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North Liberty Leader

Prime Time League ends 31-year run of summer basketball

NORTH LIBERTY– The Prime Time League has run its course.
Founder and Director of the Prime Time League Randy Larson announced the league will not play this summer.

Help make Back 2 School Bash a success

NORTH LIBERTY– Before school starts again this fall, the City of North Liberty and a group of community partners are working to make sure every kid in the community has what they need to have a good start to the school year. The inaugural Back 2 School Bash will be held on Friday, Aug. 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. in North Liberty’s Penn Meadows Park in North Liberty. This kick-off to the school year provides free school supplies, socks, underwear, toiletries, shoes, haircuts and more to kids accompanied by an adult.

North Liberty Community Pantry’s 6th annual Turkey Trot July 14

NORTH LIBERTY— Grab running shoes and join North Liberty Community Pantry on Saturday, July 14, at 9 a.m. for the 6th annual Turkey Trot 10k, 5k and 1 Mile(ish) Event, sponsored by University of Iowa Community Credit Union (UICCU). Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to register for advanced registration at getmeregistered.com/NorthLibertyTurkeyTrot, the race is expected to sell out quickly.

Swisher Legion Auxiliary selects two Prairie girls to attend Girls State

SWISHER– The Swisher American Legion Auxiliary chose two Prairie girls to attend Girls State this month at Drake University.

Trojans sweep J-Hawks

Barnes’ dinger ends game one on Monday, rain delays game two until Saturday

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s varsity Trojans swept Cedar Rapids Jefferson in a two-day doubleheader that started on Monday, June 18, and finished on Saturday, June 23, at West High. West took game one 15-4 in five innings and won the nightcap, which was suspended in the second inning due to weather, 8-7. The game was to be resumed on Tuesday, June 19, but additional rain pushed the conclusion to Saturday.

Bolts compete in Linn-Mar/Alburnett tourney

Liberty softball splits with CPU and defeats Mid-Prairie

ALBURNETT– Liberty High’s varsity softball team competed in Linn-Mar and Alburnett’s tournament, which was originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23.
However, the first day of the tourney was cancelled due to field conditions, leading Liberty on Friday to take on Northeast Goose Lake and Center Point-Urbana (CPU) instead at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids.

Preview: Blues & BBQ 2018

Volunteers needed to support growing summer festival

NORTH LIBERTY– The committee for the 12th annual North Liberty Blues & BBQ has wasted no time getting the word out and recruiting volunteers in anticipation of the one-day festival. At the one-month-out mark, June 14, they held the first pre-party kickoff on the patio of Reds Alehouse, sponsored by Junge Ford North Liberty.

Juggling knives and high-fives

Award-winning circus performer entertains families at North Liberty library

NORTH LIBERTY– Kids of North Liberty can now include knife juggling and a human hamster ball among the performance arts they’ve witnessed at their community library.
On the evening of Thursday, June 14, award-winning juggler and acrobat Laura Ernst entertained an audience of 212 people as part of the North Liberty Community Library’s Summer Reading program. The event took place at the Jones Gym in the North Liberty Community Center.

Spartans sweep the Creek Boys

Solon takes doubleheader, 6-2 and 10-0, from CCA

CEDAR RAPIDS— Soggy field conditions in Tiffin moved the annual non-divisional WaMaC conference baseball double header, between Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Solon, to Mount Mercy University’s turf diamond, in Cedar Rapids, on Thursday, June 14. Solon swept the Clippers, 6-2 and 10-0. Luke Ira set the tone for the Spartans, belting out a solo homerun on the first pitch of game one. Solon jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a two-RBI double by Adam Bock, an RBI single from Zach Wegmann and a run scored on a passed ball.

Lady Spartans split with Creek Girls

CCA wins JV game, 9-5; Solon takes varsity, 5-1

SOLON— The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers and the Solon Lady Spartans met on the softball diamond Wednesday, June 13, in Solon, for a pair of non-divisional rivalry games.The Clipper JV squad defeated Solon, 9-5, thanks in part to a home run in the top of the fourth inning by Lillie Haman. Haman’s solo shot put the Creek Girls ahead, 8-2.

North Liberty dog park

City to purchase land on east side of town

NORTH LIBERTY– On Tuesday, June 12, the North Liberty City Council approved the purchase of land for a dog park. The plan is to reallocate $225,000 in trail lighting funds from the FY18 budget. A purchase agreement could be considered as early as June 26.

The big first

Liberty High holds first graduation ceremony

NORTH LIBERTY– One year ago, forty juniors made the decision to leave schools they’d already spent three years in, and spend their senior year in brand new Liberty High School in North Liberty. While freshmen and sophomores in the new attendance area were assigned to the new school, juniors and seniors had the option of staying put or transferring. On Saturday, May 26, those students were presented the first diplomas from the new school in the first graduation event, which was held in the auditorium.