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Five Clippers earn WaMaC West Division basketball honors

CCA’s Miller and Neubauer pick up First Team spots

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TIFFIN– Five Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys varsity basketball players were named to the 2015-2016 WaMaC Conference’s West Division teams.
Cal Miller and Jake Neubauer were First Team picks for the Clippers with Miller, a senior, leading the team with 340 points this season, an average of 14.8 per game. Miller shot 45.4 percent from the field, was a 37 percent 3-point shot-maker and hit 75.8 percent from the free throw line. In addition, Miller had 30 assists, 38 steals, two blocks and 59 rebounds this season.

Trojans run at Demon Indoor

Karanja second in 1,600 run

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MOUNT VERNON– West High’s Trojan track and field team competed in its second indoor meet of the season Friday, March 4, at the Washington Demon Indoor held at Cornell College in Mount Vernon.
Patrick Karanja finished second in the 1,600-meter run in 4:37.27 for West High’s best finish of the day. Nate Jelinek was fourth in the 400-meter dash in 53.76 seconds and Jared Sams-Merriweather was in an eight-way tie for fourth place in the high jump by clearing 5’-8”.

Coach Ottoson bids farewell

Xavier Saints bring down the curtain on CCA’s season;

CEDAR RAPIDS– When the final horn sounded Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Cedar Rapids Prairie High School gym, the Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints walked off the basketball court as the Class 3A District 9 Champions. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers walked off the floor with their season over.
Their coach, Steve Ottoson, walked off the court for the final time as a 40-year career (with 21 at the helm of the CCA program) came to its end.
Xavier (15-8 overall) took the contest, 53-42, and advanced to the 3A Sub-State No. 5 Final Monday, Feb. 29, at Iowa City West against Mount Pleasant (18-5).

IC West Trojans roll over Jefferson J-Hawks

IC West dumps CR Jefferson 73-48 in substate semifinal

IOWA CITY– The West High boys’ basketball juggernaut rolled over the J-Hawks of Cedar Rapids Jefferson Friday, Feb. 26, in Iowa City with a 73-48 victory, which set up a rematch with rival City High for the Class 4A Substate No. 6 championship and a trip to the state basketball tournament.

Three Clippers on WaMaC All-Division basketball teams

Erin Navara earns Second Team honors

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TIFFIN– Three Clear Creek Amana (CCA) athletes were named to the WaMaC conference’s 2015-2016 Girls’ All-Division basketball teams. The list, released on Wednesday, Feb. 24, had no Clippers on the First Team.
Erin Navara, a junior, was a Second Team pick while junior Abbi Kinnaird and senior Natalia Turner were Honorable Mention selections.

Warriors ruin West’s state tournament hopes in overtime

Waukee nips IC West, 70-68

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WAUKEE– The 2015-2016 basketball season ended Tuesday, Feb. 23, for the West High Women of Troy exactly 14 miles from their desired destination, Wells Fargo Arena, and the 2016 Class 5A State Tournament.

West High’s Wood is 3A bowling champion

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DES MOINES– West High’s Patrick Wood won the Class 3A boys’ individual bowling championship Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines. Wood, a junior, bowled 243 and 248 for a total of 491, six pins better than Johnston’s Drew Hicks, for the win.
Wood punched his ticket to Des Moines with a 453 score and second-place finish in a Class 3A regional tournament on Feb. 16. He was the only West High bowler to advance out of the regional competition and the first to win a state championship in the history of the program.

West High Bowlers earn MVC All-Division honors

Wood, Lovell are First Team picks

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley Athletic Conference (MVC) released its 2015-2016 Boys and Girls All-Division selections for bowling on Thursday, Feb. 25. Six Women of Troy and five Trojans made the cut for this season.
Patrick Wood, recently crowned as the boys’ Class 3A State Champion, was a West Division First Team pick with Jacob Fisher and Jordan Tiegs earning Honorable Mention. Matthew Bertell and Nicholas Rohm were named to the division All-Academic squad.

East side development hits new school zone

Scanlon family prepares to develop near North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Everybody knows by now: if you build a high school, they will come.
The North Liberty City Council made it official at its Feb. 23 meeting, with the approval of a preliminary plat for a 60-acre subdivision to be built next to the new Liberty High School.

Garner sixth graders create Future City entry

CEDAR RAPIDS– “Waste Not, Want Not” was the old adage providing inspiration, but teams of middle school students went far beyond the common platitude to demonstrate their plans for solid waste management in the future.
It was part of the 2016 Future City Competition, an annual, nationwide program created by DiscoverE that encourages sixth, seventh and eighth grade students to study and employ STEM skills– science, technology, engineering and math– to solve a real-world problem.

NL Optimists to host pancake breakfast March 5

NORTH LIBERTY– The Optimist Club of North Liberty will host its 43rd annual pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the North Liberty Community Center gymnasium, 520 W. Cherry St.
Proceeds will benefit more than a dozen North Liberty youth programs, as all Optimist clubs have a mission to be “friends of youth.”

Lane reduction to occur on North Liberty Road

NORTH LIBERTY– On March 1, crews began to remove trees along North Liberty Road north of Dubuque Street to prepare for paving of the road. The work will require crews and equipment to work along North Liberty Road between Dubuque Street and Oak Lane, occasionally reducing traffic to a single lane or requiring intermittent closures.
This work is in advance of a full closure expected around March 14 of North Liberty Road from Dubuque Street to Oak Lane, measures required to widen and pave the road in preparation of Liberty High School.