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NL to hold Centennial finale, time capsule dedication Nov. 16

NORTH LIBERTY– On Saturday, Nov. 16, the North Liberty Centennial Committee has planned a variety of fun events to celebrate North Liberty’s 100th birthday, starting with free daytime activities at the North Liberty Community Library.
8 a.m. until noon: waffle breakfast
10 a.m. until 1 p.m.: Kids’ activities
10 a.m.: Birthday opening
11 a.m.: Time capsule ceremony
12 p.m.: Mural unveiling
1 p.m.: Community photograph

Friends of NL library to hold annual waffle breakfast Nov. 16

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 benefit the library.

Bienvenidos a Lomitas

Lomitas Mexican Restaurant to open in former Iguanas location

By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Lomitas is a place in the state of Tabasco, a pretty little town of about 4,500 people in the southernmost part of Mexico.
Lomitas is also a new restaurant in North Liberty.
Alfonso Galvan has already brought the flavor of his hometown of Lomitas to Iowa, opening his first Lomitas Mexican restaurant in Fort Dodge 14 years ago. He opened a second location in Humboldt within two years and a third in Webster City eight years ago.

Clippers can’t stop three straight for Solon

By Chris Umscheid
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CEDAR RAPIDS– The Solon Spartans will make their third consecutive state tournament appearance after defeating the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers in three games during a Class 4A regional final at Cedar Rapids Washington High School Tuesday, Nov. 4.
The Spartans won 25-18, 25-17 and 25-17 to earn the green state qualifier banner and head for a Tuesday, Nov. 12, battle with Indianola in the quarterfinal round at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

Bettendorf ends West’s season in OT

IOWA CITY– From the start it was apparent it would be a hard-fought battle and the final score would be close as the West High Trojans faced the Bulldogs of Bettendorf Monday, Nov. 4, in a Class 4A second round playoff game on Trojan Field.
The Bulldogs ended the Trojans’ season with a 27-24 win in overtime.

14 West High Trojans named to 2013 MVC All-Division teams

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The Mississippi Valley Athletic Conference (MVC) recently released its 2013 MVC Football All-Division selections. Fourteen players from the Iowa City West High Trojans were named to either first team, second team or honorable mention, in addition to an all-academic team.
West High coach Brian Sauser and his staff share coach of the year honors for the Mississippi Division with Dubuque Hempstead coach Bob McIntyre and his crew. Standout West High quarterback Nate Boland earned athlete of the year honors for the division as well.

Women of Troy take seventh at state swimming and diving meet

Thomas, Zhu earn second-place finishes

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MARSHALLTOWN– The fastest high school swimmers in the state met Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA pool for the 2013 girls state swimming and diving meet.
Ames High School won the meet with 302 team points while the Iowa City West High Women of Troy placed seventh with 111. City High placed 21st with 28 points.

Mustangs no match for West

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

By Chris Umscheid
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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.