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Chris Umscheid

Marion wins 3-0 over CCA volleyball team

Marion Indians capsize Clipper girls

TIFFIN– The Marion Indians came into a WaMaC volleyball match-up Tuesday, Sept. 23, with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers ranked third in Class 4A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Association. The Clippers held the number six spot, and despite a valiant effort, fell to Marion 3-0 in varsity action.

CCA board approves elementary boundaries

Part of Tiffin will attend Oxford

OXFORD– A change is coming next fall for some students in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district.
With a new elementary school opening on the east side of Tiffin next fall, the district assigned a committee to determine new attendance area boundaries for four elementary schools, which was a three-month process.
The district’s board of directors received the committee’s recommendation on Wednesday, Sept. 10, and approved it at the board’s regular monthly meeting Thursday, Sept. 18.

CCA board set to receive boundary recommendation

TIFFIN– Their work is done, a recommendation has been formed.

Let victory ring

CCA denies Washington 20-17

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) coach Matt Hughes summed up his team’s 20-17 win over the Washington Demons in one word. “Unbelievable!”
“I’m so proud of these kids,” Hughes said. “I’ve never seen a group of kids that took what we did in the off-season, and the hard work that they put in, and applied it to the football field for four quarters. They had a lot of things that went against them tonight, had some adversity, but they came up and they never quit. They kept their heads up and they had confidence they could do it.”

Mustangs sweep Clippers

Mount Vernon takes WaMaC match 3-0

MOUNT VERNON– It was a battle of WaMaC foes Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Mustangs’ stable as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers sailed into town. The Mustangs, second-ranked in Class 3A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union earlier in the day, swept the eighth-ranked (in Class 4A) Clippers, 3-0.

Solon library display honors railroads and railroaders

All aboard at the Whistle Stop

SOLON– In May of 1869 the Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Minneapolis Railway Company began construction of a railroad in Burlington. By 1871 the line had extended to Cedar Rapids via West Branch, Elmira, Oasis, Solon and Ely. In 1875 the railroad went into receivership and was sold to the Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern in 1876 before being purchased by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific in 1885.
100 years later, in 1985, the Rock Island Railroad, better known as “The Rock,” was gone, it’s line through Solon completely abandoned and later pulled up.

Easy Win

CCA 40, Mid-Prairie 6

TIFFIN– After the Clippers of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) suffered a heartbreaking season-opening overtime loss on the road in Center Point, they retooled and rearmed for a week two visit from Mid-Prairie (Wellman) in a Class 3A-Class 2A non-district match-up.
The result was a 40-6 shelling of the Golden Hawks, improving the Clippers’ record to 1-1.

West wins 3-0 over Jefferson

Balanced attack thwarts J-Hawks

IOWA CITY– The Women of Troy opened the 2014 MVC volleyball season ranked fifth in the state and with a 2-1 record Tuesday, Sept. 2, at home against the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson. West had knocked off North Scott and No. 6 Pleasant Valley before falling to Bettendorf in MVC/MAC play, while the J-Hawks had yet to take to the court.

CCA public input meeting centers on question of division

TIFFIN — Two scenarios were laid out before attendees of a public input meeting Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the Clear Creek High School in Tiffin.
Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district’s enrollment and boundary study committee hosted the event, seeking guidance from the district’s patrons on how best to realign the elementary school attendance areas ahead of the new elementary school in Tiffin. The unnamed school is currently under construction and is scheduled to open fall of 2015.

A night of firsts for the Trojans

West gets by Cougars 12-9 in season home opener

IOWA CITY– “Firsts” were in abundance Friday, Aug. 29, at West High as the Trojans welcomed the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars for week one of varsity football.
It was the first official varsity game on the new synthetic turf. It was the first game for Garett Hartwig as head coach after taking over for Brian Sauser in June. It was the first career catch for junior Gabe Huinker that won the game for West.

Progress continues on CCA school projects

OXFORD — Ray Willoughby started his building projects report to the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school board with a little bit of good news.
“Ben (Macumber, principal of Amana Elementary) got his air turned on fully tonight,” Willoughby said, referring to the completion of a $453,000 renovation project at the school. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) work, along with electrical upgrades throughout the building, are two of several projects funded by a $48 million bond issue approved by voters in February for renovation and expansion.

Coach’s bump puts Clippers volleyball under new leadership for 2014 season

TIFFIN– It may be rough sailing for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers as the varsity volleyball season gets underway without Brian Bronzynski at the helm.
Bronzynski was relieved of his coaching duties earlier this year after his teaching position was cut, and he was told the CCA district would not offer him the coaching contract without a teaching position. This was in the wake of his wife Karla being diagnosed with cancer, and Bronzynski taking time away from school to be with her during treatment.