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Chris Umscheid

Pain is unnecessary

Aero Performance & Physical Therapy in North Liberty is ready to help you achieve your goals

NORTH LIBERTY– From receiving an ankle sprain to earning a doctorate, and from treating multiple clients at once to providing exclusive one-on-one care sums up in the briefest manner the career path of Troy Bockenstedt, physical therapist (PT), and doctorate of physical therapy (DPT), as well as his Aero Performance & Physical Therapy clinic in North Liberty.

Home-style, done curbside

North Liberty’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner adapts to the pandemic

NORTH LIBERTY– Thanksgiving is a holiday steeped in tradition, but like just about everything you can think of, it too has been altered this year by fears of the COVID-19 virus. Case in point, for nine years people in North Liberty gathered at the South Slope Cooperative Communications facility on North Front Street for a free Thanksgiving dinner.

Bollers and Swails named to All-State Football teams

Iowa Print Sports Writers Association names 2020 gridiron elite

DES MOINES– The Iowa Print Sports Writers Association (IPSWA), with input from the Iowa Football Coaches Association (IFCA), announced its 2020 All-State high school Football Teams on Tuesday, Nov. 24, with two Clear Creek Amana (CCA) athletes recognized.
Senior TJ Bollers was a First Team defensive line pick with 35.5 tackles this season including 25 solos, 1.5 quarterback sacks and 6.5 tackles for a loss of yardage. The University of Wisconsin commit also made six receptions for 36 yards and one touchdown this season and one pass for 49 yards and a touchdown.

Six seniors to lead the Bolts on the hardwood

2020-2021 Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball preview

NORTH LIBERTY– For now, the Bolts are benched.
Tuesday, Dec. 1, would’ve been the season opener for the Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball team, with a visit from non-conference competitor Washington (Iowa).
However, the Iowa City Community School District extended its 100 percent off-site learning through Friday, Dec. 11, due to continued high COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County, and all extracurricular activities, including athletics, are on-hold for the duration.

A challenging season ahead for the Trojan-Bolts

2020-2021 Iowa City West High-Liberty High boys swimming preview

CORALVILLE– Athletic coaches often speak of and guide their charges through overcoming adversity and rising above the challenges placed before them.
For Byron Butler and the Iowa City West High-Liberty High School Trojan-Bolts boys swim team, the 2020-2021 season is already proving to be a source of adversity and challenge.

A bright light shines on

Liberty High mourns and remembers a young life lost

NORTH LIBERTY– A very dark year got even darker for the Liberty High School community as 17-year-old Liberty High senior Brooke Anne Langland died on Friday, Nov. 13.
She was born on Dec. 17, 2002, to John and Traci Langland. A senior, she had been accepted into the University of Iowa to pursue a career in healthcare, and was planning to try out for the Iowa Dance Team. “Since the age of three, Brooke had lived and breathed dance,” her obituary said. She was a member of Liberty High’s three-time state championship dance team.

No changes on the Clipper ship’s bridge

CCA school board keeps things the same in annual organizational meeting

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District, the “Home of the Clippers,” will see no changes at the top of the school board after the board of directors’ annual organizational meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19.
Board President Jennifer Mooney retained her post following nomination and without an opposing challenge. Mooney was voted-in unanimously with board member Kathy Swenka absent. Vice-president Matt McAreavy also retained his position after nomination without a challenger, and by unanimous vote of the board.

On course to return, but subject to change

CCA school board discusses Nov. 30 return to on-site instruction

OXFORD– If all goes well, students in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will return to their classrooms on Monday, Nov. 30. The district moved to virtual learning on Monday, Nov. 9, after a wave of positive COVID-19 cases and quarantines sidelined a significant number of transportation department employees. Coupled with a high COVID positivity rate in Johnson and Iowa counties, the district applied for, and received, a waiver to return to online learning until Tuesday, Nov. 24. The district is on Thanksgiving Break Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 25-27.

Third in the state last year, Creek Boys seek more this year

2020-2021 CCA varsity boys basketball preview

TIFFIN– Last season, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball team made school history with its first state tournament appearance since 1993. The tournament campaign, only the third for the Clippers, culminated in a Class 3A third-place trophy.

Ready to go

2020-2021 CCA wrestling preview

TIFFIN– Due to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District returning to all-online learning, extracurricular activities, including athletic practices, are on hold until the students return to in-person/onsite learning on Monday, Nov. 30. However, the Clipper wrestlers aren’t just sitting around biding their time.
“The kids are running, working out and practicing individually,” said Coach Kyle Forness.

A Bolt prepares to become a Bulldog

Liberty High’s Gabbie Schroeder verbally commits to Drake

NORTH LIBERTY– She plans to become a Bulldog but first she has one more season as a Bolt.
Liberty High’s Gabbie Schroeder recently verbally committed to play volleyball for Drake University, joining teammate and 2021 commit Addie Schmierer. The 5-8 junior defensive specialist had 19 assists and one kill for the Lightning with 174 digs this season. Schroeder was also second on the team in ace serves with 31.

Bolts and Creek Girls garner more honors

2020 Iowa Girls Coaches Association Volleyball Teams announced

IOWA CITY– Eight local high school student athletes were named to the Iowa Girls Coaches Association’s (IGCA) 2020 All-District, Senior All-Stars and Academic All-Stars teams.
Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Calia Clubb and Hailey Pollock were named to the Class 4A SE All-District Team. Clubb, a junior, also earned an Honorable Mention spot on the Class 4A All-State Team after leading the Clippers with 243 kills. Pollock, a senior, produced 221 kills this season.