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Chris Umscheid

Liberty High academic, arts and athletic plans unveiled

NORTH LIBERTY– When Liberty High School opens its doors next fall, it will be a comprehensive facility with full course and activity offerings for freshmen through seniors.
That’s the plan at least, said Liberty Principal Scott Kibby during an informal conference with area media Thursday, Nov. 3, at North Central Junior High in North Liberty. With registration coming in January, Kibby said he’s received many questions about the new school and what academics, performing arts and athletics it will offer.

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Lightning strikes as Liberty boys zap City High Red, 42-39

NORTH LIBERTY– Yet another list of “firsts” for Liberty High School were recorded Wednesday, Nov. 30, at North Central Jr. High in North Liberty. The school, still under construction and not opening until next fall, has fielded freshmen volleyball and football teams under the “Lady Lightning” and “Original (“O”) Bolts” monikers. The players attend Iowa City West High currently, but will transfer to Liberty, and presumably continue to play for Liberty throughout the remainder of their high school careers.

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CCA falls 66-34 against Western Dubuque

A rough start for the Creek boys

TIFFIN– Call it the Clippers’ shakedown cruise. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys took to the hardwood Tuesday, Nov. 29, at home to face the Bobcats of Western Dubuque in the 2016-17 season opener. It also marked the debut of new head coach Brandon Clubb. Turnovers, inexperience and losing the rebound battle torpedoed the Creek Boys, leading to a 66-34 loss.

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Women of Troy negate the Knights

IC West takes opener against Davenport Assumption, 64-47

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy opened the 2016-17 season with a 64-47 win over Class 3A Davenport Assumption in a non-conference contest Saturday, Nov. 26, at West.

They left it all on the field

Dowling denies West High the state championship

CEDAR FALLS– The mood in the interview room was somber as members of the Iowa City West High Trojans football team sat down with members of the media after their 23-10 loss to the West Des Moines Dowling Maroons in the 2016 Class 4A state championship game.
The Trojans finished the season 11-3 and made the school’s first semifinal appearance since 2002 the week before. It was their first championship bid since 1999.

Cedar Ridge growing again

Winery and distillery continues to expand in many ways

SWISHER– The doors to Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery opened to the public on Black Friday in 2010, and owner Jeff Quint said, “We’ve been busy ever since.”
What started out as a small winery has grown to include the state’s oldest distillery and the first to make bourbon in Iowa since the days of Prohibition, an events center and separate production facility, and– soon– a private room for small gatherings and a storage and distribution warehouse.

New calculations may change facilities recommendations for CCA

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District fielded a Facilities Planning Committee earlier this year charged with providing guidance to the school board of directors forecasting facilities needs for the foreseeable future. The committee, facilitated by RSP & Associates, an educational planning consulting firm retained by the district for periodic enrollment forecasts, gave their final recommendation to the Board in September.

Trojans roll over Warriors in first state semifinal since 2002

Dome, sweet Dome

CEDAR FALLS– The fans’ shirts read, “There’s No Place Like Dome” Friday, Nov. 11, as the Iowa City West High Trojans took on the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors in a Class 4A state semifinal football game.
After a convincing 35-7 win for the Trojans, the UNI-Dome may well become “Dome, Sweet Dome” as they return to Cedar Falls on Friday, Nov. 18, to take on West Des Moines Dowling for the championship.

An unfortunate three-peat

Women of Troy fall 3-1 at state volleyball in quarterfinal round

CEDAR RAPIDS– A pair of “three-peats” marked Iowa City West High’s appearance in the 2016 State Volleyball Tournament Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the U.S. Cellular Center, in Cedar Rapids. It was the third consecutive appearance for the Women of Troy, and sadly, the third consecutive year eliminated in the first (quarterfinal) round. The Jaguars of Ankeny Centennial knocked West High out of the Class 5A championship hunt, 3-1 (26-24, 16-25, 14-25, 23-25).

A weekend for heroes

Solon Legion helps veterans gather to hunt and to heal

LAKE MACBRIDE– Nine disabled veterans spent three days bow hunting deer last month in the Sugar Bottom Campground and Coralville Lake area thanks to an extensive cooperative effort. It was the second such hunt, with the first being a shotgun deer hunt last year.

Women of Troy bite the Bulldogs

Iowa City West wins, 3-2, over Bettendorf and returns to state volleyball tournament

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy overcame the Bettendorf Bulldogs’ tricks for a sweet treat on Halloween, as they pulled off a 3-2 win in a Class 5A regional volleyball final and advanced to the 2016 state tournament for the third consecutive year.

Iowa City West upsets Bettendorf

Trojans live to fight another day with 24-17 win in first round of 4A playoffs

BETTENDORF– They puzzled the pundits and baffled the Bulldogs as Iowa City West High’s 10th-ranked Trojans pulled off a 24-17 upset over No. 5 Bettendorf Friday, Oct. 28, in the Bulldogs’ kennel to survive the first round of the Class 4A football playoffs.
Bettendorf has often been a wrench in the gears of the Trojan football juggernaut, having knocked West out of championship contention in 2011 with a 45-13 pounding, and again in 2013 (27-24) as well as during the regular season in 2014 and 2015.