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Archive - 2020

July 1st

Creek Girls and Lady Spartans split

CCA wins, 8-4, and falls, 9-2

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School girls softball team recovered from a pair of losses to Benton Community and made a statement splitting with WaMaC East rival Solon Wednesday, June 24, at McAreavy Field, in Oxford. The win against the Lady Spartans was the first for the varsity Clippers since a doubleheader sweep in 2012.

Bolts sweep the Trojans

Liberty baseball tops IC West, 5-4 and 8-1

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity baseball team opened the season June 16 with a 2-0 win over Iowa City High, and won bragging rights by sweeping Iowa City West High, 5-4 and 8-1, on Tuesday, June 23, at Liberty High.
The Bolts had a two-run burst in the bottom of the third inning in game one to take a 3-2 lead and, after the Trojans tied the game 3-3 in the top of the fifth, the Lightning flashed again with a run in the bottom to retake the lead and added an insurance run in the sixth. The Trojans scored one run in the seventh, but Liberty held on for the 5-4 win.

Creek Boys sweep the Bobcats, 3-0 and 10-3 Bollers gets a pair of homers against Benton Community

TIFFIN The Clear Creek Amana varsity baseball team swept the Benton Community Bobcats off the diamond Tuesday, June 23, at home. The Clippers took game one, 3-0, and shelled the Cats, 10-0, in the nightcap, boosted by a pair of home runs from TJ Bollers.
Parker Smith knocked a double in game one, while Grant Jensen had a pair of singles and drove in one run. Brock Reade, Bollers, Ben Swails, Casey Ogden and Cade Armstrong hit one each with an RBI for Reade. Ogden went the distance for the Creek Boys striking out two and giving up four hits.

Not as much pomp, fewer parades and little in the way of illuminations

4th of July celebrations look different in the age of COVID and fireworks ordinances

IOWA CITY– John Adams commented on the Fourth of July, “It will be celebrated with pomp and parade, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.”
However, with ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 virus and restrictions on the personal use of fireworks, this year’s celebration of Independence Day may well have far less pomp, fewer parades, socially-distant bonfires, and little in the way of “illuminations.”

A little knowledge can save a life

Diventures in North Liberty urges safety in and around the water this summer

NORTH LIBERTY– As the COVID-19 crisis continues, people are finding fewer than normal recreational opportunities, including taking a dip in a municipal swimming pool. The outdoor pool at the North Liberty Recreation Center is closed for the season while the indoor pool is open for lap swimming by reservation only.

Keeping the kiddos fed

CCA provides over 53,000 meals during shutdown, and theyre not done yet

TIFFIN When the COVID-19 crisis closed schools, districts across the state scrambled to provide distance learning opportunities and electronic devices to make it possible. They also had to come up with a way to provide a more basic need: the lunches and breakfasts many of their students depended on.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District quickly mobilized on both fronts, distributing Chromebook tablets and acquiring and distributing Internet hot spots. The district also formulated a first-of-its-kind (for CCA) plan to keep the meals coming.

June 25th

Wilson’s Orchard and Farm opens farm market, bakery, cidery and strawberry patches for U-pick and pre-picked fruit sales

IOWA CITY– Wilson’s Orchard and Farm opened for its first-ever summer season on Saturday, June 20. Despite a late frost in May, the strawberry plants flourished. This year, Wilson’s will harvest its first crop of strawberries.
The addition of strawberries to the farm is part of an effort to further diversify the crops and products, allowing the business to extend the season to six months, from June through December. It also means providing a wider variety of locally grown produce to our community.

No Beef Days

Solon’s annual celebration limited to socially distant events Buy your Beef Days Bundles starting July 1

SOLON– “Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel our traditional 2020 Solon Beef Days events,” the Facebook post said.
With that, Solon’s Beef Days Committee announced on June 16 what many suspected.
“This decision did not come easy, but after careful consideration and conversations with city officials and local health agencies we have decided that Beef Days could not go on like normal under the current social distancing guidelines and other restrictions set forth for our state,” the post continued.

Baseball is back

Spartans topple Fairfield in home opener Solon begins season with split at West Delaware

SOLON– Fans welcomed Solon’s varsity baseball team back to the diamond June 17 for a home opener against the Fairfield Trojans.
The Spartans made the most of six hits and five walks for a 9-3 win.
The victory moved Solon to 2-1 after starting the season with a doubleheader split with West Delaware June 15.
Junior Brayden Rickertson threw 4 1/3 innings on the mound, giving up four hits and two unearned runs while striking out four and walking three. Senior Sully Steen pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief, giving up an unearned run and a hit.

Roaring back from 0-2

Lady Spartans on a six-game tear Solon sweeps home opener against CPU

SOLON– There’s nothing like home cooking.
After dropping the first two games of a condensed season at West Delaware June 15, Solon High School’s varsity softball team returned to the friendly confines at home and promptly erased the opening day memory with six straight double-digit wins.
The Lady Spartans opened the home stand with a doubleheader against Center Point-Urbana (CPU) June 17, rolling up 11-1 and 12-0 victories. On Friday, June 19, Solon swept Maquoketa 15-3 and 10-0, and at a weekend triangular Saturday, June 20, the Lady Spartans lapped Union Community 12-2 and Durant 12-0.