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North Liberty Leader

Clippers bit by the Bobcats

CCA falls, 3-1 and 2-1, to Benton Community

North Liberty Leader
VAN HORNE— Mother Nature and the Benton Community Bobcats gave the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers a pair of rough nights Tuesday and Wednesday, May 31 and June 1, on the Bobcats’ diamond in Van Horne. The Clippers dropped the first half of a doubleheader, 3-1, on Tuesday and had the nightcap rained out, prompting a return the following evening. Unfortunately, even though the weather was far kinder the second time around, Benton Community wasn’t, taking the game, 2-1.

Honoring service, remembering sacrifice

Three Johnson County veterans added to Coralville Vets Trail

CORALVILLE– Three Johnson County veterans– Robert Hatcher, Rodney Walls and Gary Sopher– were recognized for their service by having their names added to the Veterans Trail at the Coralville Lake during the 2016 Dedication Ceremony held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. The three men joined the ranks of 185 other veterans, which have been added over the past 27 years.

NL Annual Free Fishing Weekend June 4 at Liberty Centre Pond

NORTH LIBERTY– Join other area families Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Liberty Centre Pond for a day of free fishing and aquatic education organized by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Scheels, Take A Kid Outdoors and the City of North Liberty. Bring your pole or an ID to check one out. Try to catch bluegills, catfish and more, right in town. Enjoy learning how to cast properly, take a look at live specimens of Iowa fish and turtle species, learn about water and boat safety and have a free hot dog.

Penn splash pad floundering

Bidding dry for aqua play feature

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Kids may have little summer to enjoy the Penn Meadows Park splash pad if a contractor doesn’t soon take the plunge.
The City of North Liberty opened bid letting for the $100,000 project on May 17 but didn’t receive any bids, said City Engineer Kevin Strom at a May 24 North Liberty City Council meeting. Councilors voiced concern at the meeting as to whether the splash pad, to be located near the new Penn Meadows Park Pavilion, would be finished by the original August 2016 completion date.

City-wide garage sales June 9-12

NORTH LIBERTY– Local organizers have selected the weekend of June 10 for city-wide garage sales in North Liberty and have set up a website with information for sellers and buyers: northlibertygaragesales.com.
In addition to the website, garage-sale-goers will be able to pull up a mobile-friendly Google Map and find nearby sales by item categories.
Questions about sales can be addressed to the organizers at questions@northlibertygaragesales.com.

Volunteer at Blues & BBQ July 9

NORTH LIBERTY– In preparation for its 10th year, North Liberty Blues & BBQ is recruiting volunteers. The annual festival requires some 300 community volunteers, doing jobs as diverse as set up and tear down, assisting kids into inflatable rides or with crafts, serving craft beer and directing cars to parking and much more.

NLFD Open House and grill-out June 18

NORTH LIBERTY– The NLFD would like to open its doors and invite the community to come see the firehouse and get to know the firefighters and the equipment on Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be fun and interactive “firefighting” games and demonstrations for all ages. The fire department will also be grilling out and serving lunch.

North Liberty Summer Reading Program kicks off

NORTH LIBERTY– Kids and adults alike can tackle reading this summer with the North Liberty Community Library (NLCL) Summer Reading Program, which officially kicked off Wednesday, May 25, at the Zeller Street Hills Bank in North Liberty.
The event showcased the various 2016 summer reading programs for babies, toddlers, school-age kids, teens and adults– all focused on the Collaborative Summer Library Program’s (CSLP) fitness, health and wellness theme. The programs are meant to tie in with the Summer Olympics occurring in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August.

CCA’s Facilities Committee begins four-month mission

TIFFIN– The school board needed a little help and the community responded.

Trojans return to state soccer tourney

Sanchez’ free kick gives IC West the 2-1 edge over Bettendorf

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans are headed back to the Class 3A State Soccer Tournament in Des Moines. The tournament campaign, which starts for West Thursday, June 2, marks the 16th such trip in 17 years and the first championship quest since 2014 as the team fell short of Des Moines last year.
The Trojans pulled out a 2-1 win over the Bettendorf Bulldogs Saturday, May 28, in Iowa City to punch their tournament tickets.

Central DeWitt Sabers stop Clippers’ state bid

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DEWITT– The Sabers of Central Clinton-DeWitt ended the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys’ state soccer tournament hopes Wednesday, May 25, in a Class 2A Substate Semifinal. The Sabers took the match, 1-0, to end the Creek Boys’ season at 13-5.
The Clippers won their first round match, 3-1, over the North Scott Lancers Monday, May 23, in Tiffin. Trey Godbolt, Blake Nelson and Wyatt Sedlacek scored for CCA with assists by Sam Evans, Erick Martinez and Sedlacek.

West blasts Bulldogs on the diamond in season opener

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IOWA CITY— The West High Trojans’ varsity baseball team opened the 2016 season 2-0 after a home doubleheader against Bettendorf Tuesday, May 24.
West pounded the Bulldogs, 13-1 and 14-4.
The Trojans put up three runs in the second inning of game one followed by one in the third and nine in the fourth. The Bulldogs’ sole run came in the top of the fifth and final inning.