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North Liberty Leader

Volleyball honors accrue for area players

IGCA announces All-District and All-State

JOHNSON COUNTY– Athletes from Clear Creek Amana (CCA), Iowa City West High and Liberty High School were honored as the Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) announced its 2017 All-District and All-State Teams for high school volleyball.
CCA junior Shauntina Williams earned both Class 4A Southeast All-District and Class 4A All-State Honorable Mention distinctions. Williams produced 353 kills for the Clippers, made 23 ace serves, three assists, 45 block assists, 13 solo blocks and 103 digs.

Help wanted: Workers skilled in industrial arts

State senators Kinney and Mathis talk jobs at North Liberty meeting

NORTH LIBERTY— The overarching theme of the evening was jobs. But a lively discussion among legislators and about a dozen constituents ranged widely, from the role of career preparation in K-12 education, to the need for a public transit system, to the challenges of getting broadband connectivity to rural and smaller communities, and even the potential of industrial hemp as a cash crop for Iowa.

NLFD responds to house fire in Penn Township

NORTH LIBERTY– On the evening of Sunday, Nov. 19 at 6:11 p.m., the North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to 8 Brickwood Knoll NE for a house fire. North Liberty engine 112 arrived on scene and found an attached garage fully involved with fire extending into the residence. The fire was under control in about an hour and no other structures were involved.  

Free Thanksgiving dinner at South Slope Nov. 23

NORTH LIBERTY– For the sixth year in a row, a free Thanksgiving Dinner will be available to residents of North Liberty, thanks to local community members and several businesses. On Thanksgiving Day from noon until 4 p.m., a full Thanksgiving meal will be available for residents of North Liberty at the South Slope Community Center, in North Liberty.

A proud first year for Keystone Place

Open house celebrates one-year anniversary

NORTH LIBERTY— It was an evening of celebration for Keystone Place at Forevergreen. Staff, residents and locals of the retirement community celebrated its first year in North Liberty on Thursday, Nov. 9.
“Well, we did it!” declared co-owner Tom Lepic. “And how exciting it is that we’re here tonight.”

Threats to Liberty High Juvenile in custody

Instagram posts prompted school closure and arrest

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department took a minor into custody Friday, Nov. 17, following a series of threats towards students of Liberty High School.
At about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, police dispatch received word an anonymous individual made posts that evening threatening to “shoot up” Liberty High School with references to individual students. The comments were made through an anonymous profile, in a group chat, on Instagram, a popular social media application.

Tensions persist over Tiffin construction

Residents vent frustrations and concerns at packed city council meeting

TIFFIN– Springmier Community Library barely managed to house the capacity attendance of the Tiffin City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
The meeting had a lively initiation with a public hearing for the assessment of the Original Town Urbanization Project. Behind the fully occupied rows of seating, additional residents stood in the back of the room, some soured by a recently completed project, others anxious about oncoming construction plans and many eager to voice their concerns.

CCA bids farewell to “Cappy”

School district seeks consistency through branding

OXFORD— Fare thee well, Cappy. And may fair winds and following seas be with ye.
Cappy, the unofficial mascot of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) high school baseball program has likely sailed his last season with the Clippers. Cappy, a grizzled ship’s Captain, was introduced to CCA in 2013 on a banner attached to the outfield fence, and quickly became something of a controversial figure.

Mistakes doom Trojans

West High falls to Dowling again

CEDAR FALLS– History repeated itself, and was made Friday, Nov. 17, at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls as the West Des Moines Dowling Catholic High School Maroons defeated the Iowa City West High Trojans in the Class 4A state football championship game for the second year in a row, and picked up its fifth-consecutive title in the process.
Dowling defeated the Trojans 23-10 last year and won 35-21 in the rematch.
The Maroons entered the contest with an 11-1 record, losing 22-19 to Ankeny Centennial, while the Trojans were undefeated at 12-0.

Liberty fields its first varsity boy’s basketball team

A year of learning awaits the Bolts

NORTH LIBERTY– A year ago, a group of Iowa City West High freshmen donned the black, silver and purple of, then still under construction, Liberty High to form the fledgling school’s first basketball team. Under the direction and guidance of Stan Hughes, Coach for the Waterloo-based Cedar Valley Court Kings minor league professional basketball team, the squad won their opener against City High’s Red Team, 42-39, with Ben Houselog scoring the team’s and the program’s first basket.

2017-2018 West High Girls Basketball Preview

IOWA CITY– Back in March, the Iowa City West High Women of Troy fell, 55-48, to Valley High School, of West Des Moines, in the Class 5A state tournament semifinals. It was the fifth trip to state for West High under Head Coach B.J. Mayer and ended a 21-4 season (12-1 in the Mississippi Valley Conference).
As the team gears up for what it hope will be a sixth state tourney appearance, Mayer noted, “We are not as deep as we have been.”

West High earns sportsmanship award

First since 2005 for Trojan Nation’s fall sports

IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) announced the winners of the Cliff Brees Fall Sportsmanship Award Thursday, Nov. 16, with Dubuque Senior being named in the Valley Division, and Iowa City West earning the honor in the Mississippi Division.