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North Liberty Leader

Bolts clip the Blue Birds’ wings

Liberty High gets first win of the season on the road against CR Jefferson

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity football team recovered from a 27-0 loss to Iowa City West in the 2020 season opener with a 7-3 Week Two win, on the road, against Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Kingston Stadium. The Bolts improved to 1-1, while the J-Hawks dropped to 0-2.

Creek Girls sweep Trojans 3-0

11 kills for Clubb, 10 for Pollock against South Tama

TAMA– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity volleyball team improved to 4-1 on the season with a 3-0 sweep of the South Tama Trojans Thursday, Sept. 3, at South Tama High School.
The Clippers pulled off a 25-20 first-set win, took the second set 25-18, and dominated the third 25-12.
Calia Clubb, a junior, led the Creek Girls with 11 kills while senior Hailey Pollock produced 10. Freshman Meg Berkland and Clubb made a dozen digs each. Grace Bedford, a senior, produced 16 assists while freshman Kenadi Wood made a dozen.

Lightning shock the Little Hawks

Liberty High sweeps City, 3-0, in volleyball season opener

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity volleyball program ended the 2019 season at the Class 5A state tournament, in Cedar Rapids, falling, 3-1, to Pleasant Valley in the quarterfinals. It was a big step for the program, in only its third year, said Coach Randy Dolson, noting the Lightning are looking to return to the U.S. Cellular Center, in Cedar Rapids (home of the state tourney), again this year.

Business as usual, for now

CCA board approves application for online education waiver, if needed

OXFORD– It is business as usual, or at least as close to “usual” as possible, in the era of the COVID-19 virus for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District– for now.
The CCA Board of Directors met in a special session Friday, Aug. 28, to approve a request by Superintendent Tim Kuehl for the authority to submit an application with the state to move to 100 percent online, virtual learning if it becomes necessary.

All virtual, and a hiatus for fall sports

ICCSD receives waiver allowing two weeks of online education to start the school year

IOWA CITY¬– The “Friday Night Lights” will be turned off for at least two weeks for Liberty High, Iowa City West High and City High after the Iowa City Community School District’s (ICCSD) Board of Education approved beginning the 2020-2021 school year with 100 percent online instruction.

Sharing his passion

New location allows Jewelry by Harold to offer classes, and keep the craft alive in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– The making of fine jewelry is both a time-honored craft and an exacting art form.
For Harold Van Beek, owner of Jewelry by Harold in North Liberty, it is also a passion he wishes to share with others.
Van Beek, a native of The Netherlands, came to the United States in 2005 after visiting Iowa City since the late 1970s to spend time with friends of his family. “I’m ‘Harold,’ I’m named for someone in Iowa City, and so are my siblings. My son (Laurens) is named after someone in Iowa. So yeah, it’s been quite an adventure.”

Next steps towards more social justice and racial equity

NORTH LIBERTY– Following conversations among staff with council and throughout the community on social justice and racial equity, the North Liberty City Council discussed next steps at its Aug. 25 meeting. This list was initially included for discussion at the council’s meeting on July 29, and updated with current status is not all-inclusive of actions or possible actions and staff anticipate additional items following City Council discussion, feedback from the community, and further strategy sessions.
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City assessing derecho-damaged trees in right of ways

NORTH LIBERTY– Starting Monday, Aug. 31, city staff began surveying mature trees in the right-of-ways in North Liberty’s the original section of town, and marking trees that require branches trimmed or to be completely removed. The staff will identify any hazards so that a tree contractor can be hired to do this work. Staff will attempt to make contact with the property owner.
Trees will be market with temporary paint. Trees identified for branch trimming will be marked with a circle. Trees identified for complete removal will be marked with a cross.

Creek Boys come up one point short against Panthers

Mount Pleasant edges past CCA 28-27 in season opener

MOUNT PLEASANT– In a week that saw the start of classes with half the time spent in the classroom and half the time spent online (and a day of 100 percent online learning), and with the prospect of no student section for home games, there was a glimpse of normalcy for Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School.
As Andy Griffith said in 1953, “What it was, was football.”
The Clippers opened the 2020 season with a non-district contest in Mount Pleasant and came up just a little bit short of victory as the Panthers won, 28-27.

Creek girls and Creek boys 4th at Anamosa August XC meet

Haidyn and Brandon Barker lead the way for CCA

ANAMOSA– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls and boys cross country teams both finished fourth Saturday, Aug. 29, in a season-opening meet in Anamosa.
Haidyn Barker, a sophomore, was sixth overall in the varsity race, and the first Clipper across the finish line while big brother Brandon, a senior, won the varsity boys race in 16:32.5.
Mid-Praire won both varsity contests with Muscatine (boys) and Williamsburg (girls) the runner-ups. CCA rival Solon was third in both races.

Bolts struggle against Trojans

Iowa City West wins season-opener against Liberty High, 27-0

NORTH LIBERTY– Cheerleaders cheered, a small pep band (socially distanced in the stands and with cloth covers over the bells of their horns) performed, and the football teams did gridiron war Friday, Aug. 28, as the Iowa City West High Trojans invaded the Liberty Lightning.
But there were no spectators inside the stadium.
As part of the Iowa City Community School District’s COVID-19 mitigation strategies, spectators were not allowed in (they instead gathered on top of vehicles in the parking lots and stood along the fence surrounding the stadium).

Brandon McCarty awarded scholarship

CCA grad selected for Iowa PGA Foundation’s Charlie Burkart Scholarship

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty native and Clear Creek Amana High School graduate Brandon McCarty was selected as the 2020 Charlie Burkart Scholarship honoree by the Iowa PGA Foundation.
“I am very honored and appreciative that I was selected as the 2020 Charlie Burkhart Scholarship winner. This award will be a tremendous help as I continue my academic and golf career at the next level,” McCarty said.