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9th Ely Fall Fest

Ely Fall Fest attendees take a spin on the hayride at the city’s annual event, held Saturday, Sept. 17, featuring pumpkin decorating, sports tournaments, local vendors and more. (photo by Shianne Fisher)

Annual festival Oct. 8 at Colony Pumpkin Patch

NORTH LIBERTY– The Colony Pumpkin Patch kicks off the fall season Saturday, Oct. 8, with food, fun, games, demonstrations and more.
Activities, including the 5-acre corn maze and pick-your-own pumpkins, take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Weekend admission is $8 per person.
This year’s corn maze at highlights the North Liberty Police Department’s campaign to bring a K-9 officer and dog to the force. A portion of all the season’s sales support the initiative.

Halloween Moonlight Walk Oct. 14

NORTH LIBERTY– Come take a stroll around a decorated Liberty Centre Pond under the moonlight Friday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m.
The pathway will be illuminated by hundreds of lantern bags and friendly ghosts will be set up along the way waiting for you to snap a picture. Snacks and a movie will start at 8 p.m. sharp at the North Liberty Recreation Center.
All ages are welcome but children must be supervised. The fee is $1 per person; children 2 years and under are free. Meet at the Rec Center south parking lot for the walk.

Nominations sought for Hall of Fame

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is seeking nominations for 2016 induction into the community’s Hall of Fame. The award was developed in 2013 to recognize individuals who provided extraordinary public service and dedication to the community.

Donate to food pantry through Scouting for Food program Oct. 15

NORTH LIBERTY– Every year, the Hawkeye Area Council of the Boy Scouts hosts Scouting for Food throughout the Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and surrounding communities in order to assist in stocking the shelves of local food pantries.
Be on the lookout for a pink Scouting for Food bag that should have arrived on your door the week of Oct 8. Scouts from North Liberty Packs 216, 275, and 279 along with Troop 216 have been working with each other to coordinate bag delivery and food pick up for the community of North Liberty.

Back to School means Back to Girl Scouts: Parent meeting Oct. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– Girl Scouts invites all go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders to join Girl Scouts for a year of fun, friendship and adventure. Elementary schools in North Liberty will host information meetings on Wednesday, Oct. 5, and Tuesday, Oct. 11, for parents to sign their daughters up for the largest girl-led organization in the world. Girl Scouts provides fun opportunities for girls to build the confidence to change the world.
Penn Elementary School hosts Back to Girl Scouts on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 6-7 p.m.

Never before

CCA earns first-ever 6-0 record with 30-14 win over West Delaware

TIFFIN– The father-and-son coaching duo of Ronnie and Matt Hughes have a simple philosophy for getting through the varsity football season at Clear Creek Amana (CCA).
“Every week, we want to be 1-0,” Matt Hughes said. “If we get enough 1-0s, at the end of the season, we’ll be happy.”
So far the Clippers have racked up six, surpassing the 5-0 mark which hadn’t been attained since 1999, and now establishing a new team-best benchmark after defeating West Delaware, 30-14, Friday, Sept. 30 in Tiffin.

Spartans roll the O-Bolts

Solon 40, Liberty High 6

By Chris Umscheid
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IOWA CITY — Solon’s freshman Spartans rolled over the Liberty High “Original (O) Bolts” 40-6 Thursday, Sept. 29 at Iowa City West High.
The Spartans opened with a pass from Camden Miller to Andrew Coons for a touchdown with 6:35 remaining in the first quarter and scored their second touchdown on a run not quite two minutes later. The O-Bolts blocked the extra point kick but Solon held a 13-0 lead. Spartan defense stymied the Bolts and intercepted a Drake Woody pass late in the period to end a Liberty drive.

Women of Troy soaked by Golden Eagles

Dubuque Wahlert sinks IC West, 86-58

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy swimming and diving team suffered a setback Thursday, Sept. 29, as the Golden Eagles of Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High took a meet, 86-58, in West High’s home pool at the Coralville Recreation Center.

Trojan swimmers looking for new leadership

IC West’s veteran swim coach resigns

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojan swimmers are looking for a new leader. West High Activities Director (AD) Craig Huegel announced the resignation of veteran coach Rob Miecznikowski on Friday, Sept. 23.
Miecznikowski was the head women’s coach at West High for 16 years before taking over the men’s program in 2002. He led the Trojans to consecutive state championships in 2014 and 2015. Huegel noted athletes Miecznikowski coached currently hold seven Iowa High School meet records for their performances in the pool.

IC West trounces Burlington, 59-7

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IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans snapped a two-game losing streak by rolling over the Greyhounds from Burlington, 59-7, Friday, Sept. 30, in Iowa City.

Creek Boys third at Solon Invitational

Sedlacek, a pair of Barkers and McCarty lead the way for CCA

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SOLON– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys finished third in team points Monday, Sept. 19, at the Solon Invitational. Mount Vernon-Lisbon won the meet with 37 points, followed by Mid-Prairie (81) and CCA (95). The host Spartans finished ninth with 216.
Wyatt Sedlacek led the Clippers with a 15th-place showing in 18:23. Jack Wingert was a step behind, also clocked at 18:23.