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North Liberty Leader

Clippers cross country team runs route of the Hiawathas

CCA boys fifth, girls seventh at Benton Invitational

ATKINS– The Roundhouse Nature Trail, a former Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railway (“The Milwaukee Road”) roadbed which once hosted prestigious passenger trains known as The Hiawathas was the site on a picture-perfect Saturday, Sept. 14, of the Benton Invitational cross country meet.

Benton Bobcats hand Clippers their second football loss

Benton Community 21, CCA 14

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers suffered their second loss of the season Friday, Sept. 13, as the Benton Community Bobcats took the varsity football contest, 21-14, dropping the Clippers to 1-2.

West cross-country hits the course at Noelridge

Yokum wins for the girls, Gardarsson leads the boys

CEDAR RAPIDS– Noelridge Park is a 102.81-acre park in northeast Cedar Rapids and home to a large flower garden and greenhouse which provides flora to the rest of the city’ parks. It also has a duck pond, small creek and a large pool/water park.
On Thursday, Sept. 12, it was the site of the Cedar Rapids Invitational, hosted by Kennedy High School. The West High Trojans and Women of Troy joined CR metro-area and other regional large schools in 4K (girls) and 5K (boys) racing action.
The West girls finished fourth overall with 115 points while the boys were fifth with 149.

If the worst ever happens…

CCA adapts with the times in emergency preparedness

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
OXFORD– Schools have always prepared for emergency situations and changed their responses as new threats emerged. In the 1950s, “duck and cover” drills prepared the students in case of nuclear attack while fire drills and tornado drills have been a part of the school year seemingly forever.
Now there is a new threat: an active shooter.

We Run for the Red White & Blue

NORTH LIBERTY– The owners of We Run specialty running store in North Liberty, Kris and Brian Tharp, often hold group running events for their customers, running students and friends.
On Sunday, Sept. 8, the runners had some special guests.
Members of Team Red, White & Blue joined the Sunday run, carrying flags and sporting their Team RBW T-shirts to honor victims and heroes of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the U.S. Pentagon and the attempted attack on Washington, D.C.

Road tripping through Johnson County

Supervisors, staff view progress of current road, bridge projects

JOHNSON COUNTY– Johnson County supervisors and county staff hit the road on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
The purpose of the trip was to tour road sites, receive updates on projects and view road conditions in various spots throughout the county, an effort undertaken annually, said County Engineer Greg Parker, who supervises the Johnson County Secondary Roads Department.

Debut Dance Studio to celebrate five years of dance on Sept. 15

Public invited to open house in new location at Penn Landing

NORTH LIBERTY– On Sunday, Sept. 15, Debut Dance Studio will host an open house from 5 until 6:30 p.m. at the studio’s new location at 620 Pacha Parkway, Ste. 1, in North Liberty. Come tour the new facility and enjoy activities and dance classes for kids. There will be a performance by Forte Performing Company at 6 p.m., during which the members of the company will preview their dances for the upcoming season.
The open house also marks the five-year anniversary of Debut Dance Studio. For more information about Debut Dance Studio please visit the website at www.debutdancestudio.com.

Celebrate the century farmer-style at Colony Pumpkin Patch

NORTH LIBERTY– Colony Pumpkin Patch in North Liberty is “Celebrating the Century,” farmer-style. Commemorating North Liberty’s 100 years of incorporation, the Colony Pumpkin Patch’s new corn maze is a depiction of the city’s 100th birthday logo. Visitors can journey through the maze beginning Saturday, Sept. 28, and for an extra challenge play a North Liberty trivia game using your Smartphone, or use your GPS to work your way though the twists, turns and dead-end paths of the five-acre maze.

Mistakes plague Clippers in loss to Mid-Prairie

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Turnovers and penalties took a heavy toll on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers Friday, Sept. 6, as they entertained the Golden Hawks of Mid-Prairie, Wellman.
The Hawks took the non-district contest, 27-13.
The game opened on a sour note with a fumble on the Clippers’ first possession, giving the Hawks a drive toward the goal line. CCA held them from scoring a touchdown, but Mid-Prairie still managed a field goal for a 3-0 lead.

West sweeps East

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– Two out of three wasn’t bad.
The West High Women of Troy swept the Waterloo East High Trojans 3-0 Tuesday, Sept. 3, at home in varsity volleyball action. West took the first set 25-18, but it was a hard-fought win.
“We weren’t ready to play that first one, were we?” coach Kathy Bresnahan asked rhetorically afterward.

Clipper runners enjoy respite from the heat at Williamsburg

Keith, Douglass lead the way for CCA x-country

WILLIAMSBURG– After blistering heat and smothering humidity, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) cross country squads opened the 2013 season with an invitational at the athletic complex in Williamsburg. The host Raiders won the girls’ varsity 4K with 36 team points while Vinton-Shellsburg won the boys’ 5K with 58.
The CCA Clipper girls finished seventh overall with 171 points while the boys were fifth with 112. Chloe Keith was the fastest CCA girl with a 16th-place finish in 18:05 and Eric Douglass posted a seventh-place finish in 17:51.

State experience, untested newbies for Trojan x-country team

IOWA CITY– Mike Parker’s Trojan cross country team will rely heavily on a pair of seniors, a quartet of juniors and a sophomore as they look to defend their MVC super meet championship from last season.