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Archive - 2014

December 24th

Evelyn Berends

Evelyn Ruth (Guetzko) Berends, 92, Mount Vernon, died Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at Hallmark Care Center in Mount Vernon. Services took place Friday, Dec. 19, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Mount Vernon. Burial was at Lisbon Cemetery.
Evelyn was born Aug. 22, 1922, near Hopkinton, to Gus and Jennie (Kurth) Guetzko. She graduated from Delhi High School in 1939 and attended her 75th graduation reunion this summer. She married Lewis E. Berends on Oct. 24, 1946. They farmed near Edgewood, Strawberry Point and Manchester before moving to Mount Vernon in 1956.

Merry Christmas

Walkin'

One of my earliest Christmas time memories is melting crayons with my cousin Suzzie on an exposed heating duct outside our apartment at the Glenview Naval Air Base. Originally designed to be living quarters for pilots, the buildings were turned into low-income housing through the Chicago Housing Authority.

Christmas Eve magic

Food for Thought

My parents were geniuses at making childhood magic for my sisters and me. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I wanted to have several children so I could have the fun of creating the wonderland for them, watching them learn and grow and thrive in a secure and rich environment similar to what I had known. The world changed a lot in the quarter century between my childhood and theirs, however. Iowa City was a very different place in 1959 than Knoxville had been in 1936 when my earliest memories begin.

Panthers roll over Iowa men

I knew Iowa would have a tough matchup against the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) Panthers Saturday in Des Moines.
UNI has talent, depth and a couple of former West High Trojans that would probably be Hawkeyes if Fran McCaffery had offered them.
Jeremy Morgan, a sophomore for UNI, is a starter and played 14 minutes against Iowa, scoring seven points and grabbing three rebounds.
Iowa only had one scholarship when Jeremy was coming out of high school and Peter Jok was signed by the Hawks.
Peter came off the bench playing 20 minutes, scoring four points and had four rebounds Saturday.

Dixon hits 10 3-pointers against Drake

WOW!
What a game for the Hawkeye women against Drake Sunday in Des Moines.
I’m writing the story Monday morning and I’m still impressed.
You start with Melissa Dixon making 10 3-pointers and finishing with 31 points.
No one has ever made that many threes in a Hawkeye uniform.
Then you have Drake’s Lizzy Wendell scoring a Knapp Center-record 43 points.
Finally, the game ends with Samantha Logic taking a pass with nine seconds left and the game tied at 98-all. She took it down the right side, banked in a shot with three seconds left and Iowa wins its ninth game of the season, 100-98.

Jake Rudock

Hawk Talk

Jake Rudock has received mixed reviews in his second season as a Hawkeye signal caller.
Some fans think C.J. Beathard should be the starting quarterback.
Jake just finished his junior year with a bowl game coming up. In two seasons, he’s passed for 34 touchdowns, which is the eighth-most in program history and has a 14-10 record as a starter. Jake has 4,787 yards passing, which is also the eighth-most in school history.

December 17th

Trojan swimmers splash the Wahawks

IC West wins 105-65 over Waterloo West

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CORALVILLE– The Iowa City West High Trojans won a home meet Tuesday, Dec. 9, against Waterloo West at the Coralville Recreation Center. The Trojans won, 105-65.

Clipper wrestlers fall in DeWitt

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DEWITT– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity wrestlers had a tough night Thursday, Dec. 11, as they dropped two matches in a quad meet in DeWitt.
The Clippers lost by just two points to Benton Community, 40-38, and were walloped 57-18 by Central Clinton-DeWitt.

West’s Women of Troy make it 5-0

West 57, CR Xavier 39

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy pulled off their fifth straight win for a 5-0 record Monday, Dec. 8, with a 57-39 home win over the Saints of Cedar Rapids Xavier.
Dani Craig led West with a game-high 16 points, Mikaela Morgan had 13 points, and Emily Halverson put up 10 points. Morgan and Halverson had eight rebounds each.
The Saints took the first quarter 10-7 before the Women of Troy put up a 17-point effort in the second, good for a 24-16 halftime lead. West came out for the third quarter with a 21-point blitz.

CCA boys move to 2-2 against Vinton-Shellsburg

Clippers 65, V-S Vikings 35

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TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper boys varsity basketball team improved to a 2-2 record with a 65-35 WaMaC conference win over Vinton-Shellsburg Tuesday, Dec. 9, at home.
The win marked a rebound for the Clippers in the wake of a pair of losses to Dyersville Beckman and Iowa City Regina.
Drew Wagner led CCA with 16 points and 11 rebounds while Cal Miller had 13 points with a trio of 3-point goals.
The Clippers are at Benton Community on Friday, Dec. 19, and finish out 2014 at West Branch on Saturday, Dec. 20, in a boys/girls doubleheader.