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Chris Umscheid

Clear Creek Amana anticipates continued enrollment growth

The Creek continues to rise

OXFORD— Taxpayers in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District might see another bond referendum within the next few years. Voters approved a $48 million bond issue in February 2014 for the new Tiffin Elementary and an expansion of the middle school and high school, all in response to enrollment growth. Tiffin Elementary opened this fall, work is nearing completion at the middle school and bids will be let soon for the high school project.

CCA Middle School expansion completion pushed back…again

OXFORD— Hopes of moving into Clear Creek Amana’s new middle school addition over the Christmas and New Year break were dashed last week.
Superintendent Tim Kuehl gave the monthly construction update to the school board at its Monday, Dec. 14, meeting in Oxford.
“I was hoping for moving everything over Christmas, which, of course, is not happening,” Kuehl said. The move-in timeframe has been pushed to January.

West’s Women of Troy vanquish Lady Trojans

IC West 63, W’loo East 12

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy maintained their perfect record in the 2015-2016 season, improving to 6-0 with a 63-12 blowout over the Waterloo East Lady Trojans on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at West High.
While it was an easy win for West, it wasn’t a perfect game.
“Those games are hard to play,” West coach B.J. Mayer said afterward. “I think we kind of thought, maybe, we’re better than them, so sometimes when that happens… you play sloppier, or like you don’t have to concentrate as much.”

Trojans no trouble for Clipper boys

CCA 59, South Tama 39

TIFFIN– A 20-point first quarter gave the Clear Creek Amana Clippers clear sailing to a WaMaC conference win Friday, Dec. 18, at home as the South Tama Trojans were sunk, 59-39. Cal Miller and Jake Neubauer each sank a 3-pointer in the first period, with Miller also scoring on a steal and easy layup. Late in the period, Evan Downes swiped the ball and took off down court for two of his eight points.

Dolfi Kalm wins volleyball gold medals

Even at age 74, volleyball dreams do come true

LISBON– The year 2015 has been a year of dreams coming true for Lisbon’s Dolfi Kalm, formerly of Solon. Kalm won a pair of gold medals in national volleyball championships in Detroit and Minneapolis. However, the road to those championships was far longer than the several hours spent driving the highways.
A native of Maynard, Kalm started his teaching career in Atkinson, Neb., moved to Oklahoma to teach and moved back to Nebraska for three years, ahead of taking a principal position in Gladbrook.

The Doctors are in (Tiffin)

Pet Health Center of Tiffin is open and ready to care for your furry folks

TIFFIN— Pets are often more than just furry or feathered friends; to many, they’re family.
For decades people took their pets to the Oxford Veterinary Clinic in Oxford, where veterinarians such as Dr. Bill Rugger, Dr. Kristi Anderson, Dr. Jonelle Hankner, Dr. Susan Kula (Jacobson) and Dr. Nicole Kogan cared for a variety of creatures, both large and small. The Oxford clinic is now history, replaced by a new, state-of-the-art facility on the west side of Tiffin.

Rough sailing for Clipper girls

CCA girls 62, Benton 52

TIFFIN– A career-high 25-point effort from Natalia Turner wasn’t enough to pull the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers ahead of Benton Community in a WaMaC varsity contest Tuesday, Dec. 8, in Tiffin. The Clippers fell, 62-52, their third consecutive loss.
Mount Vernon sank the Clippers, 63-55, on Friday, Dec. 4, and Iowa City Regina swamped them, 66-34, on Saturday, Dec. 5. With the losses, the Creek Girls dropped to 2-3 overall after season-opening wins over Anamosa and Dyersville Beckman Catholic.

CP-U Stormin’ Pointers overtake Clipper boys

CCA boys 55, Center Point-Urbana 72

TIFFIN– Four Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers scored in double digits Friday, Dec. 11, as the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU) visited for a night of WaMaC conference basketball, but the Creek Boys still found themselves on the wrong side of a 72-55 final score.
Evan Downes, a senior, led the Clippers with 13 points and was backed up by fellow seniors Cal Miller, Aaron Akers and Jake Neubauer. Miller and Akers put up 11 points each while Neubauer had a 10-point night.

CCA details timelines for next three projects

OXFORD– The end is in sight for completion of a two-story addition to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) middle school in Tiffin.
District Construction Manager Ray Willoughby and Shive-Hattery’s Keith Johnk both told the school board they were optimistic the chronically-delayed project would finally be completed during winter break.
Willoughby gave the board a construction update during their regular monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 16, at Clear Creek Elementary.

Trojans outlast Mount Vernon Mustangs

West opens with 63-42 win over determined Mount Vernon squad

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans opened the 2015-2016 season with a visit from the WaMaC conference’s Class 3A Mount Vernon Mustangs. One could presume a meeting of a Class 4A powerhouse would have little trouble with a smaller program, but the Mustangs showed they could run with the big school as they largely kept pace with a West High squad that wasn’t quite hitting on all cylinders.
The Trojans led 13-9 after the first period and 33-19 at the half, but the Mustangs narrowed the gap to a seven-point deficit going into the final period.

Women of Troy dominate Prairie, Hempstead

IC West girls move to 3-0

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy improved to 3-0 with wins over Cedar Rapids Prairie and Dubuque Hempstead.
West took an early lead at home against Prairie on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and quickly left the Prairie Hawks behind, taking a 12-3 advantage after the first period and a 24-9 halftime lead.
Rachel Saunders accounted for half of those points and went on to lead all scorers with 19 points.
SCORING: R. Saunders 19, E. Koch 9, A. Tauchen 9, L. Cook 8, M. Huinker 7, M. Fay 3, K. McGrane 3, L. Zacharias 2.
3-POINT GOALS: Saunders 3, Fay 1, McGrane 1, Huinker 1, Koch 1.

Blake Williams returns to lead Solon wrestling

Homecoming

SOLON– He’s the “new, but the old” coach.
Blake Williams, who coached the Solon Spartan varsity wrestling program from 1999 to 2003, is back as the head coach, replacing T.J. Bevans. Williams returns to the Spartan wrestling room after leading the Prairie Hawks of Cedar Rapids Prairie for 12 years. For Williams it was a difficult, but ultimately easy, decision to make.
“It went really well (at Prairie),” said Williams. “I had everything I could ask for, at that time.”