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Area businesses work to make a difference in their communities

NORTH LIBERTY– At a time of year when we think about those who are struggling, a group of more than 30 local businesses have joined together to make a difference in their communities. It started when Lucy Hershberger, an owner at Forever Green Garden Center, was looking for a way to raise money and increase awareness about the work the North Liberty Community Pantry does in the area.

Have breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 6

NORTH LIBERTY– Santa will be waiting for kids to enjoy a hot meal provided by the North Liberty Lions Club at the annual Breakfast with Santa event, Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 until 11 a.m. at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St. in North Liberty.

Clippers to host steak sandwich dinner Dec. 6

TIFFIN– Come support the CCA Clippers as they take on the Regina Regals. The CCA Clipper boys’ basketball team is holding its annual fundraiser Steak Sandwich Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 2 until 7 p.m. in the CCA High School commons in Tiffin. Cost is $8 for a meal that includes steak sandwich, party potatoes, vegetable, salad and dessert. Games times:  Freshmen boys, 1:30 p.m., junior varsity boys 3 p.m., varsity girls 4:30 p.m., and varsity boys at 6 p.m.

Shop Dec. 6 vendor fair for holiday gifts

NORTH LIBERTY– The public is invited to the annual Holiday Vendor Fair to be held Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 until 11 a.m. at the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St. in North Liberty.
Local vendors, crafters, and sellers will display their wares for purchase. Get holiday shopping done early this year in a warm, festive setting at the Holiday Vendor Fair.

Clipper girls chart a new course

CCA girls set sail for success

TIFFIN– Once again, the girl’s varsity basketball team at Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School finds itself with a new head coach after Matt Haas’ departure last spring. However, rather than an outsider coming in, the ladies are now led by former assistant coach P.J. Sweeney. It’s an opportunity for a new direction for the program, which has seen three coaches in the past six years and finished last season at 5-16 overall and 5-13 for seventh place in the WaMaC West Division.

Double OT

Clipper girls open the season with dramatic win

By Chris Umscheid
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TIFFIN– PJ Sweeney’s debut as the new head coach for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers couldn’t have been more dramatic.
After trailing by two points at the end of the first half, the Clippers and Mount Vernon Mustangs tied at the end of regulation play Nov. 25 to send the game into overtime.
But one overtime period wasn’t enough; it took two to settle the game, 83-71, for Sweeney’s and the Clippers’ first win of the season.

West’s Women of Troy open with road win

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MASON CITY– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy opened the 2014-2015 season with a 69-61 win on the road in Mason City Tuesday, Nov. 25.
West High was led by Dani Craig, who sat out all of last season with an injury, and her 25-point effort. Ali Tauchen was the only other West player in double digits with 10 points.
West was ranked fifth in Class 5A preseason rankings by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU) and finished the 2013-14 season with a 12-11 record. The Mohawks were ranked 10th by the IGHSAU.

Young Clippers ready to rumble on the mats

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TIFFIN– It’s no exaggeration to say this year’s Clear Creek Amana varsity wrestling squad is a “young team.”
Half the squad is made up of freshmen.
Jared Carder, in his fourth year as the head coach for the Clippers, faces an interesting dilemma. On the one hand, he has the most guys going out for wrestling than at any point in his tenure. On the other, 14 out of 26 wrestlers are freshmen. Three seniors are back in the line-up: Connor Murphy, Daniel Brechtel and A.J. Schropp. Murphy took third in district competition last year.

Gridiron warriors earn INA All-State honors

West, CCA represented in sports writers’ picks

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DES MOINES– The Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) announced its 2014 All-State Football Teams Tuesday, Nov. 25. Sports writers from across the state on the INA’s selection committee made their picks for Class A, 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A and 8-man.
Iowa City West High’s John Milani and Oliver Martin were named, as was Clear Creek Amana’s Drew Wagner.

West bowling splits with Xavier in season opener

Wood, Roth lead Trojans on the lanes

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IOWA CITY– The West High bowlers started the 2014-2015 season with a split against the Saints of Cedar Rapids Xavier Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Colonial Lanes in Iowa City.
The Women of Troy took the varsity match 2,056-1,786 and were led by Erica Roth’s 345, while the Trojans fell 2,881-2,843. Patrick Wood led West with a 491. The junior varsity boys also lost to the Saints 2,345-2,180 and were led by Ryan Stark and his match-high 373. The Saints did not bring a girls junior varsity squad, however the West JV girls had three bowlers in action led by Asha Irani’s 201.

Liberty High School mascot selected, design approved, $107 million in loan notes to be sold

Lightning strikes thrice

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) had liberty on its mind as the school board approved school colors and a mascot for Liberty High School at its Nov. 11 meeting.
The board also approved the design for Liberty High School, and set the stage to issue $10.7 million in general obligation capital loan notes to fund cash flow for the district’s facilities master plan.

Van Allen honors veterans

NORTH LIBERTY — For the second year in a row, second graders and their teachers at Van Allen Elementary School said thanks to the veterans in their lives. Approximately 30 vets mingled in the commons area of the school’s second grade pod, swapping stories and looking over thank-you notes written by the students before being read a poem in their honor.
The veterans, many parents and grandparents of Van Allen students, then deployed among the classrooms to visit with the students, talk about their experiences and answer the students’ questions.