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Clippers sink in seventh

Mid-Prairie deals CCA a 4-3 loss

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers opened the 2016 varsity softball season on Tuesday, May 24, at their home diamond with a visit from the Golden Hawks of Mid-Prairie.
The Clippers held the Hawks scoreless for six innings but a series of mistakes led to a four-run rally in the seventh inning, giving Mid-Prairie the 4-3 win.

Creek Boys split with Demons

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WASHINGTON– Cappy’s Crew opened the 2016 season with a varsity doubleheader on the road, in Washington, Tuesday, May 24, and came home with a 1-1 record. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers dropped the opener 5-4 but rallied back for an 11-1 nightcap win.

CCA edges Anamosa, 6-4

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TIFFIN– Cappy’s Crew won their first WaMaC conference game of the season Friday, May 27, at home, against the Blue Raiders of Anamosa, by a score of 6-4 in the first half of a varsity doubleheader. The second half was postponed due to lightning, heavy rain and even reports of a few funnel clouds throughout southern Johnson County.
The Clippers scored one run in the bottom of the first inning for a 1-0 lead when Cody Ogden came home on a Jake Neubauer single to right field. The Raiders retaliated with one run each in the third, fourth and fifth innings, to go up 3-1.

Cappy’s Crew takes BGM tourney

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BROOKLYN– For the fifth time in six years, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) won the BGM (Brooklyn, Guernsey and Malcom) High School baseball tournament. The Clippers defeated the Bears of BGM and the Big Reds of Centerville for the win Saturday, May 28.
CCA escaped the Bears, 6-5, in game one of the tournament. Cappy’s Crew put up three runs in the top of the first inning as Cody Armstrong scored on a Jake Neubauer single, and Neubauer came home on a two-run homer by Robby Swails.

Creek Girls split with Blue Raiders

CCA falls, 3-7, then wins, 6-5, against Anamosa

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ANAMOSA– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity softball girls suffered an early season setback Thursday, May 26, on the road against Anamosa as they split with the Blue Raiders in a doubleheader. Anamosa took the first game, 7-3, while the Creek Girls won the nightcap, 6-5, dropping the Clippers to 1-2 on the season.

Iowa City West Math Club wins State Math Championship

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High School Math Club competed Saturday, April 23, at the State of Iowa Math Championship in Iowa City. At the event, the Iowa City West High Math Club earned the State Math Championship for the 12th consecutive year and for the 17th time in the event’s 18-year history.
Final overall large school results: First place – Iowa City West, 340.5 points; second place – Des Moines Central Academy, 265.2 points; third place – Northwest Junior High, 193.8 points
Individual winners from West High include:

Cracking no cause for alarm

NORTH LIBERTY– A Highway 965 bridge that’s ferried traffic across the Iowa River since 1955 is in need of updates– and soon.
Structural deficiencies of a two-lane bridge between North Liberty and Swisher, discovered last Wednesday, May 18, during routine Johnson County Secondary Roads maintenance, resulted in an emergency lane closure, 20-ton maximum gross vehicle weight limit and traffic light controls set-up. The action was voted upon by the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

Riding against the wind

Cyclists pedal to increase organ donation awareness

NORTH LIBERTY– A conversation with cycling fanatic Dave Full will often lead to a topic people may not expect.
“Are you an organ donor?” he’ll ask. “Check your driver’s license right now.”

Stepping up to lead

North Liberty Community Pantry gets a new director

NORTH LIBERTY– Where the North Liberty Community Pantry is concerned, new executive director Kaila Rome believes in treating everyone with dignity and respect. That includes individuals or families visiting the pantry to receive food, and the volunteers serving them. She also loves how the community returns that respect.

North Liberty earns national “playful city” designation

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty has been honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the fifth time, and was one of only three cities named in Iowa. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable. North Liberty invests in playgrounds, parks, green spaces and trails to make the community more playable. The city continues to support local youth sports, and is adding a splash pad in Penn Meadows Park.

Completed, but not yet finished

CCA Middle School addition work on-hold until students leave

By Chris Umscheid
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TIFFIN– The addition to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Middle School in Tiffin continues to frustrate the administration and school board, despite being put into service and occupied earlier this year.
The $14.8 million, 60,000-square-foot, two-story addition was part of a $48 million bond issue voters approved in 2014 to alleviate over-crowding while providing additional space for future enrollment growth in the district. The project was to have been completed ahead of the start of the current school year but was soon besieged by delays.

NL American Legion Memorial Day schedule

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty American Legion Memorial Day flag raising schedule will be: 9:30 a.m. Ridgewood Cemetery.
Following the ceremony at Ridgewood, the Legion representatives will travel to Club 76, at 3949 Mehaffey Bridge Road, for another flag ceremony.
At 1:30 p.m., East Overlook at Coralville Lake, and at 6 p.m. at the Sutliff Bridge.