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Chris Umscheid

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.

Starting the season on a high note

CCA boys hand West Delaware 65-55 loss

TIFFIN– The 2014-15 Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys varsity basketball squad is a veteran team, and they showed their stripes in the season opener against West Delaware.
The Clippers won 65-55 Tuesday, Dec. 2, to start the season on a winning note after battling for nearly every point.
“There were so many peaks and valleys in that game,” coach Steve Ottoson said afterward.

Women of Troy mow down Mustangs

West High 53, Dubuque Hempstead 33

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy remained perfect in the early part of the season with a 4-0 record after knocking off Mason City, Davenport Assumption and Cedar Rapids Prairie.
The fourth victim of B.J. Mayer and his team was Dubuque Hempstead, which fell 53-33 at West High Friday, Dec. 5, in a Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) match-up.
Mikaela Morgan led West High with 12 points in an offensive effort that saw 10 players putting up points. Grace Tafolla was the only other West player in double digits with 10 points.

CCA declares insufficient space in four schools

No open enrollment at North Bend Elementary

OXFORD– It’s official. These four schools are out of room.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board approved the district’s insufficient space policy for the 2015-2016 school year in October.

Clipper girls chart a new course

CCA girls set sail for success

TIFFIN– Once again, the girl’s varsity basketball team at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School finds itself with a new head coach after Matt Haas’ departure last spring. However, rather than an outsider coming in, the ladies are now led by former assistant coach P.J. Sweeney. It’s an opportunity for a new direction for the program, which has seen three coaches in the past six years and finished last season at 5-16 overall and 5-13 for seventh place in the WaMaC West Division.

70 years of memories

CR Horsemen’s Club celebrates the past

WESTERN– “It’s been a fun ride and we’ve really enjoyed it.”
An appropriate sentiment from equestrian Marilyn Butler, member of the board of directors for the Cedar Rapids Horsemen’s Club, and the driving force behind the club’s recent anniversary celebration. The club celebrated its founding in 1944, and the years since with “70 Years of Memories” at a Sunday Night Supper Oct. 12 at the club house on Club Road in Western.

New chapter for Spartan basketball

Jason Pershing takes over as head coach for Solon boys program

SOLON– After 21 years the Solon Spartans boys’ varsity basketball program has a new head coach.
Jason S. Pershing took over the program earlier this year, replacing veteran coach Brad Randall who resigned at the end of last season in February. Pershing is used to working among legendary coaches such as Dick Breitbach at Cedar Rapids Xavier, Chris Robertson at Linn-Mar and at Cedar Rapids Washington.

Van Allen honors veterans

NORTH LIBERTY — For the second year in a row, second graders and their teachers at Van Allen Elementary School said thanks to the veterans in their lives. Approximately 30 vets mingled in the commons area of the school’s second grade pod, swapping stories and looking over thank-you notes written by the students before being read a poem in their honor.
The veterans, many parents and grandparents of Van Allen students, then deployed among the classrooms to visit with the students, talk about their experiences and answer the students’ questions.