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CCA’s young man from Moldova

Exchange program in spotlight

TIFFIN– The Republic of Moldova, was founded on Aug. 27, 1991, after the collapse of the former Soviet Union. The small country, squeezed between Ukraine to the north, east and south, and Romania to the west has a population of just over 3.5 million.
Moldova is also home to Dan Zalucean, an exchange student attending Clear Creek Amana (CCA) high school this year. The 17-year old is a senior and is part of a U.S. State Department initiative to improve relations with former Soviet countries.

School night

For NLFD recruits, Monday night means time in the classroom

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s Monday evening at the North Liberty fire station. Probationary firefighter Rich Reasner is emptying the dishwasher and scrubbing items in the kitchen sink. To his right, probationary firefighter Jenn Vanderhoff is checking on a pizza and breadsticks she’s baking for her fellow new recruits and their instructor for the evening, firefighter/EMT Reese Bryson. Four more of their fellow “probies” filter in, and after a bit of friendly banter, they settle in for the evening’s work.

Results positive for CCA

Voters approve $48 million bond issue

OXFORD– Voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District approved a $48 million bond issue last Tuesday (Feb. 4) 79 percent to 21 percent. The measure, which required 60 percent to pass, allows the district to sell bonds to finance the construction of a new elementary school on the east side of Tiffin and expand the middle school, also in Tiffin. Also approved is expanding the high school and improvements to Amana Elementary.
A total of 1,237 votes were cast, with 989 yes, and 268 no votes.

ICCSD preliminary budget relies on assumptions, waits on state aid

IOWA CITY– Craig Hansel, chief financial officer/board of education secretary of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD), began finalization of the fiscal year 2015 budget by reviewing the certified budget assumptions at the school board Operations Committee meeting on Jan. 28.
Hansel discussed a potential increase in property taxes.

Another Friday, another blowout

West Trojans dominate East

IOWA CITY– One week after blowing out Cedar Rapids Prairie in a continuous clock-shortened game the West High Trojans rolled over their counterparts from Waterloo East, 73-34, Friday, Feb. 7, at home. It was the second pummeling of East delivered by West this season; the teams met in Waterloo in January with Bergman’s Boys winning 83-40.

Lady Spartans too much for Clipper girls to handle

Solon 65, CCA 49

SOLON– Josie Durr opened last Thursday’s varsity game between the Solon Lady Spartans and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers with a 3-point shot, and went on to lead Solon with 21 points in a 65-49 win.
The Clippers were coming off a 63-40 win Tuesday night on the road at Benton Community while Solon was regrouping from a 43-37 loss at Mount Vernon. However, the Creek Girls quickly found themselves in a hole they spent the rest of the game trying to dig out from.

CCA’s Murphy advances to district wrestling

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MOUNT VERNON– Connor Murphy from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) was the only Clipper to advance out of wrestling sectionals Saturday, Feb. 8, in Mount Vernon. The 113-pound junior placed first in his weight class with a 7-2 decision over Mount Vernon’s Justin Light and will advance to the district tournament Saturday, Feb. 15, at Marion High School.

106: Luke Wingert (4-19) placed fourth and scored 10.50 team points.
Quarterfinal - Luke Wingert (Clear Creek-Amana) 4-19 won by tech fall over Joe Lovan (Solon) 4-24 (TF-1.5 2:50 (16-0)).

Trojans compete in district swim meet

West’s Keen named Athlete of the Year

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IOWA CITY– The Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors earned their 51st consecutive district title Saturday, Feb. 8, in competition in Iowa City. The Warriors amassed 295 points to take the championship. The West High Trojans were second with 274.
West High’s Aiden Keen was named the Athlete of the Year while Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Shawn Thompson, with assistants Shane Brekke, Nick Carew and Greg Gibson was named Coach of the Year.

The King and Queen (pins) reign at West

Knosp, Shimon lead the way for Trojans

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IOWA CITY– The King and Queen Pins will reign supreme in the West High trophy case for the next year following the annual rivalry match between West and City High Friday, Feb. 8, at Colonial Lanes.
The West High boys won their match 2,934 to 2,858 to claim the King Pin while the girls knocked down 2,329 pins to City’s 2,218 to earn the Queen Pin. Noah Knosp led the Trojan boys with 466 while Mariah Shimon led the Women of Troy with 331.
According to West coach Mike Mellecker, the boys have a 6-6 record of earning the King and the girls are 7-5 for the Queen.

Taylor wins close mayoral election in Swisher

Just 15 votes separate two candidates Feb. 4

SWISHER– Fifteen votes.
That’s how close the mayoral election was Tuesday, Feb. 4, in this small northwestern Johnson County community as voters decided who would replace Tim Mason as mayor.
Christopher J. Taylor won the special election with 151 of 288 total votes (52 percent) against 136 votes (47 percent) for Randy Hurlbert. The seat was vacated in November when Mason abruptly resigned minutes after City Clerk Connie Meier resigned. Council member Mary Gudenkauf has been acting as mayor pro tempore ever since, albeit reluctantly.

Clear Creek Amana students earn all-state music honors

TIFFIN– Two Clear Creek Amana (CCA) students attained the highest individual honor available to Iowa high school musicians by being selected to participate in the Iowa All-State music festival in Ames held in November. Ashly Ives, the daughter of Brian and Kylan Ives of Oxford and Andrey Floryanovich, son of Sergey and Anna Floryanovich of Tiffin, were both accepted into the 282 piece All-State Band.

Cougars hand Women of Troy another loss

IOWA CITY– A pair of decisive wins led to a pair of painful losses for the West High Women of Troy. After knocking off Bettendorf 63-35 and Waterloo East 61-18, coach BJ Mayer’s crew fell 60-51 at Valley High School in West Des Moines and struggled against the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars at home.