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Creek Boys raid the Raiders

Swails and Withrow put up 17 points each in CCAs 77-52 win over Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys solidified their top-of-the-WaMaC West standing with a 77-52 win over rival Williamsburg in a WaMaC West showdown Tuesday, Dec. 22, in the Raiders’ gym.
The Clippers found themselves sinking at the end of the first period as the Raiders knocked holes in the “Boats” for a 19-9 lead, but a 25-point effort by CCA in the second gave the boys in blue a 34-27 halftime advantage. The onslaught continued in the third as the Creek Boys pounded in the baskets, outscoring the Raiders 23-14 for a 57-41 lead going into the final quarter.

J-Hawks take close one from the Lightning’s ladies

Liberty falls 56-52 to CR Jefferson with 12 points from Brynlee Slockett

CEDAR RAPIDS– Liberty High’s varsity girls got two games in for the 2020-2021 season before the Christmas break, but were kept on the hunt for their first win after a Tuesday, Dec. 22, trip to Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, and a battle on the hardwood with the J-Hawks.
Jefferson pulled out a 56-52 win improving to 1-2 while dropping the Lightning to 0-2.

Bolts blitz the J-Hawks

Kelby Telander leads Liberty High with 27 points in 83-66 win over CR Jefferson

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity boys improved to 2-0 on the season with an 83-66 home win over Cedar Rapids Jefferson on Tuesday, Dec. 22.
The Bolts found themselves in a six-point hole down 19-13 at the end of the first period, and were outscored 26-20 in the second period for a 45-33 halftime deficit. A 35-point assault by the Bolts in the third, while holding the J-Hawks to only 10 points, lifted Liberty to a 68-55 advantage going into the final eight minutes.

Its retirement day!

Four men and 130 years of law enforcement experience retire from the sheriffs office

IOWA CITY The Thin Blue Line (which represents the men and women of law enforcement standing between the civil society and chaos) is thinner today in Johnson County. Four longtime members of the Johnson County Sheriffs Office (JCSO): Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek, Major (Chief Deputy) Steve Dolezal, Captain Gary Kramer and Lieutenant Brian Adolph, all retired as of Thursday, Dec. 31. Combined, the men add up to over 130 years of law enforcement experience.

Start the New Year with a hike

Lake Macbride among 50 State Parks participating in First Day Hike Challenge

SOLON Last New Years Day 4,358 people hiked trails in Iowas state parks in an annual First Day Hike event, the highest number since the start of the program in 2012. A reported 145 (also a record amount) of them hiked the nearly 2-1/2 mile round trip on Lake Macbrides Beach to Dam Trail from the main lodge to the dam.
The hike is still on to start out 2021 on the right (or left) foot, but the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is making some substantial changes due to the ongoing pandemic.

Beat the Bitter offers free and safe events folks can count on this winter

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter returns for its sixth year with safe activities to look forward to and brighten up this long and isolated winter.
The schedule for Jan. 30 through Feb. 6, 2021, is now available at beatthebitter.com. All programming is free. Highlights include family fun and fireworks in Penn Meadows Park, a virtual Snuggie Crawl, and a twist on the annual 5K-ish Obstacle Run.

December 23rd

Spartan wrestlers 4th at packed Ft. Madison invite

Dual wins against Clinton and Maquoketa

FORT MADISON– Solon crowned two champs and came away with fourth place at a crowded Fort Madison Invitational Dec. 19.
Hayden Taylor (160 pounds) and Gage Marty (220) captured first place, while Lucas Kampman (170) took second and Caleb Ebert (152) came in third.
Dubuque Hempstead walked away with the team title, rolling up 248.5 points. From there, it was the best of the rest with Cedar Rapids Kennedy a solid second with 169.5 and Burlington Notre Dame third with 145.5.
The Spartans’ 141.5 points edged out host Fort Madison (141) for fourth.

Lady Spartans trample Trojans, 63-24

SOLON– The Lady Spartans varsity basketball team continued its win streak on Thursday, Dec. 17, at home, trampling the South Tama Trojans, 63-24.
The Lady Spartans took to the court with a different swagger on Thursday against the Trojans, shooting with confidence and maintaining the defense that provided them with their Tuesday win over the Marion Indians.
Solon shot out to a 14-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and held the Trojans to single digits with a 29-9 halftime lead.

After eight years, Lady Spartans best Marion, 55-43

SOLON– “Marion is Marion,” said Lady Spartan Head Basketball Coach Jamie Smith.
For the first time since the Solon girls’ varsity basketball team defeated the Marion Indians, 64-50, on Feb. 13, 2013, the Lady Spartans summited that lofty precipice again.
The Lady Spartans bested the defending WaMaC East Division champion Marion Indians, 55-43, on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at home. It was Solon’s third straight win since opening the season 1-2, and includes a win over 3A’s fifth-ranked Center Point-Urbana, catapulting them to the top of the East Division standings with a 4-1 record.

Spartans take down Indians

Solon edges Marion, blows out No. 3 Camanche late

SOLON– Chalk up two more quality home wins, both against Indians.
Solon’s varsity boys’ basketball team pulled out a 49-48 thriller against Marion then clamped down on Camanche (third-ranked in Class 2A) Saturday, Dec. 19, for a 68-44 win.
For Camanche, it was the first loss of the season.
The Spartans won the game in the final period.