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Chris Umscheid

“Cupcake” didn’t make the cut for naming new school

Students offer list; CCA board chooses “Tiffin Elementary”

OXFORD — “What’s in a name?” asked noted playwright William Shakespeare in his classic “Romeo and Juliet.”
The answer, for those who sit on boards of education, is plenty.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District board of directors received a long list of proposed names for the new elementary school being built in Tiffin during a Jan. 14 work session at Clear Creek Elementary (CCE) in Oxford.

Closing the gap

Hoover Trail could be extended to Solon in 2016

IOWA CITY— Trail users in Johnson County could have reason to rejoice in 2016 as plans to close a major gap in the Hoover Nature Trail begin to take shape.

Spartans go down

CCA boys pick up first win over Solon in nearly a decade

TIFFIN– Jake Neubauer’s 17-point effort led the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity boys basketball squad to a 64-52 WaMaC conference win over the rival Solon Spartans at home Tuesday, Jan. 6. It was the first time in nearly a decade that the boys program was able to post a win over Solon.
Solon led 13-7 after the first period and had a 26-18 lead at halftime.
“We looked tired, sluggish, we only shot 24 percent and we were only down eight (points),” CCA head coach Steve Ottoson said of the Clippers’ first half performance.

Swisher’s Fun Days tradition

Legion invites community to join in the planning

SWISHER– It’s a slice of traditional small-town Americana: veterans proudly marching, polished fire trucks with lights flashing and sirens blaring, friendly waves from a line of tractors and kids filling bags with candy tossed from floats. It’s Fun Days in Swisher, and for over 30 years it has been a summer time standard in this northwest Johnson County community.
Swisher American Legion Post 671 started the annual event for the good of the community.

Big boots to fill in conservation department

Grace logs 23 years with Johnson County

IOWA CITY —Larry Wilson, president of the Johnson County Conservation Board, and fellow board members offered commendatory remarks about retiring Conservation Department secretary and office manager, Rose Grace.
“It’s incredible we’ve had such good service for 23 years,” Wilson said.
Grace officially retired Monday, Dec. 29 and was recognized at the board’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Dec. 18 in the County Administrative Building.

Indians sink Clippers

Marion 58, CCA 49

TIFFIN– The Marion Indians took a WaMaC conference varsity matchup from the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers 58-49 Tuesday, Dec. 16, in the Clippers’ gym.
CCA held onto a slim lead in the first quarter, but a sluggish second period allowed the Indians to knock holes in the ship. CCA trailed at the half, 35-22.

Warriors washed by West’s Women

West girls 8-0 with 67-21 win over CR Wash

IOWA CITY– Christmas came early for the West High Women of Troy as they gave themselves a present Friday, Dec. 19, by scrubbing the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors, 67-21, in Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) play.
The West High girls, ranked fourth in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union, had little trouble with the 4-3 (now 4-4) and unranked Warriors. Washington, led by Anne Visser’s seven points, was held to only 11 points in the first half, and scored most of their points at the charity stripe.
West remained perfect with an 8-0 record.

Maintaining the Spartan tradition

TJ Bevans steps up and starts a new chapter in Spartan wrestling history

SOLON– Tradition matters in Spartan athletics.
Travis “TJ” Bevans knows it first hand from his time on the wrestling mat in the uniform of a Solon Spartan, as well as from his eight years as an assistant coach for the wrestling program.
When Brooks McLaren stepped down earlier this year, Bevans knew it time to step up.
“I felt it was time to step up and give it a shot,” he said. Bevans graduated from Solon in 2002 and has been a part of the community since 1995. “I know the tradition, the history, my brother wrestled here, too.”

ACE on target at CCA

Innovative student-professional collaboration to bring new building to CCA campus next spring

OXFORD — Last March, Joe Greathouse, assistant professor in construction management at Kirkwood Community College, introduced to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board the idea of an innovative educational experience.
Greathouse spoke of Kirkwood’s Architectural, Construction and Engineering (ACE) academy, which prepares students for two- or four-year degrees, a trade program or even entry into the construction field by providing mentors who work directly with students.

Noises Off!

Theatrical frivolity on the CCA stage

TIFFIN — In 1982, playwright Michael Frayn penned a satirical look at the world of theatre titled “Noises Off.” It won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Play and the London Evening Standard’s Theatre Award for Best Comedy.

Clipper girls lose a close one in OT

Stormin’ Pointers 53, CCA 51

TIFFIN– Excitement turned to disappointment and a sense of what could’ve been Friday, Dec. 12, in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) gym as the Clipper girls faced the 12th-ranked Class 3A Stormin’ Pointers from Center Point-Urbana.
The Pointers won the varsity contest in overtime, 53-51, dropping the Creek Girls to 2-4.

Trojans knock off Chiefs

West High 59, Keokuk 22

IOWA CITY– The West High boys varsity cruised to a 59-22 win over the Keokuk Chiefs Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the first home game of the 2014-15 season. The non-conference win gave West a 3-0 record heading into Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) play.
The Trojans held the Chiefs to four points in the first period, taking the quarter 12-4. The Chiefs attempted to rally back in the second quarter but West took a 30-14 lead into the locker room at the halftime break. The Trojans held Keokuk to only eight points in the second half while unleashing a 20-point barrage in the third quarter.