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Chris Umscheid

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.

A tough night in the Little Hawks’ nest

City takes both ends of varsity boys, girls doubleheader

IOWA CITY– A shockwave rippled through Iowa City as the City High Little Hawks snapped a 15-game losing streak to their crosstown rivals, the West High Trojans, in the second half of a varsity double-header Friday, Feb. 12.
City High took down the Trojans, 63-53, in the teams’ second meeting of the season. West took the first contest in January, 45-31, at West High.

NLFD: “rhino tough” is enough

NL firefighters to participate in charity stair climb

NORTH LIBERTY— For the fourth year, members of the North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) will participate in the American Lung Association’s “Fight For Air Climb,” a fundraising event.
Ten NLFD firefighters will join their brothers and sisters from across the state, as well as law enforcement officers and the general public in climbing 86 floors and 1,796 stairs in four buildings in downtown Des Moines on Sunday, April 10.

West knocks off CR Jefferson and Xavier

Two nights, two games, two wins for Trojans

IOWA CITY– Two nights, two games and two wins.
That’s how Iowa City West High’s Trojans spent Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and 6.
Bergie’s Boys blasted the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 102-74, in the J-Hawks’ nest on Friday and returned home for a match-up against Cedar Rapids Xavier, which was rescheduled from Tuesday, Feb. 2. The Trojans sullied the Saints, 72-55.

Creek Girls win two in a row

CCA knocks off Williamsburg, Independence in consecutive games

TIFFIN– Put two more wins in the book for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls basketball squad. The Clippers knocked off rival Williamsburg, 51-35, Thursday, Feb. 4, at home and put away the visiting Mustangs of Independence, 44-35, 24 hours later.
Erin Navara led the Creek Girls with 18 points (including three 3-point goals) against Williamsburg, backed up by Be DeShaw’s 12. Claire Navara scored nine (all 3-point goals) in the game, which was a make-up of a weather postponement from Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Heartbreak on Melrose

West’s Women of Troy lose upset bid in overtime

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy came up just a bit short in a bid to pull off a major upset in the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Valley Division Tuesday, Jan. 26. The Cedar Falls Tigers rolled into Iowa City, 14-1 overall and 8-0 in conference play to lead the division, while the Women of Troy were 10-5 and 6-2.

Trojans escape Cougars’ upset bid

IC West boys defeat CR Kennedy, 42-39

IOWA CITY– On paper, it looked like an easy game for the West High Trojans Friday, Jan. 29, as the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars paid a visit in a Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Valley Division showdown. West entered the contest with an 11-3 record overall and an 8-1 record in the conference, while the Cougars were 5-9 and 3-6.

Trojans escape Cougars’ upset bid

IC West boys defeat CR Kennedy, 42-39

IOWA CITY– On paper, it looked like an easy game for the West High Trojans Friday, Jan. 29, as the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars paid a visit in a Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Valley Division showdown. West entered the contest with an 11-3 record overall and an 8-1 record in the conference, while the Cougars were 5-9 and 3-6.

Jo Co Ambulance Service to have new facility by 2017

IOWA CITY– “This is going to be a building we’re definitely going to be proud of,” said Steve Spenler, Director for the Johnson County Ambulance Service (JCAS), as he flipped through architectural plans and renderings for the new ambulance facility.

Creek girls take on big dogs of Center Point Urbana

CPU defeats CCA, 62-35

TIFFIN– Entering the contest, some may have seen the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls basketball team (5-9) going up against 15-0 and No. 2 (Class 3A) Center Point-Urbana (CPU) as something of a suicide mission. Clipper coach P.J. Sweeney chose to look at it from a competitor’s point of view. “It’s a chance to play against one of the top teams.”
While the 62-35 CPU win Friday, Jan. 22, was never in dispute, the Creek Girls came out guns blazing on their home hardwood.