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Chris Umscheid

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.

New era for CCA Track and Field

Robison takes over boys’ program, sees opportunities

TIFFIN– After 10 years leading the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys track and field program, coach Tony Brack resigned last year, and his three-year assistant, Ben Robison, took the helm of both the boys cross country and track programs.
Robison is assisted by Karl Vogel, Jackson Litterer, Ronnie Hughes and Matt Hoch and inherits a squad with two returning state qualifiers in the form of Eric Douglass (1,600 and 3,200-meter runs) and Derek Toy (400-meter hurdles). Douglass is a senior while Toy is a junior.

Jail 3.0

New technology upgrades keep county jail functioning

IOWA CITY— It’s the same old jail, but with a high-tech difference after a major technological upgrade.
After voters in Johnson County repeatedly defeated bond referendums that would have replaced the County Jail, the County Board of Supervisors took action in October 2014 to extend the life of the existing facility.

Coach Ottoson bids farewell

Xavier Saints bring down the curtain on CCA’s season;

CEDAR RAPIDS– When the final horn sounded Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Cedar Rapids Prairie High School gym, the Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints walked off the basketball court as the Class 3A District 9 Champions. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers walked off the floor with their season over.
Their coach, Steve Ottoson, walked off the court for the final time as a 40-year career (with 21 at the helm of the CCA program) came to its end.
Xavier (15-8 overall) took the contest, 53-42, and advanced to the 3A Sub-State No. 5 Final Monday, Feb. 29, at Iowa City West against Mount Pleasant (18-5).

IC West Trojans roll over Jefferson J-Hawks

IC West dumps CR Jefferson 73-48 in substate semifinal

IOWA CITY– The West High boys’ basketball juggernaut rolled over the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson Friday, Feb. 26, in Iowa City with a 73-48 victory, which set up a rematch with rival City High for the Class 4A Substate No. 6 championship and a trip to the state basketball tournament.

Tight budgets put spotlight on unpaid school fees

OXFORD — It’s a question of fairness.
That’s how at least one member of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board of directors feels about outstanding student debt.
During the board’s January meeting in Oxford, CCA Superintendent Tim Kuehl spoke to the board about the problem of students generating bills (from enrollment fees to activity participation fees) and leaving them unpaid when they graduate.
Kuehl prefaced the discussion by saying he was not seeking board action but wanted to hear their thoughts and suggestions.

Victory just out of reach for CCA Clipper girls

End season with 44-35 loss

TIFFIN– Coach P.J. Sweeney was baffled. He’d watched every bit of video he could find on the Clinton River Queens and scouted them. He thought he’d cooked up a plan to get the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers through their Class 4A quarterfinal round game against the Clinton River Queens.
But after 32 minutes of basketball and a 44-35 loss, Sweeney and company were performing an autopsy to determine what had gone wrong.