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The King and Queen (pins) reign at West

Knosp, Shimon lead the way for Trojans

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IOWA CITY– The King and Queen Pins will reign supreme in the West High trophy case for the next year following the annual rivalry match between West and City High Friday, Feb. 8, at Colonial Lanes.
The West High boys won their match 2,934 to 2,858 to claim the King Pin while the girls knocked down 2,329 pins to City’s 2,218 to earn the Queen Pin. Noah Knosp led the Trojan boys with 466 while Mariah Shimon led the Women of Troy with 331.
According to West coach Mike Mellecker, the boys have a 6-6 record of earning the King and the girls are 7-5 for the Queen.

Taylor wins close mayoral election in Swisher

Just 15 votes separate two candidates Feb. 4

SWISHER– Fifteen votes.
That’s how close the mayoral election was Tuesday, Feb. 4, in this small northwestern Johnson County community as voters decided who would replace Tim Mason as mayor.
Christopher J. Taylor won the special election with 151 of 288 total votes (52 percent) against 136 votes (47 percent) for Randy Hurlbert. The seat was vacated in November when Mason abruptly resigned minutes after City Clerk Connie Meier resigned. Council member Mary Gudenkauf has been acting as mayor pro tempore ever since, albeit reluctantly.

Clear Creek Amana students earn all-state music honors

TIFFIN– Two Clear Creek Amana (CCA) students attained the highest individual honor available to Iowa high school musicians by being selected to participate in the Iowa All-State music festival in Ames held in November. Ashly Ives, the daughter of Brian and Kylan Ives of Oxford and Andrey Floryanovich, son of Sergey and Anna Floryanovich of Tiffin, were both accepted into the 282 piece All-State Band.

Cougars hand Women of Troy another loss

IOWA CITY– A pair of decisive wins led to a pair of painful losses for the West High Women of Troy. After knocking off Bettendorf 63-35 and Waterloo East 61-18, coach BJ Mayer’s crew fell 60-51 at Valley High School in West Des Moines and struggled against the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars at home.

CCA boys fall to Mt. Vernon, girls suffer pair of losses

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MOUNT VERNON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) boys lost on the road Tuesday night (Jan. 28) at Mount Vernon, 64-54. Cal Miller led the Clipper effort with 11 points.
Scoring: Miller 11, Noah Whittinghill 9, Jacob Klingeman 8, Josh Dillon 7, Mitch Stopko 5, Jake Neubauer, 5, Nile Rourke 4, Keyan McAreavy 4, Drew Wagner 1. CCA hit 19 of 45 field goal attempts.
3-point shots: Miller 3, Whittinghill 1, Stopko 1, Neubauer 1, Klingeman 1, Dillon 1.
On Friday, Jan. 31, the Williamsburg Raiders came to Tiffin and left with a 65-47 victory.

West boys pound Prairie, 87-40

IOWA CITY– Throughout the season West High coach Steve Bergman has said his team needs to be challenged. His Trojans were a lot of things Friday night (Jan. 31), but challenged was not one of them.
West High came into the Mississippi Valley Conference inter-divisional contest with a 12-2 (8-1) record and a second-place ranking in the Mississippi Division while the Prairie Hawks were 4-10 (2-7) in the Valley Division.
The Trojans plucked and cooked the Prairie Hawks, 87-40.

Lutjen named head softball coach at IC West

IOWA CITY– Justin Lutjen has been named head softball coach at Iowa City West High School pending board approval.
Coach Lutjen has been the head coach at Mid-Prairie the past four seasons after being an assistant there previously. Coach Lutjen has led Mid-Prairie to the state softball tournament in each of his four seasons at the helm, in addition to winning the school’s first ever softball conference title.

CCA’s Murphy fifth at WaMaC meet

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INDEPENDENCE– Connor Murphy of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) placed fifth in the 56th WaMaC conference wrestling tournament held Saturday, Feb. 1, in Independence.

Trojans third at MVC Super Meet

Walters and Wynos emerge as champions

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WATERLOO– The West High Trojans crowned a pair of champions and placed third in team points Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Super Meet held at Waterloo East High School.
Chris Walters (126 pounds) and Aydan Wynos (285 pounds) won their brackets with Walters taking a 6-5 decision from Linn-Mar’s Damon Griffin, and Wynos taking a 7-0 decision from Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Dalton Kuehl.

WMcGlaughlin sets record at MVC sophomore swim meet

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) sophomore boys conference swim meet was held Saturday, Feb. 1, and hosted by Iowa City High. Dubuque Senior High took the conference championship while Cedar Rapids Washington was the runner-up. The West High Trojans were seventh in overall team points with 135, beating rival City High. The Little Hawks were eighth with 103.

NL reduces projected shortfall

Administration presents budget that is $57,000 below revenues

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty’s budget picture is much rosier than the last time it was presented.

Van Allen school to be expanded

Four new classrooms will serve 100 additional students

IOWA CITY– Paintings by Van Allen and Penn Elementary School students on the walls of the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) school board meeting were a colorful backdrop as Superintendent Stephen Murley and the board held brief discussions during an equally brief meeting on Jan. 28.