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Winning streak continues

67-50 win over Hempstead makes 59 consecutive wins

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– It was a decisive win for the West High Trojans Friday, Jan. 3, as the Mustangs of Dubuque Hempstead rode into town. The winning streak continued for West. Yet coach Steve Bergman was not the happiest man on Melrose Avenue.
“We’ve played better than we played tonight,” he said in a post-game interview. “It was a game without much flow. We had a tough time staying out of foul trouble.” But, “you’ve got to win them. We didn’t play great and still won, so that’s a good thing.”

Clippers pick up a win from Vinton-Shellsburg

TIFFIN– Nile Rourke summed it up very succinctly.
“It feels good to start the New Year off right.”
The junior was talking about his Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ 55-44 win Thursday night (Jan. 2) at home against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings. The win improved the squad’s record to 3-5 and took away some of the sting of a pre-Christmas loss to West Branch. “It was good to be in control and to keep it for the whole game. We’ve had trouble finishing games, so it’s about time we played a full game and finished and won a game,” Rourke said.

Joni Ernst to greet voters in Coralville

CORALVILLE– U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst, a Republican, will be in Coralville on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Press Coffee Company, 2201 E. Grantview Dr. in Coralville. Everyone is welcome.

Supervisors still lack conviction on future of jail, courthouse

December meeting brings more discussion without direction

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– They asked, they received, and they still lack a majority consensus.
At the conclusion of a Nov. 6 work session centered around the question of what to do about the county’s jail and courthouse in the wake of May’s failed bond referendum, a request was made for preliminary designs for two new options. On Wednesday, Dec. 4, those options were laid out in great detail for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors (BOS).

NLFD responds to structure fire Christmas day

NORTH LIBERTY– On Wednesday, Dec. 25, at 11:34 a.m., the North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched for a structure fire at 8 Fairview Knoll NE in Iowa City. First arriving North Liberty Fire units reported the fire was contained to the home’s chimney and the fire was quickly extinguished.
Property damage amounts are unknown at this time. There were no reported civilian injuries, or firefighter injuries.

Two Iowa families to be honored in 2014 Rose Parade

NORTH LIBERTY– Two families from Iowa will be honored on the Rose Parade “Donate Life Float” in Pasadena, Calif. this year: the Kim and Dave Burdakin family of Muscatine, and the Bruce and Tiffany Brockway family of Burlington.
The Brockway Family will be finishing a floragraph in honor of their son Garrett at Iowa Donor Network, 550 Madison Ave., North Liberty on Dec. 20 at 5 p.m. Only organic materials, such as spices, seeds and crushed flowers, are used to create floragraphs.

West splits with CR Xavier

Trojans still undefeated, girls slide further behind

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IOWA CITY– Neither (freezing) rain, nor sleet, nor slippery roads could keep the men’s and women’s varsity basketball double-dip against the Saints of Cedar Rapids Xavier from occurring Friday, Dec. 20, in the Iowa City West home gym.
It was a split night for West with the Women of Troy coming up short, 49-46, and the Trojans pounding the ball for a 75-41 win. Mikaela Morgan led the women with 16 points and nine rebounds while David Dileo led the way for the men with 19. Wyatt Lohaus had 18 points.

WB Bears just one basket better

West Branch 57, CCA 55

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TIFFIN– It was a pre-Christmas heartbreaker for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls as the West Branch Bears visited for a men’s/women’s double-header on a snowy evening Saturday, Dec. 21. The Bears notched a 57-55 win and dropped the Clippers to a 2-6 record to close out 2013.
The game was tied 12-12 after the first eight minutes and the Clippers were down 26-22 at the half before battling back to an ever so slim 40-39 lead going into the final period. Kelsey Hall led CCA with 18 points, Kiley Seelman put in 16 and Hanna Stokes had a 15-point night.

CCA wrestlers grapple at Lynx invitational

Murphy takes third

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TROY MILLS– The Clear Creek Amana varsity wrestlers competed in the Lynx invitational hosted by North Linn High School on Saturday, Dec. 21. Connor Murphy placed third in 113-pound competition, winning by fall in 2:20 over Mid-Prairie’s Josh Murphy in the third place match. Daniel Brechtel placed sixth at 120 pounds, Jacob Wessling was seventh at 145 and Ethan Taylor was sixth at 220.

Raider girls stay unbeaten at Clipper girls’ expense

Williamsburg 59, CCA 52

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TIFFIN– A 20-point rampage by the visiting Williamsburg Raiders Tuesday, Dec. 17, put Matt Haas’ Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers into a hole, one they almost climbed back out of.
Williamsburg led 11-10 after the first period and then went on the aforementioned 20-point tear to lead 31-27 at the half. The Creek girls pulled ahead in the third, but could not extend the lead as the Raiders ended up leading 45-42 going into the final eight minutes.

Clipper boys can’t outrun Raiders

Williamsburg 59, CCA 50

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WILLIAMSBURG– The hard luck continued for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers on the road Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Williamsburg as the Raiders took a 59-50 win, sinking the Clippers to a 2-4 record as the Christmas break neared.
The Raiders took an 18-12 lead at the end of the first period, but the Creek boys battled back and were only down by one at 28-27 at the break. The Raiders then put up 20 points in the third for a 48-32 lead going into the final quarter.
Nile Rourke led the Clippers with 19 points while Drew Wagner had 11.

From the stats sheet:
CCA (50).

West splits with Lions on the lanes

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High bowling squads deployed to the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center for a match against the Linn-Mar Lions Friday, Dec. 13, and had a mixed bag of luck.
The varsity boys fell 2,864 to 2,588 with Eric Vidhamali leading the Trojans into battle. Linn-Mar’s Alex Diercks set the pace for everybody, bowling 407 for the afternoon. The varsity girls picked up a 2,510 to 2,471 win led by Samantha Lovell’s 438-pin performance. The Lions’ Brooke McMorran led her team with 374.