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Chris Umscheid

Women of Troy split with J-Hawks on Senior Night

Opiola, Libby and Klosterman homer for West High

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy settled for a split with the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson in a Senior Night varsity doubleheader Tuesday, June 28, in Iowa City.
West took the opener with a sudden-death 10-9 win after Taylor Libby knocked a tie-breaking solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jefferson took a quick 2-0 lead, with a two-RBI double, in the top of the first inning and extended it, with two more runs, in the second with the bases loaded.

Spartans and Clippers split

Solon rallies back for 7-6 win but CCA takes baseball nightcap, 6-3

TIFFIN– It was a night of rallies earning wins as the Solon Spartans tangled with the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers in Tiffin Thursday, June 23.
The Spartans gave up a 3-1 lead in the opener as the Clippers put forth a five-run effort in the bottom of the fourth inning for a 6-3 lead. However, one run in the fifth and a three-run rally in the top of the sixth clinched the 7-6 win for Solon.

A tired dog is a happy dog

Puppy Love Doggie Daycare provides canines companionship

NORTH LIBERTY– Just across the city limit line on Mehaffey Bridge Road is a small blue and white farmhouse where area canines congregate daily for fun, exercise and companionship while their humans tend to the demands of their working day. The house is home to Puppy Love Doggie Daycare, a labor of love and the brainchild of Tina Tiainen and her husband, Adam.
The couple opened the canine clubhouse in December.

Women of Troy tame the Tigers

IC West wins 12-2 and 12-2 over Cedar Falls

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy improved to 19-5 overall and 15-1 in the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Valley Division following their softball doubleheader sweep Tuesday, June 21, over the Cedar Falls Tigers. West High took both games, 12-2, in five innings each.
Jessie Harder kicked off the scoring in the bottom of the third inning of game one with a two-run double, followed by Skylar Ryan with a two-run single and Darby Donovan knocking an RBI double.
The Tigers answered with a home run off Harder in the top of the fourth, which was good for two runs.

Cutting costs, increasing controversy

New vehicle maintenance facility for CCA sparks discussion, ends with a walk out

OXFORD– With a tight budget to work with, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District administration and school board directors have explored a variety of ways to save scarce dollars.
The most recent cost-saving opportunity has arisen due to a change in where and how the district maintains its vehicle fleet, sparking some controversy during discussion at the board’s June 15 meeting at the Clear Creek Elementary School in Oxford.

Spud saves the day

2-run homer gives West a win over Cedar Rapids Prairie

IOWA CITY– They call him “Spud.”
Monday, June 13, Spud, AKA Spencer Wiskus, a graduated West High senior, was the hero of the night as his two-run homer broke an 8-8 tie with Cedar Rapids Prairie and won the nine-inning nightcap of a varsity doubleheader.

Clean sweep by Mustangs

Creek girls fall 6-4 and 6-3 to Mount Vernon

OXFORD– The Mount Vernon Mustangs handed the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers a pair of losses Wednesday, June 15, as they swept the Creek Girls in a varsity doubleheader in Oxford. The Mustangs took the opener, 6-4, and survived a seventh-inning Clipper rally to win the nightcap, 6-3.

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.