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North Liberty Leader

North Liberty honored as a leader in kids’ play

NORTH LIBERTY– KaBoom and the Humana Foundation has named North Liberty, for the third straight year, a Playful City USA community as a leader in playability by making it easy for kids to get balanced and active play.
“We’re a young and active community,” said North Liberty Mayor Tom Salm. “Our parks and recreation staff work tirelessly on our community’s recreation trails, playgrounds, parks and pools so our children and families have access to the means to stay active year round. It’s exciting to see the work recognized nationally.”

Governor, North Liberty council declares Optimists Day June 7

NORTH LIBERTY– Join the North Liberty Optimist Club and the North Liberty Recreation Department as they celebrate Iowa’s free fishing weekend and the local Optimists’ contributions to the community.

NLPD to host bike rodeo June 13

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department hopes to help kids entering kindergarten through eighth grade get off to a safe start this summer by hosting a free bike rodeo on Friday, June 13, from 2 until 4 p.m. in Penn Landing, 620 Pacha Parkway, just off Penn Street.
A bike rodeo is a non-competitive, fun event for kids. During the rodeo, kids will learn bike safety tips while cruising on a course set up to teach them important bike skills. Free bike helmets will be available while supplies last. Sugar Bottom Bikes will be on hand offering free bike inspections.

ICCSD board rejects attendance zone maps; sets tenuous timeline

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Board of Directors discussed administration recommendations on attendance zone maps at their May 27 work session.
They didn’t like what they saw.
After almost two hours of discussion, the board directed Superintendent Steve Murley to return June 10 with clarifying information, after which his team would re-draw the maps. They delayed re-districting for secondary school attendance zones until the elementary schools were determined and matriculation could be gauged.

CCA boys on to state, again

Third appearance in four years

TIFFIN– Weigh the anchor and trim the sails, the Clippers are casting off for Des Moines and Cownie Soccer Park.
The boys take field 6 for a Class 2A quarterfinal match at the state soccer tournament against Perry today (Thursday, June 5) at 2:35 p.m. A win advances Clear Creek Amana (CCA) to a 2:35 p.m. semifinal tomorrow (Friday, June 6). From there it’s either to the consolation match Saturday (June 7) at 1:40 p.m. or the championship at 2:30 p.m.

West High opens season with 3-2 and 5-1 wins

Women of Troy take two from Mustangs

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy opened the 2014 softball season with a pair of wins in a varsity doubleheader against Dubuque Hempstead Tuesday, May 27, at home. West, under new coach Justin Lutjen, took the first game 3-2 and the nightcap 5-1.

Trojans thump Bobcats to open season

IC West 5, Benton Community 0

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans opened their 2014 campaign at home with a visit from the Benton Community Bobcats and a 5-0 win.
The Trojans went up on the scoreboard in the third inning when Brock Hatzky drove in Grant Ewing and made it to third on an error. A balk sent Hatzky home and moved Declan Doyle, who walked, to second. Devin Raffensperger blasted a ball down the right field line to the fence for a double, moving Doyle to third. Nate Boland fired a rocket down the left field line to score Doyle and give West a 3-0 lead.

Clipper boys put three wins on the books

CCA 3-0 to start the season

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity baseball team opened the 2014 campaign with three wins, knocking down Washington, Springville and BGM.

Trojans’ 14 seniors to defend conference championship

IOWA CITY– Charlie Stumpff and his West High Trojans take to the diamond with 14 seniors on the roster for the 2014 season. Last year’s team went 33-8 overall and were 22-4 in Mississippi Valley Conference (Mississippi Division) contests.
Gone are Colin Baker, Reid Bonner, Ezra Reiners, Sam Scott, Josh Verry and Tanner Wilson, all 2013 grads. Reiners and Bonner were First Team All-State performers while Baker was a starting pitcher for three years.

Clippers gearing up for another season on the diamond

Two seniors to lead CCA team in tough WaMaC conference

TIFFIN– This will be the second season at the helm for coach Brent Henry and his Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity baseball team. In his debut year the Clippers were 13-25 overall and 9-19 for seventh-place in the WaMaC conference.
However, the numbers weren’t all bad. According to Henry, the team set the school record last year for team batting average (.285) and on base percentage (OBP, .377) since moving up to Class 3A. Also, the Clippers had the fewest offensive strikeouts in the WaMaC West.

Trojans run at IATC Pentathlon

Gilbaugh leads senior boys’ division

WASHINGTON– Iowa City West High track and field athletes Andrew Gilbaugh, Alexander Baller, Xavier Koch, Jacob Sanderson and Anfernee Frazier, competed in the Iowa Association of Track Coaches’ Iowa Pentathlon Championship 2014 held Tuesday, May 27, at Chase Field in Washington.
Gilbaugh won the senior boys’ division with 3,327 points.
IC West results as provided by Aaron Six, Washington High School Athletic Director
800-meter run: 2, Andrew Gilbaugh, 2:07.63. 3, Alexander Baller, 2:09.96. 5, Xavier Koch, 2:13.22. 13, Jacob Sanderson, 2:27.54. 16, Anfernee Frazier, 2:31.15.

Spurrell specializes in on-location photography, milestone sessions

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– Sandi Spurrell loves babies. She is an artist quite skilled in drawing and graphic design. She adores children and families, enjoys meeting new people and making fast friends, and is killer with a camera.
Wrapped all up in one package, these qualities are what make Spurrell an excellent on-location photographer.
Spurrell’s journey through various stages of life and different facets of her career led her to start her own business, Sandi Spurrell Photography, run from her home in North Liberty. She is now accepting new clients.