Sandra Roseberry

Sandra “Sandy” Kay Roseberry, 54, of Fairfax, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, after a very courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. A Victory Celebration of Life was held on Feb. 12 at Maranatha Bible Church in Cedar Rapids, conducted by Pastor Aaron Telecky. Burial was at the Center Point Cemetery.

Donald Melichar

Donald Melichar, 73, of Cedar Rapids passed away on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, at Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy. Services were held on Feb. 14 at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories. Burial was in Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Donald is survived by his wife of 46 years, Sharlene Melichar of Cedar Rapids; two sons, Richard Oltrogge of Sarah, Miss.; Jay (Robin) Melichar of Cedar Rapids; a brother Edward (Janet) Melichar of Cedar Rapids; a sister Janice (Walter) Ashbacker of Solon; granddaughter Bayli Oltrogge, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Dennis Jones

Dennis D. Jones, 68, of Solon, died unexpectedly at home Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. Services are pending with Lensing Funeral Service in Iowa City.

It’s probably an addiction

Food for Thought

I received four new books for Christmas. Two are by authors I’ve read before (though not these particular titles) and the others are identified as New York Times Best-Selling Authors. This, I understand means only that they have had at least one book on that list, but not necessarily this one. In fact, I’m pretty sure about that, as one of the books indicates it was published in 2014, even though it was clearly under my Christmas tree on Christmas Eve, 2013.

February 12th

Clear Creek Amana students earn all-state music honors

TIFFIN– Two Clear Creek Amana (CCA) students attained the highest individual honor available to Iowa high school musicians by being selected to participate in the Iowa All-State music festival in Ames held in November. Ashly Ives, the daughter of Brian and Kylan Ives of Oxford and Andrey Floryanovich, son of Sergey and Anna Floryanovich of Tiffin, were both accepted into the 282 piece All-State Band.

Taylor wins close mayoral election in Swisher

Just 15 votes separate two candidates Feb. 4

SWISHER– Fifteen votes.
That’s how close the mayoral election was Tuesday, Feb. 4, in this small northwestern Johnson County community as voters decided who would replace Tim Mason as mayor.
Christopher J. Taylor won the special election with 151 of 288 total votes (52 percent) against 136 votes (47 percent) for Randy Hurlbert. The seat was vacated in November when Mason abruptly resigned minutes after City Clerk Connie Meier resigned. Council member Mary Gudenkauf has been acting as mayor pro tempore ever since, albeit reluctantly.

The King and Queen (pins) reign at West

Knosp, Shimon lead the way for Trojans

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IOWA CITY– The King and Queen Pins will reign supreme in the West High trophy case for the next year following the annual rivalry match between West and City High Friday, Feb. 8, at Colonial Lanes.
The West High boys won their match 2,934 to 2,858 to claim the King Pin while the girls knocked down 2,329 pins to City’s 2,218 to earn the Queen Pin. Noah Knosp led the Trojan boys with 466 while Mariah Shimon led the Women of Troy with 331.
According to West coach Mike Mellecker, the boys have a 6-6 record of earning the King and the girls are 7-5 for the Queen.

Trojans compete in district swim meet

West’s Keen named Athlete of the Year

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IOWA CITY– The Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors earned their 51st consecutive district title Saturday, Feb. 8, in competition in Iowa City. The Warriors amassed 295 points to take the championship. The West High Trojans were second with 274.
West High’s Aiden Keen was named the Athlete of the Year while Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Shawn Thompson, with assistants Shane Brekke, Nick Carew and Greg Gibson was named Coach of the Year.

CCA’s Murphy advances to district wrestling

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MOUNT VERNON– Connor Murphy from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) was the only Clipper to advance out of wrestling sectionals Saturday, Feb. 8, in Mount Vernon. The 113-pound junior placed first in his weight class with a 7-2 decision over Mount Vernon’s Justin Light and will advance to the district tournament Saturday, Feb. 15, at Marion High School.

106: Luke Wingert (4-19) placed fourth and scored 10.50 team points.
Quarterfinal - Luke Wingert (Clear Creek-Amana) 4-19 won by tech fall over Joe Lovan (Solon) 4-24 (TF-1.5 2:50 (16-0)).