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Chris Umscheid

CCA to reduce district tax levy

OXFORD– The board of directors for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) community school district approved the certified budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year as well as Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) and School Improvement Local Option tax (SILO) budgets.

Women of Troy put away J-Hawks

4-1 win keeps West perfect

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy had little trouble last Thursday (April 17) with the Cedar Rapids Jefferson J-Hawks, beating the bluebirds 4-1 in varsity action on the field below Kingston Stadium.

He did it HIS WAY

Randall bows out with few regrets

SOLON– Typically, when a long-tenured coach leaves an athletic program under a cloud of controversy, they say they want to focus on the positives and not dwell on the negatives.
Brad Randall, now the former Solon High School varsity boys’ basketball coach, is no exception.
With a winning record full of accomplishments, it’s easy for him to emphasize the highlights.

The Retreat: seriously good coffee in a relaxed atmosphere

A break from the hassles of life

ELY– “We take our coffee very seriously.
Mark Banowetz, co-owner of The Retreat in Ely, and his wife Kathleen opened the coffee shop and bakery in a renovated house along State Street in January 2013. In just one year, it has become a daily destination for many, and a new discovery for many more.
“We already had the house and Mark was using it for his own business (Great American Shed Co.),” Kathleen said. “We always kind of wanted to do a coffee shop so we started thinking about it and doing research, and one day, we decided we could do it here in this house with a little extra work.’”

Clipper girls start soccer season 2-0

Road win in Wellman leads to victory at home

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) girls varsity soccer team opened its season with a 3-0 road win last Monday (April 7) against Mid-Prairie in Wellman and followed it the next day with a 6-1 win over Central Clinton of DeWitt at home.
At Wellman, the Clippers took a 2-0 lead at the half with a pair of goals by Kelsey Hall off assists by the Bormann sisters, Emma and Hannah. The pair teamed up in the second half as Emma scored on an assist from Hannah.
Clipper coach Matt Harding pointed out CCA outshot the Golden Hawks 17-3.

Brez bows out

Longtime West High coach retires

IOWA CITY– One day earlier and it may have been written off as an April Fool’s Day prank.
But Kathy Bresnahan’s post on the social media site Facebook last Wednesday (April 2) was no joke as she announced her resignation from coaching the Iowa City West High Women of Troy varsity volleyball program.