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Story Time Yoga

Library brings yoga into Saturday story time

NORTH LIBERTY– Yoga is known for its physical, mental and spiritual benefits. It can increase strength, facilitate flexibility and reduce stress.
At the North Liberty Community Library, it is also helping kids get more out of books read at story time.
Youth and Teen Services Librarian Melanie Harrison and Circulation Library Emily O’Sheridan-Tabor came across the idea when attending a library conference last fall.

Clippers for the cure

TIFFIN– When Jami Tandy was diagnosed with breast cancer, she immediately received loads of support.
Her co-workers at South Slope Cooperative Communications and many friends began wearing Team Tandy buttons, complete with the requisite pink ribbon. Calls and cards and expressions of concern came pouring in. Prayers were said on her behalf.
But a completely unexpected show of solidarity came from Jami’s son and his basketball team, when they bounded onto the court sporting shaved heads and bright pink socks.

Three in a row, way to go!

DES MOINES– In 1952, the Davenport High School’s boys’ basketball team won their third consecutive state tournament championship. In 1984, the Royals of Cedar Rapids Regis achieved the “three-peat.” No other team has done that since.
Until last week, when Bergie’s Boys rolled into “The Well.”

Digital era helps Solon students show artwork globally

Lakeview art presented to the world with online museum Artsonia

https://www.artsonia.com/schools/school.asp?id=56226

Family Science Night

Sisters Ava and Grace Hatch work together as they prepare to make a soda can implode at Penn Elementary during the PTO-sponsored Family Science Night Feb. 21. The experiment was a demonstration of the reactions when heat and cold are applied to water inside a container. The hands-on display manned by students in the University of Iowa’s Science Education program was just one of the many stations children and families could visit to learn more about scientific principles from all realms of science. For more photos of the event, see page A10. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Trojans ready for championship three-peat

West runs over City 74-50 for fourth state tourney trip

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

CEDAR RAPIDS– It was a good night to be a West High Trojan, especially if your name was Nick Gallagher. The senior was second in scoring with 19 points and second only to teammate Wyatt Lohaus (22 points) as the Trojans ran over rival City High 74-50 Tuesday, March 4, in a substate final at Cedar Rapids Prairie.
“He (Gallagher) probably wasn’t at the top of their scouting sheet,” West coach Steve Bergman said with a laugh after the game.

Bobcats take title from Spartans

Solon sends Benton Community to free throw line 43 times in 72-63 loss

CEDAR RAPIDS– Two statistics say a lot about Solon’s showdown with Benton Community for the District 10 title Feb. 27.
The Spartans were called for 30 fouls, Benton Community 11.
And the Bobcats went to the free throw line 43 times, compared to 12 attempts for Solon.
That 27-6 advantage in points at the charity stripe went a long way in Solon’s 72-63 loss at Cedar Rapids Prairie.
“We just fouled too much,” said head coach Brand Randall.
The defeat not only ended the season for Solon’s boys, but also marked the final game for seven seniors and long-time basketball coach Randall.

Wise about birds

Mike Havlik of the Y-Camp wildlife experience in Boone holds a live barred owl as part of his presentation on the behavior of owls and other birds of prey during he Eagle Watch and Expo in North Liberty Saturday, Feb. 8.This owl is missing an eye, after being injured on a roadway and rescued by Y Camp staff. Owls aren’t exactly as wise as legend would have it, Havlik said, because their huge eyes take up a large portion of their skull cavities. This and other interesting facts about birds of prey were shared by bird and wildlife experts with expo visitors throughout the day.

Trojans cruise to substate final

CR Prairie no problem; West wins, 63-21

IOWA CITY– The Little Hawks of City High will get a third shot at their crosstown rivals, the Trojans of West High, for the right to compete in the Class 4A state basketball tournament.
The teams will meet Tuesday, March 4, in Cedar Rapids thanks to City disposing of Newton 64-50, while West wiped out Cedar Rapids Prairie 63-21 Friday, Feb. 28, in substate semifinal games. The Trojans have defeated the Little Hawks twice this season, 70-34 and 73-41.
Likewise, the Trojans schooled the Prairie Hawks in the art and science of basketball 87-40 back in January.

Dance, Dance, Dance

UI Dance Marathon raises record-breaking $1.8 million

IOWA CITY– The University of Iowa Dance Marathon Feb. 7 raised $1,801,032.20– $300,000 more than last year and the largest amount in the event’s history.
“Every day is a great day to be a Hawkeye, but today is especially a great day… a big win over Michigan and an amazing Dance Marathon toteboard,” UI Dean of Students David Grady said in a congratulatory note to the event’s organizers.

Champion

Lance Evans caps an undefeated season with Solon’s third state wrestling title

Lance Evans is a champion.

The Solon senior won the Class 2A 220-pound title at the Iowa high school wrestling tournament over the weekend.
He became the third Solon wrestler to do so, joining Randy Beranek and Cody Kroul, according to Solon Activities Director Keith McSweeney.
And he did it without a single loss, completing the season 31-0.
“It is very impressive to go through the entire year undefeated,” said Solon wrestling head coach Brooks McLaren. “In the last two years, he has only lost two high school matches.”

They’reAtEllen

Solon grad has the experience of a lifetime

Paige (Hingtgen) Prior and her husband win tickets to see The Ellen DeGeneres Show

SOLON – Most people never see their favorite television celebrities up close. This isn’t the case for 2009 Solon graduate and former North Liberty resident, Paige (Hingtgen) Prior, and her husband, Christopher, who visited a taping of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this past December.