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Grand slam punches Trojans’ tickets

IC West returns to Des Moines with 11-1 win over Davenport West

IOWA CITY– Izaya Ono-Fullard punched the ball over the fence, and in so doing, punched Iowa City West High’s ticket to the 2017 Class 4A State Baseball Tournament in Des Moines.
Fullard, a senior, drilled a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday, July 19, at home, in the substate final against the Davenport West Falcons. The four-run homer gave the Trojans an 11-1 lead, ending the game under the mercy rule.
The Falcons threatened, in the top of the second inning, with two men on and one out, but a pair of strikeouts from Braden Houston stopped the threat.

Four Clippers earn WaMaC All-Conference baseball recognition

Schlotman takes First Team honors

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TIFFIN– Four varsity athletes from Clear Creek Amana (CCA) earned spots on the WaMaC Conference’s 2017 All-Conference baseball teams, released Wednesday, July 19.
Kobey Schlotman, Tyler Hallett, David Jensen and Cody Ogden were selected for the annual honors.

Girls’ AAU Barnstormers group tryouts July 29

NORTH LIBERTY– Any fifth through eighth grade female basketball players are invited to the AAU Barnstormers’ group tryout date Saturday, July 19, 1-4:30 p.m. at North Central Junior High (180 E. Forevergreen Rd.). Check in for fifth and sixth graders is from 1-1:30 p.m., with tryouts following. Seventh and eighth graders should check in at 2:45 p.m. to be ready for tryouts at 3-4:30 p.m. Note that players that are highly skilled, athletic and/or motivated may have the opportunity to “play up” a grade level. The fee is $10 at the door.

Liberty High registration Aug. 14-15

NORTH LIBERTY– Registration is nearly underway for Liberty High School’s first set of students.
Sophomores and seniors will register Monday, Aug. 14, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Freshmen and juniors will register Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
English Language Learners (ELL) and math testing will be Friday, Aug. 11, from 1-3 p.m.
Students and parents are instructed to use the district’s online registration to pay school fees before coming to Liberty High School to complete the registration process.

Liberty High ribbon cutting celebration Aug. 15

NORTH LIBERTY– The Iowa City Community School district invites the public to Liberty High School’s official ribbon cutting celebration Saturday, Aug. 12, at Liberty High School (1400 S. Dubuque St.) from 2-4 p.m.
The Liberty High Parent-Student Teacher Organization held a planning meeting regarding the celebration Tuesday, July 11, at North Central Junior High. More information will be shared as it comes available.

“Bolt” your driveway for Liberty High through Aug. 31

NORTH LIBERTY– Let the Liberty High School Booster Club “Bolt” your driveway.
As part of the first annual fundraiser, you can get a 3-foot-by-2-foot, black Liberty Lightning bolt painted on your driveway for $25. It is the logo only; no lettering.
All funds will go to the booster club and be used for projects and equipment that support coaches, athletes and programs at Liberty High School.

TifFUN Creek Fest returns to Tiffin

TIFFIN– Tiffin Fest was rebranded to TifFUN Creek Fest and takes place Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, at City Park.
The fun kicks off at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 28, at Bella Sala, with a balloon artist and bouncy houses for the kids and a bags tournament for the adults. The Cedar Rapids-based country band Lonesome Road performs a free concert at 7 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be available from local vendors.

Council members abort pilot transit program

Intracity service to run through August

NORTH LIBERTY– A poorly patronized North Liberty bus route will make its last stop next month– less than a year after it was launched.
At its July 11 meeting, the North Liberty City Council unanimously voted to end the pilot transit program effective Sept. 1. The decision essentially nullifies a contract with Johnson County, which enabled the city to use a SEATS (Special Needs and Elderly Assisted Transportation System) bus and driver since last fall.
“I think conceptually this is a great service,” said council member Annie Pollock. “I think we’ve given great effort toward it.”

Over 15k attend Blues & BBQ

A new look

NORTH LIBERTY– It was a year of firsts for the highly anticipated North Liberty Blues & BBQ, an annual food and music festival occurring the first Saturday in July.
In its 11th year, the event is still being perfected by its organizing committee to make the day accessible and enjoyable for all.

Just Tri Youth Triathlon Saturday, July 30

NORTH LIBERTY– Swim, bike and run at the City of North Liberty’s annual youth triathlon Sunday, July 30, starting at 7 a.m.
The event is for kids of all fitness levels ages 6 to 14. Routes and distances vary based on age group.
A parent and participant meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, at the community center, with packet pick up on Saturday, July 29, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Community Day at the farmers market July 30

NORTH LIBERTY– Locals are bringing the businesses of Penn Landing together to celebrate summer Sunday, July 30, at the North Liberty Farmers Market, starting at 10 a.m.
There will be bounce houses, open houses for the Penn Landing businesses, fun activities for the whole family and fresh produce and treats right from the market. There will also be live music by Vandello, face painting, and a cornhole tournament. The first 20 teams to sign up are guaranteed a spot, with prizes going to the top two teams.

Juniper Street parking prohibited

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council has approved a prohibition against parking on the north side of Juniper Street from the intersection with Dubuque Street for 228 feet to the west. This is to allow safer traffic flow.