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Sprout Kids Academy open house Feb. 12

TIFFIN– Sprout Kids Academy, a childcare and preschool center, will have an open house Sunday, Feb. 12, from 12-4 p.m. at its facility located at 400 Elderberry St. in Tiffin.
Staff will be available to give tours of the facility and meet parents, and snacks and games will be provided for the kids.
Sprout Kids Academy offers childcare and preschool, including before and after school programming, for children ages six weeks to 12 years. The center will partner with the Clear Creek Amana school district for the 2017-2018 school year to offer preschool.

Blood drive, bingo at North Bend Feb. 17

NORTH LIBERTY– North Bend Elementary (NBE) in North Liberty will host a special night of activities Friday, Feb. 17.
A blood drive with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will be held from 2:30-6:30 p.m. in the teacher workroom with walk-ins welcome. There will also be a fun Rock and Roll Bingo night which will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria, so plan to stop in and donate the gift of life and stay to play some rockin’ bingo afterwards.

Johnson County “EMS Saturday” event Feb. 11

NORTH LIBERTY– The Johnson County EMS Association’s (JCEMSA) EMS Saturday is an outstanding single-day event held in North Liberty, at the South Slope Community Center, 980 North Front St.
Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 11. Registration is free for JCEMSA members and $60 for non-members, and includes lunch, continuing education registration, parking and conference materials.

IC West cruises past Dubuque Senior, 78-37, on Senior Night

IOWA CITY– West High’s fourth-ranked Women of Troy celebrated Senior Night Feb. 3 by running over the Rams of Dubuque Senior, 78-37. West entered the contest with a 15-3 record to Dubuque’s 1-15 showing.
A pair of 3-pointers by Rachel Saunders and Lauren Zacharias to open West High’s scoring barrage set the tone early as the Women of Troy put up 25 points in the first period. Seniors Katie McGrane and Ali Tauchen had four points each in the period, while senior Maddie Huinker sank a free throw.

CCA’s Murphy and Rohret advance to district wrestling

Clippers tie with Mid-Prairie in team points

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WILLIAMSBURG– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Quinn Murphy and Andrew Rohret survived a Class 2A Sectional Wrestling Tournament Saturday, Feb. 4, and will advance to a state-qualifying district tournament Saturday, Feb. 11, at Williamsburg High School starting at noon.
Rohret won the 145-pound title by taking a 2-1 decision from Solon’s Zack Bevans to advance automatically while Murphy advanced as the runner-up at 138 pounds after falling to Solon’s Ben Carr in 5:58.

Williamsburg edges CCA, 58-53

Late fouls allow Raiders to escape Creek Boys

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Games are often won or lost at the free throw line and that was the case Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Tiffin as the Williamsburg Raiders escaped from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) with a 58-53 win.

IC West boys tame CR Kennedy, 83-53

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Trojans extended their win streak to eight consecutive games with an 83-53 pounding of the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
The Trojans rocketed to a 22-8 lead at the end of the first period and held a commanding 44-18 lead at halftime. The Cougars’ best period came in the third with a 21-point counter-attack, but the West High juggernaut was still ahead 60-39 heading into the final quarter.

Cedar Rapids Prairie bests Iowa City West, 44-21

Prairie Hawks top Trojans on the mat

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Cedar Rapids Prairie took down the Iowa City West High Trojans in the final dual meet of the regular season Thursday, Feb. 2, at Prairie High School with the Prairie Hawk varsity winning, 44-21.
Nelson Brands (152 pounds) pinned Prairie’s Morgan Hood in 1:58 while Guy Snow (220) pinned Prairie’s Alex Heisdorffer in 4:59. Tyler Yoerger (170) won 5-3 in sudden victory (SV) against Prairie’s Justis Kruse while Alex Aguirre (120) won a 3-2 decision over Prairie’s Ted Zangerle and Carter Rohweder (160) took an 8-4 decision from Prairie’s Tyger Whitters.

West sends eight to state swimming

Martin the No. 1 seed in 50-yard freestyle

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DES MOINES– The Iowa City West High Trojans qualified eight athletes in nine events for the 2017 State Swimming Meet at district competition Saturday, Feb. 4, at Southeast Polk High School.

Clippers chart their futures on Signing Day

Seven CCA athletes sign letters of intent for collegiate athletics

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– With family, teammates and coaches watching, seven Clear Creek Amana (CCA) high school athletes put pen to paper and formalized their plans for college athletics Wednesday, Feb. 1– National Signing Day. While the day typically involves football players signing national letters of intent with NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) member schools, athletes in other sports, and/or planning on attending non-NCAA schools often participate as well.

Nine West High athletes sign letters of intent

Martin takes the spotlight with Michigan decision

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IOWA CITY– Nine Iowa City West High athletes participated in a National Signing Day event Wednesday, Feb. 1, at the high school. While the day signifies the first day a senior can officially sign a Letter of Intent to play football for an National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) member school, athletes from other sports, and those who will attend non-NCAA schools also typically participate as they declare their collegiate sports plans.

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CORALVILLE— All five enrolled agents on the staff at Taxes Plus have returned for another tax season.
Enrolled agents (EAs) are currently the only tax professionals tested by the IRS before being admitted to practice. They have unlimited rights to represent clients before the IRS, must adhere to a code of ethics and must take continuing professional education.
The newest EA, M. Jon Brown, joined the firm last year and works full-time year-round. He was admitted to practice as an EA in 2015 and has 12 years of tax preparation experience.