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Chris Umscheid

Jo Co Ambulance Service to have new facility by 2017

IOWA CITY– “This is going to be a building we’re definitely going to be proud of,” said Steve Spenler, Director for the Johnson County Ambulance Service (JCAS), as he flipped through architectural plans and renderings for the new ambulance facility.

Creek girls take on big dogs of Center Point Urbana

CPU defeats CCA, 62-35

TIFFIN– Entering the contest, some may have seen the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls basketball team (5-9) going up against 15-0 and No. 2 (Class 3A) Center Point-Urbana (CPU) as something of a suicide mission. Clipper coach P.J. Sweeney chose to look at it from a competitor’s point of view. “It’s a chance to play against one of the top teams.”
While the 62-35 CPU win Friday, Jan. 22, was never in dispute, the Creek Girls came out guns blazing on their home hardwood.

Women of Troy stumble against Wahlert

Iowa City West High 41, Dubuque Wahlert 51

IOWA CITY– A 21-point effort from Dubuque Wahlert’s Katy Fricano powered the Golden Eagles past the Iowa City West High Women of Troy Tuesday, Jan. 12, and gave West its third loss of the season. Wahlert took the varsity contest as they upset West, 51-41.
The game was tied at 13 at the end of the first period and West pulled ahead, 25-22, at the half. However, the Eagles took the lead in the third enjoying a 38-34 advantage going into the final period.
Freshman Emma Koch was the only West High player in double digits, leading the team with 10 points.

Trojans dominate wrestling Warriors on Senior Night

Iowa City West 57, Cedar Rapids Washington 18

IOWA CITY– Six West High wrestlers were honored on Senior Night Thursday, Jan. 14, as the Trojans hosted the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors in an Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) dual meet. Ben Bertell, Donovan Doyle, Undell Hatchett, Nathan Kelsay, Jordin Robles Quiroz and Aaron Stumpf were recognized along with manager Rowan Haverkamp between the junior varsity (JV) and varsity meets.

Clipper boys keep Raiders winless

CCA defeats Williamsburg, 58-44

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clipper boys varsity basketball team improved its record to 4-5 overall while keeping arch rival Williamsburg winless at 0-9 Friday, Jan. 8, in the Clippers’ homeport of Tiffin.

J-Hawks pose no trouble for Trojans

West High wins, 76-50, over CR Jefferson

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans had little trouble with Cedar Rapids Jefferson in an MVC Valley Division clash Tuesday, Jan. 5, at West. The Trojans took the first period, 21-4, and never looked back on their way to a 76-50 win, their first of 2016, on the heels of a 70-57 loss Jan. 2 in Minneapolis, Minn. to Maple Grove.
Devontae Lane closed the first period with a buzzer-beating three-point shot, providing a bookend to Alex Henderson’s period-opening three-pointer. Lane did it again at the end of the third, giving West a 57-31 lead going into the final eight minutes.

Holiday beat

Shop With A Cop event brightens holidays for local families

CORALVILLE— Christmas was a little brighter this year for six North Liberty families, thanks to the efforts of the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD) and its first-ever “Shop With A Cop” event. Six kids were paired with police officers on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at the Wal-Mart in Coralville. Together, they patrolled the aisles in search of gifts for the kids’ families.

Clear Creek Amana anticipates continued enrollment growth

The Creek continues to rise

OXFORD— Taxpayers in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School District might see another bond referendum within the next few years. Voters approved a $48 million bond issue in February 2014 for the new Tiffin Elementary and an expansion of the middle school and high school, all in response to enrollment growth. Tiffin Elementary opened this fall, work is nearing completion at the middle school and bids will be let soon for the high school project.

CCA Middle School expansion completion pushed back…again

OXFORD— Hopes of moving into Clear Creek Amana’s new middle school addition over the Christmas and New Year break were dashed last week.
Superintendent Tim Kuehl gave the monthly construction update to the school board at its Monday, Dec. 14, meeting in Oxford.
“I was hoping for moving everything over Christmas, which, of course, is not happening,” Kuehl said. The move-in timeframe has been pushed to January.

West’s Women of Troy vanquish Lady Trojans

IC West 63, W’loo East 12

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy maintained their perfect record in the 2015-2016 season, improving to 6-0 with a 63-12 blowout over the Waterloo East Lady Trojans on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at West High.
While it was an easy win for West, it wasn’t a perfect game.
“Those games are hard to play,” West coach B.J. Mayer said afterward. “I think we kind of thought, maybe, we’re better than them, so sometimes when that happens… you play sloppier, or like you don’t have to concentrate as much.”

Trojans no trouble for Clipper boys

CCA 59, South Tama 39

TIFFIN– A 20-point first quarter gave the Clear Creek Amana Clippers clear sailing to a WaMaC conference win Friday, Dec. 18, at home as the South Tama Trojans were sunk, 59-39. Cal Miller and Jake Neubauer each sank a 3-pointer in the first period, with Miller also scoring on a steal and easy layup. Late in the period, Evan Downes swiped the ball and took off down court for two of his eight points.

Dolfi Kalm wins volleyball gold medals

Even at age 74, volleyball dreams do come true

LISBON– The year 2015 has been a year of dreams coming true for Lisbon’s Dolfi Kalm, formerly of Solon. Kalm won a pair of gold medals in national volleyball championships in Detroit and Minneapolis. However, the road to those championships was far longer than the several hours spent driving the highways.
A native of Maynard, Kalm started his teaching career in Atkinson, Neb., moved to Oklahoma to teach and moved back to Nebraska for three years, ahead of taking a principal position in Gladbrook.