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Sports

A new chapter for Lightning volleyball

NORTH LIBERTY– The Lightning are back on the volleyball court. Last year, Whitney Lang led a dozen Iowa City West High freshmen as Liberty High’s first volleyball team. The freshmen were attending West while waiting for Liberty to be completed and will be sophomores in the new high school this fall. The Lightning were fourth in the CRANDIC League standings at the mid-point of the season against Cedar Rapids and Iowa City squads such as Prairie, Washington, West High, City High and Jefferson.

Liberty’s Lightning Bolts join Women of Troy to make a splash

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy swimmers will have their ranks bolstered this season by the Liberty High Lightning Bolts. With Liberty opening this month, many would-be West High freshmen and sophomores will instead go to Liberty. While the new school will field several athletic programs of it’s own in the 2017-18 school year, some programs, such as swimming, will be shared with West High.

North Liberty Recreation Center

PRESCHOOL
PROGRAMS

Motion Madness
Th 10-10:45 a.m. beginning Sept. 7
Simply a recreational opportunity for kids to use all their body muscles in a fun way! Kids just want to play, so various activity points will be set up in an obstacle course format for kids to go wild!
Fee: $25 res/$30 non-res
Register by Aug. 24
Kinder Club
T 9:30-11:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 5

Lightning readies to strike the gridiron

NORTH LIBERTY– In 2016, Liberty High School was under construction and future Liberty students were attending Iowa City West High School. However, some of those student athletes donned the black, purple and silver of their soon-to-be school and competed as The Lightning, The Lightning Bolts or more informally, The Bolts.

Competition makes Creek XC Girls better

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls cross country team returns four starters to the line-up with senior Olivia Fairholm, juniors Kaylie Barker (All-Conference and 2016 state qualifier) and Ally Loren and sophomore Liv Smyka back to set the pace for the Clippers.
Coach Jane Astor, with 26 years at CCA, likes what she sees in her Creek Girls this season.
“We have a strong leader in Fairholm,” Astor said. “Barker trains well in the summer and will be ready to lead the team on the course.”

Hawkeye offense 2017

Hawk Talk

Media day for football was last Saturday, and since I missed my first media day in 16 years last August, I was ready to go.
My niece Kym got married and it was a great wedding, but it was in Missoula, Mont., on the same weekend as football media day.
Kym and her husband Ryan are Hawkeye fans so it was a great time.
The next three weeks I’ll break down the offense, defense and special teams.

Offensive Line

The Hawkeye offense always starts up front with the offensive line and this years’ group should be one of Iowa’s strengths.

“Bolt” your driveway through Thursday, Aug. 31

NORTH LIBERTY– Let the Liberty High School Booster Club “Bolt” your driveway.
As part of the first annual fundraiser, you can get a 3-foot-by-2-foot, black Liberty Lightning bolt painted on your driveway for $25. It is the logo only; no lettering.
All funds will go to the booster club and be used for projects and equipment that support coaches, athletes and programs at Liberty High School.

Clippers Chart a new course

Gabe Bakker takes over CCA football

High Hopes for Trojan boys XC

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans cross country squad was the runner-up team in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) meet and fifth in team standings at the state meet last year. For coach Brian Martz and the boys, neither finish was good enough, and they are looking to improve on both this year.

New head coach for Women of Troy VB

IOWA CITY– Scott Sanders has seen a lot from the “right chair” over eight years as an assistant coach for the Iowa City West High Women of Troy varsity volleyball team. He worked alongside legendary coach Kathy Bresnahan through State Tournament campaigns and Championships, and during the dark days following the death of Caroline Found. After “Brez” retired from coaching, Sanders worked with Randy Dolson. More trips to state ensued.

Trojans swing onto 2017-18 golf season

Linn-Mar wins the day, Spence leads West High

Linn-Mar wins the day, Spence leads West High
By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– Iowa City West High’s golfers haven’t been in their classrooms yet this school year, but already have one meet in the books after competing in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Supermeet Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Ellis Golf Course in Cedar Rapids.

Learning experience ahead for Clippers VB

North Liberty Leader

TIFFIN– School doesn’t start until Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Clear Creek Amana (CCA), but the ladies of the varsity volleyball squad are already getting an education and learning lessons.
Gone are graduated seniors Sheyanne Koethe, McKenna McCreedy, Alivia Carnahan, Jacquelyn Bunch, Lauren Helle, Hanna Rogge and Mackenzie Justice.
The squad has two seniors this season, Zoe Boehme and Kelsey Lipkea, both returning starters.