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Lightning strikes as Liberty boys zap City High Red, 42-39

NORTH LIBERTY– Yet another list of “firsts” for Liberty High School were recorded Wednesday, Nov. 30, at North Central Jr. High in North Liberty. The school, still under construction and not opening until next fall, has fielded freshmen volleyball and football teams under the “Lady Lightning” and “Original (“O”) Bolts” monikers. The players attend Iowa City West High currently, but will transfer to Liberty, and presumably continue to play for Liberty throughout the remainder of their high school careers.

CCA falls 66-34 against Western Dubuque

A rough start for the Creek boys

TIFFIN– Call it the Clippers’ shakedown cruise. The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys took to the hardwood Tuesday, Nov. 29, at home to face the Bobcats of Western Dubuque in the 2016-17 season opener. It also marked the debut of new head coach Brandon Clubb. Turnovers, inexperience and losing the rebound battle torpedoed the Creek Boys, leading to a 66-34 loss.

Linn-Mar defeats Iowa City West, 40-26, in wrestling opener

Trojans fall on Lions’ mat

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MARION– The Iowa City West High wrestlers opened the 2016-17 season with a loss Thursday, Dec. 1, on the road in Marion at Linn-Mar High School as they took on the Lions in a duel meet. The Trojan junior varsity fell, 55-12, as Nate Daniels (285 pounds) pinned Linn-Mar’s Zach Hart in 1:39 and Mason Sorge (152) pinned the Lions’ Jared Zieser in 1:31.

Pool deck resurfacing closure until Dec. 19

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Aquatic Center is currently closed to allow the indoor pool deck to be resurfaced. North Liberty Recreation Center staff expect the work to be completed in time for the pool to reopen on Monday, Dec. 19.
Memberships will be extended to cover the time of the closure and swimming lessons will be rescheduled. Call the front desk at 319-626-5716 for more information.

Trojan wrestlers win Burlington’s six-team Dick Mellinger Invitational

Williams, Brands, Rohweder and Snow crowned champions

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BURLINGTON– Iowa City West High’s Trojans won the Dick Mellinger Invitational wrestling tournament hosted by Burlington High School Saturday, Dec. 3. The Trojans topped the six-team field with 362 points and placed all 11 wrestlers in the top four places in their weight classes.
Kaleb Williams (120 pounds), Nelson Brands (152), Carter Rohweder (160) and Guy Snow (220) all won their weight classes.

Dick Mellinger Invitational Results for Iowa City West
106: Jackson Brennan (6-1) placed second and scored 34.00 team points.

Women of Troy now 2-0 with win over J-Hawks

IC West defeats CR Jefferson, 66-46

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy moved to 2-0 on the season Tuesday, Nov. 29, by defeating Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 66-46, at home. West took a 22-14 lead at the end of the first period and was up, 33-17, at the half.
Logan Cook led all with 23 points, followed by Maddie Huinker with 18 (including four 3-point baskets) and Rachel Saunders with 13. Kennedy Dighton led the J-Hawks with 14 points, followed by Kylie Wise with 11. The loss dropped Jefferson to 0-3.

IC West swimmers 102, Cedar Falls 68

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CORALVILLE– Iowa City West High’s boys swim teams opened the 2016-17 season with a pair of wins over the Cedar Falls Tigers Tuesday, Nov. 29, at home in the Coralville Recreation Center. The junior varsity (JV) won, 100-35, while the varsity dunked the Tigers, 102-68.

Creek Boys go 3-0 on the mats

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s wrestlers opened the 2016-17 season with a 3-0 sweep in a home quad meet Thursday, Dec. 1, against Anamosa, Highland-Riverside and Center Point-Urbana (CP-U).
The Clippers sank the Huskies of Highland-Riverside, 69-12, with 10 forfeits by the Huskies. Hunter Schmelzer took a 7-2 decision from Highland’s Cullen Klebe at 113-pounds while Sam Steckly took the 160-pound match by pinning Highland’s Dan Burton in 1:23.

Creek Girls 2-2 after weekend split

CCA wins against West Delaware, falls to IC Regina

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TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity girls basketball team moved to 2-2 after a win and a loss Friday, Dec. 2, and Saturday, Dec. 3, both at home in Tiffin. The Clippers knocked off West Delaware, 45-33, Friday night, and fell 58-23 to Iowa City Regina on Saturday as part of a boys-girls doubleheader.
Karsyn Stratton, a freshman, led the Creek Girls with 16 points against the Hawks Friday night with 14 points from Claire Navara, a senior. The Clippers held a 16-9 lead after the first period and were up 24-18 at the half.

Cider house showcase

New Rapid Creek Cidery to showcase craft brews at Wilson’s Orchard

IOWA CITY– You might call him the Johnny Appleseed of Johnson County. Spend a little time talking apples with Paul Rasch and you easily imagine him sitting down with that iconic apple evangelist of the 19th century, quaffing hard cider and striking up a spirited conversation on the relative merits of heritage fruit trees and the ripening schedules of various cultivars.

City council to make decision on mayoral vacancy

Members must appoint or hold special election

NORTH LIBERTY– Members of the North Liberty City Council have an important decision to make this month, but it seems as though that decision has already been made for them.
“I do know there is at least one person that is actively collecting signatures to force a special election,” Mayor Amy Nielsen told council members at a Nov. 22 meeting. “You might as well call for it.”

TiffinFest to be revamped July 2017

Council transfers funds to new group,

TIFFIN– After a two-year hiatus, TiffinFest is making a comeback, although the beloved town festival may look a little different.
At its Nov. 1 meeting, the Tiffin City Council approved the transfer of roughly $14,000 in previous festival funds to a new committee determined to reintegrate the weekend event back into the community.
“We just decided that it needed to be an all new event,” said organizer Melissa Fontanini, owner of Bella Sala in Tiffin. “New name, new logo, fresh faces running it, new activities. It really is going to be an amazing, fun, family-friendly event.”