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Chris Umscheid

Trojan-Bolts earn district championship, again

Seven Liberty High swimmers punch their tickets to the State Swimming Meet

MARION– The “Trojan-Bolts” of the combined Iowa City West High and Liberty High School boys swim team claimed their second straight district championship Saturday, Feb. 8, at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, and will be a force to be reckoned with at the 2020 state meet Saturday, Feb. 15.

Cougars roar past Bolts

CR Kennedy cruises past Liberty girls, 50-35

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity girls’ basketball team dropped to 2-14 on the season Tuesday, Feb. 4, on the road, as Cedar Rapids Kennedy roared past them, 50-35.
Sophomore Haley Napoli put the Bolts on the scoreboard first with a three-pointer, unfortunately for Liberty, it would be the only points of the first quarter as the Cougars pulled ahead, 12-3. Kennedy took a 31-13 halftime lead as Sam McPherson, Isabel Smith, Ava Meyer and Neshy Byrd fought to keep the Lightning in the game.

Warriors and Rams give Creek Boys a tough night

Scranton wins twice for CCA in double dual

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) wrestlers competed in their final dual meets of the regular season Thursday, Feb. 6, at Cedar Rapids Washington High School, against the host Warriors and Dubuque Senior Rams.
The Clippers fell, 51-14, to Dubuque Senior and, 57-21, to Washington.
Kael Scranton was a double winner for the Creek Boys, taking a 138-pound match against Senior’s Carter Elliot with a 12-3 major decision and winning a 132-pound match against Wash’s Joe Foreman with a pin in 1:57.

So many projects, but only so much money

NL Council discusses capital projects and spending surplus funds

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council continued its discussion on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget Tuesday, Jan. 28, during a work session preceding a regular meeting. Council members looked at potential allocations using surplus general fund dollars from FY19 as well as proposed capital projects for the new fiscal year.
General Fund Allocations from FY19 Surplus

The dogs have their day during Beat the Bitter

NL’s weeklong winter festival wraps up with winter games

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter winter festival, a weeklong effort to break people out of their wintertime hibernation, wrapped up Saturday, Feb. 1, with adult kickball and the Run the I“Bitter”Rod 1k doggie fun run/walk at Penn Meadows Park, along with several other events around North Liberty, including the Snuggie Crawl and Boy Scout Troop 216’s annual Chili Supper.

Creek Girls scorch the Trojans, 73-18

A dozen Clippers score for CCA against South Tama

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls’ basketball team pounded the winless South Tama Trojans for the second time this season Tuesday, Jan. 28, at home. The Clippers rolled the Trojans, 73-18, with a continuous clock for the second half thanks to a 49-10 halftime lead. Back-to-back three-pointers by junior Whitney Traetow gave the Creek Girls a 45-6 advantage ahead of the halftime break.

Creek Boys dispose of Vikings again

Schrepfer and O’Connor shell Vinton-Shellsburg with 10 three-pointers in 76-50 win for CCA

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ basketball team went full speed ahead past the visiting Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings on Friday, Jan. 31, for a 76-50 WaMaC West win. It was the second meeting this season for the ball clubs, and the Clippers’ second win against the Vikings after dropping them, 70-62, on Jan. 14 in Vinton.
The Clippers never trailed in the contest, winning the first quarter 9-5, leading 38-14 at halftime, and holding a 57-36 advantage going into the final period.

Mustangs slip past Lightning in OT

Liberty falls, 69-66, to Dubuque Hempstead

DUBUQUE– The Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball team came close, very close, to upsetting the Dubuque Hempstead Mustangs Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Hempstead. Instead, the Mustangs escaped, 69-66, in overtime to improve to 11-3 while dropping the Bolts to 6-6.

From a Clipper to a Warrior

CCA’s Nick O’Connor signs with Indian Hills

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) senior Nick O’Connor signed a letter of intent to compete at Indian Hills Community College next year. O’Connor, a multi-sport athlete for the Clippers, will compete on the Warriors’ track and field team.
O’Connor qualified for the 2019 State Coed Track and Field Meet, taking sixth place in the 1,600-meter run, eighth place in the 3,200-meter run and anchored the third-place 4x800-meter relay with Tom Johnson, Kaden McAreavy and Jack Sexton.

Bigger, but not as Bitter

North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter concludes this weekend

NORTH LIBERTY– Beat the Bitter, a weeklong winter festival, opened on Friday, Jan. 25, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 1. The annual event started in 2016 and has continued to expand its offerings as a way to get families out of their homes in the middle of winter for fun and community fellowship. With only a slight breeze and temperatures in the low 30s, the weather was far less “bitter” than it was during last year’s Polar Vortex.

CCA approves 2020-21 calendar

MLK Day to remain as a potential snow makeup day, despite controversy

OXFORD– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board approved the 2020-21 academic calendar at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 15. The calendar provides for 179 school days with 1,102.5 hours of instruction, down from 180 days and 1,111 days in the current school year. Under state law, schools need to be in session either 180 days or 1,080 hours.

Crunching the numbers

Budget time in NL brings public safety discussions

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s budget time for municipalities, and the City of North Liberty is no exception. The City Council met to discuss the general fund for the coming fiscal year (FY21), which starts on July 1, in a special session on Tuesday, Jan. 21. City Administrator Ryan Heiar gave councilors a brief overview of budget requests in the categories of Public Safety, Public Works, Culture and Recreation, Community and Economic Development, General Government, and General Fund Revenues with department heads on hand to take questions.