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Preview: State experience should translate to 2017 Women of Troy success

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IOWA CITY– 2016 was another banner year for the Iowa City West High girls track and field program– a Mississippi Valley Conference Divisional Championship, nine events qualifying for the Drake Relays and 11 sent to the State Coed Meet. With the 2017 season underway, the Women of Troy return 10 state placewinners: Bailey Nock, Valerie Welch, Peyton Steva, Kia Noibi, Micaela Gravelin, Olivia Moore, Jessie Skopec, Gabby Skopec, Leah Dusterhoft and Chandler Haight.

Preview: No easy games

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TIFFIN– Tim Benson has six seasons at the helm of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys varsity soccer program and one thing has become abundantly clear to him.
“There are no easy games in our conference.”
The Clippers went 13-5 last year and secured the WaMaC Conference West Division Title before falling to Central Clinton-DeWitt in a Class 2A substate semifinal. This year, the Creek Boys want to not only win another title, but also go even further.

Changes coming to WaMaC and MVC in ‘18

Liberty officially joins MVC, WaMaC loses two schools

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DES MOINES– Changes to the WaMaC and Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) in 2018 will likely lead to some new competitors for the Solon Spartans and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers.
Liberty High School, under construction in North Liberty, has been accepted into the MVC starting with the 2018-19 academic year, making it a 15-team conference. Liberty will be an independent school for its first year (2017-2018) before joining the conference.

Preview: Clipper girls look for a better year on the links

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TIFFIN– 2016 was a little rough on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls golf team. The squad finished 13th out of 15 teams in the WaMaC Conference and were sixth out of seven teams in the conference’s West Division. Coach Cam Stockman doesn’t expect things to be any easier this year for the Clippers.
“The conference will probably be pretty tough,” he said. “We haven’t finished very high in the conference standings, so we are hoping to move up this year with a nice mix of experience and newcomers.”

Women of Troy win outdoor opener at Muscatine

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MUSCATINE– Valerie Welch was a triple-winner for Iowa City West High Thursday, March 23, at Muscatine’s Dick Washburn Invitational, the first outdoor track meet of the 2017 season. Welch won the 200-meter dash in 27.78 seconds, the 100-meter hurdles in 15.95 seconds and the long jump with a 16-2 1/4 leap.
Gabby Skopec was a double-winner, taking the 1,500-meter run in 5:04.57 and the 3,000-meter run in 10:43.45.
Bailey Nock won the 800-meter run in 2:23.64.

NLPD in dire need of space

NORTH LIBERTY– Farmhouse. Doctor’s office. City hall. Police station.
The mid-century building at 5 E. Cherry St. has served many purposes, but its current tenants believe it has outgrown its function housing the North Liberty Police Department (NLPD).
“It was a temporary move to this building because the plan was always to build a forever home for a police department,” said North Liberty Police Chief Diane Venenga. “North Liberty is growing and we need a police department we can grow with and grow into.”

$14.5 million budget approved

Levy remains steady at $11.08, res. rollback increases

TIFFIN– It’s a hefty sum, but Tiffin City Administrator Doug Boldt encouraged residents not to be alarmed.
“Don’t let that big number throw up any major red flags,” he said. “Half of it is our capital projects.”
On Tuesday, March 7, the Tiffin City Council voted, 5-0, to approve the city’s fiscal year 2017-18 budget of $14,523,513– up about $7.8 million from last year. Consistent with Boldt’s comments, about $7.6 million, or 52 percent, is due to capital projects, which often carry outside funding.

TAKO Spring Shed and Scavenger Hunt Saturday, March 25

NORTH LIBERTY– Hunt for that big rack you’ve been dreaming about on Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) at Creekside Commons Park in North Liberty. Lunch will be served at 11: 30 a.m., and participants are required to bring their own cutlery.
Be prepared to go on a short hike and possibly walk on some muddy trails to see spring birds, bugs and flowers. Advance registration for this free event is requested, but not required for groups of fewer than six.

A VERY Happy St. Patrick’s Day: Cedar Rapids man claims $2 million Powerball prize won in North Liberty

Karl Krumbholz is area’s second big lottery winner in six months

CLIVE– Maybe his Irish heritage and St. Patrick’s Day had something to do with it. Maybe his mom is pulling strings from up above to send some luck his way. Whatever the reason, Karl Krumbholz of Cedar Rapids has won a $2 million Powerball prize.
“My mom passed away a year and a half ago. We’ve been joking about it: Now the Cubs have won the World Series and I’ve won the lottery,” Krumbholz said as he claimed his prize Friday– St. Patrick’s Day– at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive.

First United Methodist Church of North Liberty groundbreaking ceremony April 9

NORTH LIBERTY– The First United Methodist Church of North Liberty will host groundbreaking activities on Palm Sunday, April 9. The activities will begin with the 9:45 a.m. worship celebration followed at 11 a.m. by the outside groundbreaking ceremony. Members of the community are welcome to join the festivities.

Tiffin Volunteer Fire Department annual pancake breakfast Saturday, April 9

TIFFIN– The Tiffin Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders invites the public to attend its annual pancake breakfast Sunday, April 9, from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the fire station, 221 Main St.
Chief Brian Detert said the department expects to serve around 1,200 people. The menu includes pancakes, eggs, whole hog sausage and cinnamon rolls. There will also be jam from Clear Creek Orchard for sale. There is no admission fee, but a free will donation is accepted.

Clippers get a tune-up in the WaMaC indoor meet

Boys 4x800 relay leads in West Division competition

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MOUNT VERNON– The WaMaC Conference Indoor Track Meet is the final indoor event of the season, and often referred to as a final “tune-up” ahead of the regular (outdoor) season. Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) track and field teams competed among West Division teams on Saturday, March 18.