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IC West boys defeat Linn-Mar, 70-63

Trojans escape the Lions

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– West High’s Trojans survived an upset bid by the Linn-Mar Lions Tuesday, Feb. 7, at home. West pulled out a 70-63 win to improve its record to 15-1 overall while dropping the threatening Lions to 7-10.
Connor McCaffery, who led West High with 22 points, opened up with a pair of back-to-back 3-point baskets after the Lions put the first two points on the scoreboard. Evan Flitz nailed a 3-bomb later in the first period for a 17-12 West High lead and the Trojans rattled off four more unanswered points to take the quarter, 21-12.

New leadership at South Slope Co-op

Chuck Deisbeck makes move from Western Iowa to become CEO

By Shianne Fisher
Solon Economist
NORTH LIBERTY– Chuck Deisbeck was called to the telecommunications industry at a young age– when he was just 8 years old to be exact.
Beginning in third grade, he spent many an afternoon rebuilding phones and installing jacks alongside his older brother for a business his father managed.
“We were kind of his hired hands but didn’t get paid,” said Deisbeck, with a laugh. “By eighth grade, I was climbing poles, and running boring machines and backhoes.”

Local Boy Scout earns Eagle rank with project at Penn Meadows

NORTH LIBERTY– Trevor Schense of North Liberty joined Cub Scouts when he was in the first grade. A friend asked him to join and later the friend moved to Cedar Rapids, but by that time Schense was hooked on Scouting and stayed a member of the pack.
As a Cub Scout he enjoyed the many activities such as his first campout, day camp, knot tying, crafts, cake auctions, pine wood derby, rain gutter regatta and many other activities.

Progress on many fronts for Liberty High

Principal Scott Kibby gives an update on the Home of the Bolts

NORTH LIBERTY– Construction continues on the new Liberty High School in North Liberty, and Principal Scott Kibby was pleased to report the building, set to open for the 2017-2018 school year, is on schedule. Kibby recently sat for an interview highlighting the school’s progress, not only in construction but also in staffing.
Construction update

Sprout Kids Academy open house Feb. 12

TIFFIN– Sprout Kids Academy, a childcare and preschool center, will have an open house Sunday, Feb. 12, from 12-4 p.m. at its facility located at 400 Elderberry St. in Tiffin.
Staff will be available to give tours of the facility and meet parents, and snacks and games will be provided for the kids.
Sprout Kids Academy offers childcare and preschool, including before and after school programming, for children ages six weeks to 12 years. The center will partner with the Clear Creek Amana school district for the 2017-2018 school year to offer preschool.

Blood drive, bingo at North Bend Feb. 17

NORTH LIBERTY– North Bend Elementary (NBE) in North Liberty will host a special night of activities Friday, Feb. 17.
A blood drive with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will be held from 2:30-6:30 p.m. in the teacher workroom with walk-ins welcome. There will also be a fun Rock and Roll Bingo night which will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria, so plan to stop in and donate the gift of life and stay to play some rockin’ bingo afterwards.

Johnson County “EMS Saturday” event Feb. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The Johnson County EMS Association’s (JCEMSA) EMS Saturday is an outstanding single-day event held in North Liberty, at the South Slope Community Center, 980 North Front St.
Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 11. Registration is free for JCEMSA members and $60 for non-members, and includes lunch, continuing education registration, parking and conference materials.

IC West cruises past Dubuque Senior, 78-37, on Senior Night

IOWA CITY– West High’s fourth-ranked Women of Troy celebrated Senior Night Feb. 3 by running over the Rams of Dubuque Senior, 78-37. West entered the contest with a 15-3 record to Dubuque’s 1-15 showing.
A pair of 3-pointers by Rachel Saunders and Lauren Zacharias to open West High’s scoring barrage set the tone early as the Women of Troy put up 25 points in the first period. Seniors Katie McGrane and Ali Tauchen had four points each in the period, while senior Maddie Huinker sank a free throw.

CCA’s Murphy and Rohret advance to district wrestling

Clippers tie with Mid-Prairie in team points

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WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Quinn Murphy and Andrew Rohret survived a Class 2A Sectional Wrestling Tournament Saturday, Feb. 4, and will advance to a state-qualifying district tournament Saturday, Feb. 11, at Williamsburg High School starting at noon.
Rohret won the 145-pound title by taking a 2-1 decision from Solon’s Zack Bevans to advance automatically while Murphy advanced as the runner-up at 138 pounds after falling to Solon’s Ben Carr in 5:58.

Williamsburg edges CCA, 58-53

Late fouls allow Raiders to escape Creek Boys

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Games are often won or lost at the free throw line and that was the case Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Tiffin as the Williamsburg Raiders escaped from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) with a 58-53 win.

IC West boys tame CR Kennedy, 83-53

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Trojans extended their win streak to eight consecutive games with an 83-53 pounding of the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
The Trojans rocketed to a 22-8 lead at the end of the first period and held a commanding 44-18 lead at halftime. The Cougars’ best period came in the third with a 21-point counter-attack, but the West High juggernaut was still ahead 60-39 heading into the final quarter.

Cedar Rapids Prairie bests Iowa City West, 44-21

Prairie Hawks top Trojans on the mat

North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– Cedar Rapids Prairie took down the Iowa City West High Trojans in the final dual meet of the regular season Thursday, Feb. 2, at Prairie High School with the Prairie Hawk varsity winning, 44-21.
Nelson Brands (152 pounds) pinned Prairie’s Morgan Hood in 1:58 while Guy Snow (220) pinned Prairie’s Alex Heisdorffer in 4:59. Tyler Yoerger (170) won 5-3 in sudden victory (SV) against Prairie’s Justis Kruse while Alex Aguirre (120) won a 3-2 decision over Prairie’s Ted Zangerle and Carter Rohweder (160) took an 8-4 decision from Prairie’s Tyger Whitters.