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Chris Umscheid

Spooky shenanigans

Haunted Happenings fill NL’s Rec Center with Halloween family fun

NORTH LIBERTY– For two evenings, part of the North Liberty Recreation Center was turned into a hall of Halloween havoc as the City of North Liberty and the North Liberty Optimist Club sponsored their annual Haunted Happenings. Families took part in a variety of Halloween-themed games and activities on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 24 and 25.
Set up for the event started on Monday, Oct. 21, and wrapped up at 5 p.m. on Thursday, an hour-and-a-half before the doors opened. Between 300-500 kids and their parents/grandparents/guardians were expected each night.

Five candidates running for Tiffin City Council

Introducing Lexi Rector, Melissa Arey, Christine Olney

TIFFIN– Five candidates are on the Tuesday, Nov. 5, ballot for Tiffin City Council as incumbent Peggy Upton, Melissa Arey, Christine Olney, Lexi Rector and Rodney Walls will battle for two, four-year terms.
Tiffin residents will also see a library levy on the ballot. If passed (50 percent required), the Tiffin Public Library Support Levy would increase from .10 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation to .27 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, “for the purpose of offsetting general fund expenses for the City of Tiffin’s annual operating budget.” Collection would begin on July 1, 2020.

Your guide to Trick-or-Treat Hours across the North Liberty Leader area

NORTH LIBERTY– Halloween, or “All Hallows Eve,” or “Hallowe’en,” if you prefer a truly vintage variation, is of course Thursday, Oct. 31. Municipalities set their own official hours for trick-or-treating, generally from near sunset to mid-evening. Below are the times as compiled from across the Leader’s coverage area.
North Liberty — Thursday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Four running for three council seats in Oxford

Introducing Patricia “Pat” Lewis

OXFORD– Four candidates are on the ballot for three city council seats in Oxford.
Incumbent Lorena Weppler is joined by challengers David Cook, Bryan Cooling and Patricia Lewis for three seats on the council, with a four-year term.

Lucky breaks boost Bolts past Knights

Liberty High upsets Assumption Catholic, 14-7

NORTH LIBERTY– A pair of lucky breaks bounced Liberty High’s way in the fourth quarter of a varsity football game against Davenport Assumption Catholic Friday, Oct. 18, at Liberty.
The Lightning upset the Knights 14-7 in a game with potential playoff ramifications.

Senior Night success for “Troy Boltons’” swimmers

Liberty’s Martin wins 50-freestyle and 100-fly, Trent wins 500-freestyle

CORALVILLE– The combined team of Iowa City West High (ICW) and Liberty High swimmers honored nine seniors: Lily Ernst (ICW), Carmela Cohen-Suarez (ICW), Martina Schianchi (ICW), Amber Rose (ICW), Austyn Goodale (ICW), Alanna Lair (ICW), Audrey Wubbena (Washington), Katelyn Sharp (Liberty), and Laurel Haverkamp (ICW) on Tuesday, Oct. 15, for Senior Night, before dominating the visiting Linn-Mar Lions.
The Trojan-Bolt junior varsity (JV) defeated the Lions, 139-40, while the varsity won, 128-58.

Creek Boys fall to Lancers

North Scott runs over CCA, 35-7

ELDRIDGE– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football team found themselves on the wrong side of a 35-7 final score Friday, Oct. 18, as it fell to the Lancers of North Scott, Eldridge in a Class 3A District 5 contest.
Jordan Krauss, a junior, scored the Clippers’ only touchdown on a 14-yard pass reception from Ben Swails. Anthony Hennes, also a junior, booted the point-after kick through the uprights.

Creek Boys earn first WaMaC XC title

Barker, O’Connor and Sexton finish 2, 3, 4 for CCA

MANCHESTER– The No. 1-ranked Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys cross country team picked up its first WaMaC Conference championship Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Hart Ridge Golf Course in Manchester. The Clippers topped the field with 30 points, followed by runner-up Center Point-Urbana (CPU) with 65.
The Creek Boys placed four runners in the top 10, led by junior Brandon Barker. Barker came in second roughly five seconds behind Champion Eli Larson from CPU. Nick O’Connor was third in 16:33.80, Jack Sexton was fourth in 16:40.40, and Gavin Zillyette was eighth in 16:56.90.

Bolts get the best of the V-ball J-Hawks

Hartmann’s 14 kills pushes Liberty past CR Jefferson

CEDAR RAPIDS– Liberty High entered the final week of the regular season with a 3-1 win over Cedar Rapids Jefferson in the J-Hawks’ nest. Jefferson gave the Lightning a scare with a 25-17 win in the first set but the rest of the match belonged to the Bolts with 25-23, 25-16, and 25-22 wins.
Cassidy Hartmann produced 14 kills to lead Liberty with 13 from LeeAnn Potter. Rylee Fay made 25 assists with 21 from Haley Hested. Hartmann had Liberty’s only solo block of the match, while Lauren Roman made four block assists. Sydney Woods, Hartmann, and Schmierer made two ace serves each.

Wizards work their hoops magic in the Creek

CCA foundation brings Harlem Wizards back for fundraiser

TIFFIN– Choreographed chaos reigned on the hardwood of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Monday, Oct. 7, as the Harlem Wizards professional basketball team played a benefit game against CCA teachers in support of the CCA Foundation.

Kites rule the skies over Centennial Park

North Liberty’s first ever Take Flight! event celebrates aviation

NORTH LIBERTY– For quite a while the only things flying over the grounds of Centennial Park, in North Liberty, were purple martin birds checking out the throngs of humans who gathered for “Take Flight!” an afternoon of kite flying. The event, the first standalone kite event (mega kites were part of the last Beat the Bitter event) was held Sunday, Oct. 6, with gigantic kites sharing the cloudy skies with many smaller kites.

Six seeking NL council seats

Introducing Brent Smith, Matthew Eckhardt, Mike Nichols, Bryan Wayson, RaQuishia Harrington and Chris Hoffman

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).