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IC West boys varsity track and field preview

Trojans ready to return to the track

IOWA CITY– 2017 was a good year for the Iowa City West High varsity boys track and field team. The Trojans were Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) divisional champions, district champions and the ninth-place team (in overall points) at the State Coed Track Meet. In addition, Travis Craig and staff earned MVC Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
2018 looks to be as good, if not better.
Craig, in his third year leading the program, said the team has a lot of fresh new faces to blend with an already solid group of veterans who have come out for track this season.

Trojans roll in substate semifinal

IC West defeats CR Washington, 66-46

IOWA CITY– Iowa City West High’s varsity boys basketball team put themselves one game away from yet another Class 4A state tournament appearance with a 66-46 substate semifinal win at home over Cedar Rapids Washington Friday, Feb. 23. It was the second victory over the Warriors as the Trojans prevailed 73-52 at Wash in January.
The Trojans, plagued by an uncharacteristically high number of turnovers, foiled the Warriors with their characteristically high signature defense. West led 11-4 at the end of the first period and racked up a 31-16 halftime lead.

CCA girls track and field preview

Creek Girls ready to set sail for success

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) girls track and field program has experienced a surge in growth, which Coach Jane Astor said, brings “a lot of promising young talent.”
Astor is in her 28th season with the Clippers and has 12th-season Assistant Coach Teri Schultejans at her side again along with Bob Broghammer and many volunteer coaches. The Creek Girls were 12th in the 2017 WaMaC Conference Meet and eighth in the state qualifying meet.

WaMaC All-Conference hoops

Four Creek Girls earn All-Conference Stratton unanimous First Team pick

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) placed four varsity girls basketball players on the 2018 WaMaC Conference’s All-WaMaC teams. Sophomore Karsyn Stratton was a unanimous First Team pick, along with a trio of Marion players: Chloe Rice, Kayba Laube and Mia Laube, Center Point-Urbana’s Allie Wooldridge and South Tama’s Jessica Musgrave.
Marion’s Corby Laube was named the West Division Coach of the Year with a 23-0 showing this season ahead of the state tournament.
The Clear Creek Amana Clippers finished the 2017-18 season at 11-11.

Five Trojan bowlers recognized

Corey Roth earns Athlete of the Year

IOWA CITY– Five Iowa City West High varsity boys bowlers earned recognition from the Mississippi Valley athletic Conference (MVC) for their efforts in the 2017-18 season with the Friday, Feb. 23, release of the All-Division selections.
Corey Roth, Jacob Fisher, Josh Pelland, Kendall Stark and Daniel Neese were awarded spots on the First Team, Second Team, Honorable Mention and All Academic rosters.

Independence downs CCA, 54-44, in substate

Creek Boys’ season ended by Indee’s Mustangs

TAMA– Conventional wisdom claims it is all but impossible for one athletic team to defeat another three times in one season. Unfortunately for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball team, the Independence Mustangs debunked the claim with three wins over the Clippers this year. Indee won, 72-66, in January, 81-68 on Feb. 2 and ended the Creek Boys’ season with a 54-44 first-round substate loss Monday, Feb. 19, at South Tama High School in the first contest of a doubleheader.

Liberty High boys track and field preview

Trying to be the best Bolts they can, every day

NORTH LIBERTY– Some of them stormed the gridiron as West High freshmen playing in Liberty uniforms, others have flashed across the hardwood bringing recognition to The Lightning. This spring, several of Liberty High’s male student athletes will compete on the first boys track and field team, under the leadership of head coach Bruce Davis.

No barriers to fun

CCA’s North Bend Elementary to build area’s first inclusive playground

NORTH LIBERTY– Imagine, if you will, being a child confined to a wheelchair. It’s a warm, sunny day and you’re outside at recess with your classmates. While they’re scampering about on swings, monkey bars and other standard playground apparatus, there you sit, unless a kind classmate pushes you around the grounds for something for you to do.

Garner Elementary Spaghetti Dinner and Auction

NORTH LIBERTY– Garner Elementary will host a Spaghetti Dinner with Class Basket Auction and Raffles on Friday, March 2, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the school.
Zio Johno’s will serve spaghetti, bread and salad. After eating, take a look at the class baskets with varying themes including Slime Kit, Nerf, Game Night and Hawkeyes. Bid on baskets for a chance to win. Enter the raffle drawing for a chance at winning prizes, including hotel night stays, restaurant gift certificates, and birthday party packages. Proceeds from the event will support PTO-sponsored field trips and assemblies.

“Be Our Guest” Pancake Breakfast

“Beauty and the Beast” Pancake Breakfast March 3

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Pancake Breakfast March 3

Hot ‘n’ fresh for 25 years

Pizza Plus celebrates a quarter-century in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY– Some folks remember January 1993 for the inauguration of our 42nd president, Bill Clinton. Others may recall reeling from a disappointing season for the Iowa Hawkeyes, led by the legendary Coach Hayden Fry. For some 3,000 residents of the humble town of North Liberty, it also marked the opening of what would become one of the city’s most revered businesses.
“I was the first pizzeria,” recalled Cheri Becker, owner of Pizza Plus. The new restaurant, she said, introduced residents to the concept of pizza delivery.

Johnson County workplace safety No. 1 in state

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County was recently named No. 1 in the state for workplace safety by the Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association (IMWCA).