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Parade at the Promenade

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– What better place to host a parade than North Liberty’s only official promenade?
Stonebridge Promenade, home of Blink Vision and several other commercial enterprises, was the setting for the fourth annual Halloween parade Oct. 30. Children from Montessori Children’s Garden in North Liberty were invited to don their costumes and trick-or-treat at each businesses’ storefront, and walk through the not-too-scary haunted hallway decorated by Intelec’s Scott Shephard.

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.”

Parker named girls Coach of the Year

West athletes earn MVC All-Division cross country honors

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IOWA CITY– The 2015 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division cross country selections were released on Sunday, Oct. 25, with several Iowa City West High athletes named to spots on the Valley Division First Team, Second Team, Honorable Mention and Academic rosters.
West High girls coach Mike Parker was named the Division Coach of the Year while City High’s Tom Mittman was named for the Mississippi Division.

Weldon, Koethe are named to divisional First Team

Five Clippers named to WaMaC All-Conference volleyball teams

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TIFFIN– Five Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball players were named to the 2015 WaMaC Conference West Division volleyball teams. The conference released East Division and West Division selections on Monday, Oct. 26.
In the West Division, home to CCA, Marion’s Roxanne Paulsen was named the Coach of the Year.

Women of Troy earn 2015 MVC All-Division Swimming honors

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IOWA CITY— The Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) released its picks for 2015 All-Division Girls Swimming honors on Monday, Nov. 2. Iowa City West High’s Erica Hsu was named the Valley Division Swimmer of the Year while Dubuque Hempstead’s Megan Schill was named for the Mississippi Division. Cedar Falls’ Dick Marcussen and Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s John Ross were, both, named Valley Division Coaches of the Year with Cedar Rapids Washington’s Megan Lewis picking up the Mississippi Division Coach of the Year honors.

Castle crashers

Dressed in costumes and ready for tricks and treats, Kayliah and Charles Greer enter the North Liberty Recreation Center’s Haunted Happenings event Friday, Oct. 30. Recreation center staff transform the building into a semi-spooky site for the annual children’s Halloween celebration, with an indoor maze and kids’ activities co-sponsored by the City of North Liberty and the Optimist Club of North Liberty. For more photos and information about the event, see page A6. (photo by Lori Lindner)

CCE’s new principal finds renewed sense of purpose in Oxford

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD— When talking with elementary school principal Matt Leeman, two thoughts come to mind. First, never say “never.” Second, there’s something special about the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District that can renew an educator’s spirit.

NL council approves arts funding for kids

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s new budget strategy to fund mid-year requests from nonprofit organizations has already benefitted local seniors.
Now it is helping area youth as well.
The North Liberty City Council in October approved two social service funding applications from Elder Services, in the amount of $1,120, and North Liberty Senior Dining program, for $1,500. A third application from Any Given Child of Iowa City, in the amount of $2,000 each year for three years, was considered at the council’s Oct. 27 meeting.

Local author releases new crime novel

Reading at Prairie Lights Nov. 19

IOWA CITY– Acclaimed and long time Iowa City author Patrick Irelan will read at Prairie Lights Bookstore Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m.
Irelan’s new crime fiction novel, “The Big Drugstore,” is set in the Quad Cities alongside the Mississippi River. The novel introduces smart-talking, big-hearted, quick-witted and down-on-his-luck Private Detective Mike Scofield.
The book gets five stars from Foreword Reviews.

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.

Clippers top LaPorte City-Union to win Davenport Central volleyball tournament

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DAVENPORT– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball girls won the Davenport Central Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 17. The Clippers went 2-1 in pool play with wins over Central Clinton-DeWitt and the host Blue Devils before falling to LaPorte City-Union.

West High Women of Troy 17th overall in state swimming championship

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MARSHALLTOWN– Six Iowa City West High swimmers competed Saturday, Nov. 7, in the 2015 Girls State Swimming and Diving Championships at the Marshalltown YMCA. Erica and Alison Hsu, Rachel Ding, Elaina Martz, Alleyna Thomas and Ariel Roghair represented the Women of Troy with Erica Hsu finishing second in 200-yard IM in 2:07.33 and fifth in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:05.30.