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Chris Umscheid

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.

Plan X

Clear Creek Amana Middle School adapts to space challenges

TIFFIN— At Clear Creek Amana (CCA) middle school, dealing with continued delays in the construction of a much-needed addition has caused the school district’s initial backup plan to give way to several subsequent contingency plans, said Principal Brad Fox.

Women of Troy to regional final

Third win over City moves West one match away from state

IOWA CITY– Once again, the West High Women of Troy proved conventional wisdom doesn’t count for much, as they showed it is possible to beat a quality team three times in one season. The myth busting occurred Thursday, Oct. 29, as West High faced rival City High in a Class 5A regional semifinal match at West, and won, 3-1. The teams first met on Sept. 8, at West, for the annual “Battle for the Spike,” which the Women of Troy took, 3-2. The rivals faced each other again, later that month, in the Dubuque Invitational with West winning, 2-0.

Cardinals fly away with Clippers’ football hopes

CCA falls, 13-7, in Class 3A playoffs

MAQUOKETA– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football season came to an end Wednesday, Oct. 28, as the Maquoketa Cardinals knocked them out of the Class 3A playoffs with a 13-7 loss on a cold and windy night in Maquoketa.

CCA volleyball season ends with loss in Marion

Creek Girls dump the Demons, fall to the Indians

MARION– The season ended for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team as the Marion Indians sank the Clippers, 3-1, in a Class 4A regional semifinal match Thursday, Oct. 29, in Marion.
The Clippers opened the postseason with a 3-0 win over the Washington Demons at home, in Tiffin, on Monday, Oct. 26, in a quarterfinal round match up. Alyssa Weldon led the Clippers with a dozen kills as the Creek Girls met little resistance with 25-13, 25-8 and 25-12 set wins.

Clippers trounce Trojans on Senior Night

Clear Creek Amana 41, Fairfield 14, in season finale

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers put on what was likely their best performance of the season as they trounced the Trojans of Fairfield, 41-14, Friday, Oct. 23, at home on Senior Night, the last regular season game ahead of the playoffs.
“I think it is (our best game of the season),” coach Matt Hughes said. “I mean, offensively, defensively, special teams… it was pretty much a complete game.”
The exceptions were two early drives by the Trojans resulting in their 14 points. After that, it was all CCA.

West plucks Prairie Hawks, 3-2 to end regular season

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy closed out the regular season Tuesday, Oct. 20, with a 3-2 win over Cedar Rapids Prairie in the Prairie Hawks’ nest. It was a hard-fought win, with West taking the first set, 25-22, stumbling in the second for a 25-17 loss, bouncing back to take the third set, 25-16, and back-sliding in the fourth with a 25-18 loss before taking the fifth and final set, 15-12.
Emma Norris led the attack with a dozen kills, backed up by Colby Greene’s 10.

Smooth sailing for new Clear Creek Amana school

Tiffin Elementary launches its inaugural year

TIFFIN— It’s anchors aweigh for Tiffin Elementary, the newest building in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District. The approximately $14 million structure was constructed as part of a $48 million bond issue voters approved in February of last year. Other projects included in the bond were an addition to the middle school, which is still under construction, and a high school addition slated for construction in the spring. A groundbreaking ceremony was held three months after the bond was approved, and site work commenced almost immediately at the corner of Highway 6 and Jasper Avenue.

Clippers vanquish Vikings on the gridiron

CCA 27, Vinton-Shellsburg 7

VINTON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football Clippers improved to 4-4 on the season with a non-district win on the road in Vinton Friday, Oct. 16. The Clippers raided the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings and took a 27-7 victory from their WaMaC foes, dropping the Vikings to 2-6 overall.
The Vikings scored on their first drive of the game after receiving the opening kickoff and put the Clippers in a 7-0 deficit.

Honor, bravery and appreciation

Local fabricator says “thank you” in a big way

SOLON— There are many traditions in the fire service, including the Maltese Cross, the time-honored symbol of firefighters. The Maltese Cross is considered a badge of honor and a symbol of protection displayed by American firefighters.
In Solon, it’s also a sign of gratitude and appreciation.
Bill Frees, owner of Newport Fab and Machine, Inc., recently fabricated and donated a Maltese Cross emblem to the Solon Fire Department.

There to help

Rural Health and Safety Clinic faces many challenges

HILLS– President Ronald Reagan is quoted as saying, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”
For four years, Roger Stutsman and Kelley Donham have been trying to convince farmers they are not from the government, and they truly are there to help.