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North Liberty Leader

Lightning falls to Saints in MVC debut

CR Xavier 3, Liberty High 1

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High’s Mississippi Valley Conference varsity volleyball debut opened on a high note as the Lightning took the first set 25-18 over Cedar Rapids Xavier Tuesday, August 21, at home. The Saints, third in Class 4A in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s preseason rankings, rolled over Liberty 25-7 in the second set and won the third set 25-17 before finishing the night 25-23 for the 3-1 win.

Lightning flashes for first VB tournament title

Liberty goes 4-0 at Charles City invitational

CHARLES CITY– More history was made for Liberty High School Saturday, Aug. 25, as the varsity volleyball team notched its first tournament championship in school history at the Charles City Early Bird Invitational.
The Bolts zapped Charles City (21-13, 21-14), Decorah (21-7, 21-12), Mason City (21-14, 21-11) and Iowa Falls (11-21, 21-18, 15-10).

Women of Troy splash the J-Hawks in Coralville

Liberty’s Martin, Taeger and Janik win as West High swims past Jefferson 138-47

CORALVILLE– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy won their first dual swimming and diving meet of the year with a 138-47 win over Cedar Rapids Jefferson Tuesday, August 31, at the Coralville Recreation Center. Eleven Liberty High swimmers are on West’s squad this year with three Bolts: Scarlet Martin, Olivia Taeger and Lexi Janik winning the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard back stroke, 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke respectively in varsity competition.

Liberty XC finds success at West High’s Early Bird

Keeney and Montover win for the Lightning

IOWA CITY– Liberty High’s cross country squads started the 2018 season Thursday, Aug. 23, at Iowa City West High’s Early Bird Invitational, held at the University of Iowa’s Ashton Cross Country Course.
Liberty Freshman Ashlyn Keeney defeated West High’s Deniz Ince by 38 seconds to win the varsity girls race. Keeney won in 18:12.4 to senior Ince’s 18:51.3. Camille Mac and McKenzie Logan, Liberty’s returning varsity starters from last year, were third and fourth respectively in 19:23.8 and 19:54.6. West High won the meet, followed by Pleasant Valley and the Bolts.

North Liberty hosts inaugural Back 2 School Bash

Hundreds of families prepare for school at Penn Meadows Park

NORTH LIBERTY– If there was ever a manifestation of community support in North Liberty, it was Friday, Aug. 17, at Penn Meadows Park.
Thanks to a barrage of volunteers and donations, hundreds of local families received a strong start to their school year during the inaugural Back 2 School Bash. The three-hour event provided a comprehensive selection of items free to the public, with long lines of families eager to take part on the sunny Friday afternoon.

Tending a fowl situation

Veterinarian visit opens discussion on North Liberty wildlife

NORTH LIBERTY– What do you do when chanced upon a wild animal whose life is threatened by human negligence? It’s a question recently faced by residents of Saint Andrews Drive in North Liberty.
Every day for the last five years, a flock of ducks has waddled across the yard of Dan and Ruthann Schrock, to be fed by Kay Klein. The ritual keeps the neighbors eager to greet the charming fowl as they march into the neighborhood, looking for grub. But on Tuesday, July 31, the neighbors noticed one of the ducklings exhibiting some impairment.

Youth is an advantage for the Lightning

Liberty High boys cross country preview

NORTH LIBERTY– Often when coaches discuss their team ahead of any given season, a “young” team is considered a disadvantage due to a lack of experience, particularly in varsity competition. Josh Hildebrand, head coach for Liberty High’s boys cross country, sees having a “young” squad as a strength.

Site plan for Liberty Executive Park takes shape

"Trendsetting" commercial-residential subdivision proposed west of Kansas Avenue

NORTH LIBERTY– Seven years after its rezoning, plans to develop the first lot of Liberty Executive Park are moving forward. During its July 24 session, the North Liberty City Council approved a site plan by A&M Development, which seeks to deliver a new approach for the city’s growing district.

From the skies to the sea

Joining the Eastern Iowa Model Yacht Club

NORTH LIBERTY– You could say Elton Combs is a tinkerer of sorts. He’s been a remote control airplane enthusiast for many decades, dating back to his Missouri farm upbringing. In fact, the walls and ceiling of his North Liberty basement serve as a mini museum, with dozens of hanging aircrafts. From early gas-powered engines to electric, Combs has quite the collection.
“That’s the stuff you’d find on Antiques Roadshow,” he remarked, pointing to a model from the 1950s.

Arlington Ridge was the place to be in North Liberty

Third annual NL Porchfest fills neighborhood with a day of fun and music

NORTH LIBERTY– The Arlington Ridge neighborhood of North Liberty banded together Saturday, Aug. 11, for its third Porchfest, a day of music, food and games in a family-friendly environment. Twenty-seven solo and group acts performed on seven stages set up on porches scattered throughout the neighborhood along Whitman Avenue and Canterbury Street.

Scale and balance

Centennial Park’s innovative new playground opens

NORTH LIBERTY– Centennial Park’s new climbing playground was open for its first whole week Monday, July 30, and there’s been no shortage of kids eager to try their hand at scaling its unique features.

Setting the table for opportunity

Catering service to provide ServSafe certification to aspiring young chefs

NORTH LIBERTY– Matt Zacek always had a passion for cooking, but for decades never realized it beyond a family pastime.
“I’ve always had this ability to take an empty pantry and make a meal out of it,” he remarked. That is until about five years ago while watching an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The show featured a non-profit restaurant in California called Worth Our Weight, which serves as a culinary apprentice program for at-risk kids.
“It really struck a cord with both my wife and I as something we would really like to do,” Zacek recalled.