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Chris Umscheid

NLFD battles wind-driven house fire

One miserable day

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty Fire Chief Brian Platz was stunned.
“In 25 years in the fire service, I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.
Platz was reacting to a wind-driven blaze that completely destroyed a house in the 2800-block of 270th Street NW on Wednesday, Dec. 13.
The alarm was sounded shortly before 10 a.m. as a report of smoke coming from a residence at 2855 270th Street NW. The North Liberty Fire Department’s (NLFD) response was immediate.

Creek Girls escape Vikettes’

CCA holds off Vinton-Shellsburg upset bid, 49-42

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) girls varsity basketball team improved its record to 2-4 with a 49-42 win over the Vinton-Shellsburg (VS) Vikettes on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at home.

Creek Boys capsized by the Trojans

South Tama pushes past CCA, 70-52

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys attempted to ride a wave of momentum in the wake of a Dec. 12 win (the first of the season) over Benton Community as they took on the visiting Trojans of South Tama. Unfortunately for the Creek Boys, the wave quickly turned into a riptide as the Trojans capsized the Clippers early and took a 70-52 win Dec. 15.
CCA trailed throughout the contest and went from a five-point deficit at 16-11 at the end of the first period to a 33-19 gap at halftime.
South Tama led 42-30 going into the final quarter.

Distant dream nearing reality

One-stop-shop for crisis intervention moves forward

IOWA CITY– What once seemed like only a good idea, and a bit of a dream, is nearing realization in Johnson County as plans for a comprehensive, “one-stop-shop” for addiction and behavioral short-term care recently took a giant step forward.

A hobby gone awry

Pyles making the Christmas season bright near Solon

LAKE MACBRIDE– It all started 40 years ago, and has exploded into a light and sound spectacle that just keeps growing and growing at the corner of Hwy. 382 and Newberry Drive west of Solon and near the entrance to Lake Macbride.
“It was when I had my first daughters, and Christmas was Christmas, and I just put up a few strings (of lights), and we’ve been at it ever since,” Dan Pyle said. Pyle and his wife Hope have gone from those first few strands to 142 separate runs of extension cords supplying electricity to at least 30,000 lights.

Stormin’ Pointers sweep varsity Bolts

Liberty girls fall 71-17, boys fall 61-55 in overtime

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s basketball teams met the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana (CP-U) Saturday, Dec. 9, with sophomore/junior varsity and varsity squads all in action on the home floor during a “gold out” event supporting those fighting cancer.
The varsity girls fell 71-17 to the third-ranked (Class 4A) Pointers in the first half of a varsity doubleheader.

Women of Troy remember “Flash” with a win

IC West downs CR Xavier, 49-30

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IOWA CITY– “Flash” is gone, but far from forgotten. Austin Schroeder, better known to the Iowa City West High community as “Flash,” was born on Aug. 13, 1999, and died on April 28, 2015, from cancer. “Flash” was diagnosed with T-Lymphoblastic Lymphoma, Stage 3, in April of 2014 and lost a valiant fight against the disease a year later.
“Flash” was remembered Friday, Dec. 1, as the West High Women of Troy dedicated the first home game of the regular season in memory of him.

Creek Boys rally, comes up short

Dyersville Beckman wins, 48-42

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TIFFIN– A tie at the end of the first period turned into a deficit for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boy’s basketball team.
It was a deficit they came close to overcoming, but came up short in the end as Dyersville Beckman Catholic handed the Clippers a 48-42 loss in the season opener Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Tiffin.

Buzzer-beater boosts Bolts, Trojans tie

Liberty tops CR; IC West breaks even with Cougars

CEDAR RAPIDS– The 2017-18 varsity boys basketball season opened for Liberty High and Iowa City West High with scrimmages in Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Jamboree on Monday, Nov. 20.

Creek Girls capsized 53-28

Stratton leads CCA with 14 points

ANAMOSA– The 2017-18 varsity girls basketball season opened on a sour note for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers as they fell, 53-28, to the Anamosa Blue Raiders Tuesday, Nov. 21, in Anamosa.

CCA bids farewell to “Cappy”

School district seeks consistency through branding

OXFORD— Fare thee well, Cappy. And may fair winds and following seas be with ye.
Cappy, the unofficial mascot of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) high school baseball program has likely sailed his last season with the Clippers. Cappy, a grizzled ship’s Captain, was introduced to CCA in 2013 on a banner attached to the outfield fence, and quickly became something of a controversial figure.

Mistakes doom Trojans

West High falls to Dowling again

CEDAR FALLS– History repeated itself, and was made Friday, Nov. 17, at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls as the West Des Moines Dowling Catholic High School Maroons defeated the Iowa City West High Trojans in the Class 4A state football championship game for the second year in a row, and picked up its fifth-consecutive title in the process.
Dowling defeated the Trojans 23-10 last year and won 35-21 in the rematch.
The Maroons entered the contest with an 11-1 record, losing 22-19 to Ankeny Centennial, while the Trojans were undefeated at 12-0.