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Chris Umscheid

Mustangs sink the Clippers in district semifinal

Mount Vernon ends Clear Creek Amana season, 6-3

SOLON– The 2016 season for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ varsity baseball team ended Friday, July 15, in Solon as the Mount Vernon Mustangs won a Class 3A District 9 semifinal game, 6-3.
The Clippers ended the season at 19-20 overall while the Mustangs (28-10 overall) advanced to face Solon in the district final on Monday, July 18, in Solon.
The Mustangs did the bulk of their damage in the bottom of the third inning with a five-run barrage built on an RBI double, a three-run homer and an RBI single. Mount Vernon added a bit of cushion with an RBI double in the fourth inning.

Big plans for Cedar River Crossing

Conservation Board project to enhance both sides of Sutliff Bridge

SUTLIFF— More changes are coming to Sutliff. The small settlement, in the extreme northeastern corner of Johnson County, was thrust into the spotlight in 2008 after record flooding heavily damaged the historic Sutliff Bridge. While the bridge was rebuilt in 2012, that project did not mark the end of preservation efforts in the area also known as “Cedar River Crossing” or “McLellan’s Landing.”

Women of Troy whack the Warriors

IC West beats CR Washington 11-1 in regional semifinal

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy defeated Cedar Rapids Washington 11-1 in a five-inning Class 5A Region 5 semifinal game Saturday, July 9, on the West High diamond.
The win advanced West to a Tuesday, July 12, regional final game against Davenport West in Iowa City with the winner heading for the 2016 state softball championships in Fort Dodge.

The final word

73-year-old Air Corps report sheds light on Pavel brother’s disappearance

MASSILLON– On May 29, 1943, a United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) B-24D heavy bomber disappeared off the coast of California during a routine training mission. Ten men were on the plane, including Second Lt. Paul Pavel of Solon, the pilot. Pavel’s plane was the 10th in a 10-plane group flying from Marysville, Calif., located in the northern part of the state. The planes took off 15 minutes apart and were to fly to a rendezvous point 140 nautical miles out to sea. Pavel’s plane never made it to the rendezvous point.

Division III overlooked, underrated

Iowa NCAA DIII schools aim for a well-rounded student-athlete

NORTH LIBERTY– Iowa has 15 colleges and universities affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). A few, aligned with the association’s top tier of programs, or Division I schools, are very well known. The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa and Drake University are popular among potential students, student athletes and fans of college sports. Lesser known are the Division II and Division III schools.

Women of Troy split with J-Hawks on Senior Night

Opiola, Libby and Klosterman homer for West High

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy settled for a split with the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson in a Senior Night varsity doubleheader Tuesday, June 28, in Iowa City.
West took the opener with a sudden-death 10-9 win after Taylor Libby knocked a tie-breaking solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jefferson took a quick 2-0 lead, with a two-RBI double, in the top of the first inning and extended it, with two more runs, in the second with the bases loaded.

Spartans and Clippers split

Solon rallies back for 7-6 win but CCA takes baseball nightcap, 6-3

TIFFIN– It was a night of rallies earning wins as the Solon Spartans tangled with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers in Tiffin Thursday, June 23.
The Spartans gave up a 3-1 lead in the opener as the Clippers put forth a five-run effort in the bottom of the fourth inning for a 6-3 lead. However, one run in the fifth and a three-run rally in the top of the sixth clinched the 7-6 win for Solon.

A tired dog is a happy dog

Puppy Love Doggie Daycare provides canines companionship

NORTH LIBERTY– Just across the city limit line on Mehaffey Bridge Road is a small blue and white farmhouse where area canines congregate daily for fun, exercise and companionship while their humans tend to the demands of their working day. The house is home to Puppy Love Doggie Daycare, a labor of love and the brainchild of Tina Tiainen and her husband, Adam.
The couple opened the canine clubhouse in December.

Women of Troy tame the Tigers

IC West wins 12-2 and 12-2 over Cedar Falls

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy improved to 19-5 overall and 15-1 in the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Valley Division following their softball doubleheader sweep Tuesday, June 21, over the Cedar Falls Tigers. West High took both games, 12-2, in five innings each.
Jessie Harder kicked off the scoring in the bottom of the third inning of game one with a two-run double, followed by Skylar Ryan with a two-run single and Darby Donovan knocking an RBI double.
The Tigers answered with a home run off Harder in the top of the fourth, which was good for two runs.

Cutting costs, increasing controversy

New vehicle maintenance facility for CCA sparks discussion, ends with a walk out

OXFORD– With a tight budget to work with, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District administration and school board directors have explored a variety of ways to save scarce dollars.
The most recent cost-saving opportunity has arisen due to a change in where and how the district maintains its vehicle fleet, sparking some controversy during discussion at the board’s June 15 meeting at the Clear Creek Elementary School in Oxford.

Spud saves the day

2-run homer gives West a win over Cedar Rapids Prairie

IOWA CITY– They call him “Spud.”
Monday, June 13, Spud, AKA Spencer Wiskus, a graduated West High senior, was the hero of the night as his two-run homer broke an 8-8 tie with Cedar Rapids Prairie and won the nine-inning nightcap of a varsity doubleheader.

Clean sweep by Mustangs

Creek girls fall 6-4 and 6-3 to Mount Vernon

OXFORD– The Mount Vernon Mustangs handed the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers a pair of losses Wednesday, June 15, as they swept the Creek Girls in a varsity doubleheader in Oxford. The Mustangs took the opener, 6-4, and survived a seventh-inning Clipper rally to win the nightcap, 6-3.