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Chris Umscheid

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.

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.