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And the last shall be first

IC West High Trojans go from 8th seed to state 3A soccer champs

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DES MOINES– Iowa City West High’s Trojans went from the bottom of the 2017 Class 3A State Soccer Tournament brackets (eighth seed) to the top, claiming their ninth state championship Saturday, June 3, at the Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines.
The Trojans, led by veteran coach Brad Stiles, entered the tournament with a 13-7 record and were pitted against No. 1 seed Cedar Rapids Prairie in the quarterfinals on Thursday, June 1.

Class of 2017 finds their way

148 seniors graduate from Clear Creek Amana

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TIFFIN– The valedictorian speeches were littered with references to shared childhood experiences (Harry Potter, Disney Channel, Netflix) on Sunday, June 4, at Clear Creek Amana’s graduation ceremony in the packed high school gymnasium.
“We’ve all found our P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney,” said Grace Murray, referencing the Disney movie “Finding Nemo.”
A total 148 seniors made up the graduating Class of 2017, with 10 valedictorians and one salutatorian.

NORTH LIBERTY ON FIRE:

A three-part series

Consultant looks at the NLFD with an eye toward the future

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) was formally organized in 1945 when the city was small and well separated from its neighboring towns. Now, the department, which covers North Liberty as well as Penn and Madison townships (56 square miles total), protects the lives and property of over 22,000 inhabitants.

Turning the tassle on another class of graduates

Solon senior Jessica Heick is all smiles as she receives a hug from her mother Chris at the 2017 graduation ceremony Sunday, May 21, in the Solon High School gymnasium. The graduating class of 2017 includes 94 seniors. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Ear for perfection

NL’s Steve Junge keeps corridor pianos in-tune

NORTH LIBERTY– Pianos are complex instruments, hand-assembled by craftsmen, that produce melodious sounds for decades. However, like any mechanical device, eventually they need attention and tuning. The seven-county area, known as Iowa’s Creative Corridor, including North Liberty in particular, now has an artisan dedicated to restoring a piano’s full musical potential.
Steve Junge, of North Liberty, began offering professional piano tuning services in November. A corporate reorganization led to Junge reevaluating what he wanted to do. Music was the answer, but what aspect of music?

Elementaries dive into robotics

$15K PLTW grant funds supplies, teacher training at Garner, Penn, Van Allen

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We’ll drink to that

Cedar Ridge celebrates long-awaited legislation and its most prestigious award

SWISHER– So far 2017 has been a very good year for Jeff Quint and his Cedar Ridge Winery and Distillery located near Swisher.
On March 28 a key piece of legislation, long fought for by Iowa’s distilleries, cleared the Iowa House of Representatives, 93-1. House File 607 allows Iowa distilleries to sell their products by the glass, and as cocktails, in their tasting rooms. It also increases a daily sales limit from two bottles per person to a full 12-bottle case and raises a state-imposed cap on the annual production of distilled spirits.

Fiala and Erhart Seniors of the Year

The Solon Senior Advocates have named Phyllis Fiala (left) and Jeanne Erhart (right) as the recipients of the 2017 Senior of the Year award. A presentation was made to the co-winners at the May 3 Solon City Council meeting by Sandy Hanson (center). A reception in honor of Fiala and Erhart will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the Timber DOME Lodge Friday, June 9. (photo by Doug Lindner)

Trouble in River City

The Music Man

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– A variety of mischievous characters have appeared on the stage in the Performing Arts Center at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School in Tiffin, from The Cat in the Hat to Baron Bolligrew and Willy Wonka. Add Professor Harold Hill to the list.

Hole in one at Saddleback

Scott Seagren of North Liberty got a hole-in-one Sunday, Easter afternoon, on hole #17 at Saddleback Golf Course in Solon. It was witnessed by his 10-year-old son, Nolan Seagren. (contributed photo)

Lady Spartans make their mark at Drake Relays

Durr third in high jump, 4x4 breaks school record again

DES MOINES– Weather and track conditions were consistent through the weekend at the Drake Relays; cold, wet and windy. Solon’s girls responded, though, with highlight performances and others which still kept them near the top of the state’s high school track finishes, as they now head into their 2017 homestretch.
Drake is a late-season pause in the high school regular season. Top Iowa high school track and field performances share the limelight with regional and national college/university competition, special international elite events and Olympic rematches.

Solon 4x400 sets school record

Lady Spartans third at Jesse Day Invitational

DAVENPORT– With a school record in the final event, Solon’s girls capped an impressive showing at the Jesse Day Invitational Track meet April 13 in Davenport. Solon won four events, was second in two more, and double-placed in three individual events. The Lady Spartans scored in 14 of the 19 events in the meet.
“We had a strong feeling we could do some of the things we accomplished (at Davenport),” noted Solon Coach Brent Sands. “We only loaded a few events. Some of the faster girls only had two events. We want to give everybody a chance to run at this point.”