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Chris Umscheid

Trojans no trouble for Clipper boys

CCA 59, South Tama 39

TIFFIN– A 20-point first quarter gave the Clear Creek Amana Clippers clear sailing to a WaMaC conference win Friday, Dec. 18, at home as the South Tama Trojans were sunk, 59-39. Cal Miller and Jake Neubauer each sank a 3-pointer in the first period, with Miller also scoring on a steal and easy layup. Late in the period, Evan Downes swiped the ball and took off down court for two of his eight points.

Dolfi Kalm wins volleyball gold medals

Even at age 74, volleyball dreams do come true

LISBON– The year 2015 has been a year of dreams coming true for Lisbon’s Dolfi Kalm, formerly of Solon. Kalm won a pair of gold medals in national volleyball championships in Detroit and Minneapolis. However, the road to those championships was far longer than the several hours spent driving the highways.
A native of Maynard, Kalm started his teaching career in Atkinson, Neb., moved to Oklahoma to teach and moved back to Nebraska for three years, ahead of taking a principal position in Gladbrook.

The Doctors are in (Tiffin)

Pet Health Center of Tiffin is open and ready to care for your furry folks

TIFFIN— Pets are often more than just furry or feathered friends; to many, they’re family.
For decades people took their pets to the Oxford Veterinary Clinic in Oxford, where veterinarians such as Dr. Bill Rugger, Dr. Kristi Anderson, Dr. Jonelle Hankner, Dr. Susan Kula (Jacobson) and Dr. Nicole Kogan cared for a variety of creatures, both large and small. The Oxford clinic is now history, replaced by a new, state-of-the-art facility on the west side of Tiffin.

Rough sailing for Clipper girls

CCA girls 62, Benton 52

TIFFIN– A career-high 25-point effort from Natalia Turner wasn’t enough to pull the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers ahead of Benton Community in a WaMaC varsity contest Tuesday, Dec. 8, in Tiffin. The Clippers fell, 62-52, their third consecutive loss.
Mount Vernon sank the Clippers, 63-55, on Friday, Dec. 4, and Iowa City Regina swamped them, 66-34, on Saturday, Dec. 5. With the losses, the Creek Girls dropped to 2-3 overall after season-opening wins over Anamosa and Dyersville Beckman Catholic.

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.