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Victory just out of reach for CCA Clipper girls

End season with 44-35 loss

TIFFIN– Coach P.J. Sweeney was baffled. He’d watched every bit of video he could find on the Clinton River Queens and scouted them. He thought he’d cooked up a plan to get the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers through their Class 4A quarterfinal round game against the Clinton River Queens.
But after 32 minutes of basketball and a 44-35 loss, Sweeney and company were performing an autopsy to determine what had gone wrong.

Donovan Doyle is MVC Valley Division Wrestler of the Year

Six Trojans named to All-Division squads

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IOWA CITY– Six West High wrestlers were named to the 2015-2016 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division wrestling squads. The list was released on Monday, Feb. 15, ahead of the State Individual Wrestling Tournament.
West High senior Donovan Doyle was named the Valley Division’s Athlete of the Year with a 48-1 record at 195 pounds while Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Matt Orton, Dick Briggs and their staff picked up Coach of the Year honors.
First Team picks from West were Nelson Brands and Doyle. Brands, a sophomore, compiled a 47-3 record.

Budget, wish list out of balance

CCA’s Kuehl laments state’s lack of commitment to education

By Chris Umscheid
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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Superintendent Tim Kuehl prepared for the district’s upcoming budget talks by submitting a wish list for staffing.
It included increasing the number of elementary teachers, elementary art and music teachers; increasing the number of high school and middle school guidance counselors; and adding staff in the high school band and ELP (English Language Proficiency) programs.
Kuehl acknowledged it was an optimistic list.

No snow necessary

Fun bests the blahs in first annual Beat the Bitter Winter Games

NORTH LIBERTY– Although Midwesterners, Iowans are apparently not very good at winter.
That was the beginning of a discussion that ended with a plan for action to create “Beat the Bitter Winter Games and Good Cheer,” North Liberty’s newest community celebration.
The inaugural event took place Saturday, Feb. 6, with activities to encourage area residents to come outside, get moving, spark some new friendships and warm up to winter as best they could.

Busing change win for some, loss for others

ICCSD eliminates current discretionary busing; will redistribute to at-risk students

By Nora Heaton
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IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors voted unanimously to make changes to discretionary busing at its Jan. 26 meeting, in order to maximize access for elementary-aged children with socioeconomic barriers in getting to school.

North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen announces run for State Representative in Johnson County

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen announced she will run for State Representative in House District 77, which encompasses Western and Southern Johnson County, including the cities of North Liberty, Tiffin, Oxford, Swisher, Shueyville and Lone Tree.

North Liberty Optimists host pancake breakfast March 5

NORTH LIBERTY– The Optimist Club of North Liberty will host its 43rd annual pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the North Liberty Community Center gymnasium, 520 W. Cherry St.
Proceeds will benefit more than a dozen North Liberty youth programs, as all Optimist clubs have a mission to be “friends of youth.”

Sign up now for NLYBS youth baseball, softball 2016 season

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration for the North Liberty Youth Baseball and Softball (NLYBS) 2016 season is open. Children can be signed up for the program at www.eteamz.com/NLYBS. Registration must be completed by March 1.
Leagues are available for boys and girls, ages 4 years through eighth grade. Call the NLYBS hotline at 319-248-1283 with questions or check the FAQ page on the NLYBS website, www.eteamz.com/NLYBS. 

CCA Get-Ready-for-College Night to be held Feb. 23

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) will host a Get Ready for College Night on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the CCA High School (location TBD). A representative from the University of Iowa (four-year public), Mount Mercy University (four-year private), and Kirkwood Community College will address what parents and students need to know about preparing for the senior year and what steps parents and students can take to be ready to start the college application process once the senior year gets going.

Clear Creek Amana Foundation announces new Hall of Fame inductees

Special to the Leader
TIFFIN– On Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, during Parents’ Night of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School football game, the Clear Creek Amana Foundation inducted two members into its Hall of Fame. The two community members honored were Robert Sentman and the late Robert VanCleave.
On Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, during a boys and girls varsity basketball doubleheader, the foundation honored two more individuals from the community by inducting them into the Hall of Fame: George H. Berger and Rodney Walls.

Clippers split with Golden Hawks in doubleheader

CCA boys win 62-46, girls fall 56-42 to Mid-Prairie

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TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity basketball teams split with the Golden Hawks of Mid-Prairie, Wellman, in a boys/girls doubleheader in Tiffin on Monday, Feb. 8.
The Creek Girls fell, 56-42, to open the night of basketball. Erin Navara led CCA with 11 points with 10 points from Abbi Kinnaird. Claire Navara added nine points, all from three-point goals. The Clippers trailed, 9-8, after the first quarter but were tied, 20-20, at the half. The Golden Hawks pulled ahead in the third period and put the game away with a 20-point effort in the fourth quarter.

West High third at district meet

Five Trojans advance to state wrestling tournament

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BURLINGTON– Five West High Trojan wrestlers advanced out of a Class 3A district meet to compete at the State Individual Tournament Thursday, Feb. 18, through Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines.
Hans Von Rabenau, Nelson Brands, Carter Rohweder, Nate Kelsay and Donovan Doyle qualified at the 3A-2 meet in Burlington on Saturday, Feb. 13. Von Rabenau was the 106-pound runner-up, Brands was the 138-pound District Champion, Rohweder was the 160-pound runner-up while Kelsay was the 170-pound runner-up and Doyle won the 195-pound competition.