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Chris Umscheid

North Liberty firefighters host open house and grill out

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department shined up its trucks, opened the big bay doors and fired up a grill Saturday, June 18, as the firefighters welcomed the community to an open house and grill out.

No repeat for Women of Troy

IC West falls 2-1 to Ankeny Centennial in state 3A championship soccer

DES MOINES– The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) went to three classes (up from two) for varsity soccer in 2011. Since that time, no team has won back-to-back state championships in Class 3A.
Not even the Women of Troy from Iowa City West High.

Cappy’s Boys sunk by the Sabers

CCA drops doubleheader 10-0 and 5-0 to Central DeWitt

TIFFIN– The Clippers found themselves in trouble early in a varsity doubleheader at home Friday, June 10, against the Sabers of Central DeWitt. The Sabers put up seven runs in the second inning of game one, three more in the third and shut-out the Clippers for a fifth-inning mercy rule ending.
It was a tough loss for sophomore pitcher Alex Goedkin as he gave up eight hits and 10 earned runs over three innings of work. Camden Smyka, a freshman, relieved Goedken for the final two innings with a pair of strikeouts. Jake Neubauer had the Clippers’ only hit of the game, a single.

Fire in his blood

After 24 years, Ely’s Zbanek trades chief’s helmet for firefighter’s

ELY– As a kid growing up in Ely, Randy Zbanek was a constant presence at the fire station.
“I was born and raised around it. My dad was on forever (and chief for two years); two brother-in-laws were on at a time. That was the thing to do, was to hang out at the fire station, and that’s what we did as kids… and the bug bit. I’ve been on ever since.”

Warriors end Trojans’ championship quest with one kick

Cedar Rapids Washington defeats West, 1-0

DES MOINES– It’s the trophy nobody really wants, but it’s also the trophy awarded the most at the state soccer championships held at the Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines. It’s the participant trophy, which goes to teams eliminated in the quarterfinal round the first day of the three-day tournament. Losers in the semifinal round play one more match on Saturday in the consolation brackets for a third or fourth-place award, but first-rounders only get the participant hardware.

Honoring service, remembering sacrifice

Three Johnson County veterans added to Coralville Vets Trail

CORALVILLE– Three Johnson County veterans– Robert Hatcher, Rodney Walls and Gary Sopher– were recognized for their service by having their names added to the Veterans Trail at the Coralville Lake during the 2016 Dedication Ceremony held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. The three men joined the ranks of 185 other veterans, which have been added over the past 27 years.

CCA’s Facilities Committee begins four-month mission

TIFFIN– The school board needed a little help and the community responded.

Girls survive visit from Mustangs, 2-1

TIFFIN– The final home game of the 2016 regular high school soccer season was a night of celebration for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers.
First was a 2-1 win over the Mustangs of Mount Vernon, improving the Creek Girls’ record to 13-4 while dropping the Mustangs to 5-9.

Boys pound Panthers, 7-0

TIFFIN– Tim Benson’s Creek Boys ended the regular varsity soccer season with their fifth-consecutive win as they pounded the Panthers of Monticello, 7-0, for a Senior Night win. The victory boosted the Clippers’ record to 12-4 while sinking the Panthers to 1-12. The Clippers also claimed the WaMaC West Division Championship, after falling to Center Point-Urbana early in the season, then sailing past the Stormin’ Pointers with the better record at the end.

West shuts out Golden Eagles

Trojans defeat Dubuque Wahlert, 7-0 on Senior Night

IOWA CITY– Soggy conditions on their own pitch led the West High Trojans down the hill to Trojan Field Tuesday, May 10, as the Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert visited for Senior Night. The Trojans shutout Wahlert, 7-0, to improve to 13-1 on the season and dropped Wahlert to 5-6-1.

A decade of service

North Liberty honors two firefighters for 10 years with the department

NORTH LIBERTY– Two North Liberty firefighters, Assistant Chief William “Bill” Schmooke and Firefighter-Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) David Cirillo, were recognized for 10 years of service to the community and the surrounding area.

Women of Troy fall at home to Linn-Mar

Lions roar 8-1 on the tennis courts

IOWA CITY– The West High tennis Women of Troy faced a nearly unbeaten Linn-Mar squad Thursday, May 5, at home. The Lions took the match, 8-1, and improved their record to 12-1 while dropping west to 9-4 overall.
Elise Chang scored West’s sole victory with a 10-3 win over Linn-Mar’s Katie Nowak.