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Chris Umscheid

Hawks deliver West’s first loss on Barker Field

Trojans fall 2-0 to Cedar Rapids Prairie

IOWA CITY– History was made Tuesday, April 21, at West High’s Ed Barker Soccer Complex, but it wasn’t the kind of historic moment the Trojans wanted. The Hawks of Cedar Rapids Prairie handed the Trojans their first home loss since 2011– the first loss on Barker Field– taking a 2-0 decision from West.
Prairie scored with 4:08 left in the first half as the ball bounced past West’s keeper and put in the second goal three minutes later with a shot into the corner of the net.
The Trojans had some looks at the Prairie goal, but they were unable to hit pay dirt, dropping to 3-4 on the season.

West High undefeated, not yet perfect

Women of Troy top J-Hawks

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy had little trouble with the visiting J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson on Thursday, April 23, beating the Hawks 4-0. The victory improved West’s record to 6-0 as the team moved to No. 1 in Class 3A according to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union in its weekly rankings issued Friday, April 24. West took over the top spot after Linn-Mar dropped from No. 1 to No. 7 in the wake of a 2-1 upset loss to the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars.

CCA boys down the West Delaware Hawks

4-0 home win for CCA

TIFFIN– It wasn’t an edge-of-your-seat thriller of a soccer match as there wasn’t much drama on Tuesday, April 14, when the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper boys varsity soccer team defeated the visiting Hawks of West Delaware 4-0. That was just fine with head coach Tim Benson.
“We’re OK with that. There was plenty of drama the last two games (first two of the season) with an overtime win, and Solon was knocking on the door the whole second half,” Benson said.
In both matches the opponent scored first, forcing the Clippers to come from behind for the win.

Design chosen for CCA’s STEM building

Formula for construction

TIFFIN— In March 2013, Kirkwood Community College assistant professor Joe Greathouse offered the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District a unique opportunity. He proposed a freestanding building to house Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs on the district’s property in Tiffin at little to no cost to the district.

Schwarting, Brimeyer, hurdle relay team win

Clipper girls fifth at home meet

TIFFIN– The sun shined brightly but a stiff northwest wind with gusts around 40 mph made for chilly conditions Friday, April 10, as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls track and field team hosted their Creek Classic Relays. The Clippers finished fifth in overall team points behind winner Solon, Mount Vernon, South Tama and Williamsburg.
Corrine Schwarting won the long jump with a 16’-5 1/2” leap; Mia Smith, Schwarting, Megan Lukas and Natalie Brimeyer took their shuttle hurdle relay to the win in 1:07.90 and Brimeyer won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.66 seconds.

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A big day for CCA on Tipton’s track

Wagner sets new shot put record, Brimeyer wins 100-meter hurdles

TIPTON– It was a successful day for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) track and field teams Tuesday, March 31, at the Tipton Co-Ed Meet, with the girls placing third in overall team points and the boys finishing fourth.
Drew Wagner broke an 11-year old record in the shot put and won the event with a 51’-6 1/4” throw while Natalie Brimeyer won in the 100-meter hurdles with her 16.81 seconds finish. Brimeyer also anchored the first-place shuttle hurdle relay with Mia Smith, Corrine Schwarting and Megan Lukas. The foursome won in 1:10.28.

Clear Creek Amana Show Choir dazzles in debut season

TIFFIN— This is the first year Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School students have orchestrated a show choir, and they’re making a joyful noise.
The group, 38 strong, has competed at the State Contest, the Keokuk “Power City” competition, as well as the Marion Invitational. So far, the group has placed third and third runner-up, with soloist Sage Spiker earning “Best Male Soloist” honors.

Plenty of challenges for CCA school board

Project delays and legislative inaction beset administrators and directors

AMANA– A troublesome sewer line, delays at the middle school and legislative impasses added up to a challenging agenda.
These were the issues the board of education of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District confronted at its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, March 11, in the Amana library.
The news started out well for the board, as District Construction Manager Ray Willoughby reported on progress at Tiffin Elementary.
“They say they’ll be ready for us on the first of August, that was the last report we had,” Willoughby said.

To save a farmer

Local fire departments acquire specialized agricultural rescue equipment

SWISHER– Farmers make up a little over two percent of the population, but with an average of 22.2 deaths per every 100,000 workers in the U.S., agriculture is the most dangerous profession. And one of the most dangerous places for a farmer to be is in a common, nondescript grain bin.

Fourth title foiled for West High basketball

Trojans forced to settle for third place at state tourney

DES MOINES– The West High Trojans won 24 games in a row this season and were on track for an unprecedented fourth-straight Class 4A State Championship as they entered Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Friday, March 13, for a semifinal game against the North Scott Lancers. However, the Lancers put the Trojans in a hole early and led throughout on their way to a 57-51 win, sending West High to the consolation game on Saturday, March 14.

The Long Climb

Four NL firefighters will take the Fight for Air stair climb challenge March 22.

NORTH LIBERTY– For the third year, a few North Liberty firefighters will put on their full structural firefighting gear and climb the stairs of four high-rise buildings in downtown Des Moines.
And they’re doing it so that others may one day breathe easier.
Health and Safety Officer (HSO) Ryan Brumm, EMS Lieutenant Scott McCambridge, Firefighter Jennifer Vanderhoff and Firefighter Jordan Miller have volunteered to participate in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb Sunday, March 22, in Des Moines.

Tigers dash West girls’ championship hopes

West gets past SE Polk, falls to WDM Valley

DES MOINES– The West High Women of Troy’s’ hopes for a Class 5A State Championship were dashed Friday, March 6, as the Tigers of West Des Moines Valley took a semifinal game 57-41 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The loss ended West’s season at 22-3 while top-ranked Valley (23-2) advanced to the Finals.
The fifth-ranked Women of Troy opened their championship quest with a 43-40 quarterfinal win over sixth-ranked Southeast Polk Wednesday, March 4. West started the game with a 5-0 deficit before Mikaela Morgan could get West’s first basket of the afternoon.