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Chris Umscheid

Another Friday, another blowout

West Trojans dominate East

IOWA CITY– One week after blowing out Cedar Rapids Prairie in a continuous clock-shortened game the West High Trojans rolled over their counterparts from Waterloo East, 73-34, Friday, Feb. 7, at home. It was the second pummeling of East delivered by West this season; the teams met in Waterloo in January with Bergman’s Boys winning 83-40.

Lady Spartans too much for Clipper girls to handle

Solon 65, CCA 49

SOLON– Josie Durr opened last Thursday’s varsity game between the Solon Lady Spartans and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers with a 3-point shot, and went on to lead Solon with 21 points in a 65-49 win.
The Clippers were coming off a 63-40 win Tuesday night on the road at Benton Community while Solon was regrouping from a 43-37 loss at Mount Vernon. However, the Creek Girls quickly found themselves in a hole they spent the rest of the game trying to dig out from.

Taylor wins close mayoral election in Swisher

Just 15 votes separate two candidates Feb. 4

SWISHER– Fifteen votes.
That’s how close the mayoral election was Tuesday, Feb. 4, in this small northwestern Johnson County community as voters decided who would replace Tim Mason as mayor.
Christopher J. Taylor won the special election with 151 of 288 total votes (52 percent) against 136 votes (47 percent) for Randy Hurlbert. The seat was vacated in November when Mason abruptly resigned minutes after City Clerk Connie Meier resigned. Council member Mary Gudenkauf has been acting as mayor pro tempore ever since, albeit reluctantly.

Cougars hand Women of Troy another loss

IOWA CITY– A pair of decisive wins led to a pair of painful losses for the West High Women of Troy. After knocking off Bettendorf 63-35 and Waterloo East 61-18, coach BJ Mayer’s crew fell 60-51 at Valley High School in West Des Moines and struggled against the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars at home.

West boys pound Prairie, 87-40

IOWA CITY– Throughout the season West High coach Steve Bergman has said his team needs to be challenged. His Trojans were a lot of things Friday night (Jan. 31), but challenged was not one of them.
West High came into the Mississippi Valley Conference inter-divisional contest with a 12-2 (8-1) record and a second-place ranking in the Mississippi Division while the Prairie Hawks were 4-10 (2-7) in the Valley Division.
The Trojans plucked and cooked the Prairie Hawks, 87-40.

Fun in any season

Friendly foursome overcomes challenges, brings fun back to Bobbers Grill, Scales Pointe

NORTH LIBERTY– It was an opportunity that hit suddenly, led to a leap of faith, a flurry of activity, and culminated in four friends becoming business partners.
But that’s only the beginning.
When Rick and Marcia Frauenholtz, and Jeff and Mary Dostal purchased Bobbers Grill, and the Scales Pointe Campground, nobody could have foreseen the challenges and rewards to come. As long time campers, they were familiar with the place and many of its patrons. They had watched dishearteningly as its popularity declined.

CCA faces two tough losses in a row

Clipper boys struggle with Maquoketa

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TIFFIN– It’s been a tough season for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers boys’ varsity basketball team with only four wins and (at this writing) nine losses, two of them back-to-back and by 20 points each.
After losing 71-50 to Benton Community on Tuesday, Jan. 21, Steve Ottoson’s Clippers came home for a Friday night tilt with Maquoketa, and found themselves in trouble early before losing, 57-37. The Cardinals improved to 5-9 with the win.

Women of Troy blitz the Bulldogs

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IOWA CITY– Conventional wisdom suggests that when an 8-5 team takes on a 5-7 squad, the lesser-record holding team should have a tough fight on their hands if they have any hope of pulling off an upset.
Conventional wisdom did not take into account what happens when the West High Women of Troy return to the hardwood after a tough loss.

CCA voters face major decision

Feb. 4 ballot will decide how to address district’s space issues

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TIFFIN– Tuesday, Feb. 4, is election day for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District.
Voters will be asked to authorize the district to issue $48 million in general obligation bonds for a number of construction projects including a new elementary school and expansion of the current middle school in Tiffin.

Frustration plagues Clipper girls

Fouls, free throws, turnovers help Beckman sink CCA

TIFFIN– Before Saturday night’s varsity match between the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers and the Dyersville Beckman Blazers, Clipper coach Matt Haas said he thought having the previous night off (the CCA-Western Dubuque game was postponed due to icy roads) would benefit his team.
After the 45-40 loss to the Blazers, a frustrated and upset Haas summed up the game.

Adjustments for (almost) all of God’s creatures

Dr. Helen Beck, one of a growing number of animal chiropractors

RURAL SOLON– As you pull into the driveway of Jake and Helen Beck’s home, a pair of horses trot over to the fence to look you over.
It’s no surprise the equines are there. Horses have been a large part of Helen’s life, and now they make up most of her veterinary practice.
Helen Beck, DVM, provides veterinary care, primarily to horses. She’s also one of a growing number of animal chiropractors providing adjustments to traditional family pets such as dogs and cats, with the background and knowledge to care for almost any of God’s creatures, great or small.

Clippers pick up a win from Vinton-Shellsburg

TIFFIN– Nile Rourke summed it up very succinctly.
“It feels good to start the New Year off right.”
The junior was talking about his Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ 55-44 win Thursday night (Jan. 2) at home against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings. The win improved the squad’s record to 3-5 and took away some of the sting of a pre-Christmas loss to West Branch. “It was good to be in control and to keep it for the whole game. We’ve had trouble finishing games, so it’s about time we played a full game and finished and won a game,” Rourke said.