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North Liberty Leader

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.

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).

Is Trick-or-Treating happening?

NORTH LIBERTY– Halloween is coming up, but it will look different than years past because, you know, the COVID-19 pandemic.
Johnson County Public Health and other experts caution traditional trick-or-treating is riskier than alternatives; although interactions door-to-door are typically quick, they usually involve close and frequent contact, the conditions spreading SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus causing COVID-19. Often, many kids and families gather at doors or on sidewalks and the more households they visit, the greater chance germs are spread and linger.

A very special win for the Creek Boys

CCA rolls over Newton 41-14, and honors a great man

NEWTON– On Sunday, Sept. 20, John Michael “Mike” Hennes died unexpectedly. His death sent shockwaves through the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) community as he was an alumnus of the former Clear Creek High School, and dad to CCA athletes. Friday morning, Sept. 25, his funeral was held in Oxford. That evening, his son Anthony joined his teammates on the varsity football team with a Class 3A district game in Newton. In honor of his dad, Anthony Hennes wore a specially crafted jersey bearing the number 41, Mike’s number, in place of his usual number 15.

Lightning go 4-0 in home volleyball tourney

Cassidy Hartman shells Liberty’s opponents with 33 kills

NORTH LIBERTY– The Lightning are back, and they’re fully charged. Liberty High’s varsity volleyball team returned to the floor after a three-week pause due to the Iowa City Community School District opting to start the 2020-2021 academic year in a 100 percent online setting in response to COVID-19 positivity rates in Johnson County. With positivity rates well below 15 percent, the district planned to return to a hybrid (virtual and on-site) education model on Monday, Sept. 28, which green-lighted sports and other extra-curricular activities to resume on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The Barkers again lead the way for CCA XC

Brandon Barker wins, Haidyn Barker third in Kennedy High’s Eastern Iowa XC Classic

CEDAR RAPIDS– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) cross country squads ran in Cedar Rapids Kennedy High’s 2020 Eastern Iowa Cross Country Classic on Thursday, Sept. 24, at Seminole Valley Park in Cedar Rapids, giving the Clippers a shot at competing with metro-area Class 4A squads.
CCA’s varsity boys took the runner-up spot with senior Brandon Barker winning the event in 16:33.48 after maintaining a lead throughout the race. Gavin Zillyette, a junior, finished fourth in 17:15.91. The host Cougars took the team title with 37 team points to the Creek Boys’ 52.