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Chris Umscheid

Creek Boys right the ship with week two win

CCA moves to 1-1 with 33-7 win over Fairfield

FAIRFIELD– The Clippers’ ship was listing in the wake of a 42-20 week one loss to Mount Pleasant, but the Creek Boys put the ship back on an even keel in week two with a 33-7 road win against Fairfield Friday, Sept. 6.

Funding needs through a day of fun

Forever Green raises money for the community with eighth annual Fun Fair

CORALVILLE– For the eighth year, the staff at Forever Green Landscape and Garden Center held their annual Fun Fair, a free day of games and activities.
The Saturday, Aug. 24, event raised money for three organizations: the North Liberty Back 2 School Bash, The Dream Center (afterschool programs/parenting groups in the Iowa City schools) and local junior high and high school student Family Resource Centers.

They came, they saw, they Conquered the Creek

Unique obstacle course provides good dirty fun in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Solon has Beef Days. Swisher has Fun Days. North Liberty has Blues & BBQ. Jason Wilkerson is hoping his Conquer the Creek family obstacle course joins these other events on the map of summertime fun.
“Everybody’s got these certain events that towns are known for,” he said. “That’s what we’re trying to do for Tiffin. It’s something totally different, a youth obstacle course, just to get kids out of the house,”

Lightning surprise the Saints

Liberty High volleyball opens 2019 with 3-2 win Cedar Rapids Xavier

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity volleyball team opened the 2019 season with a confidence-boosting win over the Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints.
Liberty defeated Xavier, 3-2 (20-25, 25-16, 15-25, 25-12, 16-14), knocking off the No. 2 team in Class 4A per the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Monday, Aug. 26, preseason rankings. The Bolts entered the season ranked ninth in Class 5A.

A hole too deep

Creek Boys stumble in season opener, fall 42-20 to Mt. Pleasant

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ varsity football season launched Friday, Aug. 30, with a visit from the Mount Pleasant Panthers. Last year, the teams met in Mount Pleasant for the non-district season opener with the Creek Boys prevailing 26-7. This year, however, the fortunes were reversed with the Panthers winning, 42-20.
The Panthers struck first with 3:18 remaining in the first quarter, and struck again with 5:27 left in the first half for 14-0 halftime lead.

Bolts shock the Little Hawks

Liberty High opens 2019 with 23-20 win over City High

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity Lightning opened the 2019 season with a 23-20 win over Iowa City High Friday, Aug. 27, at home.
The game was tied 20-20 late in the fourth quarter when Ryan Nugent booted a field goal through the uprights for the win.
Max Tafolla led the Bolts’ ground attack with 171 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns. Kaleb Williams ground out 73 yards on a dozen carries as well. Quarterback Drake Woody completed three of five passes including a bomb to Ben Houselog for a touchdown.

Supervisors and farmers at odds, again

Johnson County’s proposed ordinances may impact animal agriculture

IOWA CITY– Six farmers and supporters of agriculture addressed the Johnson County Board of Supervisors during the public comments portion of a work session Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the county’s administrative building in Iowa City.

Starting the school year out right

NL volunteers help area youth during Back 2 School Bash

NORTH LIBERTY– Back to school time can be a tremendous burden to families with lists of necessary school supplies and the challenges of ever-growing children in need of new shoes and clothing.
The North Liberty community banded together on Friday, Aug.16, to ease that burden with the second annual “Back 2 School Bash” held at Penn Meadows Park.
Five-hundred fifty-seven North Liberty area kids received backpacks, shoes, toiletries, socks and underwear, a bag of groceries, school supplies, and even a haircut; and all at no charge.

Will Cappy return?

CCA launches search for an official mascot

OXFORD– Cappy might be coming back to Clear Creek Amana (CCA).
Cappy is the blue suited, silver bearded sea captain who showed up on a banner on the outfield fence of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) baseball diamond in Tiffin in 2013, and on hats and uniforms of the players as an unofficial team mascot.

Grant Elementary opens its doors

NL’s newest elementary school honors a living legend

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) opened the doors to its 22nd elementary school on Wednesday, Aug. 21, with a ribbon cutting and ice cream social.
The new school, Christine Grant Elementary, is the fourth ICCSD elementary school in North Liberty (North Bend Elementary is part of the Clear Creek Amana School District), the sixth school building total, and the first to be built in North Liberty after Liberty High School opened in 2017.
The district has 28 schools in total with more likely as enrollment growth in and around North Liberty continues.

Nine weeks to seal their legacy for the O-Bolts

2019 Liberty High varsity football preview

NORTH LIBERTY– Four years ago, 21 Iowa City West High freshmen suited up in black pants, jerseys and helmets, instead of West High green garb, and became the Liberty High Lightning, otherwise known as the Bolts.
The school hadn’t been built yet, but the young men were destined by their grade level to attend it when it was. As the first football team, they named themselves the Original Bolts, or “O-Bolts.”
Jeff Gordon has been head coach since day one. Together they’ve put together a 14-13 record over three seasons: freshman, sophomore and one year of varsity.

“Grit, Gravel, Grind– Lightning Within Us”

2019 Liberty Girls Cross Country preview

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity girls cross country Head Coach Tonya McDonough titled her 2019 preseason media guide “Grit, Gravel, Grind– Lightning Within Us,” which sets the tone for the Lightning.
This is the third season for the program, having run an incomplete team in 2017, which competed as an independent, not affiliated with an athletic conference.
Camille Mac, then a freshman, qualified for the Class 3A state meet and finished 13th overall in 19:16.