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Chris Umscheid

Bolts shock Mustangs

Liberty survives foul trouble to defeat Independence, 54-43

NORTH LIBERTY– The Lightning of Liberty High flashed triumphantly Saturday, Feb. 10, with a 54-43 upset varsity boys basketball win over the visiting Mustangs of Independence. It was the third-straight win for the “Bolts” with wins over Washington (Iowa) and Wapsie Valley preceding. Independence (Indee) dipped to 14-8 with a three-game winning streak snapped by the Bolts. Indee had disposed of Clear Creek Amana, Williamsburg and Dyersville Beckman Catholic (by one point).

Striking the rewards

NL’s Metzler bowls his 27th 300-game

CEDAR RAPIDS– Dave Metzler has a life-long passion for bowling, and his dedication to the sport, and his skill, brought him many rewards the past 45 years.

New look for Clippers’ homeport

CCA’s stadium to receive new turf and additional seats

TIFFIN– When Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School football players score a home field touchdown this season, they’ll do it surrounded by “Clipper Blue” thanks to a full field makeover project.

Lightning sweeps home doubleheader

Knock off W. Delaware and Wapsie Valley

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity basketball squads swept a doubleheader Saturday, Feb. 3, at home with a pair of late-season wins.
The Lightning girls snapped a seven-game losing streak as they defeated the Hawks of West Delaware, 55-48, while the boys held on for a dramatic 48-46 win over Wapsie Valley.
The Liberty girls started out against West Delaware with a 5-0 lead thanks to a 3-point basket by Cora Saunders and a field goal from Megan Davis. Liberty took the first period 14-11, but trailed 23-20 at halftime.

Raiders slip away from the Creek Girls

Williamsburg pulls away late for 50-45 win over CCA

TIFFIN– The Williamsburg Raiders pulled off a bit of an upset Tuesday, Jan. 30, as they defeated the Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) in girls’ varsity basketball at CCA, 50-45.
A 3-point basket by Jordan Neely gave the Creek Girls an early 3-2 lead on their way to an 11-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Karsyn Stratton poured in 15 of CCA’s 27 first-half points on her way to a game-high 28. Andrea Roller drained a 3-point basket in the final minute of the second period and dropped in a two-point basket just ahead of the halftime buzzer. The Clippers led, 27-22, at the break.

A home of their own

Liberty High Bolts to get athletic fields, sooner than later

NORTH LIBERTY– Once winter finally lets go of its grip upon Eastern Iowa and the ground begins to thaw, heavy equipment will begin the process of converting an empty field into an athletic complex at Liberty High School.

Freezin’ for a Reason

Polar Plunge raises bucks for NLPD’s K-9

NORTH LIBERTY– Falco, the North Liberty Police Department’s (NLPD) first K-9, has made a bit of a splash since arriving recently. So much so, 33 people were willing to literally make a splash in the frigid waters of the pond at Centennial Park, and donate $50 each toward his food, on-going training and medical care, to do so.
The event, formally known as the Freezin’ for a Reason Polar Plunge, and informally as “Feed the Beast” was held Sunday, Jan. 28, with temperatures in the 20s and a steady breeze, which only added to the chill.

CCA ends regular wrestling season with losses

Spartans and Sabers spoil Creek Boys’ Senior Night

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School honored its wrestling program seniors Monday, Jan. 22, as part of a quadrangular meet with Solon, Center Point-Urbana (CPU) and Central Clinton, DeWitt.
Jake Neuzil and Tanner Cochran were recognized along with managers Molli Emerson and Madison McCarty. Unfortunately, the Solon Spartans and Central DeWitt Sabers spoiled the celebration with both squads defeating the Clippers.

Repeat loss for Women, historic win for boys

IOWA CITY– History repeated itself and history was made Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Iowa City West High School as the Women of Troy fell to their crosstown rival City High for the second time this season. The Little Hawks defeated the West High girls, 53-40, at City High on Dec. 12 and kept their record perfect, at 16-0, with a 79-70 win in the first half of a varsity doubleheader.

Fine-tuning

Johnson County planners touch up language in the proposed comprehensive plan

IOWA CITY– Johnson County’s first ever, and at times controversial, comprehensive plan is in its final phase of development, and should be in final draft form at the end of the month.
The Johnson County Board of Supervisors held a work session on Thursday, Jan. 18, at the County Administrative Building in Iowa City where board members discussed changes to the current draft plan with Planning, Development and Sustainability (PDS) staff.

CCA nips Benton Community, 73-69

Creek Boys get third win upsetting Benton Bobcats

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys earned their third win of the 2017-18 season in a hard-fought upset against Benton Community Tuesday, Jan. 16, at home. The win improved the Creek Boys’ record to 3-9, while the Bobcats took a dip to 7-6.

CCA girls fall 55-31 to CPU

Pointers take a bite out of the Creek Girls

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls had a rollercoaster week as they cruised past Benton Community 56-23 on Tuesday, Jan. 16, on the road and returned home to face the No. 5 team in Class 4A, the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU) on Friday, Jan. 19. The Pointers bit the Clippers, 55-31, dipping the Creek Girls’ record to 8-6 overall.