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Trojans fifth at home Hollingsworth Relays

Ali wins 1,600 meter run, Karanja 2nd

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IOWA CITY— The West High Trojans hosted their home meet, the Hollingsworth Relays, Saturday, April 9. Cedar Falls won the meet with 126.5 team points, followed by Pleasant Valley with 88, and a tie for third place between Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Linn-Mar with 74 points each. The Trojans finished the day in the fifth spot with 73. Cedar Rapids Washington, Solon, Ankeny Centennial, Johnston, Davenport Central, Muscatine and Cedar Rapids Xavier rounded out the field.

West High defeats CR Jefferson, 3-0

Women of Troy open with exhibition in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS— The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union released the 2016 preseason high school soccer rankings on Monday, April 4, with the West High Women of Troy at the top of Class 3A. West posted a 19-2 record last season on their way to the 3A Championship.
Later Monday afternoon, West faced Cedar Rapids Jefferson in an exhibition match, at Kingston Stadium in Cedar Rapids, and won 3-0 in 40 minutes of play.

Clippers third in Demon Relays

Secrest-Seelman second in 400-meter hurdles

WASHINGTON— Clear Creek Amana’s boys track and field team placed third Thursday, April 7, in the Demon Relays hosted by Washington High School.
Mount Pleasant won the cold and windy meet with 145 team points, followed by Mid-Prairie with 86 and the Creek Boys in a 66-point tie with Winfield-Mount Union.

Girls wins against Golden Hawks and Lady Spartans

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SOLON– A 3-2 win for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers over the Solon Lady Spartans gave the Creek Girls a 2-0 start to the 2016 season.
The Clippers opened the year Tuesday, April 5, with a road trip to Wellman to face the Golden Hawks of Mid-Prairie and posted a 4-0 victory. Hannah Bormann scored twice for CCA while Morgan Carew and Camryn Cory scored one goal each. Amelia Pereira, Alexi Kimm and Erin O’Keefe were credited with assists in the win, while Shauntina Williams, a freshman, earned a shutout as keeper.

Clear Creek Amana defeats Mid-Prairie, 2-0

TIFFIN— Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys opened their 2016 soccer season with a 2-0 win over Mid-Prairie on Tuesday, April 5.
A first half stalemate ended two minutes into the second half when, as coach Tim Benson said, “The Clippers popped the lid off the goal when a corner kick resulted in a Taijon Soukup header attempt.”
The ball landed at Luke Oehlerich’s feet and he proceeded to knock it home from the left side.

Getting to know Scott Kibby

West High AD selected as Liberty High’s new principal

IOWA CITY– The Liberty Lightning will be led by Scott Kibby, Iowa City West High’s current Athletic Director, when the new Liberty High opens in 2017.
The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors approved Kibby as Liberty’s principal at a March 22 school board meeting.
Kibby, who will begin with a salary of $147,500, rose to the top of a candidate pool of over 30, said Jim Pedersen, the district’s interim chief human resources officer.

Are we there yet?

NL residents anxious for Forevergreen improvements, interchange

NORTH LIBERTY– Construction on West Forevergreen Road and the new Interstate 380 interchange could be underway by late 2017, but for some North Liberty residents that’s just not soon enough.
“It couldn’t happen quicker for me,” said Duane Miller, who lives in the new Fox Valley development. He said it’d be “very convenient” to be able to hop on the interstate within just a few minutes from his house.

Tiffin Volunteer Fire Department pancake breakfast April 10

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders will be holding a pancake breakfast on Sunday April 10. The department expects to serve approximately 1,200 people. The breakfast tradition continues at the Tiffin Fire Station in Tiffin from 6 a.m. to noon.

Better, but not great

CCA Superintendent discusses likely budget scenario

TIFFIN— Iowa’s legislative body, consisting of the Democrat-controlled Senate and the Republican-led House of Representatives, reached a compromise in the amount of State Supplemental Aid for the state’s school districts for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. While Governor Terry Branstad wanted a 2.45 percent increase over last year’s amount, the House called for two percent and the Senate wanted four percent

Loyalty at long last

Council dog-ears dog park

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council buried thousands in bones for a dog park in its FY17 budget, but it may take proponents of the pet-friendly recreation area a while to dig up.
At its Jan. 28 budget meeting, the council agreed to reserve $10,000 per year from a surplus in the city’s hotel/motel tax. The item will be revisited each fiscal year and allocated to other areas if necessary.

Little taco, big dream

New restaurateurs bring Central American cuisine to North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Mexican restaurants are a stone’s throw away in most U.S. cities, but Central American food is much harder to come by.
That’s no longer the case for North Liberty residents, who can now dine on fried plantains, yucas, pickled cabbage and more at El Taquito, a new Mexican-Central American fusion restaurant located in Beaver Kreek Centre.
“I know there are already several Mexican restaurants here in town, but we decided to focus on different foods so we wouldn’t be so much of a competition,” said El Taquito owner Maribel Romero.

CCA to hold district-wide Color Fun Run to benefit student programming opportunities April 9

TIFFIN– A district-wide Color Fun Run benefitting the Parent Teacher Groups at all four elementary schools in the Clear Creek Amana School District will be Saturday, April 9, with a 5K race beginning at 9 a.m. and the 1 mile commencing at 10 a.m. This will be a fun, family-friendly event complete with color stations.
Both routes begin at Clear Creek Amana High School located in Tiffin and will pass by multiple color stations. Runners should be prepared for some colorful fun.