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Archive - 2013

December 22nd

Packed agenda keeps ICCSD school board members late at December 10 meeting

By Alex Kline
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) school board members worked late into the night at their Dec. 10 meeting. The packed agenda included decisions on delay of implementation of the Raptor Visitor system, approval of the master facilities plan, and a request of information on the logistics of canceling school on Martin Luther King Day.

Warriors no worry for West

West High Trojans 68, CR Washington 37

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans had little trouble with the Warriors of Cedar Rapids Washington Friday, Dec. 13, at home, posting a 68-37 win to open the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) portion of the season. The win, the 56th consecutive victory for the Trojans, put the squad at 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the Mississippi Division of the MVC while it handed Washington its first loss of the season for a 3-1 record.

Trojans defend the mats in double dual win

West 29, Hempstead 27 . . . . . West 40, Xavier 22

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Trojan grapplers successfully defended their mats Thursday, Dec. 12, in double dual action against the Mustangs of Dubuque Hempstead and Saints of Cedar Rapids Xavier.
Against Hempstead, Chris Walters pinned Kaleb Phillips in 2:57 for the 132-pound match while John Milani took a 15-4 major decision from Kevin Pape in the 160 match. Aydan Wynos also won a major decision, 10-1, over Tanner Heeren. West’s varsity prevailed by a slim 29-27 margin to win the dual while the junior varsity (JV) crew fell, 36-34.

Through the eyes of a Lion

NORTH LIBERTY– They came by the hundreds, adults and children alike, to visit Santa and enjoy breakfast on Saturday, Dec. 7, in the North Liberty Recreation Center. Joy abounded in the festive environment as members of the North Liberty Lions Club prepared and served pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and milk.

Can you hear me now?

Tiffin seeks public input on proposed cell phone tower

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– The City of Tiffin has a new water tower, and a cellular service provider would like to take advantage of it. The city, however, is not saying yes or no until they connect with the public.
The Tiffin City Council will hold a public information meeting Jan. 8, 2014, in order to gain citizen input on whether or not to enter into an agreement to rent space atop the town’s new water tower for cellular antenna equipment.

North Liberty to annex eastward

City officials, supervisors discuss proposed expansion

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is ready to annex.
North Liberty has received voluntary petitions from three different property owners in an area east of current city limits. The requests make up a total proposed annexation of 567.7 acres.

What if we’re just a little bit naughty?

It was HIS idea. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas conspired with Anushka Dervesh, whispering something in her ear just before her mother snapped this photo of the two of them sticking out their tongues. Santa Claus visited the North Liberty Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 7, to visit with local kids during the community’s annual Breakfast With Santa event. Children were able to enjoy a pancake breakfast, do a craft, play with Jumbe the Lion, view a toy train in action and watch a holiday video before jumping in the long line of kids waiting to sit on Santa’s lap.

Wrestlers take fourth place at Oelwein tournament

OELWEIN– Solon’s Trevor Nelson remained undefeated and captured his first tournament championship (152 pounds) as the Spartan wrestling crew placed fourth at the 10-team Oelwein Invitational Saturday.
Crestwood took the team title with 278 points, but the Spartans grabbed a solid fourth place behind host Oelwein with a score of 147 and two champions. Logan Linderbaum also placed first in the tournament at 285 pounds.
Louis Gnida (120) and Cole Fritz (138) took home second place, while Trevor Yahr (126) and Nick Bailey (170) captured fourth place finishes.

Lady Spartans pick apart Mid-Prairie

Defense, 18 steals lead to second win of the season

SOLON– Defense was the key.
The Lady Spartans picked up their second win of the season over the weekend with a 50-37 victory over Mid-Prairie, part of a girls/boys doubleheader Saturday in Solon.
The Lady Spartans turned up the heat on Mid-Prairie, coming away with 18 steals and some transition opportunities.
“Our game plan against Mid-Prairie was to pressure their guards,” said Solon head coach Tony Nicol. “I thought Rylee Smith did a tremendous job of frustrating Mid Prairie’s point guard.”

Overtime

Spartans overcome double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter against Mid-Prairie

SOLON– It was an instant classic.
After several seasons where the Mid-Prairie/Solon doubleheader has been tipped to Solon’s advantage, the Golden Hawks gave the Spartans all they could handle Saturday.
Solon escaped with a 63-62 overtime win, but only after overcoming a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter.
“It was an exciting game,” said head coach Brad Randall. “It was good to come away with a win.”