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A chance glance

NL man may have spotted the legendary Loch Ness Monster

By Chris Umscheid
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NORTH LIBERTY– Loch Ness is a 22 1/2-mile-long lake, up to a mile-and-a-half wide and over 700 feet deep located in Scotland. Legend dating back to the sixth century tells of a large creature, or creatures, living in the lake.

Giant balloon games at NLRC Sept. 16-17

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Recreation Center will join forces with Chad Johnson of ICBalloons to create the world’s first interactive giant balloon games event Sept. 16 from 3-7:30 p.m. and Sept. 17 from 2-7 pm.

NLCP Taste & Tour Sept. 8 at Growing Together Garden

NORTH LIBERTY– Join The Growing Together Garden, North Liberty Community Pantry's 9,600-square-foot garden, for its second annual Taste & Tour Thursday, Sept. 8, from 6-8 p.m. The garden is located on the west side of the pantry (89 N. Jones Blvd.).
The evening will include garden to table samples, kid activities, as well as pantry and garden tours.
For more information or with questions mail garden@northlibertycommunitypantry.org or call 319-626-2711.

Star Party Sept. 23 at Penn Meadows

NORTH LIBERTY– The night time is the right time! Join Take a Kid Outdoors (TAKO) and the City of North Liberty this fall to learn about the night sky Friday, Sept. 23, from 7-9 p.m. Contact Judy for more information or to register at judy@earthviewenvironmental.com. This is a family event, and children must be accompanied by an adult.

Clippers go 2-0

26-0 win over Mustangs

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers had little trouble with the Independence Mustangs Friday, Sept. 2, picking up a 26-0 non-district win and moving to a 2-0 record. Among the scorers for CCA were Kobey Schlottman with a first-quarter touchdown reception and Matt Brimeyer with a touchdown run in the second. Corey Siders scored in the third quarter for the Clippers.

IC West defeats Muscatine 31-27

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MUSCATINE– The West High Trojans improved to 2-0 Friday, Sept. 2, with a Class 4A non-district road win over the Muskies of Muscatine High School at Muscatine. West took the gridiron contest, 31-27, with Matthew Huff leading the way on the ground with 21 carries for 112 yards and one touchdown. Evan Flitz completed 19 of 28 passes for 210 yards of air assault, including one touchdown on a 40-yard pass to Oliver Martin. Martin took eight of Flitz’s passes for 111 yard as the leading receiver and also returned an interception 22 yards.

Tigers sink Women of Troy

Iowa City West falls, 105-81, to Cedar Falls

CEDAR FALLS– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy swimming and diving team was bested by the Cedar Falls Tigers on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Holmes Junior High in Cedar Falls. The Tigers sank the Women of Troy, 105-81.
Elaina Martz won the varsity 50-yard freestyle in 26.38 seconds, while Lily Ernst picked up a pair of wins in the varsity 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle with 1:00.90 and 5:29.09 performances, respectively. Alleyna Thomas won the varsity 100-yard freestyle in 57.08 seconds to round out the individual winners.

Lightning strikes twice in gridiron wins

Bolts zap Kennedy and City High

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IOWA CITY– The “Original Bolts” of the yet-to-be-opened Liberty High are making noise on the gridiron. The freshmen football team, made up of students attending Iowa City West High with plans to attend Liberty next year, put up a pair of wins for a 2-0 record.
The first football win in school history came Saturday, Aug. 27, at Cedar Rapids Kennedy as the Bolts blitzed the Cougars, 24-6, in the season opener.

IC West suffers 0-3 loss to Linn-Mar

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MARION– The West High Women of Troy suffered a 3-0 upset loss at the hands of the Linn-Mar Lions in the Lions’ den, on the outskirts of Marion, Tuesday, Aug. 30. Linn-Mar won the match, 25-15, 25-17 and 25-22, in a reverse of the teams’ last meeting. In 2015, West swept the Lions, 3-0, at Linn-Mar in a Class 5A regional final.
West came into Tuesday’s contest at No. 3 (Class 5A) in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s (IGHSAU) preseason rankings while the Lions were ranked 13th. The loss dropped West to 2-3 while Linn-Mar improved to 3-1.

Women of Troy 2-3 at WDM Valley tourney

5-0 in first set matches not enough

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WEST DES MOINES– The West High Women of Troy competed in the 2016 Marj White Volleyball Classic hosted by West Des Moines Valley High School on Saturday, Sept. 3, and put up a 2-3 record for the day. West knocked off West Des Moines Dowling Catholic 2-0 (21-19, 21-12) and Harlan 2-0 (21-19, 21-8) but fell 1-2 to Valley (21-17, 17-21, 12-15), Ankeny (21-15, 18-21, 10-15) and Cedar Rapids Kennedy (25-13, 13-25, 8-15).

Excitement builds for Lady Lightning

West High freshmen take the floor for Liberty High volleyball

IOWA CITY– Much like how Liberty High School is still under construction on the east side of North Liberty, the Lady Lightning freshman volleyball team is under construction.
“We’re building from the floor up,” said coach Whitney Lang.

Pumpkins and paintball

Zombies to infest Colony farm this fall

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s about to get creepy at the Colony Pumpkin Patch.
Well, creepy-ish.
In addition to pick-your-own pumpkins, the beloved corn maze and other kid-friendly activities, visitors to North Liberty’s local haunt will have the opportunity this Halloween season to “kill” zombies that have overrun the family farm.
“A couple years ago, friends of ours brought zombie paintball to our attention,” said Dean Colony, co-owner of the Colony Pumpkin Patch along with his wife, Katie. “We kept looking into it and finally we thought, as big as the zombie craze is, let’s do this thing.”