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Mustangs no match for West

Trojans put 69 points on the board to win first round fight

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

IOWA CITY– Brian Sauser had been waiting two years for a night like this. The coach of the West High Trojans, Sauser remembered all too well a meeting with the Bettendorf Bulldogs two years ago at West in near-constant rain, mud and wind. It was a meeting which didn’t pan out so well for West as they were knocked out of contention for a state championship bid.

Clear Creek boys win the Class 3A regional meet

Squad competes at state cross country for first time

SOLON– Clear Creek Amana’s boys cross country team won the Class 3A regional meet Thursday, Oct. 24, sending the squad to the state meet in Fort Dodge. The Clippers’ 73 team points gave them the regional championship, besting Center Point-Urbana by one point. Mount Vernon-Lisbon was the third-place team with 90 points, also qualifying for the meet. Solon missed the cut with 107 team points and a fourth-place finish as the top three teams advance.

West’s Gross named 2013 Outstanding High School Coach

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High athletic director Scott Kibby announced last week that the United States Tennis Association named boys tennis coach Mitch Gross the 2013 Outstanding Iowa High School Coach.
Gross has guided his team to eight conference titles as well as four state championships in 2005, 2006, 2012 and 2013. In 2014 Gross will lead his squad in an attempt at becoming the first Class 2A team to win three-straight state titles. The 2014 campaign will be his 13th season with the Trojans, and Gross brings a 178-27 career record to the effort.

CCA wins 3-0 over Fairfield

Clippers to face Spartans in volleyball regional final

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TIFFIN– Brian Bronzynski’s Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers knocked Fairfield out of the postseason bid for a state title with a 3-0 win Thursday, Oct. 31, at home.
The Clippers took care of business, winning 25-22, 25-15 and 25-21 to advance to a Class 4A regional final Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Cedar Rapids Washington High School against the Solon Spartans.
Hanna Stokes led CCA with a dozen kills.
The Clippers, ranked 15th in the final Iowa Girls High School Athletic Association rankings, take a 23-9-0 record into the fray with Solon ranked second at 30-2.

Creek girls 10th at regional cross country

SOLON– No Clear Creek Amana girls will participate in the state cross country meet.
Davenport Assumption’s girls cross country team won the Class 3A regional meet Thursday, Oct. 24, in Solon. Assumption’s 21 points clinched the regional championship, and the team placed five runners in the top-10 assuring their entry as individuals as well. Mount Vernon-Lisbon was second with 66 points and Cedar Rapids Xavier was third with 72 to round-out the top-three teams, which qualify for the meet on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Fort Dodge at the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course.

Union votes down South Slope contract

Company will “continue to negotiate in good faith.”

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Fifty-five contract employees of South Slope Cooperative Communications who were unable to work Friday, Nov. 1, due to an expired contract, were allowed to return to work Monday morning.

It’s on at CCA

School board okays February special election

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader

OXFORD– Voters in the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) school district will decide on Feb. 4, 2014, whether or not to allow the district to issue $48 million in bonds for construction and renovation projects.
Board president Steve Swenka accepted petitions bearing a total of 437 signatures calling for the special election during the board’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Clear Creek Elementary in Oxford.

One-man mission of love

Local veteran seeks to help others battle PTSD

CEDAR RAPIDS– “People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
It’s a quote of uncertain origin, but there is no uncertainty about whom it was said.

Cuties in costume

NORTH LIBERTY– Children from Montessori Children’s Garden in North Liberty were invited to an exclusive Trick-or-Treat parade on Halloween morning, Oct. 31. Businesses in the Stonebridge Promenade complex, located at the corner of Highway 965 and Cherry Street, all opened their doors to the passing procession, handing out candy and non-sweet specialties. This year marks the third annual parade organized by Kim Williams of Blink Vision, the anchoring business of the Stonebridge complex. (Photo by Lori Lindner)

Free Thanksgiving dinner at South Slope

NORTH LIBERTY– For the second year in a row, a free Thanksgiving dinner will be available to those in need, thanks to a local community member and several businesses.
On Thanksgiving Day from noon until 4 p.m., a full Thanksgiving meal will be available for those in need at the South Slope Community Center in North Liberty.

Friends of NL library announces Nov. 16 waffle breakfast

NORTH LIBERTY– Visit the North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., for the Friends of the North Liberty Community Library’s annual Belgian Waffle Breakfast fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8 a.m. until noon in the recreation center gym. It is an all-you-can-eat breakfast featuring Belgian waffles and sausages.
Kids 5 and under eat free, everyone else eats for just $7 each. Tickets are for sale at the library or at the door the day of the breakfast. The Friends will also have their new cookbook for sale. All proceeds will benefit the library.