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August 28th

Creek Boys No.1 in preseason XC rankings

IATC puts CCA at the top of Class 3A

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Clippers took the top spot in the Iowa Association of Track Coaches (IATC) preseason cross country team rankings. CCA’s squad was ranked No. 1 in Class 3A in the rankings released on Thursday, Aug. 22.
The Creek Boys topped the 15-team list, which includes WaMaC foes Marion and Mount Vernon-Lisbon. The WaMaC’s Center Point-Urbana was listed as one of the “Teams to Watch.”

“Grit, Gravel, Grind– Lightning Within Us”

2019 Liberty Girls Cross Country preview

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity girls cross country Head Coach Tonya McDonough titled her 2019 preseason media guide “Grit, Gravel, Grind– Lightning Within Us,” which sets the tone for the Lightning.
This is the third season for the program, having run an incomplete team in 2017, which competed as an independent, not affiliated with an athletic conference.
Camille Mac, then a freshman, qualified for the Class 3A state meet and finished 13th overall in 19:16.

Nine weeks to seal their legacy for the O-Bolts

2019 Liberty High varsity football preview

NORTH LIBERTY– Four years ago, 21 Iowa City West High freshmen suited up in black pants, jerseys and helmets, instead of West High green garb, and became the Liberty High Lightning, otherwise known as the Bolts.
The school hadn’t been built yet, but the young men were destined by their grade level to attend it when it was. As the first football team, they named themselves the Original Bolts, or “O-Bolts.”
Jeff Gordon has been head coach since day one. Together they’ve put together a 14-13 record over three seasons: freshman, sophomore and one year of varsity.

Grant Elementary opens its doors

NL’s newest elementary school honors a living legend

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) opened the doors to its 22nd elementary school on Wednesday, Aug. 21, with a ribbon cutting and ice cream social.
The new school, Christine Grant Elementary, is the fourth ICCSD elementary school in North Liberty (North Bend Elementary is part of the Clear Creek Amana School District), the sixth school building total, and the first to be built in North Liberty after Liberty High School opened in 2017.
The district has 28 schools in total with more likely as enrollment growth in and around North Liberty continues.

Will Cappy return?

CCA launches search for an official mascot

OXFORD– Cappy might be coming back to Clear Creek Amana (CCA).
Cappy is the blue suited, silver bearded sea captain who showed up on a banner on the outfield fence of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) baseball diamond in Tiffin in 2013, and on hats and uniforms of the players as an unofficial team mascot.

Starting the school year out right

NL volunteers help area youth during Back 2 School Bash

NORTH LIBERTY– Back to school time can be a tremendous burden to families with lists of necessary school supplies and the challenges of ever-growing children in need of new shoes and clothing.
The North Liberty community banded together on Friday, Aug.16, to ease that burden with the second annual “Back 2 School Bash” held at Penn Meadows Park.
Five-hundred fifty-seven North Liberty area kids received backpacks, shoes, toiletries, socks and underwear, a bag of groceries, school supplies, and even a haircut; and all at no charge.

Volleyball opens season with quad meet Thursday

Lady Spartans look to replace 9 graduated seniors

SOLON– There will be a lot of shoes to fill for the Solon varsity volleyball team.
The squad graduated nine seniors, five of them starters in the varsity rotation.
Gone are seniors Taylor Moore, Raysa Garbes, Kate Benzing, Rachael Nelson, Hannah Kramer, Abby Smith, Taylor Noonan, Elli Becicka and Vanessa Milliman, as well as Lauren Schrock, the team’s leader in kills last year.
But third-year Solon Head Coach Sarah Ferin is looking forward to a good season.
“The seniors are ready to contribute after waiting behind a four-year starting class that graduated last year,” Ferin noted.

Fall Sports Kick Off displays strong programs

Preseason prospects keep Coach Miller focusing on balance

SOLON– Spartan Stadium filled with fall sports athletes and Spartan faithful, like a cornucopia of athletic promise, prior to the Spartans’ preseason scrimmage with Union on Friday, Aug. 23.
The matchup, previously scheduled to be played at Union was relocated to Solon when conditions of Union’s field forced the change of venue. Subsequently the Falls Sports Kick Off was also rescheduled from Thursday, Aug. 22, to coincide with the Union scrimmage at Spartan Stadium.

Supervisors and farmers at odds, again

Johnson County’s proposed ordinances may impact animal agriculture

IOWA CITY– Six farmers and supporters of agriculture addressed the Johnson County Board of Supervisors during the public comments portion of a work session Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the county’s administrative building in Iowa City.

City and school elections combined in November

Filing period for candidates runs through Sept. 19

JOHNSON COUNTY– It’s time for the presidential candidates to step aside.
There’s a local election to be held this November.
For the first time since a change adopted by the Iowa Legislature in 2017, local city council and school board elections will be combined Tuesday, Nov. 5.
According to the Johnson County Auditor’s Office, city and school elections will be combined in November of odd-numbered years.