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North Liberty Leader

Clippers shine in footlights

CCA fine arts students earn top honors

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School fine arts students recently earned top honors in theatre and vocal music competitions.
District Large Group Speech competition was held Jan. 23 at Montezuma High School with four CCA groups earning a 1-rating, and advancing to the State Large Group Speech Contest at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Rolling with the flow by maintaining the status quo

CCA sticks with 14-day COVID quarantine policy

OXFORD– “I mean my recommendations, and like so many things this year, I don’t really ever walk away feeling like, yeah, that was 100 percent the right thing,” Superintendent Tim Kuehl told the board members during a Wednesday, Feb. 3, work session of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Board of Education.
Kuehl was talking about the district’s 14-day quarantine policy for positive COVID-19 cases and confirmed exposures.

Filling stomachs and the coffers, too

Liberty Baseball Club sells pizzas while helping the NL Pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– Almost everywhere you looked, there were stacks of pizzas, at least 980 of them, neatly and carefully piled on tables, racks, in large coolers.
And they were all going out the door in a six-hour period over two days to fill stomachs and generate some funds for the Liberty Lightning Baseball Club.
The club partnered with Matt Zacek, owner of Z’s Catering and BBQ in North Liberty, for the fundraiser, which saw club members selling preorders for the take-and-bake pizzas over the past several weeks. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20 and 21, were pick-up days at Z’s.

Hedgewood Circle residential fire

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department was dispatched at 6:14 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, for a fire at 1760 Hedgewood Cir. The North Liberty Police Department was the first to arrive and witnessed smoke from multiple sides of the building. All human occupants left the building themselves and were accounted for.

COVID-19 vaccination information, rides and contact list for North Liberty residents

NORTH LIBERTY– As Iowa continues to vaccinate its population against COVID-19, residents can stay up-to-date on eligibility, sources and other information though local county public health departments. Johnson County information is available online at https://coronavirus-johnsoncounty.hub.arcgis.com/.

Indians end Creek Girls’ season with regional semifinal upset

Calia Clubb leads CCA with 12 points. but Marion wins 54-36

TIFFIN– The 2020-2021 varsity season ended for Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) girls Saturday, Feb. 20, with a surprising 54-36 loss to the Marion Indians in a Class 4A regional semifinal game in Tiffin. The Clippers, ranked No. 14 in Class 4A, knocked off Marion in last year’s regional championship to earn their first-ever girls state basketball tournament appearance. Also, the Creek Girls defeated the Indians 51-41 in Marion earlier this month.

Cougars end the Bolts basketball season

Liberty girls fall, 47-37, to Cedar Rapids Kennedy in 5A regional quarterfinal

CEDAR RAPIDS The 2020-2021 varsity girls basketball season ended for Liberty High Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Cedar Rapids Kennedy as the Cougars won a Class 5A regional quarterfinal, 47-37.
Kennedy entered the contest No. 15 in the final weekly rankings of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) while the Lightning were unranked all season.

Bolts tangle with Cougars, emerge abraded

Kelby Telander puts up nine to lead Liberty in 59-43 loss to CR Kennedy

CEDAR RAPIDS– The Liberty High varsity boys’ basketball team suffered its third consecutive loss since returning from quarantine, tangling with the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Kennedy High School. The Cougars eviscerated the Lightning, 59-43, to drop the Bolts to 5-4 overall (3-4 in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Mississippi Division while improving to 14-6 overall and 9-4 in the MVC Valley Division.

CCA’s Stevens has short but historic time in Des Moines

2nd freshman in school history to earn a spot in the state wrestling tournament falls early

DES MOINES– Freshman Jack Stevens (113 pounds) accomplished something many high school wrestlers only dream about: competing in the state tournament. Stevens qualified with a second-place finish in the Class 3A District 7 state qualifying meet on Saturday, Feb. 13, and became only the second freshman in CCA history to do so. Stevens was the only Clipper to advance to state this year.
Stevens’ first round match on Thursday, Feb. 18, against Fort Dodge’s Max Bishop ended in a loss by technical fall (16-0). The Predicament had Bishop No. 5 in 3A in the Feb. 10 rankings.

Creek Boys are top of the WaMaC West again

Withrow’s 25 points leads CCA in 76-74 win over Benton Community Clippers claim second West Division championship

VAN HORNE– They are the champions again.
The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ basketball team pulled off a nail-biting 76-74 win over Benton Community on Tuesday, Feb. 16, and claimed the WaMaC West Division championship in the process. The Clippers, defending their title from last season, went 12-0 in the division and 16-2 in the WaMaC as a whole, finishing the regular season at 17-5 overall for their first back-to-back conference championship.

“A true role model”

Gov. Reynolds tours and praises Johnson County’s GuideLink Center

IOWA CITY– The GuideLink Center, also known as the Access Center of Johnson County, started accepting patients with an acute mental health or substance abuse crisis on Monday, Feb. 15, as part of a gradual “soft opening.”
The facility, located at 300 Southgate Ave. in Iowa City, has been a goal through roughly a decade of discussion in Johnson County. Momentum was gained in 2015 when then Jail Alternatives Coordinator Jessica Peckover started a crusade for a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) made up of law enforcement officers, starting with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO).

FFA members host district conference

TIFFIN– Each year, the Southeast District and Iowa Future Farmers of America (FFA) officers plan and facilitate Greenhand Fire Up Conferences for FFA members in the southeast district. Clear Creek Amana High School welcomed FFA chapters from all over the Southeast District on Monday, Jan. 18.