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West swimmers best CR Jefferson, 138-47

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy swimmers opened the 2017 season with a road trip to Cedar Rapids Jefferson, sweeping victory as the varsity won, 138-47, and the junior varsity (JV) picked up a 125-46 win.
Sophomore Lily Ernest broke the school record in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.06 seconds. Lilian Zhu previously held the record.
“We are hoping it’s the first of many records to be broken this season,” Assistant Coach Jordan O’Donnell said.

Women of Troy win, Liberty debuts at U of I’s Ashton XC course

IOWA CITY– The University of Iowa’s renovated Ashton Cross Country Course was the site of the 2017 Trojan Early Bird Invitational meet hosted by Iowa City West High Thursday, Aug. 24.
The West High Women of Troy won the varsity girls race, besting North Scott and Davenport Assumption. Bailey Nock won the event in 18:48, with Colleen Bloser coming in second in 19:50.

Creek 2017 volleyball season begins

CCA falls in Mount Vernon quad, splits in Grinnell’s tournament

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GRINNELL– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball squad has started the 2017 season with a mix of success and frustration in a pair of tournaments.
The Creek Girls opened Thursday, Aug. 24, with an appearance in a quad meet with Solon, Center Point-Urbana and Mount Vernon in Mount Vernon. The host Lady Mustangs shut out the Creek Girls, 2-0, with 25-22 and 25-17 wins over CCA. Shauntina Williams had six kills with three from Claire Schwarting. Zoey Boehme made 11 assists, Cheyanne Bunch had four assists and Jordan Neely came up with eight digs.

Solon rolls 3-1 in the Lightning Bolts’ debut

NORTH LIBERTY– The pep band introduced the official fight song as cheerleaders rallied the Bolt Nation Tuesday, Aug. 22, when the Liberty High Lightning took to the volleyball court for the first time in their brand new school. The Lightning Bolts are fielding sophomore and varsity squads this year after dressing a freshman team last year at Iowa City West High.
The Solon Lady Spartans took on the Bolts to open the season in a non-conference match-up. Liberty is unaffiliated this year, joining the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) in 2018.

Don’t think about old

Jeanne Erhart is a Solon Senior of the Year

SOLON– “There are a lot of people that do so much,” Jeanne Erhart said of being named one of two Senior of the Year award recipients. Phyllis Fiala was also recognized this year.
“Somebody must’ve picked Phyllis and I,” Jeanne said when asked if she knew who made the nominations.
Jeanne and husband of 63 years Wilbur have been Solonites since the early 1960s.
“All of our kids (five) went to school here and our grandkids (two) went to school here,” she explained. The Erharts have three great-grandkids, including one born in California back in July.

Spartans spoil Liberty volleyball debut

Solon rolls 3-1 over Liberty High in Lightning Bolts’ new gym

NORTH LIBERTY– It didn’t take long for the Lady Spartans to be in the spotlight.
The Solon varsity volleyball squad helped Liberty High in North Liberty usher in a new age Tuesday, Aug. 22, when the Liberty High Lightning took to the volleyball court for the first time in their brand new school.
“It was a very exciting experience– the crowd was big and the noise was loud,” said Solon Head Volleyball Coach Sarah Ferin. “The girls came out a little nervous but we had talked about the atmosphere and to just refocus and control what we can and eventually we calmed down.”

Liberty High kicks off its first year

Doors open at Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– The doors of Liberty High School opened to 757 students Wednesday, Aug. 23, as the 2017-18 school year started for the brand new school.

Saluting the end of summer

Annual fundraiser for NFLD held

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department held their annual Salute to Summer event Saturday, Aug. 19, at their fire station. The annual event, the only fundraiser for the volunteer firefighters, has traditionally been held at Bobber’s but moved to the station this year.
Firefighter/EMT Mallory Barney, this year’s event Chairperson, said the ever-increasing call volume was a factor in moving the event.

School board candidates speak

TIFFIN– Five out of six candidates for three seats on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Board of Directors participated in a candidates’ forum held Wednesday, Aug. 9. Current Board members Bob Broghammer (District No. 2) and Eileen Schmidt (At-Large) are running for re-election against Scott Rohret, Kathy Swenka and Shawn Zierke. Nikki Knapp, who was unable to attend, is running for the District No. 4 seat being vacated by Jim Seelman.

Trojans hope for Dome return

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s Trojans made school history last year with the first state football championship bid since 1999. Unfortunately for West, they faced the three-time defending champions from West Des Moines Dowling, who beat the Trojans 23-10 in the championship game at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls. Devontae Lane told Traevis Buchanan at the time, “Remember how this feels. You don’t want to feel this again next year.”
It’s next year.

Lightning XC will flash alongside WaMaC and MVC varsity competition

Thinking big from the start

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High is a brand new school with new athletic programs, including boys cross country. However, newness does not translate into timidity or uncertainty, but rather a challenge for the first teams to make their mark.
Josh Hildebrand, head coach for Liberty’s boys cross country team, quickly pointed out his squad has absolutely no varsity experience, yet the Lightning will flash alongside WaMaC and MVC schools in varsity competition this season.
And, Hildebrand notes, they won’t just be out on the course marking time.

A new chapter for Lightning volleyball

NORTH LIBERTY– The Lightning are back on the volleyball court. Last year, Whitney Lang led a dozen Iowa City West High freshmen as Liberty High’s first volleyball team. The freshmen were attending West while waiting for Liberty to be completed and will be sophomores in the new high school this fall. The Lightning were fourth in the CRANDIC League standings at the mid-point of the season against Cedar Rapids and Iowa City squads such as Prairie, Washington, West High, City High and Jefferson.