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Chris Umscheid

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Progress on all fronts, and a new name, too

Elected officials receive an update on Johnson County’s Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center

NORTH LIBERTY– Johnson County’s Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center (BHUCC), or Access Center, is taking shape after years of discussion and planning.
Matt Miller, the county’s project manager, provided an update on the facility during a Monday, Jan. 13, joint entities meeting of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, the Iowa City Community School Board, and city councils including North Liberty, Coralville, Iowa City, Hills and University Heights.

Busier than ever

NL Pantry sets records in 2019

NORTH LIBERTY– 2019 was a record-setting year for the North Liberty Community Pantry, according to Executive Director Kaila Rome.
“It was the first year we gave out over 400,000 pounds of food, and it was the first time we had over 10,000 visits,” she said.
To be exact, it was 427,000 pounds, and 10,591 visits, an increase of about 1,000 visits over 2018’s tally.
“We served 763 families, an increase of 6 percent, so we’re seeing the need has definitely gone up,” Rome said.
Many of those visits were from people who had never turned to a pantry for help before, she added.

An effort to protect vulnerable renters

Johnson County Mobile Home Task Force calls for legislative changes

NORTH LIBERTY– Last April, Havenpark Capital, a Utah-based investment firm, purchased the Golfview Mobile Home Park in North Liberty, along with Midwest Country Estates in Waukee, Sunrise Village Mobile Home Park in Iowa City, Western Hills in Coralville and West Branch Village in West Branch.
Havenpark Capital raised the lot rent from 69 percent (Waukee) to 28 percent (Sunrise).

Creek Girls get by Vikettes

Stratton leads CCA with 30 points in 61-56 win over Vinton-Shellsburg

TIFFIN– A 30-point night by Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Karsyn Stratton pushed the Clippers past the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at home. The Creek Girls put up their fourth consecutive win, staying perfect in 2020, with a 61-56 WaMaC Conference victory. The win improved CCA’s record to 9-3, while Vinton-Shellsburg dipped to 7-5 and had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Tigers slip past the Lightning

Liberty boys fall 63-51 to Cedar Falls

CEDAR FALLS– The Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball team dipped to 5-3 after a 63-51 loss to the Cedar Falls Tigers Tuesday, Jan. 14, in Cedar Falls. The Lightning trailed the Tigers, 14-11, at the end of the first quarter and were down, 32-18, at halftime. The Bolts fought back in the second half with a 13-point effort in the third period but still trailed Cedar Falls, 45-31, going into the fourth. Liberty cut the gap to six points with three minutes remaining and outscored the Tigers 21-18 in the final period, but, as Head Coach Stu Ordman said, “Too many turnovers for Bolts.”

8th-ranked Tigers devour Bolts

Liberty girls fall, 73-19, to Cedar Falls

NORTH LIBERTY– It was another rough night for the Bolts as the eighth-ranked in Class 5A Cedar Falls Tigers mauled them, 73-19, at home, on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Creek Boys 1-2 on Indee’s mat

Nate Beckman wins twice for CCA in quad meet

INDEPENDENCE– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) wrestlers traveled to Independence on Thursday, Jan. 16, for a quad meet with the host Mustangs, Waterloo East, and Beckman Catholic, from Dyersville, and ended the night 1-2.
The Creek Boys knocked off the Trojans of Waterloo East, 54-24, in a 10-forfeit match. Jayden Massey picked up a win at 120 pounds by pinning East’s Ryan Strong in 1:39.