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November 1st

West swimmers 124, Dubuque Hempstead 62

North Liberty Leader
DUBUQUE– West High’s Women of Troy swimming and diving squad dunked the Mustangs of Dubuque Hempstead, 124-62, Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the ponies’ pool.
Hempstead swimmers won only two events, the 200-meter freestyle and 50-meter freestyle.

Rough sailing at WaMaC tourney for CCA girls

North Liberty Leader
MARION– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team entered the second half of the WaMaC Conference Tournament with a berth in the quarterfinals Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Marion High School.
However, the Clippers were quickly tossed about after a first set 25-22 win over Mount Vernon, as the Mustangs rallied back to take the second and third sets, 25-23 and 15-10.
The loss sent CCA into the extra consolation matches and a 2-0 loss to Dyersville-Beckman, with the Blazers taking the first set, 25-18, and holding the Clippers off in the second with a 26-24 win.

West plucks Prairie Hawks, 3-2 to end regular season

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy closed out the regular season Tuesday, Oct. 20, with a 3-2 win over Cedar Rapids Prairie in the Prairie Hawks’ nest. It was a hard-fought win, with West taking the first set, 25-22, stumbling in the second for a 25-17 loss, bouncing back to take the third set, 25-16, and back-sliding in the fourth with a 25-18 loss before taking the fifth and final set, 15-12.
Emma Norris led the attack with a dozen kills, backed up by Colby Greene’s 10.

Clippers trounce Trojans on Senior Night

Clear Creek Amana 41, Fairfield 14, in season finale

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers put on what was likely their best performance of the season as they trounced the Trojans of Fairfield, 41-14, Friday, Oct. 23, at home on Senior Night, the last regular season game ahead of the playoffs.
“I think it is (our best game of the season),” coach Matt Hughes said. “I mean, offensively, defensively, special teams… it was pretty much a complete game.”
The exceptions were two early drives by the Trojans resulting in their 14 points. After that, it was all CCA.

Colony Pumpkin Patch celebrates fall with October festival

An a-maze-ing autumn day

NORTH LIBERTY– The air was crisp, the sun was shining and the pumpkins were blazing with color; a perfect day for a fall festival.
The Colony Pumpkin Patch, at 2780 Front St. NE in North Liberty, celebrated the coming of fall with its annual Fall Festival Oct. 3, inviting the public to enjoy a number of vendors and information booths, free family activities and pick-your-own pumpkins by the pound. The farm also celebrated the fourth year of its family-friendly corn maze.

Ronin to speak at CCA Financial Aid and Scholarship night Nov. 5

TIFFIN– On Thursday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m., Clear Creek Amana High School will host its annual Financial Aid and Scholarship night. Ryan Ronin, guest presenter from the Iowa College Access Network, will discuss the FAFSA, Federal Student Loan programs and scholarship searches. High School counselors Mark Hovey and Grant Elsbernd will discuss local scholarships and deadlines. This is an important meeting for junior and senior parents, but is open to anyone wishing to learn about funding their child’s education.

Little pumpkin with a big haul

Presley Russ gets ready for Halloween as she visits Colony Pumpkin Patch during the farm’s Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 3. The annual event offers family activities, vendors, displays and of course, lots of pumpkin picking. The Colony Pumpkin Patch also has a corn maze, with this year’s proceeds benefitting the North Liberty Community Pantry. For information and more photos from the event, see page A6. (photo by Lori Lindner)

NL council approves smaller lot sizes in office, research park

Downsizing to draw businesses

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY­– North Liberty officials are trying to make it easier for businesses to locate in the city’s available office and research park areas.
The North Liberty City Council, at its Oct. 13 meeting, approved the first reading of a zoning amendment reducing the minimum size of lots for land zoned O/RP (Office/Research Park). Instead of requiring 2-acre lots, zoning officials are requesting to allow 1.5-acres. Lot width would go from a minimum of 200 feet to 150 feet, and allow side yards to be just 20 feet wide instead of 50 feet.

On to State Cross Country for Coberly

Düster just misses cut; girls seventh, boys eighth

FAIRFIELD– With a personal best time, Solon senior Trisha Coberly extended her season for another week. She toes the starting line at high noon Saturday as the gun sounds for cross country’s Class 3A state meet in Fort Dodge.
Coberly rode her 19:21 5-kilometer finish to sixth place at the state qualifying meet Oct. 22. “It doesn’t feel like it’s hit me yet,” she said, minutes after the race around the Fairfield reservoir city park. “I know it will in time. I’m just glad to go. Didn’t get to go the last two years.”

Solon leaves Dubuque Golden Eagles in a fog

Spartans end regular season 5-4; rematch with Demons looming

DUBUQUE– A constant misty drizzle did not deter the Solon Spartans from rolling into the “Rock Bowl” and securing their berth in the postseason.
Solon’s varsity football team defeated Dubuque Wahlert, 31-13, Oct. 23 to finish the regular season 5-4.