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Clippers’ streak ends in Indian territory

Marion edges Clear Creek Amana, 15-14

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MARION– Throughout this season, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) co-coach Matt Hughes has said, “Sometimes the ball bounces your way, sometimes it doesn’t.” He has also said, “We had Lady Luck on our side tonight.” After a record six wins and no losses, the Clippers sailed into Marion to face the Indians Friday, Oct. 7.
The ball bounced the wrong way and Lady Luck was nowhere to be found as the Indians upset the unbeaten Clippers, 15-14, in overtime.

Creek Girls 3-2 at home v-ball invitational

CCA shuts out Mid-Prairie in tourney play

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TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers had a 3-2 showing Saturday, Oct. 8, at their home invitational volleyball tournament.
The Creek Girls swept Mid-Prairie 2-0 (21-15, 21-19) with seven kills from Lauren Helle, five apiece from Shauntina Williams and McKenzie Justice, 17 assists from Cheyanne Bunch and 13 assists from Sheyanne Koethe.

Creek girls suffer upset loss to Raiders

Williamsburg drops CCA, 3-2

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TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Creek Girls suffered an upset loss Tuesday, Oct. 4, at home, to the Williamsburg Raiders in varsity volleyball action.
The CCA Clippers came into the contest with a 15-13 record, Williamsburg sat at 8-13. The Clippers took the first set in commanding fashion, 25-12, but dropped the second set, 25-23. The Creek Girls regrouped and took the third set, 25-15, but fell, 25-15, in the fourth and only mustered three points in the fifth set.

Three Trojans named to MVC All-Division Golf Teams

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IOWA CITY– A trio of West High Trojan golfers were named to the 2016 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division Selections, released Friday, Oct. 7.
Cedar Rapids Xavier’s Brad Karpick was named the Mississippi Division Athlete of the Year with Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Steve Koepke named the Coach of the Year for the Division.
West High’s Kyle Spence, a sophomore, earned Mississippi Division First Team honors, Kyle Jenkins, a senior, was an Honorable Mention pick along with earning an All-Academic slot with senior Charlie Code.

Knights 2nd at Solon x-country invitational

Keeney wins for the girls; Gryp takes third to lead the boys

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SOLON– The North Central Junior High Knights ran in Solon’s cross-country invitational Monday, Sept. 19. Both girls and boys squads placed second in team points. Cedar Rapids Prairie’s middle school teams won both events with 39 (boys) and 54 points respectively.
Ashlyn Keeney, a seventh-grader at North Central, won the girls event in 11:57, while Bo Gryp crossed the finish line in third place with an 11:23 for the boys.

The Great Race

Third time the charm for Shueyville man

SHUEYVILLE– For Shueyville’s John Williams, the third time was not only the charm, but also charmed.
Williams, a retired teacher from the College Community School District’s Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, participated in the 2016 Great Race cross-country road rally and made it all the way from near the California coast to Moline, Ill.
This was Williams’ third attempt at the event, held annually since the early 1980s, and the first time he made it from starting line to finish line.

Fall hike, yoga at F.W. Kent Park Oct. 8

OXFORD– The beauty of fall goes quickly, so be sure to get out and enjoy all that nature has to offer. You can soak in the season with a morning nature hike and yoga session at F.W. Kent Park.
Join Serenity Yoga and Pilates Studio and Johnson County Conservation (JCC) for two fall sessions held on Saturday, Oct. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 5. Both sessions will start at 9 a.m. at the Conservation Education Center.

Slow down in the name of Liberty

NL city council approves Dubuque Street speeds, 4-1

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader

NORTH LIBERTY– Drivers expecting a return to a 50 mph Dubuque Street near Liberty High School can wave that notion goodbye.
At its Sept. 13 meeting, the North Liberty City Council approved a 35 mph speed limit between the eastbound and westbound curves along Dubuque Street, including the new roundabout. The 50 mph approaches from both directions will remain.

Better late than never

City of Tiffin moves to widen, modernize Roberts Ferry Rd.

By Shianne Fisher
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– With the extension of Ireland Avenue now complete, the City of Tiffin is ready to roll out another long-anticipated road improvement project.
A public hearing was held Tuesday, Sept. 20, during a regular city council meeting to address the widening of Roberts Ferry Road from Highway 6 to West Goldfinch Drive, a project Jay Anderson of Hart-Frederick Consultants said he began working on back in 1998.
“This was supposed to be phase one,” he said. “For some reason we did phase three first, which was the top half of Roberts Ferry.”

9th Ely Fall Fest

Ely Fall Fest attendees take a spin on the hayride at the city’s annual event, held Saturday, Sept. 17, featuring pumpkin decorating, sports tournaments, local vendors and more. (photo by Shianne Fisher)

Annual festival Oct. 8 at Colony Pumpkin Patch

NORTH LIBERTY– The Colony Pumpkin Patch kicks off the fall season Saturday, Oct. 8, with food, fun, games, demonstrations and more.
Activities, including the 5-acre corn maze and pick-your-own pumpkins, take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Weekend admission is $8 per person.
This year’s corn maze at highlights the North Liberty Police Department’s campaign to bring a K-9 officer and dog to the force. A portion of all the season’s sales support the initiative.

Halloween Moonlight Walk Oct. 14

NORTH LIBERTY– Come take a stroll around a decorated Liberty Centre Pond under the moonlight Friday, Oct. 14, at 6:30 p.m.
The pathway will be illuminated by hundreds of lantern bags and friendly ghosts will be set up along the way waiting for you to snap a picture. Snacks and a movie will start at 8 p.m. sharp at the North Liberty Recreation Center.
All ages are welcome but children must be supervised. The fee is $1 per person; children 2 years and under are free. Meet at the Rec Center south parking lot for the walk.