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Another win for the Bolts

Liberty High boys zap CR Kennedy Cougars, 54-34

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The debut season for the Liberty High School “Lightning Bolts” continued to go well as the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars (Green squad) joined the ranks of those zapped by the Lightning Thursday, Jan. 19, in a freshman game at Iowa City West High.

West wrestlers win over CRs Jefferson, Xavier

Trojan varsity over J-Hawks and Saints on the mat

IOWA CITY– The West High Trojans took both sides of a varsity double dual meet Thursday, Jan. 19, at home as they took down Cedar Rapids Jefferson, 54-13, and pinned Cedar Rapids Xavier 47-21.

Knights joust area teams, emerge victorious

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NORTH LIBERTY– The eighth grade girls’ basketball team at North Central Junior High (NCJH) went 2-0 Monday, Jan. 23, against South East Junior High.
The Knights’ A, B and C teams took on the Little Hawks at the NCJH gym.
North Central beat South East, 30-19, in the A game and 10-8 in the C game. The Knights fell to the Little Hawks, 18-20, in overtime of the B game.

Clippers split on the mats with Pointers, Mustangs

CCA gets past CP-U, but falls to Independence

TIFFIN– The wrestling Creek Boys of Clear Creek Amana (CCA) split a double dual meet Thursday, Jan. 19, at home against Center Point-Urbana (CP-U) and Independence. The Clippers pulled off a 41-30 win over the Stormin’ Pointers of CP-U but fell 39-30 against the Independence Mustangs.

Creek Boys ninth at Waverly-Shell Rock’s Rick Caldwell Invite

Murphy 2nd, Rohert 3rd

Creek Boys ninth at Waverly-Shell Rock’s Rick Caldwell Invite
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WAVERLY– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity wrestlers finished ninth in team points at the 2017 Rick Caldwell Invitational hosted by Waverly-Shell Rock High School on Saturday, Jan. 21, in Waverly. The host Go Hawks won the team championship with 252 points, with Fort Dodge (220), Crestwood (174), Ankeny Centennial (170.5) and Storm Lake (101) rounding out the top five teams.

Creek Boys stumble against Bobcats

Benton Community downs CCA, 76-56

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VAN HORNE– The Bobcats of Benton Community handed the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers their 11th loss of the season Tuesday, Jan. 17, in boys’ varsity basketball. The Bobcats defeated the Creek Boys, 76-56, in Van Horne.
Benton Community took an early lead and won the first period, 16-6, and held a comfortable 36-21 lead at the half. The Bobcats were up 54-35 heading into the final eight minutes.

Women of Troy put up two more wins

Iowa City West girls win 69-45 over Bettendorf, 62-39 over Cedar Rapids Prairie

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IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy moved to a 13-1 standing in Class 5A with a pair of road wins over Bettendorf and Cedar Rapids Prairie.
West traveled to Bettendorf on Tuesday, Jan. 17, for a non-conference match-up with the Lady Bulldogs and prevailed, 69-45. West led 18-12 at the end of the first period, and thanks to a 24-point barrage in the second quarter, led 42-21 at halftime. The Bulldogs outscored West High 11-8 in the third period but the Women of Troy took a 50-32 advantage into the final quarter. It was Bettendorf’s second loss of the season.

Beat the Bitter is back

Second annual winter event on course to be bigger, better

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NORTH LIBERTY– How do you coax Iowans out of hibernation? With fireworks, a 5K and Snuggies, of course.
Those are just a few things scheduled for North Liberty’s second annual Beat the Bitter, a two-day festival filled with winter games and good cheer.

Man shot accidentally in Golfview mobile home court

NORTH LIBERTY– A 19-year-old male in the Golfview Mobile Home Park was accidentally shot, according to authorities.
At 3:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, officers of the North Liberty Police Department responded to 35 Golfview Dr. in response to a report of a 19-year-old who had sustained a gunshot wound to his leg.
On Tuesday, Jan. 17, the City of North Liberty issued a press release stating the victim reportedly did not know the gunman, and a witness stated that a black male, wearing a dark-colored hoodie, shot the victim with a handgun and fled northeast on foot through the trailer court.

Audit report for fiscal year 2016 available

NORTH LIBERTY– Winkel, Parker & Foster, CPA PC today released an audit report on the City of North Liberty for the year ending June 30, 2016.
The city’s receipts totaled $26,826,568, a 14.6 percent increase from 2015. The receipts included $8,053,179 in property tax; $4,509,489 in tax increment financing revenues; $10,096,467 from charges for service; $2,078,288 from operating grants, contributions and restricted interest; $1,673,552 from capital grants, contributions and restricted interest; $29,515 from unrestricted interest on cash investments; and $386,078 from other receipts.

Coralville man faces charges for assault with condiment bottle

NORTH LIBERTY– A bar fight at J&A Tap, 440 N. Dubuque St., over the weekend led to the arrest of a Coralville man, who now faces several charges that could result in prison time.
According to complaints filed by the North Liberty Police Department, Tyler J. Ratzlaff, 26, admitted to throwing a glass Heinz 57 bottle at another patron early Sunday morning, although he had no justification for why he committed the act.
Officers responded to the scene at 12:21 a.m. and initially met outside the bar with the victim, who suffered a serious laceration across her forehead down to the skull.

Council delays decision on mayoral vacancy

Special election automatically triggered by auditor’s office March 1

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty is still without an official mayor.
At a regularly scheduled North Liberty City Council meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10, council members decided to again postpone the decision to either appoint a mayor or hold a special election.
“I would suggest we hold off and not take any action tonight, and review again at the next meeting,” said council member Jim Sayre.