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Creek Girls break even

CCA goes 2-2, with wins over Union and Tipton

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IOWA CITY– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ softball team broke even in their home softball tournament held Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25, at the University of Iowa’s softball complex.
The Clippers opened with a pair of wins, knocking off LaPorte City-Union, 6-0, and spanking Tipton, 11-1. However, the tide turned on Saturday with a pair of losses to West Branch and Fairfield as the Clippers fell 6-5 and 5-3, respectively.

Spartans and Clippers split doubleheader

Solon rallies back for 7-6 win but CCA takes baseball nightcap, 6-3

By Chris Umscheid
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TIFFIN– It was a night of rallies earning wins as the Solon Spartans tangled with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers in Tiffin Thursday, June 23.
The Spartans gave up a 3-1 lead in the opener as the Clippers put forth a five-run effort in the bottom of the fourth inning for a 6-3 lead. However, one run in the fifth and a three-run rally in the top of the sixth clinched the 7-6 win for Solon.

Clippers split with Vikings in WaMaC doubleheader

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VINTON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity baseball team moved to 9-14 overall following a WaMaC conference doubleheader split Monday, June 20, in Vinton against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings. The Clippers took the opener, 5-2, but fell, 9-3, in the nightcap.
Cappy’s Boys struck first at the top of the opening game’s first inning as Jake Neubauer scored on a Robby Swails fly-ball double to right field.

Cappy’s boys get the sweep

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TIFFIN– Cappy’s Boys, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, took the first half of a WaMaC conference varsity baseball doubleheader 6-4 back on May 27. However, imminent storms washed out the nightcap until Friday, June 24, when the Blue Raiders returned.
Once again, however, the Clippers won the night, this time 11-3.

CCA boys go 1-1 in Grinnell

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GRINNELL– Cappy’s Boys spent Saturday, June 25, in Grinnell’s varsity baseball tournament with Nevada, the host Tigers and North Mahaska Junior-Senior High.
The Clippers decimated the Nevada Cubs, 22-7 in five innings. An eight-run first inning was followed by five more runs in the second for a 13-1 lead. The Cubs regrouped for a four-run effort in the bottom of the third inning, but five more Clipper runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth finished them off. The Cubs did manage two runs in the fourth and had nine hits overall.

Clippers trounce the Trojans

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OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity softball team made it eight wins in a row Wednesday, June 22, as they swept the South Tama Trojans in a pair of four-inning games at McAreavy Field in Oxford. The Creek Girls took the opener, 13-1, and closed out the nightcap, 12-0, to improve to a 15-14 record overall with the end of the season nearing.

Creek Girls swamp the Wiliamsburg Raiders in doubleheader sweep

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OXFORD– The Creek Girls, from Clear Creek Amana (CCA), knocked off the Williamsburg Raiders in a WaMaC conference doubleheader sweep on Tuesday, June 21, on the diamond in Oxford. CCA took the opener, 2-1, and won the nightcap, 9-1.
Claire Navara hit a sacrifice fly to score Courtney James for the first run in the bottom of the fifth inning of game one. Karsyn Stratton scored on an error shortly after.
The Raiders’ run came in the top of the third.

Women of Troy tame the Tigers

IC West wins 12-2 and 12-2 over Cedar Falls

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy improved to 19-5 overall and 15-1 in the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Valley Division following their softball doubleheader sweep Tuesday, June 21, over the Cedar Falls Tigers. West High took both games, 12-2, in five innings each.
Jessie Harder kicked off the scoring in the bottom of the third inning of game one with a two-run double, followed by Skylar Ryan with a two-run single and Darby Donovan knocking an RBI double.
The Tigers answered with a home run off Harder in the top of the fourth, which was good for two runs.

Macbride makes Top Ten list

Lake Macbride State Park named to Take Me Fishing™ 2016 Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish

SOLON– Lake Macbride State Park, west of Solon, has been recognized among the 2016 Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S., according to Take Me Fishing™, whose Top 100 list was released recently.
“I’m not surprised by this recognition,” said Nick Rocca, Lake Macbride State Park ranger. Rocca has talked to many park users and campers that come from near and far to fish Macbride. “They always have good things to say about coming to Macbride to fish.”

Three Johnson County veterans added to 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.

Reaping what they don’t sow

West Branch farmers consign local produce at roadside market

NEWPORT– It’s not your average farmers market, but it’s not your average farm, either.
The Iowa Grown Market, located off Newport Road, south of Solon, is in its third year selling organically-grown produce from a family farm near West Branch– in addition to products from a host of other farms, backyards and kitchens within a 20-mile radius through consignment.

North Liberty council withholds funding for passenger rail study

THE ISSUE
A passenger rail study by the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Railway (CRANDIC) in 2006 deemed service between Iowa City and the Eastern Iowa Airport too costly. Ten years later, CRANDIC is hoping to revisit the study and determine whether population growth and transportation needs could fuel passenger rail service in the Eastern Iowa Corridor.

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