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Chris Umscheid

A bright light shines on

Liberty High mourns and remembers a young life lost

NORTH LIBERTY– A very dark year got even darker for the Liberty High School community as 17-year-old Liberty High senior Brooke Anne Langland died on Friday, Nov. 13.
She was born on Dec. 17, 2002, to John and Traci Langland. A senior, she had been accepted into the University of Iowa to pursue a career in healthcare, and was planning to try out for the Iowa Dance Team. “Since the age of three, Brooke had lived and breathed dance,” her obituary said. She was a member of Liberty High’s three-time state championship dance team.

No changes on the Clipper ship’s bridge

CCA school board keeps things the same in annual organizational meeting

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District, the “Home of the Clippers,” will see no changes at the top of the school board after the board of directors’ annual organizational meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19.
Board President Jennifer Mooney retained her post following nomination and without an opposing challenge. Mooney was voted-in unanimously with board member Kathy Swenka absent. Vice-president Matt McAreavy also retained his position after nomination without a challenger, and by unanimous vote of the board.

On course to return, but subject to change

CCA school board discusses Nov. 30 return to on-site instruction

OXFORD– If all goes well, students in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will return to their classrooms on Monday, Nov. 30. The district moved to virtual learning on Monday, Nov. 9, after a wave of positive COVID-19 cases and quarantines sidelined a significant number of transportation department employees. Coupled with a high COVID positivity rate in Johnson and Iowa counties, the district applied for, and received, a waiver to return to online learning until Tuesday, Nov. 24. The district is on Thanksgiving Break Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 25-27.

Third in the state last year, Creek Boys seek more this year

2020-2021 CCA varsity boys basketball preview

TIFFIN– Last season, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball team made school history with its first state tournament appearance since 1993. The tournament campaign, only the third for the Clippers, culminated in a Class 3A third-place trophy.

Ready to go

2020-2021 CCA wrestling preview

TIFFIN– Due to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District returning to all-online learning, extracurricular activities, including athletic practices, are on hold until the students return to in-person/onsite learning on Monday, Nov. 30. However, the Clipper wrestlers aren’t just sitting around biding their time.
“The kids are running, working out and practicing individually,” said Coach Kyle Forness.

A Bolt prepares to become a Bulldog

Liberty High’s Gabbie Schroeder verbally commits to Drake

NORTH LIBERTY– She plans to become a Bulldog but first she has one more season as a Bolt.
Liberty High’s Gabbie Schroeder recently verbally committed to play volleyball for Drake University, joining teammate and 2021 commit Addie Schmierer. The 5-8 junior defensive specialist had 19 assists and one kill for the Lightning with 174 digs this season. Schroeder was also second on the team in ace serves with 31.

Bolts and Creek Girls garner more honors

2020 Iowa Girls Coaches Association Volleyball Teams announced

IOWA CITY– Eight local high school student athletes were named to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association’s (IGCA) 2020 All-District, Senior All-Stars and Academic All-Stars teams.
Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Calia Clubb and Hailey Pollock were named to the Class 4A SE All-District Team. Clubb, a junior, also earned an Honorable Mention spot on the Class 4A All-State Team after leading the Clippers with 243 kills. Pollock, a senior, produced 221 kills this season.

MVC releases winter sports guidelines

Ongoing pandemic drives spectator numbers down

NORTH LIBERTY– The Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) has released its winter sports guidelines for member schools, including Liberty High School in North Liberty. The policy is based on guidance from the governor’s office, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

CCA and ICCSD return to virtual learning

Significant increase in COVID-19 cases leads to online school through Thanksgiving break

JOHNSON COUNTY– It’s back to online learning for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) students.
Students in the Clear Creek Amana Community School District returned to all-online learning after the district shifted back to virtual education on Sunday, Nov. 8.

The new big project for North Liberty

NL council discusses Phase Five of the Ranshaw Way reconstruction project

NORTH LIBERTY– Reconstruction of Highway 965, also known as Ranshaw Way, in North Liberty will continue next year with Phase Five of the multiyear project.
City Engineer Kevin Trom and representatives from Shive-Hattery presented an overview of the $9.3-9.4 million project to the city council on Tuesday, Oct. 27, during the council’s regular meeting (conducted virtually).

Creek Boys earn football honors

Bollers and Swails among 14 CCA players on 3A-6 All-District teams

TIFFIN– Fourteen Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School varsity football players were selected for spots on the 2020 Class 3A District 6 All-District Football teams.
Senior TJ Bollers and junior Ben Swails were recognized as the District Defensive Player of the Year and Punter of the Year, respectively, with 35.5 tackles (25 solo, 1.5 sacks and 6.5 tackles for a loss) for Bollers, and 22 punts for 936 yards (with an average of 42.5 yards per kick) for Swails.

Trojan-Bolts pick up MVC All-Division Swimming honors

Aurora Roghair named Valley Division Swimmer of the Year

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High and Liberty High’s combined girls swimming and diving team– The Trojan-Bolts– placed 14 student athletes on the 2020 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Swimming and Diving All-Division selections list.
Aurora Roghair was named the Valley Division, home to the Trojan-Bolts, Swimmer of the Year, while Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Chad Derlein and his staff picked up Division Coach of the Year honors. City High’s Rika Yahashiri was named the Mississippi Division Swimmer of the Year, with Linn-Mar High School’s Bobby Kelley and staff taking Coach of the Year.