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Methodist church offers support group Feb. 22

NORTH LIBERTY– Are you struggling with losing someone in your life from death or divorce or separation? Do you wish you could talk to someone else that has gone through hard times in their life? If so, please come to the First United Methodist Church in North Liberty, 85 N. Jones Blvd., Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in the library to meet with others who are struggling. Anyone over 18 is welcome to attend. Free to all.
There will also be meetings on March 22 and April 26.

School board green lights $190 million to complete FMP

It’s a GO!

By Janet Nolte
North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– It’s official: Next September, Iowa City school district voters will get the chance to decide if they want to commit nearly $190 million toward a general obligation (GO) bond to complete the 10-year facilities master plan (FMP) initiated in 2012.
At a special meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 31, the school board directors voted 5-2 to go “all in” on a bond proposal that would ensure funding for ongoing and future building upgrades, additions and new construction projects throughout the district.

North Liberty Leader’s Chris Umscheid takes a first in Iowa’s outstanding newspapers honors

DES MOINES– The 2017 Iowa Better Newspaper Contests announced, on Feb. 3, The North Liberty Leader’s Chris Umscheid took first place in the Best Sports Feature Photo division.
The Des Moines Register was named as the Iowa Newspaper Association 2017 “Newspaper of the Year.”
The awards were announced at the association’s Awards Banquet, Feb. 3, during the INA 2017 Convention held at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel.
Umscheid won first place in the Best Sports Feature Photo competition for Weekly Class 1 newspapers.

CCA Dance Team competes nationally

ORLANDO, Fla.– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Dance Team traveled to Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 3-6 to compete at the Dance Team Union National Championship.
The team advanced to the finals round in Small Varsity Pom, placing seventh overall. This was the first time that the dance team has traveled to a national competition. The team is made up of 12 high school members, led by senior captains Katlyn Ernst, Skylar King and Nicolette Rohret.

Solon pulls away from CCA, 82-50

Spartans spoil Senior Night for Creek Boys

By Chris Umscheid
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TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys’ basketball team was dealt another blow in a difficult season Friday, Feb. 10, at home as the Solon Spartans sank the Clippers, 82-50, on Senior Night.

Trojans send five to state wrestling

Brands, Rohweder and Aguirre crowned district champions

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MOUNT PLEASANT– Iowa City West High is sending five wrestlers to the 2017 state championships Thursday, Feb. 16, through Saturday, Feb. 18, at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines after a Class 3A District 5 tournament Saturday, Feb. 11, at Mount Pleasant.

Women of Troy roll over Panthers

Iowa City West blitzes Mount Pleasant, 63-33

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IOWA CITY– West High’s Women of Troy pounded the Panthers of Mount Pleasant, 63-33, Tuesday, Jan. 31, at home in a non-conference matchup.
West held a slim one-basket lead at 12-10 after the first period, but poured in 19 points in the second while holding the Panthers to only five points for a 31-15 halftime lead.
The Women of Troy continued the carnage in the second half with a 46-24 lead going into the final period.

CCA’s Murphy qualifies for state wrestling

Rohret finishes fourth at 145 pounds in district competition

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FAIRFIELD– Quinn Murphy will represent Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School in the 2017 State Wrestling Championships to be held Thursday, Feb. 16, through Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines thanks to a runner-up finish in 138-pound competition Saturday, Feb. 10, in a Class 2A district meet held in Fairfield.
Andrew Rohret (145 pounds) finished the day in fourth place and finished the season with a 32-17 record.
Murphy takes a 36-13 record to Des Moines, where he’s set to wrestle Skyler Noftsger, of Ballard, in round one of competition.

Clipper JV competes at WaMaC tournament

Schmelzer, Farmakoulas crowned champions

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MARION– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) junior varsity (JV) wrestlers competed in the WaMaC Conference JV Tournament Monday, Jan. 30, at Marion High School and crowned two champions and two runners-up.
Hunter Schmelzer won the WaMaC 7 bracket by pinning Mount Vernon’s Graham Bradbury in 2:34 while Gavin Farmakoulas won WaMaC bracket 41 by taking a 1-0 decision from Williamsburg’s Cole Cremeens.
Shiloh Robbins was the runner-up in WaMaC bracket 2 while Grant Jensen was second in WaMaC bracket 13.
The tournament marked the end of the season for the JV squad.

IC West and Waterloo West tangle on the lanes

Trojans sweep, Women of Troy split with Wahawks at Colonial Lanes

Iowa City West and Waterloo West tangle on the lanes
Trojans sweep, Women of Troy split with Wahawks at Colonial Lanes
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IOWA CITY– The bowlers of Iowa City West High competed in their final home match of the 2016-17 season Friday, Feb. 10, as they took on the Wahawks of Waterloo West High School at Colonial Lanes in Iowa City.

Trojan Swimmers compete at state

Oliver Martin crowned 50-yard freestyle champ

MARSHALLTOWN– Iowa City West High swimmers competed in the 2017 state championships Saturday, Feb. 11, in Marshalltown and placed ninth in team points.
West High’s Oliver Martin won the 50-yard freestyle event in 20.72 seconds and was third in the 100-yard freestyle in 46.36. Izaak Hajek, Sam Deyak, Brennon Keen and Martin brought the 200-yard medley relay to a seventh-place finish in 1:37.27.
Waukee took the team championship title with 259 points.

200-yard medley relay: 7, IC West (Izaak Hajek, Sam Deyak, Brennon Keen, Oliver Martin), 1:37.27.

Trojans earn MVC All-Division swimming honors

Bruns named Mississippi Div. Swimmer of the Year

IOWA CITY– The 2017 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division Swimming selections were released Monday, Feb. 6, with 13 athletes named to First Team, Second Team or Honorable Mention slots.
Linn-Mar’s Tom Belin and his staff earned Mississippi Division Coach of the Year honors.
West High’s Noah Bruns and Waterloo’s Landon Albro shared Swimmer of the Year in the division.
Chris Cruise and his staff at Cedar Rapids Washington were named the Valley Division Coach of the Year. Washington’s Cameron Kelley took the division Swimmer of the Year title.