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Chris Umscheid

Harlan sends CCA home with 3-0 semifinal sweep Nov. 13

Clippers’ historic cruise at state ends early

CEDAR RAPIDS– While the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers only made it to the semifinals of the Class 4A State Volleyball Tournament, that’s farther than any CCA team has been since 1999.
The Harlan Cyclones blew through the U.S. Cellular Center Thursday, Nov. 13, and swept the Clippers 3-0 to end CCA’s bid for a state championship. The defending 4A Champion Cyclones had little trouble winning 25-12, 25-16 and 25-13 to end the CCA season at 27-10. Harlan was led by 2013 Class 4A Player of the Year Jess Schaben with 18 kills.

Failed referendum leaves county supervisors scratching their heads,

IOWA CITY- For the third time, Johnson County voters rejected a bond issue that would have funded the construction of an annex to the existing courthouse.
In the Nov. 4 election, the $33.4 million project received a majority approval at 57 percent; however a super majority of 60 percent was required.
The day after the election, frustrated supervisors met with the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee (CJCC) for some guidance on what to do next.

Made it to state, and into the history books

Clipper girls see first state tourney since 1999 for CCA

MARENGO– After watching the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) football team make history this fall with the most wins in a season, a district championship and a play-off appearance, it was the volleyball team’s turn to add a new chapter in Clipper history.
The ladies earned their first trip to the State Volleyball Tournament since 1999 with a 3-0 sweep of Cedar Rapids Xavier at Iowa Valley High School in Marengo on Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The Clippers were listing early in the first set, down 1-6, which prompted coach Jackie Clubb to call an early time out.

Warriors blitz West to end Trojans’ season

CR Wash 44, West 19 in 4A Quarterfinal

CEDAR RAPIDS– The road to the UNI-Dome and a bid for a state football championship in Class 4A for the Iowa City West High Trojans ended at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids as the Trojans’ nemesis, the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors, rolled over them 44-19 in a quarterfinal round game Friday, Nov. 7.
“This is the one team that can match up with our guys and they certainly did that,” West coach Garrett Hartwig said, noting, “we were just out-matched a little bit, and the credit goes to Wash.” Hartwig said, “(the Warriors) have just so many guys that can get you.”

Trojans survive Lin-Mar Lions with upset win

MARION– They never say die.
The Iowa City West High Trojans were down 31-34 with just over two minutes left in the game Monday, Nov. 3, as they faced the Linn-Mar Lions in the second round of Class 4A playoffs. A drive of over 90 yards ensued and ended with Yeshuwa Hicks making an 8-yard run for a touchdown with 25 seconds left in the game. After Connor Gordon’s extra point kick, the Trojans had a 38-34 lead and the win.

CCA’s historic season ends in first round

TIFFIN– An historic season for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) football came to a gut-grinding and heart-breaking end Wednesday, Oct. 29, on the home turf as the Cardinals of Newton held on for a 23-21 win in a Class 3A first round playoff game.
“It was a hard-fought game, there’s no doubt about it,” coach Matt Hughes said. “We started slow, that proved to be the thing that killed us.”
The Clippers found themselves in a 14-point hole in the first quarter as Newton scored on a 4-yard rushing play with 7:05 left in the period and followed that with a 50-yard touchdown reception.

Clippers advance to regional final on 3-0 win

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers volleyball team advanced to a Class 4A regional final match-up with Cedar Rapids Xavier after defeating the Fort Madison Bloodhounds 3-0 in a regional semifinal at home Thursday, Oct. 30.
The Clippers won 25-11, 25-16 and 25-20.

West High girls sweep Muskies, Polk

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy made it two thirds of the way to the state tournament with wins over Muscatine and Southeast Polk in Class 5A regional quarterfinal and semifinal action.
The tournament trail started at home Monday, Oct. 27, as the 3-23 Muscatine Muskies visited for a regional quarterfinal match. West had little trouble pulling off a 3-0 sweep and earning the trip to Southeast Polk for the semifinal match.

Board approves design work for troublesome trail

CCA school board approves contract, hears project updates

OXFORD– It’s been a long, twisting path, but the end may finally be just ahead.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board approved a $52,000 contract with Shive-Hattery for the design of a sidewalk-trail along the north side of the district’s property in Tiffin. The move came during the board’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Oxford.
The vote puts the project, mandated by the city of Tiffin’s code of ordinances and a recurring source of friction between the two entities, one step closer to fruition.

Jail: finally light at the end of a long, dark tunnel

County commits to securing bids for repair

IOWA CITY– Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan wants people to fully understand the situation with the county jail, and its estimated $1 million repair and renovation project.
“We’re not just fixing it up,” he said. “Our hand has been forced.”
Sullivan and his fellow supervisors unanimously approved the plans, specifications, and bid requests for badly-needed work at the facility, which was built in the 1980s. The resolution passed during the formal meeting Thursday, Oct. 2.

Senior Night sweep

IOWA CITY– Defense made the difference, said West High coach Randy Dolson. His Women of Troy swept Cedar Rapids Prairie 3-0 in a Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) match Tuesday, Oct. 21, at home. The win sweetened Senior Night where Madi Miller, Mikaela Morgan and Laynie Whitehead were honored for their contributions to West High volleyball.
West came from behind to take the first set 25-20 and overcame a late deficit to take the second set 25-22. The Women of Troy dominated the third set 25-12 for the win.

The fog of (gridiron) war

IOWA CITY– A 21-7 lead vaporized into the mist of a foggy night for the West High Trojans as they fell 38-24 to the Pleasant Valley (PV) Spartans Friday, Oct. 24, at home. The loss was doubly bitter for the Trojans as the Spartans claimed the Class 4A District 7 championship (with a 4-0 record in district play and 6-3 record overall), and did so on West High’s Senior Night.