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North Liberty Leader

Tigers end Bolts’ season

Liberty High baseball falls 7-5 to West Des Moines Valley in 4A substate semifinal

CEDAR RAPIDS– The first season of Mississippi Valley Division play, and the second season of varsity competition, ended for Liberty High’s baseball team Monday, July 22, at home (Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids) in a Class 4A substate semifinal against the Tigers of Valley High School from West Des Moines. The Tigers topped the Lightning 7-5 to advance to the substate final against West Des Moines Dowling Catholic on Wednesday, July 24. The Tigers fell 5-3 to the Maroons, who advanced to the state tournament.

Schrock and Klosterman earn All-District Softball honors

Iowa Girls High School Coaches Assn. picks the best across the state

DES MOINES– Two Leader-area student athletes were recognized by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA) with All-District Softball honors. Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Ainsley Schrock, and Liberty High School’s Brylee Klosterman were named to the IGCA’s 2019 Class 4A Northeast All District list, released on Tuesday, July 23.

Oak Hill Elementary School Cornerstone Ceremony

TIFFIN– The Masonic cornerstone ceremony is a time-honored tradition, taking place for hundreds of years in the United States of America. President George Washington, a Freemason, dedicated the United States Capitol Building during a cornerstone ceremony in 1793.
Canopy Lodge No. 290, of Oxford, has served the communities of Oxford, Tiffin and the surrounding area continuously since its formation in 1870. The Grand Lodge of Iowa was founded in 1844 and is celebrating 175 years of Masonry in Iowa this year.

Bolts outlast the Warriors

Liberty holds off late attack from CR Wash for 8-7 substate win in nine innings

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity baseball team overcame the first hurdle on the road to Des Moines, and the 2019 Class 4A State Baseball Tournament, on Friday, July 19, outlasting Cedar Rapids Washington, 8-7, in nine innings at home, Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, in a substate first round game.
The Bolts swept the Warriors, 15-10 and 5-2, both in eight-innings, a week before at Washington High and entered substate competition as the No.2 seeded team in Substate 7 behind top-seeded West Des Moines Dowling Catholic.

Creek Boys’ season ends in Fairfield

Mount Pleasant capsizes CCA, 8-3, in District 10 baseball

FAIRFIELD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity baseball season came to an end Friday, July 19, in Fairfield, as the Clippers fell, 8-3, to the Mount Pleasant Panthers in a Class 3A Substate 5 District 10 quarterfinal game.
Three scoreless innings preceded the Creek Boys plating two runners in the top of the fourth for a 2-0 lead. Unfortunately, the Panthers scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth; leading to a hole the Clippers couldn’t dig themselves out from. One CCA run scored in the sixth but a scoreless seventh inning sealed their doom.

Celebrating Independence Day and 150 years in a big way in Oxford

OXFORD– With two long blasts of the mighty whistle, and a plume of black smoke, Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) locomotive 6988 started chugging east with a handful of vintage passenger cars filled with riders. The 6988, a Chinese-built QJ Class steam locomotive, was brought to Oxford on Thursday, July 4, to power six excursions to Iowa City and back as a fundraiser for the all-volunteer Oxford Fire Department held in conjunction with Independence Day activities and the town’s 150th anniversary (Sesquicentennial).

Looking for options to cut costs while maintaining quality

County supervisors tackle a $138,000 shortfall in the BHUCC construction estimate

IOWA CITY– Planning continues for Johnson County’s Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center (BHUCC), a one-stop shop for acute substance abuse and behavioral health situations, to be built near the intersection of South Gilbert Street and Southgate Avenue in Iowa City. The county purchased the land one year ago at a cost of $1,350,000. An existing structure was demolished and removed earlier this year.

Creek Boys and Raiders split

CCA holds off Williamsburg’s late charge for 11-8 win, but falls 5-4 in an extra-innings nightcap

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s varsity baseball team split in a doubleheader against their rivals to the west, the Williamsburg Raiders, Friday, July 5, at home. The Clippers watched a 10-2 lead vaporize, but held on for an 11-8 win in the opener, but fell 5-4 in the nightcap to move to 14-17 on the season.

Mustangs take two from the Bolts

Liberty baseball falls, 7-6 and 7-2, to Dubuque Hempstead

CEDAR RAPIDS– Liberty High dipped to 15-13 for the season in the wake of a varsity doubleheader sweep Monday, July 1, to the Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs, at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids.
The double dip was originally scheduled to be played in Dubuque, but field conditions prompted the move to the Lightning’s home away from home (the baseball diamond awaits completion on the Liberty High campus), with the Bolts in the role as the visiting team.

Creek Girls take two from Trojans on Senior Night

CCA defeats South Tama, 10-0 and 15-3

OXFORD– Senior Night for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity softball team was made sweeter as the Clippers swept the South Tama Trojans, 10-0 and 15-3, to improve to an 11-19 showing for the season.

Bolts split with Golden Eagles in delayed doubleheader

Liberty softball gets 5-2 win over Dubuque Wahlert Catholic, then falls 6-0

CEDAR RAPIDS– Liberty High’s varsity softball team split with Dubuque Wahlert Catholic in a doubleheader, which took four days to complete due to weather issues.
The squads met on Mount Mercy University’s (MMU) diamond in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, July 2, where the Lightning picked up a 5-2 win before real lightning and rain postponed the nightcap until Saturday, July 6 (also at MMU). The Bolts fell 6-0 in the second game.

Englert, FilmScene join forces to build greatest small city for the arts

Strengthen • Grow • Evolve campaign raising $5.5 million to preserve buildings, expand programs

NORTH LIBERTY– When you live in North Liberty, Solon or anywhere in Johnson County, you don’t have to travel far for top-shelf arts and entertainment.
The historic Englert Theatre and FilmScene in Iowa City, both embarked on significant facility campaigns, understand sometimes the arts have to come to you.
The two organizations have banded together for Strengthen • Grow • Evolve (SGE), a $6.5 million effort to update and expand with the goal of making Iowa City the greatest small city for the arts in America.