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Chris Umscheid

Trojans cruise to substate final

CR Prairie no problem; West wins, 63-21

IOWA CITY– The Little Hawks of City High will get a third shot at their crosstown rivals, the Trojans of West High, for the right to compete in the Class 4A state basketball tournament.
The teams will meet Tuesday, March 4, in Cedar Rapids thanks to City disposing of Newton 64-50, while West wiped out Cedar Rapids Prairie 63-21 Friday, Feb. 28, in substate semifinal games. The Trojans have defeated the Little Hawks twice this season, 70-34 and 73-41.
Likewise, the Trojans schooled the Prairie Hawks in the art and science of basketball 87-40 back in January.

City still no match for West High

Little Hawks 41, Trojans 73

IOWA CITY– It was probably like déjà vu for the City High Little Hawks last Tuesday night as once again the West High Trojans trounced them on the hardwood.
In early January, the Trojans journeyed across town to administer a 70-34 pounding of their rivals. In the Feb. 11 rematch, the second half of a girl-boy doubleheader in a packed West High gym, the Trojans came away with a 73-41 victory.

City sours Senior Night for Women of Troy

City 58, West High 42

IOWA CITY– Last year the West High Women of Troy beat rival City High 55-42 in a Class 5A regional final for the right to compete in the state tournament.
Last Tuesday night the City High Little Hawks got some revenge with a 58-42 win on Senior Night for West.

CCA’s young man from Moldova

Exchange program in spotlight

TIFFIN– The Republic of Moldova, was founded on Aug. 27, 1991, after the collapse of the former Soviet Union. The small country, squeezed between Ukraine to the north, east and south, and Romania to the west has a population of just over 3.5 million.
Moldova is also home to Dan Zalucean, an exchange student attending Clear Creek Amana (CCA) high school this year. The 17-year old is a senior and is part of a U.S. State Department initiative to improve relations with former Soviet countries.

Lady Spartans too much for CCA to handle

SOLON– Josie Durr opened last Thursday’s varsity game between the Solon Lady Spartans and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers with a 3-point shot, and went on to lead Solon with 21 points in a 65-49 win.
The Clippers were coming off a 63-40 win Tuesday night on the road at Benton Community while Solon was regrouping from a 43-37 loss at Mount Vernon. However, the Creek Girls quickly found themselves in a hole they spent the rest of the game trying to dig out from.

School night

For NLFD recruits, Monday night means time in the classroom

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s Monday evening at the North Liberty fire station. Probationary firefighter Rich Reasner is emptying the dishwasher and scrubbing items in the kitchen sink. To his right, probationary firefighter Jenn Vanderhoff is checking on a pizza and breadsticks she’s baking for her fellow new recruits and their instructor for the evening, firefighter/EMT Reese Bryson. Four more of their fellow “probies” filter in, and after a bit of friendly banter, they settle in for the evening’s work.

Results positive for CCA

Voters approve $48 million bond issue

OXFORD– Voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District approved a $48 million bond issue last Tuesday (Feb. 4) 79 percent to 21 percent. The measure, which required 60 percent to pass, allows the district to sell bonds to finance the construction of a new elementary school on the east side of Tiffin and expand the middle school, also in Tiffin. Also approved is expanding the high school and improvements to Amana Elementary.
A total of 1,237 votes were cast, with 989 yes, and 268 no votes.

Another Friday, another blowout

West Trojans dominate East

IOWA CITY– One week after blowing out Cedar Rapids Prairie in a continuous clock-shortened game the West High Trojans rolled over their counterparts from Waterloo East, 73-34, Friday, Feb. 7, at home. It was the second pummeling of East delivered by West this season; the teams met in Waterloo in January with Bergman’s Boys winning 83-40.

Lady Spartans too much for Clipper girls to handle

Solon 65, CCA 49

SOLON– Josie Durr opened last Thursday’s varsity game between the Solon Lady Spartans and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers with a 3-point shot, and went on to lead Solon with 21 points in a 65-49 win.
The Clippers were coming off a 63-40 win Tuesday night on the road at Benton Community while Solon was regrouping from a 43-37 loss at Mount Vernon. However, the Creek Girls quickly found themselves in a hole they spent the rest of the game trying to dig out from.

Taylor wins close mayoral election in Swisher

Just 15 votes separate two candidates Feb. 4

SWISHER– Fifteen votes.
That’s how close the mayoral election was Tuesday, Feb. 4, in this small northwestern Johnson County community as voters decided who would replace Tim Mason as mayor.
Christopher J. Taylor won the special election with 151 of 288 total votes (52 percent) against 136 votes (47 percent) for Randy Hurlbert. The seat was vacated in November when Mason abruptly resigned minutes after City Clerk Connie Meier resigned. Council member Mary Gudenkauf has been acting as mayor pro tempore ever since, albeit reluctantly.

Cougars hand Women of Troy another loss

IOWA CITY– A pair of decisive wins led to a pair of painful losses for the West High Women of Troy. After knocking off Bettendorf 63-35 and Waterloo East 61-18, coach BJ Mayer’s crew fell 60-51 at Valley High School in West Des Moines and struggled against the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars at home.

West boys pound Prairie, 87-40

IOWA CITY– Throughout the season West High coach Steve Bergman has said his team needs to be challenged. His Trojans were a lot of things Friday night (Jan. 31), but challenged was not one of them.
West High came into the Mississippi Valley Conference inter-divisional contest with a 12-2 (8-1) record and a second-place ranking in the Mississippi Division while the Prairie Hawks were 4-10 (2-7) in the Valley Division.
The Trojans plucked and cooked the Prairie Hawks, 87-40.