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Archive - 2014

July 10th

Gearing up for summer

Food for Thought

It was usually well past Memorial Day (and often after Independence Day) before I settled into the mind-set that nearly everybody else had enjoyed since the last day of school. By that, I mean that, as a child, it took me a while to change gears, to get out of my school-mode and into vacation-mode. I don’t know why I needed that transitional interval, but I still tend to pause, look around at my new circumstances and mentally switch gears before embarking on a new phase of my life.

July 2nd

Clippers 12U take second at state

ch Class C state championships June 13 through 15. The Clippers started bracket play strong with two wins by mercy ruling on Friday and Saturday (12-1 versus Ankeny Xtreme, 7-1 versus Wilton Beavers Gold). The Clippers struggled against the Jr. J-Hawks on Sunday morning, dropping to the consolation bracket with a 2-4 loss. However, the Clippers fought back through the consolation bracket by winning three games back-to-back on Sunday afternoon (11-3 versus Indianola Gold, 6-3 versus Full Count Blue, 8-4 versus Iowa City West Jaguars Green).

8U Clippers are runner-up at state

TIFFIN– The 8U Clipper Blue baseball team took runner-up in the Iowa USSSA state championship in the Hank Aaron Division in Des Moines on June 20 through 22.

Pictured are (back row): coaches Trent Dekoter, Adam Henderson, Jeff Cecak and Bill Nash; (middle row) Logan Dekoter, Tyler Henderson, Teagan Lenz, Ty Fuller and Emerson Hamer; (front row) Jackson Stevens, Owen Rosenberg, Carson Nash, Ryan Scholl, Landon Monohon and Carson Cecak. (Photo by Lindsay Nash)

Hartwig to take over Trojan football

West High names replacement for coach Brian Sauser

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IOWA CITY– The Trojans have a new leader.
West High Athletic Director Scott Kibby announced Friday, June 6, that Garrett Hartwig has been appointed head football coach. Hartwig takes over for Brian Sauser, who resigned last month after six years of leading the Trojans on the gridiron. Sauser was the dean of students at West High, but budget cuts eliminated that position. He has since taken an offensive coordinator and assistant athletic director position with Yukon High School in Oklahoma.

Four-win streak beats last season’s win column total

Clipper baseball improves over last season

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TIFFIN– In his second season with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity baseball team, coach Brent Henry has led his team to a 13-11 record thus far, on their way to hopefully surpassing last year’s 13-25 showing. Wins over Vinton-Shellsburg and Iowa City Regina led to the milestone. However, the Bobcats of Western Dubuque torpedoed the Clippers, adding to the loss column.

Bobcats pounce on Clippers for double win

CCA softball falls 3-2, 10-0

OXFORD– It’s been a tough cruise for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity softball team this season.
Back-to-back season opening wins were followed by strings of losses including six shut-outs and a pair of losses to Solon. Bright spots have included big wins over Columbus Junction, Davenport West and Williamsburg as well as a pair of wins over Vinton-Shellsburg.
The seas turned rough again Tuesday, June 24, as the Bobcats of Western Dubuque capsized the Clippers in a varsity doubleheader, a make-up of a rain-out the previous week.

Trojans unload on Waterloo Wahawks

Iowa City West puts up 31 runs

IOWA CITY– Charlie Stumpff’s West High Trojans had no trouble dismantling the Waterloo West Wahawks in a varsity doubleheader Monday, June 23, at home, taking the opener 20-1 and the nightcap 11-1 in mercy rule-shortened contests.

Software error leads to inaccurately low sewer bills

NORTH LIBERTY– Due to a software error, North Liberty water and wastewater customers were sent inaccurate bills for June. For the average customer, the difference is between $15 to $22.
The software error, discovered by city staff on Monday, caused customers to be billed for only the minimum wastewater use, regardless of actual use. The error occurred when the software vendor failed to correctly input a rate table. City staff worked with the software vendor to correct the error and will spot check July bills for accuracy.

NLFD responds to two fires at same address

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s fire department made two trips to the same house to battle a stubborn fire Sunday.
The North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to 35 E. Weston Dr. for a building fire at approximately 12:58 a.m. Sunday morning, although the first arriving units found the fire was out upon arrival.
The home was occupied at the time of the fire and did have working smoke detectors, which alerted residents, according to North Liberty Fire Department Lt. Mike Johnston.

July 12 Turkey Trot 5k, 1 Mile event to benefit local pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– The Community Pantry will host its second annual Thanksgiving in July Turkey Trot 5K Race and Family 1 Mile event on Saturday, July 12, at 8 a.m., in conjunction with the community-wide food drive that provides food assistance to the hungry. This chip-timed race will begin and end at the pantry, 89 North Jones Blvd. in North Liberty. Registration through July 12 is $35 (T-shirt not guaranteed).
Registration is available online at www.GetMeRegistered.com/NorthLibertyTurkeyTrot.
Not a runner? Volunteer to help at the race: www.signupgenius.com/go/70a044baaae2ea75-2ndannual1.