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Chris Umscheid

The Long Climb

Four NL firefighters will take the Fight for Air stair climb challenge March 22.

NORTH LIBERTY– For the third year, a few North Liberty firefighters will put on their full structural firefighting gear and climb the stairs of four high-rise buildings in downtown Des Moines.
And they’re doing it so that others may one day breathe easier.
Health and Safety Officer (HSO) Ryan Brumm, EMS Lieutenant Scott McCambridge, Firefighter Jennifer Vanderhoff and Firefighter Jordan Miller have volunteered to participate in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb Sunday, March 22, in Des Moines.

Tigers dash West girls’ championship hopes

West gets past SE Polk, falls to WDM Valley

DES MOINES– The West High Women of Troy’s’ hopes for a Class 5A State Championship were dashed Friday, March 6, as the Tigers of West Des Moines Valley took a semifinal game 57-41 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The loss ended West’s season at 22-3 while top-ranked Valley (23-2) advanced to the Finals.
The fifth-ranked Women of Troy opened their championship quest with a 43-40 quarterfinal win over sixth-ranked Southeast Polk Wednesday, March 4. West started the game with a 5-0 deficit before Mikaela Morgan could get West’s first basket of the afternoon.

Shocking concerns from ACLU

Organization offers report of law enforcement’s use of Tasers

JOHNSON COUNTY– In the wake of the national spotlight on law enforcement officers and their use of force, recent report by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Iowa (ACLU-Iowa) on the use of Tasers has provided the public with documented information on policies and practices.

CCA approves calendar while lawmakers continue debate

School start date set in stone...for now

TIFFIN— A year ago the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board thought the district’s two-year calendar was approved. Then Governor Terry Branstad and State Director of Education Brad Buck moved to enforce a state law that has been on the books since 1983, mandating schools not start before Sept. 1.

Women of Troy return to state tournament

IOWA CITY— After sitting out the 2014 Girls State Basketball Tournament, the West High Women of Troy returned to the Wells Fargo Arena after knocking out Muscatine and Pleasant Valley in Class 5A Regional competition.
The Muskies were pan-fried in Iowa City on Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Semifinal Round 54-28, while the Spartans of Pleasant Valley were foiled 45-27 in Iowa City, during the Regional Final on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Raiders’ run ends Clippers’ season

Boys beat S. Tama, fall to Williamsburg on tournament trail

IOWA CITY— It was a familiar foe in a different setting as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers faced rival Williamsburg for the third time this season in a Class 3A Boys District Final game at Iowa City West High on Thursday, Feb. 26. The Raiders won 52-49 in January, 59-51 in early February and took Thursday’s contest 50-37. The win ended the season for the Clippers and sent Williamsburg to the Substate 5 battle, taking place on Monday, March 2, against Fort Madison in Muscatine for a chance at playing in the State Tournament.

CCA and the school finance formula blues

Lingering uncertainty at state level leaves district guessing at budget

OXFORD — While legislators on both sides of the political aisle debate school aid funding, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District Superintendent Tim Kuehl is sure of one thing: it won’t be enough.
Kuehl has been outspoken this year regarding Governor Terry Branstad’s proposal of a 1.25 percent increase in state supplemental aid to schools, often called “allowable growth.”

West girls fry Muskies

54-28 win sends West to regional final

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy easily took care of the Muscatine Muskies in a Class 5A regional semifinal basketball game Saturday, Feb. 21, at home, winning 54-28. The win improved West’s record to 20-2 overall and put them on a collision course with Pleasant Valley (18-4) in a regional final Tuesday, Feb. 24, at West.
The Women of Troy also handily took care of Pleasant Valley, winning 45-27 and ensuring a berth at the state tournament.

Islanders no problem for Trojans basketball

West 57, DeLaSalle 42

IOWA CITY– It was advertised as something of a clash of the high school basketball titans: three-time Iowa State Champions Iowa City West vs. three-time Minnesota State Champions DeLaSalle from Minneapolis. In the end it was just another day at the office for the West High Trojans as they maintained their perfect record with a 57-42 win Saturday, Feb. 21, at home.

Clipper girls go down at Mt. Pleasant

Quarterfinal loss ends season

MOUNT PLEASANT– Their season ended with a decisive loss on the road, but for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, it’s still a winning season; the first in at least a decade for the girls basketball program.
The Clippers took a 13-8 record on the road to Mount Pleasant for a Class 4A regional quarterfinal game against the 17-4, 14th-ranked Panthers and found themselves on the wrong side of a 52-39 final score.
Coach P. J. Sweeney’s Clippers took a slim 6-5 lead in the first quarter but were down by the same one-point margin, 12-11 at the half.

Grant pays healthy dividends

PEP grant benefits CCA students

TIFFIN— Members of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District board of education had sweat on their brows; not due to a high-pressure, controversial decision requiring a difficult vote, but from a hands-on demonstration of the benefits of a federal physical education grant. During the board’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the high school in Tiffin, the board members tried out equipment purchased with the grant money.

Clipper girls finish regular season with winning streak

CCA 72, Independence 34

TIFFIN– It was arguably the best performance of the season for the 11 seniors on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls basketball team as they knocked off the Independence Mustangs Tuesday, Feb. 10. It was also the last time they would play on their home floor.
The Senior Night 72-34 rout of the Mustangs brought down the curtain on the regular season and sent the Clippers to postseason play, all on the road, with a 13-8 record.