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Chris Umscheid

CP-U Stormin’ Pointers overtake Clipper boys

CCA boys 55, Center Point-Urbana 72

TIFFIN– Four Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers scored in double digits Friday, Dec. 11, as the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CPU) visited for a night of WaMaC conference basketball, but the Creek Boys still found themselves on the wrong side of a 72-55 final score.
Evan Downes, a senior, led the Clippers with 13 points and was backed up by fellow seniors Cal Miller, Aaron Akers and Jake Neubauer. Miller and Akers put up 11 points each while Neubauer had a 10-point night.

CCA details timelines for next three projects

OXFORD– The end is in sight for completion of a two-story addition to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) middle school in Tiffin.
District Construction Manager Ray Willoughby and Shive-Hattery’s Keith Johnk both told the school board they were optimistic the chronically-delayed project would finally be completed during winter break.
Willoughby gave the board a construction update during their regular monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 16, at Clear Creek Elementary.

Trojans outlast Mount Vernon Mustangs

West opens with 63-42 win over determined Mount Vernon squad

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans opened the 2015-2016 season with a visit from the WaMaC conference’s Class 3A Mount Vernon Mustangs. One could presume a meeting of a Class 4A powerhouse would have little trouble with a smaller program, but the Mustangs showed they could run with the big school as they largely kept pace with a West High squad that wasn’t quite hitting on all cylinders.
The Trojans led 13-9 after the first period and 33-19 at the half, but the Mustangs narrowed the gap to a seven-point deficit going into the final period.

Women of Troy dominate Prairie, Hempstead

IC West girls move to 3-0

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy improved to 3-0 with wins over Cedar Rapids Prairie and Dubuque Hempstead.
West took an early lead at home against Prairie on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and quickly left the Prairie Hawks behind, taking a 12-3 advantage after the first period and a 24-9 halftime lead.
Rachel Saunders accounted for half of those points and went on to lead all scorers with 19 points.
SCORING: R. Saunders 19, E. Koch 9, A. Tauchen 9, L. Cook 8, M. Huinker 7, M. Fay 3, K. McGrane 3, L. Zacharias 2.
3-POINT GOALS: Saunders 3, Fay 1, McGrane 1, Huinker 1, Koch 1.

Blake Williams returns to lead Solon wrestling

Homecoming

SOLON– He’s the “new, but the old” coach.
Blake Williams, who coached the Solon Spartan varsity wrestling program from 1999 to 2003, is back as the head coach, replacing T.J. Bevans. Williams returns to the Spartan wrestling room after leading the Prairie Hawks of Cedar Rapids Prairie for 12 years. For Williams it was a difficult, but ultimately easy, decision to make.
“It went really well (at Prairie),” said Williams. “I had everything I could ask for, at that time.”

Clipper girls battle, rattle Anamosa Raiders

CCA opens with 52-31 win

TIFFIN– They got off to a slow start but, once they found their sea legs, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls went full steam ahead to sink the Anamosa Raiders 52-31 Tuesday, Nov. 24, at home in their season opener.
The Raiders took a 5-0 lead largely from success at the charity stripe. Abbi Kinnaird put the Clippers on the scoreboard with about three minutes remaining in the first period. Erin Navara made it a one-point ball game by scoring on a put-back and Kinnaird sank two from the free throw line to tie the game at seven-all at the end of the quarter.

CCA swimmer Hruby signs letter of intent with Northwestern

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) swimmer Emma Hruby signed a letter of intent to swim for Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., during a signing ceremony Monday, Nov. 16, at the high school.

A tremendous responsibility

North Liberty Library’s veteran appreciation day reminds us of the demands of military service

NORTH LIBERTY — He was 24 years old and holding a lead container filled with the ingredients of an atomic bomb.
Joe Segreti didn’t think anything of it at the time. It was just a part of his job.
Segreti, an Iowa City resident and patron of the North Liberty Community Library, said he was among the lucky ones in World War II.

“Better than a dream”

Solon’s Ginkens goes Hollywood and finds “Western Religion”

SOLON– It’s easy to call Solon’s Bill Ginkens a Renaissance man. He’s been a photographer, painter, musician, horseman and short-order cook at the former Reggie’s Weenies in downtown Solon. Now, he adds actor to his list of accomplishments.
Ginkens landed a role in the independent movie Western Religion, written and produced by James O’Brien, without even trying.

Signs of progress

CCA construction projects moving along

OXFORD— Finally, the end may be in sight for the delay-plagued addition to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) middle school in Tiffin. The $15 million addition should have been completed in August and available for use this fall, ahead of a renovation project in the older sections of the building.

Bettendorf sweep Women of Troy 3-0

Women of Troy face relentless Bulldogs

CEDAR RAPIDS– Their nickname is the Bulldogs, and the Iowa City West High Women of Troy found out how tenacious, tough and relentless Bulldogs can be as Bettendorf swept them 3-0 in a Class 5A State Volleyball Tournament quarterfinal match Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.
“I told the girls they’re a relentless team,” West coach Randy Dolson said after the match. “No matter what we hit at them, or served at them… they were in-system most of the afternoon. They hit extremely hard and put the pressure on us… and kept us out of system more.”

Women of Troy to state tournament

Women of Troy Sweep Lions 3-0 in regional final

MARION– The West High Women of Troy avenged a pair of regular season losses to the Linn-Mar Lions with a 3-0 sweep Tuesday, Nov. 3, in a Class 5A regional final match, and earned their second consecutive state tournament appearance.