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North Liberty Leader

School board candidates speak

TIFFIN– Five out of six candidates for three seats on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Board of Directors participated in a candidates’ forum held Wednesday, Aug. 9. Current Board members Bob Broghammer (District No. 2) and Eileen Schmidt (At-Large) are running for re-election against Scott Rohret, Kathy Swenka and Shawn Zierke. Nikki Knapp, who was unable to attend, is running for the District No. 4 seat being vacated by Jim Seelman.

Starry Eyed Yoga at North Liberty pool Aug. 24

NORTH LIBERTY– Bring your mat and friends to join the North Liberty Recreation Center for an outdoor yoga-filled evening Thursday, Aug. 24, from 8-9 p.m. with Katie from Downward Dog Yoga & Fitness.
Space is limited; register online or at the recreation center front desk.

CCA XC continuing to make great strides

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– They’re continuing to make great strides in growing the boys cross country program at Clear Creek Amana, but coach Ben Robison wants more.
“We are carrying a larger roster this year, which is awesome, but we still don’t have the depth that I would like,” he said,

Lightning XC will flash alongside WaMaC and MVC varsity competition

Thinking big from the start

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High is a brand new school with new athletic programs, including boys cross country. However, newness does not translate into timidity or uncertainty, but rather a challenge for the first teams to make their mark.
Josh Hildebrand, head coach for Liberty’s boys cross country team, quickly pointed out his squad has absolutely no varsity experience, yet the Lightning will flash alongside WaMaC and MVC schools in varsity competition this season.
And, Hildebrand notes, they won’t just be out on the course marking time.

A new chapter for Lightning volleyball

NORTH LIBERTY– The Lightning are back on the volleyball court. Last year, Whitney Lang led a dozen Iowa City West High freshmen as Liberty High’s first volleyball team. The freshmen were attending West while waiting for Liberty to be completed and will be sophomores in the new high school this fall. The Lightning were fourth in the CRANDIC League standings at the mid-point of the season against Cedar Rapids and Iowa City squads such as Prairie, Washington, West High, City High and Jefferson.

Liberty’s Lightning Bolts join Women of Troy to make a splash

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy swimmers will have their ranks bolstered this season by the Liberty High Lightning Bolts. With Liberty opening this month, many would-be West High freshmen and sophomores will instead go to Liberty. While the new school will field several athletic programs of it’s own in the 2017-18 school year, some programs, such as swimming, will be shared with West High.

North Liberty Recreation Center

PRESCHOOL
PROGRAMS

Motion Madness
Th 10-10:45 a.m. beginning Sept. 7
Simply a recreational opportunity for kids to use all their body muscles in a fun way! Kids just want to play, so various activity points will be set up in an obstacle course format for kids to go wild!
Fee: $25 res/$30 non-res
Register by Aug. 24
Kinder Club
T 9:30-11:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 5

Lightning readies to strike the gridiron

NORTH LIBERTY– In 2016, Liberty High School was under construction and future Liberty students were attending Iowa City West High School. However, some of those student athletes donned the black, purple and silver of their soon-to-be school and competed as The Lightning, The Lightning Bolts or more informally, The Bolts.

Competition makes Creek XC Girls better

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls cross country team returns four starters to the line-up with senior Olivia Fairholm, juniors Kaylie Barker (All-Conference and 2016 state qualifier) and Ally Loren and sophomore Liv Smyka back to set the pace for the Clippers.
Coach Jane Astor, with 26 years at CCA, likes what she sees in her Creek Girls this season.
“We have a strong leader in Fairholm,” Astor said. “Barker trains well in the summer and will be ready to lead the team on the course.”

Making life sweet

SOLON– “As market goes, that’s about a premium,” Ron Puettman said as he inspected a frame of comb honey pulled fresh from a hive that currently resides on the North Liberty pumpkin farm of Dean and Katie Colony. “When the bees put honey into a comb and cap it off, it’s at its purest and most perfect form,” Puettmann noted.

“Bolt” your driveway through Thursday, Aug. 31

NORTH LIBERTY– Let the Liberty High School Booster Club “Bolt” your driveway.
As part of the first annual fundraiser, you can get a 3-foot-by-2-foot, black Liberty Lightning bolt painted on your driveway for $25. It is the logo only; no lettering.
All funds will go to the booster club and be used for projects and equipment that support coaches, athletes and programs at Liberty High School.

Free tickets for Aug. 18 Night with the Kernels

NORTH LIBERTY– On Friday, Aug. 18, the Cedar Rapids Kernels, a Minnesota Twins minor league affiliate, will host North Liberty Night with the Kernels, and there are some free tickets to give away.
Starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, adult North Liberty residents can get up to four tickets at the front desk of the Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St. There are a limited number of free tickets, and they will be distributed in person on a first-come, first-served basis only. Those picking up must show proof of residency: ID or current utility bill indicating a 52317 zip code.