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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.

Barkers lead the way for the Clippers

CCA runs in CR Prairie’s Invitational

CEDAR RAPIDS– A brother and sister duo led the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Saturday, Aug. 31, at Cedar Rapids Prairie’s Cross Country Invitational Meet, the first of the season for the Clippers.
Brandon Barker, a junior, won the varsity boys race (Orange Division) in 17:03.3, and was seventh overall. The Creek Boys were second in the Orange Division, being bested by one point in a tiebreaker by Marion (48-49), and eighth overall.

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.

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.

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.