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Chris Umscheid

Lightning sweeps Mustangs, 3-0

Liberty defeats Dubuque Hempstead, improves to 22-1

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity volleyball team improved to 22-1 with a nine-match winning streak, sweeping Dubuque Hempstead Tuesday, Oct. 8, at home. The Lightning’s 3-0 win started with a 25-19 first-set victory, and was followed by 25-15 and 25-22 wins.
Freshman Cassidy Hartmann led the Bolts with 11 kills, while fellow frosh Shelby Kimm produced nine.
Liberty competes in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Cedar Rapids Prairie starting at 9 a.m.

Looking out for wildlife

NL Scout Dominick Shover takes on a crusade against discarded fishing line

NORTH LIBERTY– According to Dr. Ellen K. Rudolph on her blog Portfolio (www.drellenrudolph.com), “Monofilament fishing line is by far the most dangerous kind of debris encountered by wildlife.” Fishing line (often cut and left in place after getting snagged and tangled in shoreline trees, shrubs or underwater debris) often entangles and kills birds, fish, turtles, frogs and other small mammals, sometimes even injuring or killing pets. Hooks attached to the line can injure or kill as well, especially if the animal swallows it.

Eight candidates for ICCSD board seats

Introducing Michael Tilley, Shawn Eyestone and Lisa Williams

IOWA CITY– Eight candidates are on the ballot for four seats on the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) School Board. Incumbents Shawn Eyestone and Paul Roesler will attempt to keep their seats while Charlie Eastham, Matthew Getz, Michael Tilley, Julie Van Dyke, Stephanie Van Housen and Lisa C. Williams will also challenge for a spot.

Six seeking NL council seats

Introducing Brent Smith, Matthew Eckhardt, Mike Nichols and Bryan Wayson

NORTH LIBERTY– Three incumbents will face two challengers on the Tuesday, Nov. 5, election ballot in North Liberty for three city council seats. RaQuishia Harrington, Chris Hoffman and Brent Smith will defend their four-year terms against challengers Matthew Eckhardt and Michael Nicholls. Harrington and Smith are new to the council with Harrington winning a special election in March to fill the vacancy left by Jim Sayre (who moved out of state) while Smith was appointed by the council in May to replace Jennifer Goings (who also has left the area).

Six running for seats on CCA’s School Board

Introducing Eileen Schmidt, Jennifer Mooney, Matt McAreavy, Brian Hosford and Jeff Tackaberry

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will see changes in its School Board of Directors in the wake of the Tuesday, Nov. 5, elections as board members Terry Davis and Steve Swenka are not seeking reelection while incumbent Matt McAreavy will face Brian Horsford, former board member Eileen Schmidt and Penny Schnedler in a contest for two at-large seats.

Women of Troy and Lightning top the swimming Tigers

Liberty’s Martin wins 200 IM and 100 breaststroke, Trent 2nd in 500 freestyle

CORALVILLE– The combined swimming and diving teams of Liberty High and Iowa City West High knocked off the Cedar Falls Tigers Tuesday, Oct. 1, to remain undefeated through six home meets this season. The Women of Troy and Lightning varsity defeated the Tigers,122-64, with the junior varsity (JV) winning, 113-72.

Creek Boys roll over the River Kings

CCA shuts out Clinton, 43-0

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Head Football Coach Gabe Bakker was sporting a fresh haircut Friday, Oct. 4, before the start of the varsity game against the visiting River Kings of Clinton.
“That mojo from last week had to go,” he said.

Vball Bolts sink the Boats 3-0

No. 2 Liberty High sweeps CCA

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity volleyball team swept Clear Creek Amana (CCA) 3-0 in a non-conference match up Thursday, Oct. 3, at Liberty High. The Lightning, ranked No. 2 in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union in its Thursday, Oct. 3, rankings, improved to 21-1 while the Clippers, unranked in Class 4A, dipped to 13-8.

Bolts sixth in MVC 2nd round divisional golf

Luke Nichols leads Liberty with 85

DUBUQUE– The Liberty High varsity boys golf team ended three rounds of Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) competition in sixth place among the eight-team Valley Division on Monday, Sept. 30, after the second divisional tournament. The tourney was held at the Dubuque Golf and Country Club, and hosted by Dubuque Wahlert.

Growing the STEM

CCA teacher lays out new innovations and big dreams

TIFFIN– STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) has become a focal point of education across the state and the nation. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District began incorporating STEM into the middle school curriculum (sixth through eighth grade) several years ago with Reagan Boeset as the program’s teacher.

Homecoming for the Bolts

Parade and Powderpuff football lead up to gridiron clash with the Clippers

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High School celebrated its Homecoming Week with a parade and Powderpuff Flag Football Game on Thursday, Sept. 26, ahead of Class 3A District 5 varsity football against rival Clear Creek Amana on Friday, Sept. 27.
The parade started on the Liberty campus, wound its way around the adjoining neighborhood and returned to campus with a cookout following. The Powderpuff game pitted senior girls against junior girls in flag football with varsity football players acting as their coaches.

Bolts sink the Boats

Liberty High outlasts CCA, 28-21

NORTH LIBERTY– Last year the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers and Liberty High School’s Lightning clashed for the first time in Class 3A varsity football with the “Boats” taking a lopsided 37-7 win for CCA’s 2018 Homecoming Game. On Friday, Sept. 27, the “Bolts” returned the favor in a much closer game for their 2019 Homecoming as The Lightning zapped the Clippers 28-21 in the first week of District 5 competition.