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North Liberty Leader

North Liberty fishing clinic nets a crowd

By Joe Wilkinson
Special to the North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Grandpas, Grandmas, kids and parents surrounded the Liberty Centre Pond in North Liberty Saturday, June 8, for the annual Free Fishing Days clinic. Over 350 crowded around the four-acre pond, pulling out bluegills, an occasional bullhead, catfish or bass, and took home fishing gear as prizes.

Wash takes IC West Golf Classic

Federici medals for West

RIVERSIDE– The West High Trojans finished fourth overall in their home invitational, the Iowa City West Golf Classic, held Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Blue Top Ridge in Riverside.
The Warriors of Cedar Rapids Washington were the team winners with a total of 330. The Burlington Greyhounds were second with 334, Dubuque Wahlert’s Golden Eagles were third with 337, the Trojans totaled 341 and the City High Little Hawks came in fifth with 386.
West High’s Noah Federici was the medalist with a total score of 76.

West’s depth could lead to repeat MVC title

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Experience is on the side of the West High Women of Troy as they take to the pool this fall. Coach Robert Miecznikowski returns 14 of 17 state qualifiers from last year and enjoys being three athletes deep in all events with 54 swimmers and divers on the team this year.

Blood drive at Swisher legion to be Sept. 17

SWISHER– The University of Iowa DeGowin Blood Center will hold a blood drive at the Swisher American Legion Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 3:30 until 7:30 p.m.
To sign up contact Tammy at 319-857-4741 or sign up online at: www.uihealthcare.org/bloodcenter.

For kids who climb on rocks

North Liberty council approves new indoor playground area

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Where else but North Liberty– a community voted one of the country’s most playful by the national nonprofit KaBOOM!– could you find a kids’ canoe, a rock climbing pile, frogs and turtles right beside the city’s library, swimming pool and public gymnasiums?

Registration open for Chamber’s NL Fun Run

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Steering Committee of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting its annual morning of fun and fitness event– the North Liberty Fun Run/Walk. The event is being held on Sunday, Sept. 15, at North Bend Elementary and is sponsored by MidWestOne Bank.
It will feature a 5K race in addition to a free race for children 12 and under. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m., with the children’s race beginning at 8 a.m. followed by the 5K at 8:20 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest male and female runners as well as all participants in costume.

Be aware of changes in CCA school board election ballot

Pitlick wants out, Kinney wants back in

North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– There are two significant changes in the upcoming school board election for the Clear Creek Amana school district.
As of the candidate filing deadline of Aug. 1, CCA board president Eileen Schmidt was set to face current board member Aimee Pitlick for one at-large seat in the Sept. 10 election. Pitlick currently holds the at-large seat with Schmidt representing District Two. Both were elected to the board in 2009.

Just hangin’ around with the NLFD

Beth Jaeger, 8, of North Liberty, looks back from the Velcro Wall at the North Liberty Fire Department’s annual Salute to Summer, held Saturday at Bobber’s Grill and Scales Pointe Campground. The inflatable kids’ games were only a part of the day-long event, which included a mechanical bull, silent auction and live music. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Geerdes hosting listening post Aug. 24 in NL

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowa City Community School District school board candidate Gregg Geerdes will be hosting a listening post Saturday, Aug. 24, at the North Liberty Community Library from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in Meeting Room C.
Geerdes also welcomes phone calls at his home phone number of 319-354-2375.

Young athletes get a chance to run, bike, swim and shine

NORTH LIBERTY– To have nearly 100 athletes participate in a local triathlon event is successful by any measure; to note that all of them are between the ages and 6 and 14 is more remarkable.
North Liberty’s second annual Just Tri Youth Triathlon was held Sunday, Aug. 4, with three separate age brackets in varied biking, swimming and running distances.
Even co-director Katie Gerot– also the aquatics supervisor for the North Liberty Recreation Department– said 98 kids signed up for this year’s event.
“It was nice to have such great support from the community,” said Gerot.

New era for CCA football

Matt Hughes and Clippers build on strong foundation as they look forward

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– When the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity football team takes the field Friday, Sept. 30, to open the 2013 season, there will be a host of new faces on the sidelines. For the first time in seven years, Rodney Walls won’t be leading the men in blue and white. Walls resigned after the 2012 season, which saw the Clippers improve to a 4-5 record from 2011’s 0-9 showing.

More competitive, with room for improvement

IOWA CITY– Kathy Bresnahan always tells it just like it is. With 22 years at Iowa City West and a 558-174 record with the Women of Troy’s volleyball program, she can afford to.
Bresnahan and her squad overcame the death of friend and teammate Caroline Found in 2011 to go on to a 39-6 record and the team’s second consecutive Class 4A state championship. West was a force to be reckoned with. In contrast, the 2012 season ended with a 20-17 record and the chance at a three-peat thwarted by a 3-2 loss to rival City High in the regional final.