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Fire and ice

Area firefighters cope with difficult fires and brutal weather conditions

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Fire and ice

Area firefighters cope with difficult fires and brutal weather conditions

JOHNSON COUNTY– Area firefighters, largely volunteer, have dealt with not only a number of challenging house fires, but also brutal sub-zero cold and dangerous wind chill factors. Extreme conditions are not unusual for firefighters as they routinely work in one of the most Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) environments possible; a “working” structure fire, where flames, toxic smoke and the potential for structural collapse are among the risks. Adding the aforementioned weather conditions, firefighting becomes even more hazardous.

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Bergie’s Trojans

West High racks up home win No. 79 with 69-42 victory over Linn-Mar

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IOWA CITY– Seventy-nine. That’s how many consecutive wins the Iowa City West High Trojans have on their home court.
Nine, the number of wins this season for the Trojans, with zero losses. One recent victim was Linn-Mar, which dropped to 5-4 after Bergie’s Boys pounded them 69-42 at West High School Jan. 9.

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West overhauls CR Warriors, 72-50

Women of Troy wallop the Warriors

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy posted their sixth consecutive win Friday, Jan. 12, at home with a 72-50 pounding of Cedar Rapids Washington’s Warriors.
The first period was a back and forth battle with the Warriors edging out West High 9-8, but the momentum quickly shifted in the second with B.J. Mayer’s Women of Troy blasting the Warriors 19-8 for a 27-17 halftime lead. West outscored Washington 22-20 in the third on its way to the 22-point advantage at the end.

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Clippers struck by Lightning

Liberty boys hand CCA boys 58-45 loss

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NORTH LIBERTY– Stu Ordman and the Liberty High varsity boys basketball team improved their record to 5-6 with a 58-45 home win over Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Saturday, Jan. 6. The Lightning handed the Clippers their second loss in two days as the Creek Boys fell the night before to Central Clinton, DeWitt and dropped to 2-7.

Creek Girls escape Lightning Bolts

CCA tops Liberty, 64-58

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NORTH LIBERTY– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls basketball team picked up a pair of wins Friday, Jan. 5, and Saturday, Jan. 6, extending its winning streak to five games and improving its record to 6-4. The Clippers defeated Central Clinton, DeWitt, 50-38, Friday night and faced the Liberty Lightning in a varsity girl-boy doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
The Bolts fell, 55-32, Tuesday, Jan. 2, at home to Dubuque Hempstead and were topped 64-58 by the Creek Girls for their second-consecutive loss and a 5-7 record.

Born to be a firefighter

New NLFD Chief Brian Platz looks to be an agent of change

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NORTH LIBERTY– As a young boy growing up in Dyersville, Brian Platz developed an early passion for the fire service. His dad was the chief for 18 years and the younger Platz spent much of his time at the station with him.
“Those were the formative years of my life growing up,” he said. “He eats, sleeps and breathes fire, so I think he instilled the love for the fire service in me. I knew from the very beginning I wanted to be a firefighter, and there’s no other course for me.”

Trojans finish 2017 on top

West High trounces East High, 86-55

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans finished 2017 with a 7-0 record thanks in part to trouncing the Waterloo East Trojans, 86-55, Friday, Dec. 22, at home.
West pulled ahead 18-11 at the end of the first period and bombed the visiting Trojans 24-15 in the second quarter for a 42-26 advantage at halftime. West High continued to punish East High with 23 and 21 points in the third and fourth quarters.

Platz: Born to be a firefighter

New NLFD Chief looks to be an agent of change

NORTH LIBERTY– As a young boy growing up in Dyersville, Brian Platz developed an early passion for the fire service. His dad was the chief for 18 years and the younger Platz spent much of his time at the station with him.
“Those were the formative years of my life growing up,” he said. “He eats, sleeps and breathes fire, so I think he instilled the love for the fire service in me. I knew from the very beginning I wanted to be a firefighter, and there’s no other course for me.”

NLPD makes Christmas brighter

Officers and community band together for annual Shop with a Cop event

CORALVILLE– There was a heavy police presence at the Target Store in the Coral Ridge Mall Tuesday, Dec. 12, however no crime had been committed and no threat mitigated.
Instead peace, goodwill and the spirit of helping thy fellow man reigned as officers and staff of the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) conducted their third annual Shop with a Cop event.

Trojans undefeated

Iowa City West High sinks Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 131-39

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NLFD battles wind-driven house fire

One miserable day

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Fire Chief Brian Platz was stunned.
“In 25 years in the fire service, I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.
Platz was reacting to a wind-driven blaze that completely destroyed a house in the 2800-block of 270th Street NW on Wednesday, Dec. 13.
The alarm was sounded shortly before 10 a.m. as a report of smoke coming from a residence at 2855 270th Street NW. The North Liberty Fire Department’s (NLFD) response was immediate.