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North Liberty Leader

Bolts vaporize the Nikes for first wins of the season

Liberty sweeps Burlington Notre Dame, 14-2 and 19-0 in first wins

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High Bolts picked up a morale boost and their first two wins of the 2018 varsity baseball season Tuesday, June 5, on Mount Mercy University’s (MMU) diamond, in Cedar Rapids. The Lightning vaporized the Nikes of Burlington Notre Dame Catholic, 14-2 and 19-0.
The Bolts opened with two runs in the bottom of the first inning of game one, added four runs in the second and six runs in the third. The Nikes scored one run each in the top of the second and fifth of the five-inning game.

Encouraging kids to "stay creative"

Children’s picture book author Alastair Heim visits North Liberty Community Library

NORTH LIBERTY– Alastair Heim had words of encouragement for the kids of North Liberty.
On the morning of Saturday, May 26, families kicked off their weekend with a visit from the internationally published children’s picture book author. Heim took the occasion to read his books to the young locals, share some wisdom and sign copies of his work, with Prairie Lights Books providing books for sale. The event, which began at 11 a.m., was hosted by the library in partnership with the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, free to the community.

For the G.O.O.D. of the community

Heritage Christian School’s annual serve-a-thon

NORTH LIBERTY– Third-graders squealed with excitement as they navigated the thick brush and rolling hills of Squire Point, evading thorn bushes and using downed trees as balancing beams. It was a cool, cloudy morning on Friday, May 11, as the students of Heritage Christian School took part in Operation G.O.O.D. (Giving Of Ourselves Day).

Playtime in North Liberty

Innovative playground coming to Centennial Park

NORTH LIBERTY– This summer, kids will be making slide runs and scaling rope rungs to a backdrop of blues music. Come July, Centennial Park will finally have its own playground– two, in fact.

Conventional playground

Women of Troy clinch division title

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy varsity tennis team clinched the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Mississippi Division championship Tuesday, May 8, after defeating Dubuque Senior, 8-1, in the final conference match of the 2018 season. West High ended conference play with a 13-0 record and was 14-0 overall ahead of a Thursday, May 10, makeup match, rescheduled from April 7 due to weather, at home against non-conference foe Bettendorf.

Dubuque Senior tops the Women of Troy, 3-1

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy dropped to 1-10 after suffering their fourth consecutive loss on Tuesday, May 8, at home, as the Dubuque Senior Rams took a 3-1 win.
Rachel Olson, a junior, scored West’s goal from an assist by Kennedy Hochstedler with 19:14 remaining in the second half. It was Olson’s second goal of the season, only the fourth team goal overall, after a 3-1 win on April 24 against Cedar Rapids Jefferson.
The Rams improved to 7-5.

Clippers, Trojans and Lightning headed for state coed track meet

DES MOINES– Student athletes from Clear Creek Amana (CCA), Iowa City West High and Liberty High qualified 47 events to compete in the 2018 State Coed Track and Field Meet Thursday, May 17, through Saturday, May 19, at Drake University, in Des Moines.
West High’s Austin West earned the No. 1 seed in the 400-meter hurdles and the No. 2 spot in the 400-meter dash and long jump. Katie Severt, Isyss Shaw, Kitra Bell and Deniz Ince (with alternates Kiara Malloy-Salgado and Bailey Nock) claimed the No. 1 seed in the distance medley relay.

Schrock and LeFleur earn wins for CCA

Clippers run in WaMaC Conference West meet

VAN HORNE– Weather concerns prompted postponement of the 2018 WaMaC Conference Track and Field Super Meet from Thursday, May 3, at Solon to Monday, May 7, with the West Division competing at Benton Community High School, in Van Horne.
Center Point-Urbana won the varsity boys meet and the junior varsity (JV) boys and girls meet, while Williamsburg won the varsity girls meet.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys were eighth overall, the JV boys were seventh, the JV girls squad was fourth and the varsity girls were seventh in team points.

Liberty High baseball preview

Bolts make the move up to varsity

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High fielded its first baseball team, at the freshman level, last spring and will enter varsity competition for the first time this year. The “Bolts” have a big man at the helm in Head Coach Tom Cronk.

Young farmers argue for changing Ag Exemption

IOWA CITY– Young farmers in Johnson County raised their voices loud and clear to the board of supervisors: change or scrap the county’s agricultural exemption policy.
The young guns blazed away during a Thursday, May 10, public hearing on the proposed county comprehensive plan, citing the immense difficulties many budding farmers encounter in trying to purchase 40 acres (the minimum amount of land required to be considered a “farm” in Johnson County).

Growing a love of learning

Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center offers kids an alternative

NORTH LIBERTY– On the morning of Wednesday, April 25, five students huddled around a table, immersed in a science experiment. In the theme of invention, learning specialist Elizabeth Drewelow led the group as they pierced lemons with pennies and nails in attempt to conduct electricity. But this was not your everyday science class.
Located on Jordon Street in North Liberty, Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center, P.C. offers an alternative path to learning for students struggling with academic and communication skill development.

Author and speaker Linda McCann to speak at Tiffin and NL libraries Friday, May 18

TIFFIN– Linda Betsinger McCann is speaking at the Tiffin Library on Friday, May 18 at 10 a.m., about her book, Prohibition in Eastern Iowa. She will also be at the North Liberty Community Library on the same day at 1:30 p.m., speaking on her book about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). These events are open to the public and everyone is invited.