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North Liberty Leader

Making it official

West High’s Hartwig named head football coach

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IOWA CITY— After serving as interim Head Football Coach last season, Iowa City West High School’s Garrett Hartwig has been named as head football coach, according to a Tuesday, Feb. 17, press release from West High Athletic Director Scott Kibby.
Hartwig served as the Trojans’ defensive coordinator until last spring when Head Coach Brian Sauser left the program and the district.
Hartwig came with Sauser from Muscatine High School where the pair engineered a successful turnaround of a struggling program. It was a similar situation at West when the coaching duo arrived.

Depth is on Clippers’ side for 2015 track and field season

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TIFFIN— The 2015 Clear Creek Amana (CCA) track and field program will field a record number of athletes on the roster, according to coach Tony Brack. It’s Brack’s 10th year leading the program with assistants Ben Robison (three years) and Ronnie Hughes (throwers’ coach, two years). Experience and depth are on their side.

CCA, Iowa City West girls under the Dome

West wins 4x800 relay

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CEDAR FALLS– The UNI-Dome was the sight of the 2015 A. D. Dickinson Relays held Monday and Tuesday, March 9 and 10, in Cedar Falls. Clear Creek Amana and Iowa City West High sent their girls teams to the non-points scoring competition.
The Women of Troy’s 4x800-meter relay team won its event in 9:47.09, the highest-finishing event for either program. Individually Zainab Makky from West High placed third in the shot put with a 39’-7 1/2” throw, Valerie Welch of West High was sixth in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.66 seconds while CCA’s Mia Smith was ninth in 9.77.

Trojan Track & Field starts season with the Demons

Welch wins 60-meter hurdles, Jensen fifth in 1,600 meter run

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MOUNT VERNON– The 2015 high school track and field season had its unofficial start Friday, March 6, with the Demon Indoor Meet hosted by Washington High School at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, a change from the traditional site on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City.

More than just the score

NLYBS partners with Positive Coaching Alliance to remind players, parents, coaches what the game is really about

NORTH LIBERTY– Competition was always a huge part of Scott Rundle’s life.
Like most boys, he participated in sports from a young age, where winning was everything and it didn’t matter what it took to get there.
He remembered one classmate who broke an arm while playing youth football at the age of six. His parents and coach made the decision to tape his arm and put him back in the game, feeling he was too important a player to lose.
“That was part of being tough,” Scott said. “And all the boys recognized how tough he was.”

The Long Climb

Four NL firefighters will take the Fight for Air stair climb challenge March 22.

NORTH LIBERTY– For the third year, a few North Liberty firefighters will put on their full structural firefighting gear and climb the stairs of four high-rise buildings in downtown Des Moines.
And they’re doing it so that others may one day breathe easier.
Health and Safety Officer (HSO) Ryan Brumm, EMS Lieutenant Scott McCambridge, Firefighter Jennifer Vanderhoff and Firefighter Jordan Miller have volunteered to participate in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb Sunday, March 22, in Des Moines.

Iowa newspapers honor North Liberty Leader

DES MOINES– The North Liberty Leader was among the winners in the 2015 Iowa Newspaper Association’s (INA) Better Newspaper Contests.
Awards were announced at the association’s awards banquet during the INA 2015 Convention and Trade Show held Feb. 5-6 at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel. Entries were judged by members of the Minnesota Newspaper Association. Approximately 4,200 entries were judged by their circulation class in dozens of categories.

CCA Youth Football registration night rescheduled for March 23

TIFFIN– Due to no school on Tuesday, March 3, the Clear Creek Amana Youth Football Program registration for incoming fifth and sixth grade students during the 2015-2016 school year has been rescheduled for Monday, March 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Clear Creek Amana Middle School multipurpose room. All interested students and parents should come to the meeting to find out more about the program. 

Tri-County North Babe Ruth Baseball still taking registrations for older players

NORTH LIBERTY– Tri County North Babe Ruth Baseball is still taking registrations for the 2015 season. Registrations for 13- to 15-year-old players can be found on the website at www.nlbr.org. Click on the 13- to 15-year-old tab to print a registration form. Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 17. Email the player’s name to Nlcbaberuth@yahoo.com.
The 16- to-18-year-old registration ended Feb. 27. If you missed the deadline, please contact the league immediately through email at nlcbaberuth@yahoo.com. Find more information for both age groups on the website at nlbr.org.

Volunteers to plant trees for healthy, energy-efficient Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS– The City of Oxford has been awarded $10,000 in funds from the Branching Out program to plant street trees along Augusta Avenue, near Interstate 80 and at Creekside Park.
The Branching Out program is a cooperative effort between Alliant Energy and Trees Forever. Funding for a total of 44 statewide plantings valued at $181,923 was recently announced.

Lawns sought for voluntary soil restoration demonstration

Sign up for project by March 23

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty, in partnership with the Johnson County Soil & Water Conservation District (JCSWCD), is seeking a North Liberty resident to volunteer his or her yard for a soil quality restoration demonstration project.

Come and get it

West Trojans to defend title, close in on four-peat performance in Des Moines

By Chris Umscheid
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CEDAR RAPIDS– The Iowa City West High Trojans took a 23-0 record to the Class 4A Boys State Basketball Tournament after powering past the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors, 79-50, in a substate final Tuesday, March 3, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.