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CR Washington Warriors snap Women of Troy’s winning streak

Cedar Rapids 60, Iowa City 51

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CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Women of Troy’s perfect record ended at six wins Friday, Dec. 18, on the Cedar Rapids Washington Warrior’s basketball court as Wash took a Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) varsity contest, 60-51. West held a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter but were down one point at halftime. West trailed 35-33 going into the final period where the Warriors unleashed a 25-point attack for the win.
Maddie Huinker led West with 11 points followed by Logan Cook with 10.
The loss dropped the Women of Troy to 6-1 overall and 5-1 in MVC play.

Despite larger class sizes, Garner students are flourishing

Bigger and still better

By Nora Heaton
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NORTH LIBERTY– Sometimes, numbers don’t tell the whole story. Sometimes the experience matters more.
At Buford Garner Elementary School, class sizes may be higher than the district’s ideal numbers, but the atmosphere is one of creativity, curiosity, and innovation, said Principal Nick Proud.

CCA Middle School expansion completion pushed back…again

OXFORD— Hopes of moving into Clear Creek Amana’s new middle school addition over the Christmas and New Year break were dashed last week.
Superintendent Tim Kuehl gave the monthly construction update to the school board at its Monday, Dec. 14, meeting in Oxford.
“I was hoping for moving everything over Christmas, which, of course, is not happening,” Kuehl said. The move-in timeframe has been pushed to January.

West’s Women of Troy vanquish Lady Trojans

IC West 63, W’loo East 12

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy maintained their perfect record in the 2015-2016 season, improving to 6-0 with a 63-12 blowout over the Waterloo East Lady Trojans on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at West High.
While it was an easy win for West, it wasn’t a perfect game.
“Those games are hard to play,” West coach B.J. Mayer said afterward. “I think we kind of thought, maybe, we’re better than them, so sometimes when that happens… you play sloppier, or like you don’t have to concentrate as much.”

Trojans no trouble for Clipper boys

CCA 59, South Tama 39

TIFFIN– A 20-point first quarter gave the Clear Creek Amana Clippers clear sailing to a WaMaC conference win Friday, Dec. 18, at home as the South Tama Trojans were sunk, 59-39. Cal Miller and Jake Neubauer each sank a 3-pointer in the first period, with Miller also scoring on a steal and easy layup. Late in the period, Evan Downes swiped the ball and took off down court for two of his eight points.

Trojan swimmers stay undefeated with win over Kennedy

IC West 110, Kennedy 60

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CORALVILLE– West High’s swim team remained undefeated Tuesday, Dec. 15, after sinking the Cougars of Cedar Rapids Kennedy, 110-60, at the Coralville Recreation Center.
Lane Griffis won the 200- and 500-freestyle events, Mark McGlaughlin won the 200-individual medley and 100-freestyle while Will Scott won the 50-freestyle and 100-butterfly and Ben Berhow took the 100-breaststroke.
McGlaughlin, Aidan Keen, Scott and Brennon Keen won the 200-freestyle relay while Scott, Aidan Keen, McGlaughlin and Noah Bruns won the 400-freestyle relay.

IC West wins over Dubuque Senior and Cedar Falls in wrestling triangular

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IOWA CITY– The West High wrestling Trojans took both sides of a triangular meet Thursday, Dec. 17, at home against the Dubuque Senior Rams and the Tigers of Cedar Falls.
West’s varsity won, 56-19, over Dubuque, with Donovan Doyle (220 pounds), Carter Rohweder (160 pounds) and Nate Kelsay (182 pounds) winning by fall and Nelson Brands (138 pounds) winning, 24-6, by technical fall. Rohweder got his pin in 38 seconds.

City tags dog park as high priority

Revised parks plan under review

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty will officially join the hunt for land on which to place a dog park.
North Liberty Parks and Recreation Board members and the North Liberty City Council met in a joint work session Dec. 3 to review a draft of an updated Parks Comprehensive Plan, and informally added an off-leash dog park as a priority.

On track for Christmas

Luke Stevenson of North Liberty watches the toy train set, operated by Eric Auran of Art & Antiques, at the North Liberty Community Center’s Breakfast with Santa event Dec. 5. Stevenson was one of about 350 children who came to the 10th annual breakfast co-sponsored by the city’s recreation department and the North Liberty Lions Club, which provides area children the chance to take photos on Santa’s lap, eat a pancake breakfast and enjoy holiday activities. (photo by Lori Lindner)

Liberty High transition team looks to build athletics community early

School won’t likely include varsity football in first year

IOWA CITY – The Liberty Lightning will strike a year early for some North Liberty student athletes.
The Liberty High School transition team outlined its plan for athletics for the Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors on Dec. 8. Under the plan, Liberty-bound students involved in athletics will be able to practice as Lightning Bolts in the 2016-17 school year—a full year before Liberty High School actually opens.
Matt Degner, the district’s director of schools, presented the update to the board.

NLFD: keep your holidays from going up in flames

NORTH LIBERTY– For most of us, the holiday season represents a time for family festivities and good cheer. What few consider is the holiday season is a time when there is an increased risk of home fires. According to North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD), many households engage in holiday activities that serve as some of the leading causes of U.S. home fires, including cooking. Christmas trees, candle usage and holiday decorations significantly contribute to the seasonal causes of home fires.

Blue Christmas worship to be held in Tiffin Dec. 20

TIFFIN– The Christmas season can be challenging for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. It may not be easy to sing, “Joy to the World,” when you are feeling lonely. Tiffin Grace United Methodist Church, 300 W. Marengo Rd. in Tiffin, is holding its annual Blue Christmas Worship Service on Sunday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m. This quieter Christmas worship service is designed for those struggling to celebrate the season due to grief or loss.
For information regarding this special service, contact the church office at 319-545-2281 or revbev@southslope.net.