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Chris Umscheid

Malli and Barker crowned as CCA’s Homecoming Queen and King

Tradition reigns in scaled back 2020 Homecoming

TIFFIN– Although greatly scaled back due to concerns prompted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Homecoming Week was held in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District. Organizers cancelled the annual parade and traditional dance, opting instead to defer both events until a time when such gatherings are safe to attend.

Still a long way back to normal

Volunteers pitch in to clean up Lake Macbride State Park

SOLON– Almost seven weeks after the historic derecho wind storm moved across the state of Iowa, the after-effects are still evident at Lake Macbride State Park despite a Herculean effort by park staff.
“It was bad,” said Park Manager Ron Puettmann. “There’s probably thousands of trees down in the park, most of them in the timbered areas, of course.”
The hardest-hit areas though, were the campgrounds, he said.
“Those are still closed yet until we get the hazard trees taken care of,” he noted.

Four contend for three board of supervisor seats

Republican Phil Hemmingway hopes to unseat one incumbent Democrat

IOWA CITY– Four candidates are on the ballot for three seats on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. Democrat incumbents Rod Sullivan, Lisa Green-Douglass, and Royceann Porter are defending their seats while Republican Phil Hemmingway, a former member of the Iowa City Community School District Board of Education, hopes to unseat one of them. Hemmingway lost to Porter in a December 2018 special election to replace the late Kurt Friese, and also ran in the 2018 general election.

NL’s dog park is now open!

A soft open now ahead of grand opening in the spring for the Red Fern Dog Park

NORTH LIBERTY– Louis was very excited. As a 6-month-old standard poodle puppy, he’s naturally a happy and curious creature. On Thursday, Oct. 1, however, he had a whole new world to explore, and but for his human and the local newspaperman, it was all his.
Louis and his doggie mom, Maria Bozaan, were the first to visit the park, which officially but quietly opened at sunrise. Bozaan explained she had been taking Louis to the dog park in Iowa City, but living and working from home in North Liberty, the new Red Fern Dog Park was a long-awaited convenience.

Creek Boys sail past Oskys Indians

Fig runs wild in CCAs 37-7 Homecoming win over Oskaloosa

TIFFIN Clear Creek Amanas (CCA) varsity football team celebrated Homecoming 2020 with a commanding 37-7 win over the Oskaloosa (Osky) Indians Friday, Oct. 2.
It was the third consecutive blowout win for the Creek Boys after dismantling Benton Community 49-3 and Newton 41-14, and improved their record to 4-2 heading into the final game of the shortened regular season.

Bolts and Clippers run in City High’s Bud Williams Invitational

Schillinger leads Liberty boys to victory,

IOWA CITY– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Liberty High cross country teams competed in Iowa City High’s Bud Williams Invitational Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Kickers Soccer Park in Iowa City.
Liberty’s varsity boys took the team title with 39 points, topping City High (51) and CCA (95). Liberty’s Caleb Schillinger led the Lightning with his third-place finish in 16:56.40. Teammates Jack Kinzer, Christian Montover and Gavin Keeney were seventh, eighth and 10th, respectively. Brandon Barker led the Clippers with a fifth-place showing in 17:07.20 with fellow Creek Boy Gavin Zillyette ninth.

Creek Girls dispose of the Demons

Pollock and Clubb team up for 26 kills in 3-0 sweep at Washington

WASHINGTON The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball team improved to 15-3 and kept the Washington Demons looking for their first win of the 2020 season with a 3-0 sweep, on the road, Thursday, Oct. 1. The Clippers disposed of the winless Demons, 25-12, 25-14 and 25-14, dropping Washington to 0-13.
Senior Hailey Pollock led the Creek Girls with 16 kills, while junior Calia Clubb put up 10. Senior Grace Bedford made 16 assists. Junior Jaclyn Pitcher was credited with 13.

Trojan-Bolts wash out the Golden Eagles

Scarlet Martin, Aurora Roghair and Jade Roghair post double wins as IC West-Liberty High swimmers defeat Wahlert

IOWA CITY– It wasn’t home, but it was yet another home win for the Iowa City West High-Liberty High girls swimming and diving teams Tuesday, Sept. 29, as they washed away the Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High School Golden Eagles at the Mercer Park Aquatic Center. The Trojan-Bolts defeated Wahlert, 139.5-42.5 (varsity) and 118-53 (junior varsity). The meet moved to rival City High’s home due to the Coralville Recreation Center’s pool being closed for repairs.

Creek Boys win, Creek Girls runner-ups in home XC meet

Brandon Barker wins, Haidyn Barker third for CCA

IOWA CITY The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys cross country team won its home Clipper Classic meet Monday, Sept. 28, at the Kickers Soccer Complex in Iowa City. The Clippers topped the 10-team field with 39 points, led by Brandon Barker. Barker won the 5-kilometer race in 17:21.32, Gavin Zillyette was third and Peyton Stadler finished 10th.
The CCA girls were the runner-up squad with 77 points to champion Mid-Prairies 20 in a seven-team field. Haidyn Barker took third place in 20:37.52 with Kayla Jiras coming in seventh.

Still a long way back to normal

Volunteers pitch in to clean up Lake Macbride State Park

SOLON Almost seven weeks after the historic derecho wind storm moved across the state of Iowa, the after-effects are still evident at Lake Macbride State Park despite a Herculean effort by park staff.
It was bad, said Park Manager Ron Puettmann. Theres probably thousands of trees down in the park, most of them in the timbered areas, of course.
The hardest-hit areas though, were the campgrounds, he said.
Those are still closed yet until we get the hazard trees taken care of, he noted.

Clippers’ Homecoming Court announced

2020 King and Queen were crowned in virtual event on Sept. 30

TIFFIN– Homecoming at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School looks very different this year due to concerns and considerations related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the traditional parade and dance indefinitely postponed in the name of safety.

Removed and replaced

Lulu Merle Johnson is the county’s new namesake

IOWA CITY– Johnson County has a new namesake.
Lulu Merle Johnson, Ph.D., replaces Richard Mentor Johnson as the county’s eponym (namesake) through action by the county board of supervisors during a Wednesday, Sept. 23, work session.
Dr. Johnson (1907-1995) was born in Southwest Iowa and entered the University of Iowa (UI) in 1925 as one of at least 64 black students (14 women).