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Women of Troy to regional final

Third win over City moves West one match away from state

IOWA CITY– Once again, the West High Women of Troy proved conventional wisdom doesn’t count for much, as they showed it is possible to beat a quality team three times in one season. The myth busting occurred Thursday, Oct. 29, as West High faced rival City High in a Class 5A regional semifinal match at West, and won, 3-1. The teams first met on Sept. 8, at West, for the annual “Battle for the Spike,” which the Women of Troy took, 3-2. The rivals faced each other again, later that month, in the Dubuque Invitational with West winning, 2-0.

County celebrates Mehaffey Bridge opening

JOHNSON COUNTY– Mehaffey Bridge is finished.
Officials from Johnson County, representatives of VJ Engineering and Iowa Bridge and Culvert, and members of the public gathered in the rain Wednesday, Oct. 21, to conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the two-year project.

Solon leaves Dubuque Golden Eagles in a fog

Spartans end regular season 5-4; rematch with Demons looming

DUBUQUE– A constant misty drizzle did not deter the Solon Spartans from rolling into the “Rock Bowl” and securing their berth in the postseason.
Solon’s varsity football team defeated Dubuque Wahlert, 31-13, Oct. 23 to finish the regular season 5-4.

On to State Cross Country for Coberly

Düster just misses cut; girls seventh, boys eighth

FAIRFIELD– With a personal best time, Solon senior Trisha Coberly extended her season for another week. She toes the starting line at high noon Saturday as the gun sounds for cross country’s Class 3A state meet in Fort Dodge.
Coberly rode her 19:21 5-kilometer finish to sixth place at the state qualifying meet Oct. 22. “It doesn’t feel like it’s hit me yet,” she said, minutes after the race around the Fairfield reservoir city park. “I know it will in time. I’m just glad to go. Didn’t get to go the last two years.”

Colony Pumpkin Patch celebrates fall with October festival

An a-maze-ing autumn day

NORTH LIBERTY– The air was crisp, the sun was shining and the pumpkins were blazing with color; a perfect day for a fall festival.
The Colony Pumpkin Patch, at 2780 Front St. NE in North Liberty, celebrated the coming of fall with its annual Fall Festival Oct. 3, inviting the public to enjoy a number of vendors and information booths, free family activities and pick-your-own pumpkins by the pound. The farm also celebrated the fourth year of its family-friendly corn maze.

Solon heads into tournaments

SOLON– Solon’s varsity volleyball team took advantage of an opportunity for a conference win with a 3-0 sweep of Anamosa on Senior Night Oct. 13.
The game featured the return of sophomore Grace Keith, sidelined since early in the season by an ankle injury.
“The team really looked confident with her back on the floor,” said Head Coach Peter Gustin. “It’s been a slow process incorporating her back in, and her jump count will be limited moving forward.”
Senior Josey Hajek was also back in the lineup after an ankle sprain at the Waverly-Shell Rock Invite Oct. 3.

Happy harvest

NL Pantry celebrates first gardening season

NORTH LIBERTY – The Growing Together Garden, in the backyard of the North Liberty Community Pantry, flourished in its first year.
The pantry held a Taste and Tour event at the garden on Oct. 11. Garden Coordinator Ilsa DeWald and Nick Bergus, of the pantry’s Board of Directors Garden Committee, led attendees on a tour through the Growing Together Garden and the pantry itself.
Pantry garden volunteer Judy Bornkessel attended the event with her 12- and 6-year-old granddaughters, Annika and Beckett Kruse.
As Beckett sampled some kale, her grandmother explained the purpose of the garden.

Clippers vanquish Vikings on the gridiron

CCA 27, Vinton-Shellsburg 7

VINTON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football Clippers improved to 4-4 on the season with a non-district win on the road in Vinton Friday, Oct. 16. The Clippers raided the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings and took a 27-7 victory from their WaMaC foes, dropping the Vikings to 2-6 overall.
The Vikings scored on their first drive of the game after receiving the opening kickoff and put the Clippers in a 7-0 deficit.

Honor, bravery and appreciation

Local fabricator says “thank you” in a big way

SOLON— There are many traditions in the fire service, including the Maltese Cross, the time-honored symbol of firefighters. The Maltese Cross is considered a badge of honor and a symbol of protection displayed by American firefighters.
In Solon, it’s also a sign of gratitude and appreciation.
Bill Frees, owner of Newport Fab and Machine, Inc., recently fabricated and donated a Maltese Cross emblem to the Solon Fire Department.

Home stretch ahead

Boys finish 11th, girls 10th at North Linn

TROY MILLS– The stakes go up in the final days of the 2015 cross country season. Solon’s boys and girls go from Thursday’s WaMaC conference meet to the state qualifier next week, and hopefully on to state, Oct. 31.

Great shakes

NL’s fourth annual dog plunge makes a splash

NORTH LIBERTY– Tails were wagging and wet fur was flying at the North Liberty Aquatic Center, Sept. 10 and 11, during the city’s fourth annual Doggie Plunge event.
Each year as the city closes its outdoor pool to human customers, Aquatics Director Katie Gerot and her staff get ready to entertain four-legged friends who also enjoy getting wet. In order to be pet-friendly, the water must be properly prepared by cutting off chemical treatments and dropping the water level below the system’s filters.

Spectacular Senior Night for West

Trojans pick up second win, 63-27, over Hempstead

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans put on quite a show Friday, Oct. 9, as they celebrated Senior Night with a 63-27 win over Dubuque Hempstead. The win elevated the Trojans to 2-5 overall, 2-0 in Class 4A District 7, while the Mustangs slipped to 5-2 overall, 1-1 in district play.