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Chris Umscheid

Spartans shell the Comets

Solon lights up West Liberty 48-7 on Armed Forces Appreciation Night

SOLON– The Solon Spartans moved to 2-0 on the 2019 varsity football season with a 48-7 non-district win over the West Liberty Comets at home on Friday, Sept. 6, for Armed Forces Appreciation Night.
The Comets took the Spartans to overtime in 2018, but this time Solon took control early.

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Hollywood comes to The CREEK

“East of Middle West” films scenes at CCA

TIFFIN– It was far from quiet on the set as scenes for the movie “East of Middle West” were filmed at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School Friday, Aug. 30, during the Clippers’ varsity football game against Mount Pleasant.

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Bolts sweep the Women of Troy

Liberty Lightning improves to 6-0

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity volleyball team stayed perfect in early season competition with a 3-0 sweep of visiting Iowa City West High Tuesday, Sept. 3. The Lightning, ranked ninth in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) for two weeks straight, knocked off unranked West High 25-16, 25-11 and 25-13.

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Creek Boys right the ship with week two win

CCA moves to 1-1 with 33-7 win over Fairfield

FAIRFIELD– The Clippers’ ship was listing in the wake of a 42-20 week one loss to Mount Pleasant, but the Creek Boys put the ship back on an even keel in week two with a 33-7 road win against Fairfield Friday, Sept. 6.

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Funding needs through a day of fun

Forever Green raises money for the community with eighth annual Fun Fair

CORALVILLE– For the eighth year, the staff at Forever Green Landscape and Garden Center held their annual Fun Fair, a free day of games and activities.
The Saturday, Aug. 24, event raised money for three organizations: the North Liberty Back 2 School Bash, The Dream Center (afterschool programs/parenting groups in the Iowa City schools) and local junior high and high school student Family Resource Centers.

They came, they saw, they Conquered the Creek

Unique obstacle course provides good dirty fun in Tiffin

TIFFIN– Solon has Beef Days. Swisher has Fun Days. North Liberty has Blues & BBQ. Jason Wilkerson is hoping his Conquer the Creek family obstacle course joins these other events on the map of summertime fun.
“Everybody’s got these certain events that towns are known for,” he said. “That’s what we’re trying to do for Tiffin. It’s something totally different, a youth obstacle course, just to get kids out of the house,”

Lightning surprise the Saints

Liberty High volleyball opens 2019 with 3-2 win Cedar Rapids Xavier

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity volleyball team opened the 2019 season with a confidence-boosting win over the Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints.
Liberty defeated Xavier, 3-2 (20-25, 25-16, 15-25, 25-12, 16-14), knocking off the No. 2 team in Class 4A per the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Monday, Aug. 26, preseason rankings. The Bolts entered the season ranked ninth in Class 5A.

A hole too deep

Creek Boys stumble in season opener, fall 42-20 to Mt. Pleasant

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ varsity football season launched Friday, Aug. 30, with a visit from the Mount Pleasant Panthers. Last year, the teams met in Mount Pleasant for the non-district season opener with the Creek Boys prevailing 26-7. This year, however, the fortunes were reversed with the Panthers winning, 42-20.
The Panthers struck first with 3:18 remaining in the first quarter, and struck again with 5:27 left in the first half for 14-0 halftime lead.

Bolts shock the Little Hawks

Liberty High opens 2019 with 23-20 win over City High

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s varsity Lightning opened the 2019 season with a 23-20 win over Iowa City High Friday, Aug. 27, at home.
The game was tied 20-20 late in the fourth quarter when Ryan Nugent booted a field goal through the uprights for the win.
Max Tafolla led the Bolts’ ground attack with 171 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns. Kaleb Williams ground out 73 yards on a dozen carries as well. Quarterback Drake Woody completed three of five passes including a bomb to Ben Houselog for a touchdown.

Supervisors and farmers at odds, again

Johnson County’s proposed ordinances may impact animal agriculture

IOWA CITY– Six farmers and supporters of agriculture addressed the Johnson County Board of Supervisors during the public comments portion of a work session Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the county’s administrative building in Iowa City.

Starting the school year out right

NL volunteers help area youth during Back 2 School Bash

NORTH LIBERTY– Back to school time can be a tremendous burden to families with lists of necessary school supplies and the challenges of ever-growing children in need of new shoes and clothing.
The North Liberty community banded together on Friday, Aug.16, to ease that burden with the second annual “Back 2 School Bash” held at Penn Meadows Park.
Five-hundred fifty-seven North Liberty area kids received backpacks, shoes, toiletries, socks and underwear, a bag of groceries, school supplies, and even a haircut; and all at no charge.

Will Cappy return?

CCA launches search for an official mascot

OXFORD– Cappy might be coming back to Clear Creek Amana (CCA).
Cappy is the blue suited, silver bearded sea captain who showed up on a banner on the outfield fence of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) baseball diamond in Tiffin in 2013, and on hats and uniforms of the players as an unofficial team mascot.