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CCA’s Murphy and Rohret advance to district wrestling

Clippers tie with Mid-Prairie in team points

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WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Quinn Murphy and Andrew Rohret survived a Class 2A Sectional Wrestling Tournament Saturday, Feb. 4, and will advance to a state-qualifying district tournament Saturday, Feb. 11, at Williamsburg High School starting at noon.
Rohret won the 145-pound title by taking a 2-1 decision from Solon’s Zack Bevans to advance automatically while Murphy advanced as the runner-up at 138 pounds after falling to Solon’s Ben Carr in 5:58.

Williamsburg edges CCA, 58-53

Late fouls allow Raiders to escape Creek Boys

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Games are often won or lost at the free throw line and that was the case Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Tiffin as the Williamsburg Raiders escaped from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) with a 58-53 win.

IC West boys tame CR Kennedy, 83-53

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Trojans extended their win streak to eight consecutive games with an 83-53 pounding of the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
The Trojans rocketed to a 22-8 lead at the end of the first period and held a commanding 44-18 lead at halftime. The Cougars’ best period came in the third with a 21-point counter-attack, but the West High juggernaut was still ahead 60-39 heading into the final quarter.

Cedar Rapids Prairie bests Iowa City West, 44-21

Prairie Hawks top Trojans on the mat

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Cedar Rapids Prairie took down the Iowa City West High Trojans in the final dual meet of the regular season Thursday, Feb. 2, at Prairie High School with the Prairie Hawk varsity winning, 44-21.
Nelson Brands (152 pounds) pinned Prairie’s Morgan Hood in 1:58 while Guy Snow (220) pinned Prairie’s Alex Heisdorffer in 4:59. Tyler Yoerger (170) won 5-3 in sudden victory (SV) against Prairie’s Justis Kruse while Alex Aguirre (120) won a 3-2 decision over Prairie’s Ted Zangerle and Carter Rohweder (160) took an 8-4 decision from Prairie’s Tyger Whitters.

West sends eight to state swimming

Martin the No. 1 seed in 50-yard freestyle

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DES MOINES– The Iowa City West High Trojans qualified eight athletes in nine events for the 2017 State Swimming Meet at district competition Saturday, Feb. 4, at Southeast Polk High School.

Clippers chart their futures on Signing Day

Seven CCA athletes sign letters of intent for collegiate athletics

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– With family, teammates and coaches watching, seven Clear Creek Amana (CCA) high school athletes put pen to paper and formalized their plans for college athletics Wednesday, Feb. 1– National Signing Day. While the day typically involves football players signing national letters of intent with NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) member schools, athletes in other sports, and/or planning on attending non-NCAA schools often participate as well.

Nine West High athletes sign letters of intent

Martin takes the spotlight with Michigan decision

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IOWA CITY– Nine Iowa City West High athletes participated in a National Signing Day event Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the high school. While the day signifies the first day a senior can officially sign a Letter of Intent to play football for an National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) member school, athletes from other sports, and those who will attend non-NCAA schools also typically participate as they declare their collegiate sports plans.

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Excellent service, reasonable price

CORALVILLE— All five enrolled agents on the staff at Taxes Plus have returned for another tax season.
Enrolled agents (EAs) are currently the only tax professionals tested by the IRS before being admitted to practice. They have unlimited rights to represent clients before the IRS, must adhere to a code of ethics and must take continuing professional education.
The newest EA, M. Jon Brown, joined the firm last year and works full-time year-round. He was admitted to practice as an EA in 2015 and has 12 years of tax preparation experience.

Bald Eagle Watch and Expo Feb. 4

NORTH LIBERTY– The fourth annual free Bald Eagle Watch and Expo will take place Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event includes a live viewing at the Tailwater West Picnic Shelter downstream from the dam at Coralville Lake. Scopes and binoculars will be available for closer looks at the birds. Free hot chocolate and coffee will also be available.

One step closer to North Liberty’s next mayor

City council set to make appointment Tuesday, Feb. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– The ball is finally rolling.
In a 3-2 vote, the North Liberty City Council decided to appoint a new mayor, rather than hold a special election.
At a regularly scheduled Jan. 24 meeting, members Terry Donahue, Brian Wayson and Chris Hoffman voted for appointment, while Annie Pollock and Brian Sayre favored a special election.
The decision came after former mayor Amy Nielsen assumed her role as state legislator earlier this month. Council members had a 60-day window following Nielsen’s Dec. 31 resignation date to come to a consensus.

City council seeks applicants for mayoral appointment

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council is seeking applicants to fill the city’s mayoral seat vacancy. An application is available to download off the city’s website, or at City Hall, 3 Quail Creek Cir. Applications are due to the city clerk by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, in person at City Hall or electronically to tmulcahey@northlibertyiowa.org.
The city council plans to consider candidates for appointment at its regular meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the city council chambers, 1 Quail Creek Cir. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.

Healing touch of Shiatsu massage available locally

By Janet Nolte
North Liberty Leader
SOLON– Susie Garton was driving through town when she noticed something that would turn out to be the final catalyst for an idea she’d had for a couple of years.
“I saw someone was taking down the sign for Main Street Massage,” she said.