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Moving on up to the big chair at West

Assistant Scott Sanders takes over Women of Troy volleyball

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IOWA CITY– Change came to Iowa City West High’s varsity volleyball program. Randy Dolson resigned the head coach position in order to lead the fledgling Liberty High Lightning in North Liberty. Scott Sanders, his assistant, was hired to take over the West program to lead the Women of Troy.
Sanders was assistant coach at Iowa City West High for eight seasons, working with legendary West High coach Kathy “Brez” Bresnahan for five years and the past three for Dolson.
He graduated with 24 classmates from Glidden-Ralston and managed the volleyball team his senior year.

Bur Oak Land Trust Family Day Sunday, May 21, at Turkey Creek

SOLON– Family Day with Bur Oak Land Trust will be hosted on Sunday, May 21, at the Turkey Creek Preserve. Admission is free and refreshments will be offered. There will also be seining in the creek and scavenger hunt with prizes.
Bur Oak Land Trust presents Family Day at Turkey Creek Preserve from 1-3 p.m. at 2545 Sugar Bottom Rd. NE in Solon.
Turkey Creek Preserve is 107.24 acres of woods and former pasture land, including five acres of reconstructed prairie which also has geocache locations.

Sooner than later for new elementary school

Enrollment projections lead to a slight gamble for CCA facilities plan

OXFORD– In September, voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District will be asked to approve a $36 million bond issue, which– if approved– would finance a new elementary school among other projects aimed at addressing continued enrollment growth. The new unnamed elementary was originally scheduled to be open for the 2020-21 school year; however, Superintendent Tim Kuehl recently asked the School Board of Directors to move it up one year.

Bike to the farmers market Sunday, May 21

NORTH LIBERTY– In celebration of Bike Month 2017 in Johnson County, organizers of the North Liberty Farmers Market invite you to bike to the market on Sunday, May 21. Those who do will receive a $2 voucher to spend at any one of the vendors. Limited vouchers will be available, so show up early.
The market runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pacha Parkway, near Penn Street and Highway 965. For more information, visit pennlandingmarket.org.

Container gardening class at NLCP May 25

NORTH LIBERTY– Growing food doesn’t have to take a lot of time or even space. Container gardening is an easy way to grow food without land. On Thursday, May 25, the community is invited to Growing Together Garden for a free, hands-on Container Gardening Class.
“Container gardening allows anybody to grow food even if they don’t have access to land or are unsure about starting an in-ground garden,” explained Ilsa DeWald, Garden Coordinator at the North Liberty Community Pantry. “This class provides an easy way to practice gardening skills with potentially delicious rewards.”

Helping Heroes Memorial Day golf tourney

NORTH LIBERTY– Join Helping Heroes for its first annual Memorial Day golf tournament Monday, May 29, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Quail Creek Golf Course, 700 Club House Rd., in North Liberty.
Registration for the four-man, best-shot tournament includes 18 holes, a golf cart and a meal after the round. Prizes, raffles and a silent auction will also take place at the club house. All proceeds will directly benefit local veterans in need. Cost is $200 per team.

North Bend Active Minds camp June, July

NORTH LIBERTY– North Bend Elementary physical education teacher Jared Carder announced the return of the Active Minds summer camp this week. There will be two sessions, in June and July, and younger students will be accepted.

Fourth year of Summer Lunch & Fun Program needs your help

NORTH LIBERTY– Summer is an exciting time for kids: time to play with friends, go to camp, vacation with family, play in pool or at parks. But for children who receive free and reduced-price meals at school, summer can mean hunger. To help bridge that gap, the North Liberty Summer Lunch & Fun Program has operated since 2014 and needs your help this summer.
In 2014, the program served more than 2,500 free meals to youth. In 2015, with food donated by dozens of businesses, individual donors and volunteers, the program served more than 3,900 meals.

NL filmmaker’s “Sarah Reckmeyer: A Life in Music” to screen at IIFF, May 20-21

AURORA, Ill.– “Sarah Reckmeyer: A Life in Music” was selected to screen at the 2017 Illinois International Film Festival. The festival will take place on May 20-21 at the Prisco Center in Aurora, Ill. The film, directed and produced by Rich Redfern of North Liberty, first aired in August of 2016.

Creek Girls slip past Regals

Bormann breaks tie in OT

IOWA CITY– Sometimes raw statistics can be misleading. On paper, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers’ girls varsity soccer team should have rolled over the Regina Regals, of Iowa City, on Monday, May 8, in a non-conference match-up at Regina. The Regals entered the contest with a 2-6 record to the Creek Girls’ 10-2 showing.

West High qualifies 21 events for state track

Trojans and Women of Troy take team titles

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IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s girls and boys track and field teams competed in a Class 4A state qualifying meet Thursday, May 11, at City High with the winner and runner-up in each event automatically qualifying for the State Co-Ed Meet. The next eight-best performances, from across the state, also earned a trip to Des Moines.
The Trojans and Women of Troy took Team Championships, with the boys winning with 176 points, just sixteen team points ahead of runner-up Cedar Rapids Kennedy, while the girls won with 190, 59 points ahead of runner-up Cedar Rapids Prairie.

Two more Liberty hires

Duo to lead the Lightning on the mats

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NORTH LIBERTY— Principal and acting Athletic Director Scott Kibby continues to add staff to the roster of Liberty High School in North Liberty, which is set to open in August. Kibby announced via Twitter Thursday, May 11, two more coaches joined the athletic ranks of The Liberty Lightning.
“Co-Head Wrestling coaches have been hired!” Kibby tweeted. “Tom Van Dyke and Joe Williams will be leading the Liberty Lightning Wrestling Team!”