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Chris Umscheid

Undefeated Little Hawks soar over the Lightning

City High girls pound Liberty High, 63-22

IOWA CITY– The No.1-ranked Iowa City High Little Hawks remained undefeated Monday, Feb. 10, after pounding Liberty High, 63-22, in varsity girls basketball at City High. The Little Hawks defeated the Lighting, 87-31, back in December at Liberty High, and the rematch, set for Jan. 17, was postponed due to weather.

Women of Troy bowl over the Wildcats

Kylie Rohm leads Iowa City West varsity girls past Durant

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High varsity girls bowling team picked up their second win of the season Monday, Feb. 10, at home, against the Durant Wildcats. West High won, 2,096 to 1,072, with Kylie Rohm triumphant with 318, Jade Ritchey filled the runner-up spot with 314, and Liberty High’s Lauren Strauser bowled a 263.
The varsity boys fell, 2,716 to 2,559, with Liberty High’s Robert Jones leading the Trojans with 387, while Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Stirlen Roberson knocked down 369.

IHSAA announces changes for 2020 football

CCA gets new district foes, Solon drops, Liberty moves up

BOONE– The Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) announced significant changes to prep football, starting this year. The association announced the changes Thursday, Feb. 6, after months of study and discussion by its Board of Control.

An afternoon of basketball gets even more exciting at CCA

Faulty motor produces smoke scare

TIFFIN– A small electric motor led to a big disruption Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School in Tiffin.
The motor, part of the ventilation system for the building, and located above a hallway between the main gymnasium and the band room, failed and burned up a little before 2 p.m. Smoke from the motor set off the building’s fire alarms, which prompted the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center to page out the Tiffin and Oxford fire departments for the alarm activation.

Trump and Warren win JoCo Caucus

Lots of participants, slim margins and a technical glitch make Caucus 2020 memorable

NORTH LIBERTY– The 2020 Caucus will be remembered for a number of reasons, including a glitch with a software application which delayed the Democratic results for several days.
Several precincts, for both the Democrats and Republicans, filled rooms at the North Liberty Community Center and clogged the parking lots. Overflow parking migrated to other nearby lots with Recreation Center staff fielding several angry phone calls from businesses whose lots were filled with caucus goers, preventing customers from parking.

Creek Boys get revenge over Stormin’ Pointers

Schrepfer leads with 20 points as CCA knocks off CPU, 66-64

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ basketball team found revenge over the Center Point-Urbana (CPU) Stormin’ Pointers on Tuesday, Feb. 4, with a 66-64 WaMaC Conference win, at home. The Clippers avenged a 57-37 loss on Dec. 20 at CPU, which was tainted with controversy over the officiating, and saw the CCA student body ejected in the first quarter.
The Creek Boys and Pointers were tied 13-all at the end of the first period, in Tiffin, ahead of a 33-28 Clipper lead at halftime. The Pointers inched ahead in the third for a 49-46 advantage going into the final quarter.

Trojan-Bolts earn district championship, again

Seven Liberty High swimmers punch their tickets to the State Swimming Meet

MARION– The “Trojan-Bolts” of the combined Iowa City West High and Liberty High School boys swim team claimed their second straight district championship Saturday, Feb. 8, at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, and will be a force to be reckoned with at the 2020 state meet Saturday, Feb. 15.

Cougars roar past Bolts

CR Kennedy cruises past Liberty girls, 50-35

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity girls’ basketball team dropped to 2-14 on the season Tuesday, Feb. 4, on the road, as Cedar Rapids Kennedy roared past them, 50-35.
Sophomore Haley Napoli put the Bolts on the scoreboard first with a three-pointer, unfortunately for Liberty, it would be the only points of the first quarter as the Cougars pulled ahead, 12-3. Kennedy took a 31-13 halftime lead as Sam McPherson, Isabel Smith, Ava Meyer and Neshy Byrd fought to keep the Lightning in the game.

Warriors and Rams give Creek Boys a tough night

Scranton wins twice for CCA in double dual

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) wrestlers competed in their final dual meets of the regular season Thursday, Feb. 6, at Cedar Rapids Washington High School, against the host Warriors and Dubuque Senior Rams.
The Clippers fell, 51-14, to Dubuque Senior and, 57-21, to Washington.
Kael Scranton was a double winner for the Creek Boys, taking a 138-pound match against Senior’s Carter Elliot with a 12-3 major decision and winning a 132-pound match against Wash’s Joe Foreman with a pin in 1:57.

So many projects, but only so much money

NL Council discusses capital projects and spending surplus funds

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council continued its discussion on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget Tuesday, Jan. 28, during a work session preceding a regular meeting. Council members looked at potential allocations using surplus general fund dollars from FY19 as well as proposed capital projects for the new fiscal year.
General Fund Allocations from FY19 Surplus

The dogs have their day during Beat the Bitter

NL’s weeklong winter festival wraps up with winter games

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter winter festival, a weeklong effort to break people out of their wintertime hibernation, wrapped up Saturday, Feb. 1, with adult kickball and the Run the I“Bitter”Rod 1k doggie fun run/walk at Penn Meadows Park, along with several other events around North Liberty, including the Snuggie Crawl and Boy Scout Troop 216’s annual Chili Supper.

Creek Girls scorch the Trojans, 73-18

A dozen Clippers score for CCA against South Tama

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ basketball team pounded the winless South Tama Trojans for the second time this season Tuesday, Jan. 28, at home. The Clippers rolled the Trojans, 73-18, with a continuous clock for the second half thanks to a 49-10 halftime lead. Back-to-back three-pointers by junior Whitney Traetow gave the Creek Girls a 45-6 advantage ahead of the halftime break.