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Chris Umscheid

Clippers sweep W. Delaware on home turf

CCA girls wins 7-0 and boys 5-0 in soccer doubleheader

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity soccer teams swept the visiting Hawks of West Delaware in a girls-boys doubleheader Tuesday, April 12, on the home turf.
Matt Harding’s girls improved to 4-0 with the 7-0 shelling of the Hawks in the opener, while Tim Benson’s boys upped their record to 2-1 with a 5-0 win in the nightcap.

A passion for wrestling

Hayden Taylor is making a name for himself on the mats

SOLON– Hayden Taylor lives for wrestling.
For six years, it’s been his passion and he’s got five state titles and numerous other awards to show for it.
Hayden, a sixth-grader in Solon, was introduced to the world of wrestling at the age of 6 when his dad, Jason Taylor, asked if he was interested in wrestling and said he could hang out at Spartan (varsity) practice as long as he didn’t get in trouble grade-wise with his school work.

Spartans take 2-OT shoot-out thriller

Solon defeats CCA Clippers 2-1 after 15 penalty kicks

TIFFIN– The Solon Spartans and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers met in boys varsity soccer action Thursday, April 7, on the Clippers’ turf with a stiff wind out of the north. Solon came into the contest with a 4-0 record with wins over Iowa Mennonite, Mediapolis, Wapello and Bellevue-Marquette Catholic, while the Clippers were basking in the glory of their season-opening win over Mid-Prairie two days earlier.
After two overtime periods and 15 Penalty Kicks (PK), Solon improved to 5-0, while the Creek Boys felt the sting of their first loss of the season.

CCA’s Reagan Boeset receives 2016 STEM Teacher Award

One of the best in the state

TIFFIN— In March of 2014, Joe Greathouse, an assistant professor in the construction management program at Kirkwood Community College, introduced the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board to the idea of an innovative educational experience for high school students in the Architectural, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Academy. He proposed students, under the tutelage of seasoned professionals, design and build a facility dedicated to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) on the CCA campus.

Spartans edge out Creek Boys

2-1 match settled with Penalty Kicks

TIFFIN— The Solon Spartans and Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers met in boys varsity soccer action Thursday, April 7, on the Clippers’ turf with a stiff wind out of the north. Solon came into the contest with a 4-0 record with wins over Iowa Mennonite, Mediapolis, Wapello and Bellevue-Marquette Catholic, while the Clippers were basking in the glory of their season-opening win over Mid-Prairie two days earlier.
After two overtime periods and 15 Penalty Kicks (PK), Solon improved to 5-0, while the Creek Boys felt the sting of their first loss of the season.

West High defeats CR Jefferson, 3-0

Women of Troy open with exhibition in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS— The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union released the 2016 preseason high school soccer rankings on Monday, April 4, with the West High Women of Troy at the top of Class 3A. West posted a 19-2 record last season on their way to the 3A Championship.
Later Monday afternoon, West faced Cedar Rapids Jefferson in an exhibition match, at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids, and won 3-0 in 40 minutes of play.

Better, but not great

CCA Superintendent discusses likely budget scenario

TIFFIN— Iowa’s legislative body, consisting of the Democrat-controlled Senate and the Republican-led House of Representatives, reached a compromise in the amount of State Supplemental Aid for the state’s school districts for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. While Governor Terry Branstad wanted a 2.45 percent increase over last year’s amount, the House called for two percent and the Senate wanted four percent

Clippers run with the Tigers in Tipton

Tener and Barker dominate the 3,200 and 3,000-meter races

TIPTON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers track and field teams opened the outdoor portion of the 2016 season with an appearance in Tipton’s Early Bird Co-ed Meet on Tuesday, March 29.
The Creek Girls were sixth in team points with 27 behind Solon, North Cedar, the host Tigers, Dyersville Beckman and West Branch, while the boys were seventh with 38 points behind Mount Vernon, Anamosa, West Branch, Solon, Iowa City Regina and Cascade.

Trojans go 3-0 in home soccer Classic

IOWA CITY– Sustained winds in the 30-40 mph range– with gusts up to 50– coupled with temperatures in the 40s iced various varsity girls’ track meets Saturday, April 2, but on the soccer pitch at West High, it was business as usual. The West High Trojans hosted their Trojan Classic on Friday and Saturday with City High, Pleasant Valley, Ankeny, Cedar Rapids Washington, Linn-Mar, Muscatine and West Des Moines Dowling Catholic participating.

CCA set to start final project (for now)

$7.782 million bid accepted for high school expansion

TIFFIN– The final construction project authorized by a $48 million bond issue approved by voters in 2014 will start soon at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School in Tiffin.
At its March 22 meeting, the district CCA Board of Directors approved a $7,782,500 bid from Dubuque-based Portzen Construction Inc. for two additions to the seven-year-old school.

Trojans second at John Ask Relays

Ali wins 3,200 run

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Trojans were the runner-up team Saturday, March 26, at the 57th John Ask Relays hosted by Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Kingston Stadium. Cedar Rapids Kennedy won the meet with 125 points, followed by West High with 93. Cedar Rapids Prairie, Bettendorf, Linn-Mar, Cedar Rapids Washington and the host J-Hawks rounded out the field.

Runner-up, again

6th consecutive year at state tournament yields another second-place finish for West

DES MOINES– If there was an underlying theme to the Iowa City West High boys’ 2016 Class 4A State Basketball Tournament experience, it had to be, “We needed to play better.”
The West High Trojans, in their sixth-consecutive state tournament appearance, knocked off Des Moines Hoover in the first round and Cedar Falls in the semifinals before falling 46-39 to West Des Moines Valley in the championship.