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Saving St. Mary’s

130-year-old church needs new roof, siding

NEWPORT– There used to be a village of Newport along the road halfway between Solon and Iowa City.
St. Mary’s Church of Newport is just west on Newport Road, and if funds for its preservation are not raised, it may soon become a memory from the distant past, too.
The 130-year-old structure no longer serves a Catholic congregation as it did for the first 110 years of its existence. Even its role as a precinct polling place has fallen along the wayside.
The church bell, added in 1891, now tolls only a few times a year to mark the consecrated nuptials of a just-wedded couple.

NLCP volunteer spotlight: Susan Barrett

NORTH LIBERTY– Susan Barrett started volunteering at the North Liberty Community Pantry (NLCP) because she heard about it from another volunteer’s spouse. Barrett has been a volunteer at the pantry for nearly five years.

Update on Penn playground expansion, goats

NORTH LIBERTY– Goats on the Go did their job during their stay at Penn Elementary Saturday, May 14, through Tuesday, May 17. The school grounds crew also cut out all of the smaller woody vegetation and applied a type of grass seed that will grow quickly and help keep back weeds. This type of grass will only survive one year. In the next few weeks, a tree company will visit Penn to remove large “junk” tress– primarily ash trees. Throughout the summer, the grounds crew will continue to work on small projects, such as leveling low spots, removing stumps and cleaning the fence.

Daniel Rhoads of NL discovers giant morel

DORCHESTER– Daniel Rhoads, of North Liberty, found what he claims to be one of Iowa’s largest morel mushrooms at Camp Tahigwa, near Decorah, on Saturday, May 21.
Measuring 13 1/8 inches, it falls just a hair short of another self-proclaimed “largest Iowa morel” found earlier in May by Kelly Young near Walnut. Young’s morel weighed 1 1/2 pounds and was 15 inches long and 14 inches around.

NL fire dept. Open House and grill-out June 18

NORTH LIBERTY– The NLFD would like to open its doors and invite the community to come see the firehouse and get to know the firefighters and the equipment on Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be fun and interactive “firefighting” games and demonstrations for all ages. The fire department will also be grilling out and serving lunch.

CCA Masters golf outing/fundraiser June 24

AMANA– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Masters Golf Outing is a fundraising event for scholarships and endowments for CCA students. The outing will be held Friday, June 24, at the Amana Colonies Golf Course, 451 U Ave. There is a $100 per player or $400 per four-person team entry fee that can be paid the day of the tournament.
To register for this great event call, email or complete an online registration form at www.cca.k12.ia.us and mail it to Brad Fox.

Twice was nice

CCA’s Bormann delivers a 2-1 regional semifinal win over Oskaloosa before fatal blow from Newton Cardinals

By Chris Umscheid
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TIFFIN– Lightning didn’t strike but Hannah Bormann did, twice.
Bormann rocketed down the field and scored in the 39th second of the game to give the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers a fast 1-0 lead against the Oskaloosa Indians in the first half of the Class 2A regional semifinal match Tuesday, May 31, in Tiffin.
The junior struck again in the 50th minute breaking a 1-1 tie with the Oskaloosa Indians. The Indians scored with 13:13 left in the first half.

Assumption wins West High Softball Classic

Women of Troy finish home tournament 2-1

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy had a rough start in their home Classic tournament Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, at the University of Iowa’s Softball Complex. Davenport Assumption won the tournament with a 4-0 record. The host Women of Troy mustered a 2-1 record after falling 7-1 to Urbandale on Friday and knocking off Davenport, 3-1, and Marion, 9-1, on Saturday.

Warriors end Trojans’ championship quest with one kick

Cedar Rapids Washington defeats West, 1-0

DES MOINES– It’s the trophy nobody really wants, but it’s also the trophy awarded the most at the state soccer championships held at the Cownie Soccer Park in Des Moines. It’s the participant trophy, which goes to teams eliminated in the quarterfinal round the first day of the three-day tournament. Losers in the semifinal round play one more match on Saturday in the consolation brackets for a third or fourth-place award, but first-rounders only get the participant hardware.

CCA takes two from Maquoketa, 6-4 and 5-4

Creek Girls outlast Cardinals

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OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clippers survived a visit from the Cardinals of Maquoketa Thursday, June 2, winning both halves of a doubleheader, 6-4 and 5-4.
The Cardinals struck first in the top of the opener’s second inning for a 1-0 lead. Courtney James evened the score in the bottom of the third after a line drive put her on base. Karsyn Stratton reached on an error, which allowed James to advance. A series of Cardinal miscues allowed James to keep on truckin’ for home plate.

Ten Trojans named to All-Division Soccer teams

West High is 2016 MVC Valley Div. Champion Team

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IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High Trojans finished the 2016 season with a loss in the quarterfinal round of the Class 3A state soccer championships, but rose to the top of the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC)’s All-Division selections. The Trojans, under Valley Division Coach of the Year Brad Stiles (and staff) were named the Team Champion, and 10 players earned a First Team, Second Team or Honorable Mention slot.

Clippers tops in WaMaC soccer standings

2016 All-Conference selections

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TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls and boys varsity soccer teams ended the regular season at the top of the WaMaC West Division. The boys, at 6-1 in conference play, topped the field while the Creek Girls shared the top spot with the Stormin’ Pointers of Center Point-Urbana, also at 6-1. Dyersville Beckman’s boys were tops in the East Division with a 7-0 record. 7-0 was also the showing for the Central DeWitt Lady Sabers.