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Chris Umscheid

Cedar Ridge growing again

Winery and distillery continues to expand in many ways

SWISHER– The doors to Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery opened to the public on Black Friday in 2010, and owner Jeff Quint said, “We’ve been busy ever since.”
What started out as a small winery has grown to include the state’s oldest distillery and the first to make bourbon in Iowa since the days of Prohibition, an events center and separate production facility, and– soon– a private room for small gatherings and a storage and distribution warehouse.

New calculations may change facilities recommendations for CCA

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District fielded a Facilities Planning Committee earlier this year charged with providing guidance to the school board of directors forecasting facilities needs for the foreseeable future. The committee, facilitated by RSP & Associates, an educational planning consulting firm retained by the district for periodic enrollment forecasts, gave their final recommendation to the Board in September.

Trojans roll over Warriors in first state semifinal since 2002

Dome, sweet Dome

CEDAR FALLS– The fans’ shirts read, “There’s No Place Like Dome” Friday, Nov. 11, as the Iowa City West High Trojans took on the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors in a Class 4A state semifinal football game.
After a convincing 35-7 win for the Trojans, the UNI-Dome may well become “Dome, Sweet Dome” as they return to Cedar Falls on Friday, Nov. 18, to take on West Des Moines Dowling for the championship.

An unfortunate three-peat

Women of Troy fall 3-1 at state volleyball in quarterfinal round

CEDAR RAPIDS– A pair of “three-peats” marked Iowa City West High’s appearance in the 2016 State Volleyball Tournament Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the U.S. Cellular Center, in Cedar Rapids. It was the third consecutive appearance for the Women of Troy, and sadly, the third consecutive year eliminated in the first (quarterfinal) round. The Jaguars of Ankeny Centennial knocked West High out of the Class 5A championship hunt, 3-1 (26-24, 16-25, 14-25, 23-25).

A weekend for heroes

Solon Legion helps veterans gather to hunt and to heal

LAKE MACBRIDE– Nine disabled veterans spent three days bow hunting deer last month in the Sugar Bottom Campground and Coralville Lake area thanks to an extensive cooperative effort. It was the second such hunt, with the first being a shotgun deer hunt last year.

Women of Troy bite the Bulldogs

Iowa City West wins, 3-2, over Bettendorf and returns to state volleyball tournament

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy overcame the Bettendorf Bulldogs’ tricks for a sweet treat on Halloween, as they pulled off a 3-2 win in a Class 5A regional volleyball final and advanced to the 2016 state tournament for the third consecutive year.

Iowa City West upsets Bettendorf

Trojans live to fight another day with 24-17 win in first round of 4A playoffs

BETTENDORF– They puzzled the pundits and baffled the Bulldogs as Iowa City West High’s 10th-ranked Trojans pulled off a 24-17 upset over No. 5 Bettendorf Friday, Oct. 28, in the Bulldogs’ kennel to survive the first round of the Class 4A football playoffs.
Bettendorf has often been a wrench in the gears of the Trojan football juggernaut, having knocked West out of championship contention in 2011 with a 45-13 pounding, and again in 2013 (27-24) as well as during the regular season in 2014 and 2015.

Women of Troy sweep the Muskies and dominate the Bulldogs

Iowa City West advances to state volleyball

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy had little trouble with the Muskies of Muscatine in a Class 5A regional semifinal volleyball match Tuesday, Oct. 25, at West High, sweeping the visitors, 3-0. West took the first and second sets, 25-11, and finished the match with a 25-12 final in the third set. They advanced to the Region 6 Final Monday, Oct. 31, at West High against Bettendorf, who beat West in late August in tournament play, 2-1, and brought a 20-11 record into the final.

A win, but no playoffs for the Clippers

CCA rolls Central DeWitt 42-6 in season finale

TIFFIN– The 2016 varsity football season is over for the Clear Creek Amana Clippers. After a 42-6 win Friday, Oct. 21, at home over Central Clinton-DeWitt, the Clippers had an outside chance at a playoff berth. A few hours later, the Iowa High School Athletic Association released the list of qualifiers, and the Creek Boys were not on it.

Lions chew on O-Bolts in season ender

Linn-Mar defeats Liberty High freshmen, 37-8

IOWA CITY– The first chapter in the story of the Liberty High Lightning Bolts’ Original or O-Bolts football team ended on a sour note. The Linn-Mar Lions devoured the Bolts, 37-8, in the final game of the freshman season Thursday, Oct. 20, at Iowa City West High.

Construction continues at Clear Creek Amana

CCA’s construction manager updates projects

OXFORD– Work continues on three construction projects in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District.
Voters in the district approved a $48 million bond issue in 2014, which built Tiffin Elementary, added onto the middle school in Tiffin and is currently helping to renovate the original part of the middle school and adding onto the high school. District Construction Manager Ray Willoughby presented an update on the projects to the district’s school board of directors Monday, Sept. 19, during the regular monthly meeting at Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.

Trojans roll over Lions

Iowa City West crushes Linn-Mar, 50-7

MARION– The Iowa City West High Trojans improved their chances of a playoff berth Friday, Oct. 14, with a 50-7 pounding of the Linn-Mar Lions in Marion. The win improved West’s overall record to 6-2 and 3-1 in Class 4A District 8 behind Cedar Rapids Kennedy (5-3/3-1) and presumptive district champion Cedar Rapids Prairie (7-1/4-0).
Trojan defense kept the Lions caged on their end of the field throughout the first half, denying Linn-Mar the chance to cross the 50-yard line offensively until the final minute of the half.