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Chris Umscheid

Islanders no problem for Trojans basketball

West 57, DeLaSalle 42

IOWA CITY– It was advertised as something of a clash of the high school basketball titans: three-time Iowa State Champions Iowa City West vs. three-time Minnesota State Champions DeLaSalle from Minneapolis. In the end it was just another day at the office for the West High Trojans as they maintained their perfect record with a 57-42 win Saturday, Feb. 21, at home.

Clipper girls go down at Mt. Pleasant

Quarterfinal loss ends season

MOUNT PLEASANT– Their season ended with a decisive loss on the road, but for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, it’s still a winning season; the first in at least a decade for the girls basketball program.
The Clippers took a 13-8 record on the road to Mount Pleasant for a Class 4A regional quarterfinal game against the 17-4, 14th-ranked Panthers and found themselves on the wrong side of a 52-39 final score.
Coach P. J. Sweeney’s Clippers took a slim 6-5 lead in the first quarter but were down by the same one-point margin, 12-11 at the half.

Grant pays healthy dividends

PEP grant benefits CCA students

TIFFIN— Members of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District board of education had sweat on their brows; not due to a high-pressure, controversial decision requiring a difficult vote, but from a hands-on demonstration of the benefits of a federal physical education grant. During the board’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the high school in Tiffin, the board members tried out equipment purchased with the grant money.

Clipper girls finish regular season with winning streak

CCA 72, Independence 34

TIFFIN– It was arguably the best performance of the season for the 11 seniors on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls basketball team as they knocked off the Independence Mustangs Tuesday, Feb. 10. It was also the last time they would play on their home floor.
The Senior Night 72-34 rout of the Mustangs brought down the curtain on the regular season and sent the Clippers to postseason play, all on the road, with a 13-8 record.

CCA boys knock off South Tama Trojans, 80-67

Senior Night success

TIFFIN– After having a five-game winning streak snapped by Williamsburg, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers righted the ship and sank the Trojans of South Tama 80-67 Friday, Feb. 6, at home on Senior Night. The win improved the Clippers’ record to 13-5 overall and dropped the Trojans to 8-10.

Clippers knock off Bobcats, 55-41

TIFFIN– It’s a much better season this year for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boy’s varsity basketball team.
With a 55-41 win over the Benton Community Bobcats on Tuesday, Jan. 27, the Clippers improved to 11-4 on the season and notched their fourth win in a row for the second time in the 2014-15 campaign.
In contrast, Steve Ottoson’s crew only posted six wins last season with 15 losses.
Jake Neubauer, a junior, led CCA against the Bobcats with 14 points while senior Drew Wagner put up a dozen, mostly in the tumultuous second half.

Women of Troy upset by CR Kennedy

West’s second loss of season, 60-54

IOWA CITY– After having a 14-game winning streak snapped by West Des Moines Valley, the Iowa City West High Women of Troy rebounded with a 10-point win over Cedar Falls on the road Tuesday, Jan. 27.
But a visit from the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars Friday, Jan. 30, ended with West’s second loss of the season, and its first in the Mississippi Valley Conference. The Cougars won 60-54, dominating the game throughout the first half.

Historic Facelift

Solon grant helps restore historic downtown storefront

SOLON– Solon business leaders support a good facelift.
In an effort to improve the appearance of the downtown area, the Solon Economic Development Group (SEDG) and the City of Solon developed and administered a grant program for property owners to repair and renovate the exteriors of commercial structures.
One proprietor who took advantage of the program was Bill Leefers, owner of the two-story brick structure at the corner of East Main Street and Highway 1, currently home to El Sol Mexican Cuisine.

Clippers outsail Vinton Vikettes

CCA 75, Vinton-Shellsburg 53

TIFFIN– P. J. Sweeney and his Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers edged back above .500 as they improved to an 8-7 overall (6-3 in the WaMaC) record after sinking the Vikettes of Vinton-Shellsburg, 75-53, in varsity WaMaC action Friday, Jan. 23, in Tiffin. Hanna Stokes led all scorers with 18 points, Emily Wieland had 16 and Lexi Kinnaird put in 13.

“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.