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Chris Umscheid

Bolts fall victim to Trojan juggernaut

Strunk homers in West’s 8-3 win over Liberty

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High closed out the regular season at 29-9 extending its win streak to nine in a row at the expense of new rival Liberty High with an 8-3 non-conference varsity win Monday, July 9, at West High.

Not your grandpa's playground

Centennial Park’s first playground ready for Blues & BBQ festival

NORTH LIBERTY– Playground design has come a long way. Forty years ago, kids played on jungle gyms and monkey bars installed on asphalt pads or surrounded by various sizes of gravel. Later, bits and pieces of shredded tires were layered around the appliances, cushioning young bodies from the inevitable falls. More recently, other materials such as wood chips were placed to provide a softer surface.

CCA's SAVE: An alternative to asking taxpayers for more

CCA explores funding options through SAVE dollars

OXFORD– SAVE: “Secure an Advanced Vision for Education,” is a funding stream many school districts in Iowa rely on for a multitude of projects without having to dip into an already strained general fund. SAVE was previously known as “SILO” or the School Infrastructure Local Option tax, or more formally, “the Statewide School Infrastructure Sales and Services Tax.”

Clippers split with Stormin’ Pointers

CCA baseball sweeps, softball swept

CENTER POINT– The Clear Creek Amana varsity baseball and softball teams traveled to Center Point for a pair of doubleheaders Monday, June 25, against the Center Point-Urbana (CPU) Stormin’ Pointers.
Both Clipper squads hit the .500 mark with the Creek Boys improving to 12-12 sweeping the Pointers, 10-5 and 6-4, while the Creek Girls dipped to 14-14 being swept, 11-0 and 7-1.

Bolts and Pirates split in Cedar Rapids

Kimm RBI lifts Liberty, 2-1

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty Lightning snapped the Alburnett Pirates’ nine-game winning streak on Wednesday, June 27, at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids.
The Pirates took game one of the varsity doubleheader 4-2, but the Bolts regrouped and won the nightcap, 2-1.

CCA names principal for new elementary in Tiffin

District approves from within

OXFORD– Sometimes the obvious answer is right in front of you. For the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District, as Communications Director Laurie Haman said in a recent press release, the district, “did not have to look far to add a new elementary principal.” Brian Williams, the current Director of Curriculum and Instruction, has been approved by the board to become the principal of the new elementary school, which is currently under construction just north of Tiffin Elementary.

Trojans sweep J-Hawks

Barnes’ dinger ends game one on Monday, rain delays game two until Saturday

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s varsity Trojans swept Cedar Rapids Jefferson in a two-day doubleheader that started on Monday, June 18, and finished on Saturday, June 23, at West High. West took game one 15-4 in five innings and won the nightcap, which was suspended in the second inning due to weather, 8-7. The game was to be resumed on Tuesday, June 19, but additional rain pushed the conclusion to Saturday.

Spartans sweep the Creek Boys

Solon takes doubleheader, 6-2 and 10-0, from CCA

CEDAR RAPIDS— Soggy field conditions in Tiffin moved the annual non-divisional WaMaC conference baseball double header, between Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Solon, to Mount Mercy University’s turf diamond, in Cedar Rapids, on Thursday, June 14. Solon swept the Clippers, 6-2 and 10-0. Luke Ira set the tone for the Spartans, belting out a solo homerun on the first pitch of game one. Solon jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a two-RBI double by Adam Bock, an RBI single from Zach Wegmann and a run scored on a passed ball.

Lady Spartans split with Creek Girls

CCA wins JV game, 9-5; Solon takes varsity, 5-1

SOLON— The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers and the Solon Lady Spartans met on the softball diamond Wednesday, June 13, in Solon, for a pair of non-divisional rivalry games.The Clipper JV squad defeated Solon, 9-5, thanks in part to a home run in the top of the fourth inning by Lillie Haman. Haman’s solo shot put the Creek Girls ahead, 8-2.

The big first

Liberty High holds first graduation ceremony

NORTH LIBERTY– One year ago, forty juniors made the decision to leave schools they’d already spent three years in, and spend their senior year in brand new Liberty High School in North Liberty. While freshmen and sophomores in the new attendance area were assigned to the new school, juniors and seniors had the option of staying put or transferring. On Saturday, May 26, those students were presented the first diplomas from the new school in the first graduation event, which was held in the auditorium.

A walk in the park

CCA walks to 13-1, 13-1 wins over Liberty High

OXFORD– A new non-conference rivalry started Monday, May 21, as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers welcomed the Liberty High Lightning (Bolts) to McAreavy Field, in Oxford, on opening night of the 2018 season. The Clippers overwhelmed the very young Bolts - 19 freshmen, four sophomores and two eighth-graders, 13-1 and 13-1, in a pair of three-inning games.
Freshman Ashlyn Geasland singled for the Bolts in the top of the first inning, in game one, and scored Liberty’s run on an RBI triple by sophomore Brylee Klosterman.

Supervisors approve Comprehensive Plan

Rettig casts lone no vote

IOWA CITY– The job is finally done.
After 18 months of committee meetings, work sessions, public input meetings and other input, the Johnson County’s Board of Supervisors approved the county’s first-ever Comprehensive Plan on a 4-1 vote Thursday, May 17.