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Liberty boys overcome slump

Paulsen leads Liberty with 33 defeating Demons, 62-54

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WASHINGTON– Stu Ordman and his Liberty High Lightning struck down a six-game losing streak with a 62-54 win on the road over the Washington Demons Tuesday, Jan. 30.
The Bolts led 22-13 at the end of the first period and held a 38-30 advantage at halftime. Liberty increased their lead to 56-41 going into the final quarter. Washington dropped to 5-10 with the loss, while the Lightning improved to 6-12.

Trojans send 10 events to state swimming

Five qualified at Southeast Polk district meet

PLEASANT HILL– Iowa City West High’s swimmers will send 10 events to the 2018 state meet set for Saturday, Feb. 10, at the University of Iowa’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC).

Cougars too much for Lightning

CR Kennedy girls win 65-45

CR Kennedy
girls win 65-45
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NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity girls suffered their seventh consecutive loss falling, 65-45, to Cedar Rapids Kennedy on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at home. The loss dropped the Lightning to 5-12, while the Cougars improved to 10-7.

Zacharias leads West, 83-33 in win over Dubuque

Women of Troy snap losing streak

DUBUQUE – Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy hit a rough stretch with four consecutive losses to Valley (West Des Moines), City High, Cedar Falls and Illinois’ Montini Catholic.
A trip to Dubuque Senior High School Tuesday, Jan. 30, snapped the downward spiral as West ran wild over the Rams, 83-33, despite an 18-point effort from Senior’s Alli Udelhofen.
West blasted the Rams 25-10 in the first period and held a 47-13 advantage at halftime.

Trojans roll over the Cougars

McCaffery’s 32 points lead IC West past CR Kennedy

IOWA CITY– The 81st consecutive home win for the Iowa City West High Trojans went into the history books Tuesday, Jan. 30, as West High ran over the Cougars of Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 72-35, in varsity boys basketball action.
Patrick McCaffery led all scorers with a 32-point performance as the Trojans edged out their guests by one point, 11-10 in the first period before running away with the win. West held a 32-19 lead at halftime and was ahead 50-27 after three quarters of play.

Raiders slip away from the Creek Girls

Williamsburg pulls away late for 50-45 win over CCA

TIFFIN– The Williamsburg Raiders pulled off a bit of an upset Tuesday, Jan. 30, as they defeated the Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) in girls’ varsity basketball at CCA, 50-45.
A 3-point basket by Jordan Neely gave the Creek Girls an early 3-2 lead on their way to an 11-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter. Karsyn Stratton poured in 15 of CCA’s 27 first-half points on her way to a game-high 28. Andrea Roller drained a 3-point basket in the final minute of the second period and dropped in a two-point basket just ahead of the halftime buzzer. The Clippers led, 27-22, at the break.

Trojans and Golden Eagles split on the lanes

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s varsity bowlers defeated visiting Dubuque Wahlert Catholic in a Groundhog Day showdown Friday, Feb. 2, at Colonial Lanes in Iowa City. The West High Women of Troy defeated the Golden Eagles 2,364 to 1,789 with Alexie Little winning the match with 404. Wahlert’s Lola Grap was the runner-up with 307. The West High Trojans topped the Golden Eagles 2,803 to 2,468, with Jacob Fisher winning the match with 460 and teammate Corey Roth taking the runner-up spot with 433.

Pioneers of the Ice

An Olympic bobsledder tells her story in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Feb. 8, 2002, in Salt Lake City. The opening ceremony for the XIX Olympic Winter Games had commenced to an enthusiastic crowd in the Rice-Eccles Stadium. And for the first time since 1932, the highest global institution in all of athletics was about to host two-woman bobsledding. Amidst all the pomp and festivities was a Midwestern girl named Jean, who helped pave the way for what was about to happen.

Parking and refreshments for Beat the Bitter at Hope Evangelical

NORTH LIBERTY– Hope Evangelical, in North Liberty, will again offer both parking and refreshments to those planning to attend the Beat the Bitter Fire and Ice event on Feb. 2.
Hope Evangelical Church, 420 N. Front St., offers any space available in its lot as convenient parking when making way to the nearby Penn Meadows Park for the scheduled events. Feel free to set up chairs on the property to watch the fireworks show. Free hot cider and cookies will be available for those who park, from 5:30- 7:30 p.m.

Troop 216 chili supper Feb. 3

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Boy Scout Troop 216 will host its 38th annual Chili Supper from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Tickets are $5. Children 5 and under are admitted free. The dinner includes all-you-can-eat meat or vegetarian chili, bread, drinks and a variety of homemade desserts, including traditional Scout cobbler.
The dinner is the troop’s primary annual fundraising event. Proceeds help cover the cost of high adventure trips, summer camp and other activities for the troop’s approximately 30 Scouts.

A unique enrollment challenge

ELL needs continue to increase at CCA

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District continues to see an annual increase in the number of students enrolled in its classrooms, which has led to bond issues and new buildings. With many districts across the state losing students, it’s a good problem to have, three consecutive superintendents have said.

965 Phase 3

Prepping for more Ranshaw Way expansion

NORTH LIBERTY– With the amount of growth North Liberty experienced in recent years, parts of Ranshaw Way have become a bottlenecked route for commuters. Fortunately for them, one of the busiest parts of the former Highway 965 will finally get the expansions it needs to match its rush hour traffic. The construction project known as 965 Phase 3 will span four blocks from Penn Street to Zeller Street. Shive-Hattery, of Iowa City, was selected to design the project, and the expansion will go out for bid in February.
City Administrator Ryan Heiar is eager for its fulfillment.