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TAKO Spring Shed and Scavenger Hunt Saturday, March 25

NORTH LIBERTY– Hunt for that big rack you’ve been dreaming about on Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) at Creekside Commons Park in North Liberty. Lunch will be served at 11: 30 a.m., and participants are required to bring their own cutlery.
Be prepared to go on a short hike and possibly walk on some muddy trails to see spring birds, bugs and flowers. Advance registration for this free event is requested, but not required for groups of fewer than six.

A VERY Happy St. Patrick’s Day: Cedar Rapids man claims $2 million Powerball prize won in North Liberty

Karl Krumbholz is area’s second big lottery winner in six months

CLIVE– Maybe his Irish heritage and St. Patrick’s Day had something to do with it. Maybe his mom is pulling strings from up above to send some luck his way. Whatever the reason, Karl Krumbholz of Cedar Rapids has won a $2 million Powerball prize.
“My mom passed away a year and a half ago. We’ve been joking about it: Now the Cubs have won the World Series and I’ve won the lottery,” Krumbholz said as he claimed his prize Friday– St. Patrick’s Day– at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive.

First United Methodist Church of North Liberty groundbreaking ceremony April 9

NORTH LIBERTY– The First United Methodist Church of North Liberty will host groundbreaking activities on Palm Sunday, April 9. The activities will begin with the 9:45 a.m. worship celebration followed at 11 a.m. by the outside groundbreaking ceremony. Members of the community are welcome to join the festivities.

Tiffin Volunteer Fire Department annual pancake breakfast Saturday, April 9

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders invites the public to attend its annual pancake breakfast Sunday, April 9, from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the fire station, 221 Main St.
Chief Brian Detert said the department expects to serve around 1,200 people. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, whole hog sausage and cinnamon rolls. There will also be jam from Clear Creek Orchard for sale. There is no admission fee, but a free will donation is accepted.

Clippers get a tune-up in the WaMaC indoor meet

Boys 4x800 relay leads in West Division competition

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MOUNT VERNON– The WaMaC Conference Indoor Track Meet is the final indoor event of the season, and often referred to as a final “tune-up” ahead of the regular (outdoor) season. Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) track and field teams competed among West Division teams on Saturday, March 18.

Preview: New courts, new season for Women of Troy

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IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High girls’ tennis team has a number of things going for it as the 2017 season approaches. First, the team will play on brand new courts with lights. Second, almost everybody is back from last season which gives coach Amie Villarini a sense of optimism for a successful season.
Last year, the Women of Troy compiled an 11-5 record overall and went 9-4 in the Mississippi Valley Conference, good for second place.

Connor McCaffery Athlete of the Year

Six Trojans earn MVC All-Division basketball spots

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) released its 2017 All-Division basketball teams picks on Wednesday, March 1, with Iowa City West High’s Trojans picking up six spots in the Mississippi Division honors.
West coach Steve “Bergie” Bergman and his staff earned Division Coach of the Year honors while senior Connor McCaffery was named the Division Athlete of the Year. McCaffery was also a unanimous First Team pick while younger brother Patrick (a sophomore) and fellow senior Devontae Lane were also First Team picks.

Preview: Clippers hope doing the little things better will lead to success

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TIFFIN– With two early-season indoor meets already in the books, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys track coach Ben Robison was excited by the prospects for a successful season for his Clippers. At the same time, the second-year coach knows he and the “Creek Boys” are in for many challenges.

Preview: A strong nucleus returns for the Creek Girls

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TIFFIN– Good finishes in early season indoor meets coupled with success last season have given Clear Creek Amana girls track and field coach Jane Astor a sense of optimism and confidence. Astor, who has 27 years with the program, and assistants Teri Schultejans (10 years) and Bob Broghammer see strength on a number of fronts for the “Creek Girls.”
“We have a strong nucleus back and have gained some strong sprinters and middle distance athletes,” Astor said. “The indoor meets (at Wartburg and Cornell) highlighted strength at 200 (meter dash) and 400 (meter dash).”

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West High boys run in final indoor meet of the season

Caruthers, Low, Nugent, Murley, 4x400 and 4x800 all victorious
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PELLA– The Iowa City West High Trojans ran in their final indoor meet of the 2017 season Friday, March 17, at the Central College Boys High School Meet at Central College in Pella.

A trio of Trojans make INA’s All-State Basketball Team

Lane and the McCafferys earn spots

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DES MOINES– The Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) released the 2017 Boys All-State Basketball selections with three Iowa City West High standouts earning spots on the Class 4A teams.
Devontae Lane, a senior, was named to the First Team as a backcourt player, Connor McCaffery, also a senior, earned a utility player spot, and Patrick McCaffery, a sophomore, was named to the front line of the Second Team. Lane averaged 15 points per game heading into the state championship game. Connor McCaffery averaged 19.6 and Patrick averaged 13.9.

West High girls compete at MVC Indoor Meet

Welch, Nock and Haight earn individual wins for the Women of Troy

West High girls compete at MVC Indoor Meet
Welch, Nock and Haight earn individual wins for the Women of Troy
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CEDAR FALLS– The 2017 indoor track season continued Tuesday, March 14, for the Iowa City West High Women of Troy as they competed in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Indoor Meet at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
Bailey Nock won the 3,000-meter run in 10:25.50, with teammate Gabby Skopec right behind her running a 10:33.75 for second place. Skopec also took second place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:29.63.