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Creek Boys 2nd in 3A at State Meet

O’Connor cracks the top-10 with 9th place

FORT DODGE¬– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys cross country team picked up its second consecutive state runner-up trophy Saturday, Nov. 2, at the 2019 Class 3A State Meet in Fort Dodge. The Clippers, ranked No. 1 in the state for several weeks, lost to Dallas Center-Grimes by one point, 110-109, for second place.
Nick O’Connor, a senior, led the Creek Boys with a ninth-place finish in 16:29.5. Brandon Barker, a junior, was in the top-15 with an 11th-place finish in 16:30.7.
The Clippers were runners-up last year, for the first time in the history of the program.

Bolts sweep the Muskies in regional semifinal volleyball

Liberty’s 3-0 win over Muscatine sends Lightning to regional final

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity volleyball team moved a step closer to the state tournament with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-13) sweep of the Muscatine Muskies Tuesday, Oct. 29, at home, in a Class 5A regional semifinal match.
The Lightning earned a first-round bye with a 32-2 record and were ranked No. 2 in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. The Muskies were unranked and brought a 6-17 record into the contest.

The “O-Bolts” era ends in Solon

Liberty falls 14-7 to unbeaten Spartans in 3A football playoff

SOLON– Friday, Nov. 1, was bittersweet for Liberty High School as the Lightning celebrated the first playoff appearance for the varsity football team, and bid farewell to the “Original,” or “O-Bolts,” the seniors who have worn Liberty’s black, purple and silver for four years on the gridiron.
The Bolts faced the undefeated Solon Spartans in a Class 3A first round playoff game in Solon, and fell 14-7. The Spartans did all of their damage in the first half with a touchdown on their first possession, and the second just inside the second quarter.

Liberty’s Keeney 2nd at state XC

Keeney, Logan and Mac represent the Lightning in Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE– Liberty High’s Ashlyn Keeney took the runner-up spot in the Class 4A Girls State Cross Country Meet Saturday, Nov. 2, in Fort Dodge. The speedy sophomore finished the course in 17:44.1, behind Champion Camille Jackson, of Ames, who won in 17:23.9. Keeney’s Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) rival, Micah Poellet, from Linn-Mar, was fourth in 18:18.9. Keeney was 72nd last year as a freshman in 20:22.8. She won this year’s MVC Super Meet with a 47-second lead over second-place Poellet, and aced her out a week later in the Valley Division Meet.

River Queens end the Creek Girls’ season

Clinton upsets ranked CCA 3-1 in regional semifinal volleyball

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball season ended Tuesday, Oct. 29, as the Clinton River Queens pulled off a 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-22, 25-16) upset in a Class 4A regional semifinal match at CCA.
The Clippers entered the contest after a first-round bye with a 23-14 record, and a No.14 ranking in Class 4A from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU). Clinton, on the other hand, was unranked with a 12-22 record.

Creek Boys end the season with win over Sabers

CCA holds off Central DeWitt for 35-21 win on Senior Night

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football team closed out the 2019 season with a 35-21 win over the Sabers of Central Clinton, DeWitt at home on Friday, Oct. 25. It was Senior Night for the Clippers with Kaden Gisleson, Andrew Swails, Nick Gerard, Sam Stevens, J.J. Denny, Grant Jensen, Andrew King, Sam Noska, Zane Cunningham, Tanner Webb, Xavi Hernandez, Thomas Macumber, Kyle Pitlick, Eric Zierke, Landon Schanz, Grant Haman, Lucas Tenhagen and Gabe Jenn recognized for their contributions to the program.

Keeney returns to state cross country with district championship

Liberty High sophomore leads a Lightning trio to Fort Dodge

MARSHALLTOWN– Ashlyn Keeney is headed back to the state cross country meet.
Keeney finished 72nd in last year’s meet as a freshman and was Liberty High School’s only Bolt to qualify. This year, the speedy sophomore will lead a trio of Bolts after placing fourth in a Class 4A district (state qualifying) meet Thursday, Oct. 24, in Marshalltown. Keeney won the district championship with a time of 17:58.4, beating runner-up Emily Naughton, of Indianola, who finished in 18:20.9.

Five Creek Girls earn WaMaC volleyball honors

Bunch and Clubb are unanimous 1st Team West Division picks

TIFFIN– Five Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball players have received WaMaC All-Conference honors.
Cheyaenne Bunch, Calia Clubb, Hailey Pollock, Emily Sly and Gabrielle Bedford were named to West Division teams for their efforts for the Clippers during the regular season. The WaMaC East and West lists were released on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Bunch and Clubb were unanimous selections to the First Team, Pollock was a Second Team pick, while Sly and Bedford received WaMaC Recognition (formerly Honorable Mention).

Creek Boys return to state XC with their first district title

District championship for Brandon Barker is a CCA first

SOLON– History was made for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys cross country team Thursday, Oct. 24, at its Class 3A District (state qualifying) Meet, which was held in at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
The Clippers won the district championship and advanced as a team to the 2019 state meet on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge. The Creek Boys were the runner-up team last year, their highest finish to date. This will be CCA’s fifth state-qualifying team in the history of the program, and is their third district title.

Liberty Boys are state XC bound

Bolts’ runners are the first team in school history to make it to state

MARSHALLTOWN– Another piece of Liberty High School history was made Thursday, Oct. 24, as the varsity boys cross country team earned a place on the starting line of the 2019 Class 4A state meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Nov. 2.
The Bolts finished third in team points in a district (state qualifying) meet at the Marshalltown Community College course behind champion (and Mississippi Valley Conference rival) Cedar Rapids Prairie, and runner-up Johnston.

Making Halloween a fun time for all kids

Miracles in Motion hosts a Halloween event focused on those with special needs

SWISHER– A Knight in shining armor, skeletons in a stable, kids in costumes and friendly horses were all in the spotlight Saturday, Oct. 26, as Miracles in Motion hosted its third “Boo at the Barn” Halloween event at its facility near Swisher.

Diventures celebrates Grand Opening of New North Liberty location Nov. 2

Complimentary swim and scuba lessons, seminars, special offers, raffle prizes, live music, food and more during a daylong grand opening event

NORTH LIBERTY– The new Diventures location in North Liberty is officially open for business. The state-of-the-art facility brings a new swim program and expanded scuba and travel offerings to the growing area.