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Chris Umscheid

Liberty High construction continues ahead of schedule

NORTH LIBERTY— Construction continues on the new Liberty High School ahead of a fall 2017 opening. According to Liberty principal Scott Kibby, work on the 210,000 square foot facility is approximately one month ahead of schedule.
The school, located near the intersection of Dubuque St. and North Liberty Road, is being built to accommodate 1,000 students initially with a 500-student addition planned for the future. Kibby anticipates opening with around 600 students, at this time, subject to attendance boundary changes and population changes in North Liberty.

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Prairie scorches Liberty High football, 53-6

IOWA CITY– Just before the opening kick off Thursday, Sept. 15, at Iowa City West High, Liberty High’s coach Jeff Gordon sounded worried. “They’re good, they’re really good,” he said, nodding across the field at the Cedar Rapids Prairie Hawks.
The Hawks and the Liberty Lightning’s “O (Original) Bolts” clashed in a freshman game, with the Hawks blitzing the Lightning, 53-6.

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He’s passionate about beer

Bill Heinrich rides the craft beer wave

SOLON– Beer is an amber alcoholic beverage brewed by the fermentation of cereals, usually malted barley, and flavored with hops. Beer has been around since at least the fifth millennium B.C. in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia.
In 2012, according to The Beer Institute, Americans consumed 6.3 billion gallons of beer in the previous year with an individual average of 28.3 gallons.
Whatever the 2016 consumption statistics are, Brian Heinrich can rest assured his Kickshaw Barrel Works ORB, a small-batch craft beer, will have contributed to them.

The public has its say on CCA’s facilities planning process

Questions without easy answers

TIFFIN– The question itself is relatively simple on its face, imploring Clear Creek Amana (CCA) district officials to consider how best to accommodate expected continued enrollment and likely overcrowding with $25 million available in 2018.
The solution, or solutions, are not quite as simple, attendees at a Sept. 8 public forum at the high school in Tiffin discovered.

Clippers 3-0 with win over Golden Eagles

CCA withstands Dubuque Wahlert, 24-14

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers stayed in the ranks of the unbeaten with a 24-14 Class 3A District 4 win over Dubuque Wahlert at home on a rainy night where the ground game reigned supreme.
The Golden Eagles struck in the first quarter, capping off a long drive with a 1-yard run to score.

Clippers go 2-0

26-0 win over Mustangs

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers had little trouble with the Independence Mustangs Friday, Sept. 2, picking up a 26-0 non-district win and moving to a 2-0 record. Among the scorers for CCA were Kobey Schlottman with a first-quarter touchdown reception and Matt Brimeyer with a touchdown run in the second. Corey Siders scored in the third quarter for the Clippers.

IC West defeats Muscatine 31-27

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MUSCATINE– The West High Trojans improved to 2-0 Friday, Sept. 2, with a Class 4A non-district road win over the Muskies of Muscatine High School at Muscatine. West took the gridiron contest, 31-27, with Matthew Huff leading the way on the ground with 21 carries for 112 yards and one touchdown. Evan Flitz completed 19 of 28 passes for 210 yards of air assault, including one touchdown on a 40-yard pass to Oliver Martin. Martin took eight of Flitz’s passes for 111 yard as the leading receiver and also returned an interception 22 yards.

Excitement builds for Lady Lightning

West High freshmen take the floor for Liberty High volleyball

IOWA CITY– Much like how Liberty High School is still under construction on the east side of North Liberty, the Lady Lightning freshman volleyball team is under construction.
“We’re building from the floor up,” said coach Whitney Lang.

Your input is wanted

CCA seeks public opinion on future facilities needs

TIFFIN– Residents of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District have the opportunity to help shape the future of the district by voicing their opinions at a Facilities Planning Committee public input meeting on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the high school.

West High Trojans trounce SE Polk Rams, 42-17

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans opened the 2016 varsity football season in grand fashion Friday, Aug. 26, by trouncing the Southeast (SE) Polk Rams , 42-17, in Iowa City.

Women of Troy win swim season opener

IC West swims past CR Jefferson, Williamsburg

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy opened the 2016 swimming and diving season hosting Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Williamsburg on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Coralville Recreation Center. West defeated Williamsburg, 153 to 26, and Jefferson, 94-92. The J-Hawks also sank the Raiders, 147 to 28.

The tradition starts now

Liberty High’s Bolts gird for gridiron

NORTH LIBERTY– They’re the first football team for the still-under construction Liberty High School, but being “first” isn’t tops on their list of concerns.
For the 21 West High freshmen who make up the Liberty Lightning’s inaugural team, it’s more about building a legacy for the “Bolts” who will follow them.