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Liberty Lightning Bolt Run Nov. 20 at North Central

NORTH LIBERTY– Sign up for the first annual Lightning Bolt 5K Run/Walk and Little Bolt 1-mile Run, held on Sunday, Nov. 20, starting at North Central Junior High, 180 E. Forevergreen Rd., in North Liberty.
Early registration is $20 for the 5K run/walk, $10 for the 1-mile run, and $25 for a joint one adult and one child registration, with an addition $5 per child. Late registration begins after Nov. 12.
Proceeds benefit the Family Resource Centers at Penn, Garner and Van Allen elementary schools, as well as North Central Junior High.

DeGowin blood drive Nov. 21 at NL Community Center

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Center, 520 W. Cherry St., is hosting a blood drive by the University of Iowa (UI) DeGowin Blood Center on Monday, Nov. 21, from 3:30-7:30 p.m.
Blood donations will take about 45 minutes and successful donors receive a thank you gift.
The DeGowin Blood Center is a hospital-based blood center collecting blood for UI Hospitals and Clinics and UI Children’s Hospital patients.

CCA dancers shine at state competition

NEWTON– Two dancers on the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) dance team were among the top 10 at the 2017 Iowa State Drill Team Association (ISDTA) State Solo Competition held in Newton, Nov. 4-5.
Freshman Peyton Hertel placed eighth in the Class 5 Dance, where Knoxville’s Jaden Hamilton took first. CCA sophomore Angelina Gore placed 10th in the same class, behind Hertel and Ana Zamora of Wahlert Catholic (Dubuque).
ISDTA hosts the largest solo competition in the state with over 600 dances performed.

Pool deck resurfacing, closure Nov. 28 to Dec. 28

NORTH LIBERTY– Resurfacing of the indoor pool deck at the North Liberty Recreation Center is anticipated to take place Nov. 28 to Dec. 28. The indoor pool will be closed and all lessons, classes, memberships affected will be refunded to participants for specific time for such work to be completed (at this time is a month’s range). Length of time with exact details will be provided by contractors awarded the project soon.

City offices closed Nov. 24-25 for Thanksgiving holiday

NORTH LIBERTY– City offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Trojans roll over Warriors in first state semifinal since 2002

Dome, sweet Dome

CEDAR FALLS– The fans’ shirts read, “There’s No Place Like Dome” Friday, Nov. 11, as the Iowa City West High Trojans took on the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors in a Class 4A state semifinal football game.
After a convincing 35-7 win for the Trojans, the UNI-Dome may well become “Dome, Sweet Dome” as they return to Cedar Falls on Friday, Nov. 18, to take on West Des Moines Dowling for the championship.

An unfortunate three-peat

Women of Troy fall 3-1 at state volleyball in quarterfinal round

CEDAR RAPIDS– A pair of “three-peats” marked Iowa City West High’s appearance in the 2016 State Volleyball Tournament Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the U.S. Cellular Center, in Cedar Rapids. It was the third consecutive appearance for the Women of Troy, and sadly, the third consecutive year eliminated in the first (quarterfinal) round. The Jaguars of Ankeny Centennial knocked West High out of the Class 5A championship hunt, 3-1 (26-24, 16-25, 14-25, 23-25).

2016-2017 Iowa City West High wrestling preview: A mixed bag of experience for West’s wrestlers

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IOWA CITY– It’s the 18th year leading the Iowa City West High wrestling program for coach Mark Reiland, and he’s taking things in stride with a business-as-usual approach.
Reiland’s assessment of the season is simple: “Typical year where most of the same teams will be in the hunt again this year.”
The Trojans finished the 2015-16 season with a 15-14 record overall and a 5-4 showing in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC).

2016-2017 Iowa City West High boys basketball preview:

Good chemistry to fuel the Trojan basketball machine

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IOWA CITY– At first glance, looking over a preseason media questionnaire from Iowa City West High coach Steve Bergman, one might think it could be a tough year for the Trojan varsity basketball team. Ten seniors graduated from the 2016 Class 4A state runner-up team that went 21-5 overall and 14-2 in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC).

Everybody Plays!

Courage League brings adaptive sports to Eastern Iowa

NORTH LIBERTY– Jolene and Chad Darter traveled nearly four hours to give their daughter one hour of giant bowling, noodle hockey and aerobic drumming– activities that may seem more like fun and games than sports.
But Melissa Clarke-Wharff, founder and executive director of Courage League Sports based in Central Iowa, believes her organization provides just what kids with physical, cognitive or emotional disabilities need.
“It’s more than just sports,” she said.

Liberty Lightning Bolt Run Nov. 20 at North Central

NORTH LIBERTY– Sign up for the first annual Lightning Bolt 5K Run/Walk and Little Bolt 1-mile Run, held on Sunday, Nov. 20, starting at North Central Junior High, 180 E. Forevergreen Rd., in North Liberty.
Early registration is $20 for the 5K run/walk, $10 for the 1-mile run, and $25 for a joint one adult and one child registration, with an addition $5 per child. Late registration begins after Nov. 12.
Proceeds benefit the Family Resource Centers at Penn, Garner and Van Allen elementary schools, as well as North Central Junior High.

Corridor Arts and Crafts at Bella Sala in Tiffin Sunday, Nov. 20

TIFFIN– Corridor Arts and Crafts at Bella Sala is happening Sunday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 205 S. Park Rd. in Tiffin.
Start holiday shopping while browsing through the booth spaces of more than 60 local businesses selling all handmade and hand crafted items. Enjoying live music from Zachary Freedom while sampling craft beer and locally made wine and eating some amazing grub from two food trucks, Stonewall Brick Oven Pizza and Local Burrito. Both will offer breakfast and lunch options.
Little ones will have a blast at Bella Sala with face painting, kids craft bags and more.