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November 24th

Striking out for the top

West High bowling team prepares for 2013-14 season

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– It started out as a club activity, became a sanctioned sport by both the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU), and continues to get bigger every year. “It” is the girls and boys bowling teams at West High, under coach Mike Mellecker.
Mellecker started as an assistant coach in 2000, back in the club sport days. In 2007 he took the top spot. Since then the boys have compiled a 19-62 record while the girls have fared better at 33-61.

West High’s 2013-14 wrestlers loaded and ready

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Mark Reiland’s 2013-2014 West High varsity wrestling team hasn’t changed much from last year’s squad, which went 21-8, 13-1 in MVC competition. Reiland, in his 15th season with the Trojans, only lost four seniors to graduation: Kegan Wakefield at 138 pounds, Blake Bohner at 182, Mickey Pelfrey at 195 and Colin Foerstner at 285.

Inking those college deals

Six West High athletes commit

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– They signed on the line and formalized their commitments. Six West High athletes– Jasmine Bailey, Tyus Adkins, Declan Doyle, Wyatt Lohaus, Tereysa Lehnertz and Adrienne Jensen– signed national letters of intent at a signing ceremony in the school cafeteria Wednesday, Nov. 13.

CCA girls set a course for success

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Matt Haas took the helm of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ basketball team in 2011 and found a program in trouble. With a new outlook and a new way of doing things, the team closed-out his debut season with a 7-16 record, just one win short of the total wins in the previous three seasons. Last year the Clippers hit the .500 mark at 11-11 (6-8 in WaMaC play for fifth in the conference).

Thanksgiving dinner at South Slope is free, open to the public

NORTH LIBERTY– For the second year in a row, a free Thanksgiving dinner will be available to those in need, thanks to a local community member and several businesses.
On Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, from noon until 4 p.m., a full Thanksgiving meal will
be available for those in need at the South Slope Community Center in North Liberty. Transportation to the meal will also be available. To schedule transportation, please call 319-530-0135 and leave a message. For general information about the Thanksgiving dinner, contact Amanda Engstrom at amanda@southslope.net.

Swatch of green redefines plat

Fox Valley asked to change, then change back

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Sometimes all you have to do is ask nicely.
Other times, you have to lay your personal dreams out on the table and plead for them to be considered.
A North Liberty resident did a little of both at last week’s council meeting, and ultimately got the answer she was hoping for.

CCA’s new elementary most likely to be in Tiffin

Board approves land deal contingent upon bond passage

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– If voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district approve a $48 million bond in February, Tiffin will be the site of a new elementary school.
CCA superintendent Tim Kuehl asked the school board to approve a resolution at their monthly meeting Wednesday, Nov. 13, approving the acquisition of land for the new school. The deal involves two parcels of land in the Bigelow Subdivision, located on the NE corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 6 and Jasper Avenue on the east side of Tiffin.

November 21st

The price of freedom

HCS students learn about sacrifice on Veterans Day

NORTH LIBERTY– Some people may see the phrase, “freedom is not free” as a cliché. For Michael Annis, the administrator of the Heritage Christian School in North Liberty, it is more of an understatement.
The school hosted it’s annual Veterans Day Celebration on Monday, Nov. 11, with veterans honored and thanked for their service through musical and video tributes as well as words of appreciation from Annis and a personal thank-you from every student in the building.

Solon’s All-American - James Morris

Hawk Talk

By Don Lund
Sports Writer

Growing up in Solon, which is about 15 miles from Iowa City, it didn’t take long for James Morris to become a Hawkeye fan.
“The first game I ever went to was Akron,” said James, who was 11 at the time.
He picked a good year to start following the Hawkeyes as the Akron Zips was the first game in 2002 and Iowa rolled, 57-21.
That was the year that Brad Banks, Dallas Clark, Nate Kaeding and crew led the Hawks to an 11-2 record, including 8-0 in the Big Ten and a co-Big Ten championship with Ohio State.

Dora Wright

Dora “Joan” Wright, 78, of Swisher, died on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy, Hiawatha. Services were held Nov. 18 at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids, conducted by the Rev. Stasia Fine. Burial was at Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.