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Chris Umscheid

Creek Boys No.1 in preseason XC rankings

IATC puts CCA at the top of Class 3A

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Clippers took the top spot in the Iowa Association of Track Coaches (IATC) preseason cross country team rankings. CCA’s squad was ranked No. 1 in Class 3A in the rankings released on Thursday, Aug. 22.
The Creek Boys topped the 15-team list, which includes WaMaC foes Marion and Mount Vernon-Lisbon. The WaMaC’s Center Point-Urbana was listed as one of the “Teams to Watch.”

Doggie dreams can come true

NL Council action makes dog park a 2020 reality

NORTH LIBERTY– A dog park for North Liberty took a Labrador’s leap closer to reality as the city council passed two resolutions related to the park Tuesday, Aug. 13, during its regular meeting.

Groovin’ on a Saturday afternoon

Porchfest fills NL’s Arlington Ridge neighborhood with music

NORTH LIBERTY– For the fourth year, the Arlington Ridge neighborhood of North Liberty was filled with music as porches and driveways became stages, and yards and sidewalks filled with audiences for Porchfest.

The first team trip to Fort Dodge is the goal for the Bolts

2019 Liberty High boys cross country preview

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s boys cross country team has experienced a growth spurt this year with 10 new faces out on the course, bringing the roster up to 38.

Another challenging season ahead for the Creek Girls

2019 Clear Creek Amana varsity volleyball preview

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team is in for another challenging season in the WaMaC Conference, and faces a significant challenge before it even sets sail on the 2019 campaign.

Newcomers to give the Creek Girls a boost

2019 Clear Creek Amana girls cross country preview

TIFFIN– It’s a mix of seasoned veterans and energetic rookies for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls cross country team this season.
The squad placed 10th out of 11 teams in a Class 3A district (state qualifying) meet last October in Fairfield, led by senior Kaylie Barker’s 22nd-place finish.
This year, Coach Jane Astor returns seven letter winners: senior Olivia Smyka, juniors Alexis Ponce, Kayla Jiras, Madeline Fox and Lauren Lasswell, and sophomores Allie Kounkel and Emily Coleman.

Creek Fest puts the “Fun” in Tiffin

Something for everybody at Tiffun Creek Fest

TIFFIN– This year’s Tiffun Creek Fest offered an afternoon and evening of fun for all ages. The Saturday, Aug. 10, event kicked off with a Kid’s Fishing Derby and featured Tiffin City Council member Jim Bartels as the Grand Marshal for the afternoon parade.

A taste of success builds an appetite for 2019 greatness

CCA varsity football preview

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity football team had a historic 2018 gridiron campaign, and that taste of success has them hungry for an even better 2019 outing.
The Clippers posted their first 7-0 record in school history and made their first Class 3A playoff appearance since 2014. Sixteen teams made it into the playoffs under the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s (IHSAA) Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), which looks at the team’s record, the team’s opponents’ records, and team’s opponents’ opponents’ records to develop a ranking.

SPARK-ing ideas in North Liberty

Unique public forum highlights the best of North Liberty, and offers suggestions for the future

NORTH LIBERTY– What is so special about living in North Liberty? What would make living in North Liberty more enjoyable? How can a smalltown feel be maintained in an ever-growing community? What would help North Liberty be a more progressive community in the future?
Eight presenters, sometimes solo, sometimes in pairs, and even in a small group, took center stage on Tuesday, July 30, at the Tin Roost restaurant in North Liberty for a unique event called SPARK North Liberty to present their answers and vision.

You’ll scream for Moo Moo’s Ice Cream

Solon couple supports local businesses with cool treats

SOLON– It’s a ritual of summertime in a city: somewhere, off in the distance, the faint tones of “The Entertainer” are heard. Closer, and closer the music gets. And then, the kids make the realization, “The Ice Cream Truck is coming!” The quick dash home follows, with frantic pleas to mom for money for the ice cream truck, while the music gets louder and louder. Panic ensues as it seems to take an eternity for mom to get her purse and dig out some spare change, or a dollar bill.

Hard work and dedication on display

Area 4-H kids strut their stuff at the Johnson County Fair

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Fair showcased the future of agriculture as 4H and FFA (Future Farmers of America) kids showed their livestock and other projects during the fair, which ran from Friday, July 19, through Wednesday, July 24, at the fairgrounds in Iowa City.

Season ends in Marion

Spartans fall one game short of state

MARION– A narrow loss to the Marion Indians ended the season for the Solon varsity baseball team July 24.
Marion came through with a bases-loaded, game-winning single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie, advancing the Indians to the state tournament in Des Moines with a 2-1 win.
The Spartans retired with a record of 22-18, just two days after a 3-2 upset win over Oskaloosa in the Class 3A Substate 6 District 12 final July 20.