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Chris Umscheid

Challenges ahead at CCA

Kuehl assumes superintendent duties at Clear Creek Amana

OXFORD– After three years as superintendent of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district, Denise Schares announced her retirement in February, setting in motion a short but intense search for a replacement.
“It’s a transition point, and I think for the district it’s a good time to bring somebody in on this really, really tremendous opportunity and challenge of enrollment growth,” Schares said at the time. Reluctantly the school board of directors launched the search, hiring G. Tryon and Associates and charging the firm with finding a highly qualified individual in two months’ time.

Connecting to a higher power

Former engineer now guiding the flock at Solon United Methodist Church

SOLON– Scott Keele Kober used to design power lines to connect communities to the electrical grid. Now, as the Pastor of the Solon United Methodist Church (UMC), he connects people to become a community, and to connect that community to the highest power: God.

State hopes dashed in the dust

WILLIAMSBURG– The 2013 baseball season came to a sudden end last week for both the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers and Iowa City West High Trojans in substate action.
The Clippers fell 11-3 Tuesday (July 23) on the road in Williamsburg against the rival Raiders. The class 3A Substate 5, District 10 game was a continuation of Monday’s suspended game, which was halted at the end of four innings due to lightning. The contest was tied 3-3 at the time.

West one game away from state

4-2 win over Jefferson J-Hawks sends Trojans to substate final

IOWA CITY– It’s hard to beat a team three times in one season. So says the conventional wisdom as well as many coaches and sports writers.
It’s among their top-10 clichés.
However, Friday night (July 19) the West High Trojans showed the phrase has some truth in it as they initially struggled against Cedar Rapids Jefferson before winning 4-2 in a first round game in substate action at home. West had beaten the J-Hawks 11-0 and 6-3 almost a month ago and entered the contest No.1 in the substate 6 bracket with a 32-7 record while Jefferson was the No. 6 seed at 12-26.

Lady Spartans slap Sabers in regional

Solon beats DeWitt 9-1 in semifinal

SOLON– The Lady Spartans are on a roll.
A 9-1 win Saturday night, July 13, at home against Central Clinton-DeWitt in a Class 4A regional semifinal gave Solon a 38-2 record and 14 consecutive wins.
The Spartans were the visiting team on the scoreboard and as the visitors, went to bat first. A five-run first inning gave Solon a cushion against the 25-16 Sabers.

Just like mi madre used to make

Los Jimadores brings the authentic taste of Mexico to NL

NORTH LIBERTY– Not all Mexican restaurants are alike, and not all are truly authentic in flavor and atmosphere, according to Jasmine Ortiz, one of the friendly faces you’ll encounter at Los Jimadores Authentic Mexican Restaurant in North Liberty.
Ortiz defined authentic as homemade encompasses a wider variety of menu offerings with a different taste and seasonings than found in more conventional restaurants.
“It’s like Mama would make,” Ortiz said.

Clippers make short work ofTigers

CCA rolls 13-1 over Grinnell in 4A quarterfinal

OXFORD– The electricity bill for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district will be a little lower next month thanks to the varsity softball team.
Its Class 4A Quarterfinal game Thursday night, July 11, was over and done with before the lights at the ball field were turned on.
In three innings of play, the Clippers took it to the Grinnell Tigers, 13-1, earning a trip to Carlisle on Saturday, July 13, for the regional semifinal facing Carlisle.

West gets hot at the right time

Wins over CR Kennedy, City send Women of Troy to regional final

IOWA CITY– It’s been a rough season for the West High Women of Troy, but a postseason surge has led to a streak of three consecutive wins and a trip to a Class 5A regional final.
West blasted Cedar Rapids Kennedy Thursday night, July 11, at home, 11-0, in five innings. Morgan Ryan had a triple and Michaela Recker knocked out a double as West put up 13 hits. Erin Kallsen had three singles while Lauren Larson, Taylor Libby and Adara Opiola had a pair of base hits each.
Jesse Harder went the distance in the circle giving up only one hit and issuing six strikeouts.

Sharing the bragging rights

West, City split two-day baseball doubleheader

IOWA CITY– In Iowa City, the winning football team gets “The Boot.” The volleyball team gets “The Spike.” In baseball, bragging rights are on the line and this year both City and West can say they won as the teams split a doubleheader conducted Monday and Tuesday, July 8 and 9.

As American as baseball and apple pie

Oxford parade marks Independence Day

OXFORD– Major General Robert Sentman, USA (ret.), dressed in full cavalry attire, and carrying the cavalry guidon, maintained a steady pace as he rode his horse along the streets of Oxford Thursday, July 4. Behind him the American Legion carried our nation’s flag, fire trucks sounded their horns and sirens, political parties advertised their candidates, and antique cars and tractors followed while candy flew toward eager children at the curbs.

Improving health a focus at CCA

Federal grant fuels drive for healthy kids

NORTH LIBERTY– They’re getting healthier and more fit in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) schools. Kathy Campbell, the district’s wellness coordinator, gave the school board a year-end report on a new push for health and wellness during the board’s Wednesday, June 19, meeting.

Ram-bunctious

West High splits with Dubuque Senior softball

IOWA CITY– The night ended in a draw, but the Women of Troy still had reason to celebrate Tuesday, July 2. The Rams of Dubuque Senior visited for a varsity doubleheader and brought a 25-5 record overall and 16-4 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) record. West was 17-17 and 14-8 in contrast. The Rams were also ranked fourth in Class 5A while the Women of Troy were unranked.
So when West pulled off a 6-2 upset win in game one, some dugout dancing during game two could certainly be understood.