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Independence Mustangs trample CCA Boys 35-7

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
INDEPENDENCE– The Independence Mustangs stampeded over the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity football Clippers, 35-7, Friday, Sept. 1, in Independence.
The non-district loss knocked the Creek Boys to 0-2 ahead of district play, which begins Friday, Sept. 8, at Dubuque Wahlert (0-0, 2-0).
Cade Gallagher scored the Clippers’ only touchdown of the night on a 1-yard scamper while Mitch Evans nailed the point-after kick.

Lightning girls eighth at Bob Brown Invitational

Logan blazes a trail for the Bolts

igh’s girls cross country team rallied for a eighth-place showing Thursday, Aug. 31, in Iowa City Regina’s Bob Brown Invitational at Kickers Soccer Park, in Iowa City.
Monticello won the meet with 42 team points, followed by runner-up Marion and Solon. The Regina Regals were seventh, while the Bolts finished eighth with 239 team points. Clear Creek Amana was 10th.
McKenzie Logan blazed a trail for the Bolts with a seventh-place finish in 21:30.44.

Creek Boys fall to Panthers in opener

TIFFIN– The 2017 varsity football season opened on a sour note for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers, as Mount Pleasant won 14-7 in non-district action in Tiffin Friday, Aug. 25. The loss soured the debut of new Head Coach Gabe Bakker and Iowa City West High transfer Ethan Postler.

Iowa City West downs Southeast Polk, 37-27

PLEASANT HILL– Iowa City West High began its campaign to return to the UNI-Dome and the state football championships with a week one win on the road over Southeast Polk. The Trojans dropped the Rams, 37-27.

Year One for Liberty runners

NORTH LIBERTY– Liberty High is open for business which includes a slate of varsity athletic programs, including girls’ cross country.
Tonya McDonough is the head coach for the Lightning’s program and counselor at North Central Junior High, in North Liberty.

West swimmers best CR Jefferson, 138-47

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy swimmers opened the 2017 season with a road trip to Cedar Rapids Jefferson, sweeping victory as the varsity won, 138-47, and the junior varsity (JV) picked up a 125-46 win.
Sophomore Lily Ernest broke the school record in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.06 seconds. Lilian Zhu previously held the record.
“We are hoping it’s the first of many records to be broken this season,” Assistant Coach Jordan O’Donnell said.

Women of Troy win, Liberty debuts at U of I’s Ashton XC course

IOWA CITY– The University of Iowa’s renovated Ashton Cross Country Course was the site of the 2017 Trojan Early Bird Invitational meet hosted by Iowa City West High Thursday, Aug. 24.
The West High Women of Troy won the varsity girls race, besting North Scott and Davenport Assumption. Bailey Nock won the event in 18:48, with Colleen Bloser coming in second in 19:50.

Creek 2017 volleyball season begins

CCA falls in Mount Vernon quad, splits in Grinnell’s tournament

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GRINNELL– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball squad has started the 2017 season with a mix of success and frustration in a pair of tournaments.
The Creek Girls opened Thursday, Aug. 24, with an appearance in a quad meet with Solon, Center Point-Urbana and Mount Vernon in Mount Vernon. The host Lady Mustangs shut out the Creek Girls, 2-0, with 25-22 and 25-17 wins over CCA. Shauntina Williams had six kills with three from Claire Schwarting. Zoey Boehme made 11 assists, Cheyanne Bunch had four assists and Jordan Neely came up with eight digs.

Solon rolls 3-1 in the Lightning Bolts’ debut

NORTH LIBERTY– The pep band introduced the official fight song as cheerleaders rallied the Bolt Nation Tuesday, Aug. 22, when the Liberty High Lightning took to the volleyball court for the first time in their brand new school. The Lightning Bolts are fielding sophomore and varsity squads this year after dressing a freshman team last year at Iowa City West High.
The Solon Lady Spartans took on the Bolts to open the season in a non-conference match-up. Liberty is unaffiliated this year, joining the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) in 2018.

Doggie Plunge Sept. 7-8

NORTH LIBERTY– Bring your dog for some fun in the water at the Doggie Plunge! Pet owners 16 years and up are welcome; children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Early registration is $7 per dog; day-of registration is $10 per dog. One dog per person, please. Dogs must have proof of current rabies and distemper vaccinations present day of event. Adults are not allowed to be deeper than 2 feet due to limited chemicals for the dogs’ safety, and children will not be allowed in the water. If dogs are unable to “play nice,” they will be asked to leave without compensation or warning.

CCA, Tiffin council compare notes

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Tim Kuehl opened a joint meeting between the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District’s Board of Directors and the Tiffin City Council by saying, “We’ve got so many things going on between the school and the city, that the more we can collaborate and even just know what the other hand is doing, I think that is critical and helpful to the success of both of us.”

Liberty High kicks off its first year

Doors open at Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– The doors of Liberty High School opened to 757 students Wednesday, Aug. 23, as the 2017-18 school year started for the brand new school.