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Chris Umscheid

“Storage Wars”

Wears to auction off storage contents on nine episodes

Solon’s Emily Wears to appear on “Storage Wars”

SOLON– Local viewers of A&E’s “Storage Wars” will see a familiar face next month as Solon’s own Emily Wears guest stars. “Storage Wars” follows a group of treasure- and wealth-seeking buyers who bid on the contents of abandoned storage units. Wears appears in nine episodes, starting Wednesday, April 12, conducting the auctions.

CHAMPIONS

DES MOINES– They were on a mission, and the mission was accomplished.
“This has been our goal since the beginning,” Connor McCaffery said in postgame comments Saturday, March 11, in the interview room at the Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines after the West High Trojans knocked off defending State Class 4A champions West Des Moines Valley, 64-50, to claim the title. The Valley High Tigers denied the Trojans the championship last year by defeating West, 46-39.

On top of his game

Solon’s Sterling McIlravy wins Junior PGA honors, looks forward to 2017 golf season

SOLON– You could say 2016 was a “sterling” year for Sterling McIlravy.
The homeschooled student athlete, who competes with Solon High School in golf and basketball, was named the 2016 Iowa Junior PGA Player of the Year (Boys 16-18) this past summer.

IC West defeats Muscatine, 83-44, in 4A substate final

Trojans mar the Muskies on way to state

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Class 4A substate final game on Tuesday, Feb. 28, between the Iowa City West High Trojans and the Muskies of Muscatine was billed as a clash of the titans, but ended up as another routine outing for the Trojans as they put away the Muskies, 83-44, to return to the state tournament in Des Moines.

“Just try it”

encourages Solon schools’ Nutrition Director Becky West

SOLON– It’s 11 a.m. on a Thursday morning at Solon High School.
A lunch server is out sick, so district Nutrition Director Becky West will throw on an apron and join the crew on the serving line, feeding hungry students.
It’s all in a day’s work.
West is a new face in the Solon schools, starting last summer after seven years working as nutrition director in the Highland Community School District.

Fifth trip to state for Women of Troy

Iowa City West High edges SE Polk, 60-54, in 5A regional final

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy survived a Class 5A regional final Tuesday, Feb. 21, at home to return to the state tournament after missing out last year.
West knocked off the Rams of Southeast Polk, 60-54, to advance and face Waukee in the quarterfinal rounds of the state tournament on Wednesday, March 1, at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.
Waukee denied West a tournament trip last year with a 70-68 loss in a 5A regional final at Waukee.

Kuehl reacts to 1.1 percent increase in state aid

Staffing levels to remain steady

AMANA– Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill authorizing a 1.1 percent increase in State Supplemental Aid (SSA) for Iowa’s school districts on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Branstad had proposed a 2 percent increase in school funding over what districts received last year, however Republicans insisted with lower income projected by the Revenue Estimating Committee, that 1.1 percent is all the State can afford. The bill provides an additional $40 million to Iowa schools for the next fiscal year, starting on June 1.

CCA’s 53-40 win over Benton Community first postseason win in over a decade

TIFFIN– They extended their season and made history doing so.
Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls basketball team knocked off Benton Community, 53-40, Wednesday, Feb. 15, at home in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal game for the first postseason win in the program’s history in well over a decade.

Women of Troy halfway to state with win over Lady Bulldogs

IC West cruises past Ottumwa 73-37 in 5A regional semifinal

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy moved to being one game from the 2017 Class 5A state tournament with a 73-37 pounding of the Lady Bulldogs from Ottumwa Saturday, Feb. 18, at West High in a regional semifinal game.
The Women of Troy held nothing back as they ran up a 23-7 lead in the first period with the first seven points coming from Rachel Saunders, who opened the game with a 3-point basket. Logan Cook made it 11-3 with a rebound and basket while Paige Beckner and Katie McGrane added three points at the free throw line in the quarter.

Progress on many fronts for Liberty High

Principal Scott Kibby gives an update on the Home of the Bolts

NORTH LIBERTY– Construction continues on the new Liberty High School in North Liberty, and Principal Scott Kibby was pleased to report the building, set to open for the 2017-2018 school year, is on schedule. Kibby recently sat for an interview highlighting the school’s progress, not only in construction but also in staffing.
Construction update

IC West cruises past Dubuque Senior, 78-37, on Senior Night

IOWA CITY– West High’s fourth-ranked Women of Troy celebrated Senior Night Feb. 3 by running over the Rams of Dubuque Senior, 78-37. West entered the contest with a 15-3 record to Dubuque’s 1-15 showing.
A pair of 3-pointers by Rachel Saunders and Lauren Zacharias to open West High’s scoring barrage set the tone early as the Women of Troy put up 25 points in the first period. Seniors Katie McGrane and Ali Tauchen had four points each in the period, while senior Maddie Huinker sank a free throw.

Bolts ground the Golden Eagles

NORTH LIBERTY– The Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert became the latest to fall to the Lightning Bolts of Liberty High Saturday, Jan. 28, at North Central Jr. High in North Liberty. The Bolts won 64-52 on “Pack the Gym” day, which also featured a mini-pep rally after the reserves’ “fifth quarter” game.
The Bolts flashed to a quick 6-2 lead thanks to Andre Brandon and Isaac Bender. The game tied four times in the first period before the Bolts pulled ahead to win the quarter, 20-17.