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January 29th

The Golden Speedo

IOWA CITY– Rivalries between the Iowa City high schools create unique traveling trophies. Iowa City West High and Iowa City High have “The Golden Spike” for the annual varsity volleyball match. West and City have “The Boot” for football. And for West and City, the boys on the swim teams battle once a year for “The Golden Speedo.”

Lightning almost strikes the Lions

McPherson puts up 19 points, Ono-Fullard has 18 as Liberty falls 58-51 to Linn-Mar

MARION– Liberty High’s varsity girls dropped to 1-10 on the season Tuesday, Jan. 21, after falling 58-51 to Linn-Mar in the Lions’ den. The Lightning trailed 19-14 at the end of the first quarter, but out-scored the Lions 15-9 in the second period for a 29-28-halftime lead. Linn-Mar retook the lead in the third and held a 39-36 advantage going into the fourth quarter.

A rough night for the Clippers’ grapplers

CCA wrestlers fall to Don Bosco and La Porte City-Union

GILBERTVILLE– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) wrestlers faced a pair of tough, and ranked, opponents Tuesday, Jan. 21, in a varsity double dual meet at Don Bosco Catholic High School in Gilbertville.
The Dons, No. 1 in Class 1A, shut out the Clippers, 77-0. The Creek Boys hoped to rebound in their second dual of the night, against the No. 9 in 2A Knights, but fell, 70-9.

Stratton hits 1,501 career points

CCA’s standout senior’s 20 points leads the Creek Girls to 68-27 win over Independence

INDEPENDENCE– 1,501. That’s how many points Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior Karsyn Stratton scored, as of Friday, Jan. 24. Stratton hit the career milestone on the road at Independence where the Clippers overhauled the Mustangs, 68-27, in the team’s second meeting of the season. The Creek Girls mauled Independence, 58-17, in Tiffin, on Dec. 17.
CCA led, 30-19, at the halftime break, after trailing briefly in the first quarter. The Creek Girls were well in control in the second half, taking the third quarter, 47-21.

Bolts lick the Lions

Liberty High boys defeat Linn-Mar, 51-46

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity boys improved to 6-3 on the season with a 51-46 win over the Linn-Mar Lions Tuesday, Jan. 21, at home.
Ben Houselog, a senior, put up Liberty’s first two points: a pair of free throws, which tied the game at 2-2. Ethan O’Donnell drained a three-point bucket, and followed up with a two-point basket ahead of an Ira Hazeltine three-bomb. However, the Bolts trailed 12-10 at the end of the first quarter.

North Liberty Community Pantry seeking Volunteers in the New Year

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) hosts new volunteer orientation on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at North Liberty Community Pantry, located at 89 N. Jones Boulevard.

Crunching the numbers

Budget time in NL brings public safety discussions

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s budget time for municipalities, and the City of North Liberty is no exception. The City Council met to discuss the general fund for the coming fiscal year (FY21), which starts on July 1, in a special session on Tuesday, Jan. 21. City Administrator Ryan Heiar gave councilors a brief overview of budget requests in the categories of Public Safety, Public Works, Culture and Recreation, Community and Economic Development, General Government, and General Fund Revenues with department heads on hand to take questions.

CCA approves 2020-21 calendar

MLK Day to remain as a potential snow makeup day, despite controversy

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board approved the 2020-21 academic calendar at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The calendar provides for 179 school days with 1,102.5 hours of instruction, down from 180 days and 1,111 days in the current school year. Under state law, schools need to be in session either 180 days or 1,080 hours.

Bigger, but not as Bitter

North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter concludes this weekend

NORTH LIBERTY– Beat the Bitter, a weeklong winter festival, opened on Friday, Jan. 25, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 1. The annual event started in 2016 and has continued to expand its offerings as a way to get families out of their homes in the middle of winter for fun and community fellowship. With only a slight breeze and temperatures in the low 30s, the weather was far less “bitter” than it was during last year’s Polar Vortex.

One win, one tie

Solon wrestlers down Marion, but end in 36-36 deadlock with Mount Vernon

SOLON– Trailing 36-33 heading into the final match, it was up to Nash Altman at 285 pounds.
And he delivered.
Altman’s 1-0 victory against Mount Vernon’s Keaton Dennis knotted the score 36-36 and helped Solon’s varsity wrestlers avoid a loss to the Mustangs during a double dual meet Jan. 23 in Solon.
The Spartans picked up a comfortable 51-28 win over Marion earlier in the evening.
Solon faced an 18-0 deficit against the Mustangs when Jakobe Lahr put the home team on the scoreboard with a pin of Mount Vernon’s Jacob Coon at 126 pounds (2:21).