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West splits with CR Xavier

Trojans still undefeated, girls slide further behind

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IOWA CITY– Neither (freezing) rain, nor sleet, nor slippery roads could keep the men’s and women’s varsity basketball double-dip against the Saints of Cedar Rapids Xavier from occurring Friday, Dec. 20, in the Iowa City West home gym.
It was a split night for West with the Women of Troy coming up short, 49-46, and the Trojans pounding the ball for a 75-41 win. Mikaela Morgan led the women with 16 points and nine rebounds while David Dileo led the way for the men with 19. Wyatt Lohaus had 18 points.

WB Bears just one basket better

West Branch 57, CCA 55

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TIFFIN– It was a pre-Christmas heartbreaker for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls as the West Branch Bears visited for a men’s/women’s double-header on a snowy evening Saturday, Dec. 21. The Bears notched a 57-55 win and dropped the Clippers to a 2-6 record to close out 2013.
The game was tied 12-12 after the first eight minutes and the Clippers were down 26-22 at the half before battling back to an ever so slim 40-39 lead going into the final period. Kelsey Hall led CCA with 18 points, Kiley Seelman put in 16 and Hanna Stokes had a 15-point night.

CCA wrestlers grapple at Lynx invitational

Murphy takes third

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TROY MILLS– The Clear Creek Amana varsity wrestlers competed in the Lynx invitational hosted by North Linn High School on Saturday, Dec. 21. Connor Murphy placed third in 113-pound competition, winning by fall in 2:20 over Mid-Prairie’s Josh Murphy in the third place match. Daniel Brechtel placed sixth at 120 pounds, Jacob Wessling was seventh at 145 and Ethan Taylor was sixth at 220.

Raider girls stay unbeaten at Clipper girls’ expense

Williamsburg 59, CCA 52

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TIFFIN– A 20-point rampage by the visiting Williamsburg Raiders Tuesday, Dec. 17, put Matt Haas’ Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers into a hole, one they almost climbed back out of.
Williamsburg led 11-10 after the first period and then went on the aforementioned 20-point tear to lead 31-27 at the half. The Creek girls pulled ahead in the third, but could not extend the lead as the Raiders ended up leading 45-42 going into the final eight minutes.

Clipper boys can’t outrun Raiders

Williamsburg 59, CCA 50

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WILLIAMSBURG– The hard luck continued for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers on the road Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Williamsburg as the Raiders took a 59-50 win, sinking the Clippers to a 2-4 record as the Christmas break neared.
The Raiders took an 18-12 lead at the end of the first period, but the Creek boys battled back and were only down by one at 28-27 at the break. The Raiders then put up 20 points in the third for a 48-32 lead going into the final quarter.
Nile Rourke led the Clippers with 19 points while Drew Wagner had 11.

From the stats sheet:
CCA (50).

West splits with Lions on the lanes

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High bowling squads deployed to the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center for a match against the Linn-Mar Lions Friday, Dec. 13, and had a mixed bag of luck.
The varsity boys fell 2,864 to 2,588 with Eric Vidhamali leading the Trojans into battle. Linn-Mar’s Alex Diercks set the pace for everybody, bowling 407 for the afternoon. The varsity girls picked up a 2,510 to 2,471 win led by Samantha Lovell’s 438-pin performance. The Lions’ Brooke McMorran led her team with 374.

CCA no match for Raiders, Indians

TIFFIN– It was a rough night for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) wrestlers as they hosted Williamsburg and Marion in a double dual Thursday, Dec. 12. The Raiders won the varsity meet, 70-9 while the Indians scalped the Clippers, 54-24.
Connor Murphy took a 7-0 decision in the 113-pound match from Williamsburg’s Gavin Ritchie for the Clippers’ only win in the dual.

Box scores for dual at Clear Creek-Amana Dec. 12.
Williamsburg (WILL) 70.0 Clear Creek-Amana (CCA) 9.0.

Local players round out FBU team

DES MOINES– Local sixth, seventh and eighth graders are set to compete in Football University’s third annual national championship tournament in Des Moines.
Several local players have been selected to Team IOWA, and are set to host squads from Minnesota, Nebraska, and Saint Louis at Valley Stadium in Des Moines Dec. 14 and 15. The nationwide tournament features the country’s top sixth, seventh and eighth graders playing in three separate 64-team, single elimination brackets.

Merry Christmas, Santa

Santa Claus and his friend Kyle share a holiday hug during Tiffin’s annual visit with Santa event at Bella Sala in Tiffin on Saturday, Dec. 14. It was the first year the city has sponsored the event, previously hosted by the Tiffin Volunteer Fire Department. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Judge upholds Swenka’s two year sentence

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

JOHNSON COUNTY– The two-year prison sentence for 20-year-old Zachary Lee Swenka will stand.
On Monday, Dec. 16, Judge Stephen Gerard presided over the hearing of a motion for reconsideration of Swenka’s Oct. 24 sentencing to two years in custody for pleading guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Swisher special election set for February 4, 2014

Voters will elect new mayor, but implied controversy lingers

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

SWISHER– A new chapter in the history of this small Johnson County community will be written Tuesday, Feb. 4, as residents go to the voting booth to elect a new mayor.
The vacancy was created when Tim Mason resigned suddenly during the regular monthly meeting on Nov. 11. City clerk Connie Meier also resigned.

The kids who pray

Grace Community Church members carry essence of Christmas through the year

CORALVILLE– They have become known as the kids who pray.
When residents at Lantern Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center see them coming, something changes; an energy that is almost palpable suddenly fills the air.
Members of Grace Community Church in North Liberty have always done community outreach and service projects; it’s part of the church’s overall mission. But there is something a little special when a group of children and a group of aging seniors come together to share fellowship.