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Girls’ shuttle hurdle, Drew Wagner win at WaMaC meet

Clipper girls ninth, boys 13th in conference super meet

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MAQUOKETA– The winning ways continued for Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) girls shuttle hurdle relay team at the WaMaC Conference Super Meet Thursday, May 7, at Maquoketa.
Mia Smith, Corrine Schwarting, Megan Lukas and Natalie Brimeyer put yet another win in the books as they completed the event in 1:05.51, a full second ahead of second-place West Delaware.
Overall, the Clipper girls were ninth in team points with 35, while Solon won the meet with 123.

Women of Troy take second at Prairie Relays

Gretter, Young, Dusterhoft, Willis and shuttle hurdle relay post second-place finishes

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CEDAR RAPIDS– A quintet of second-place finishes helped propel the West High Women of Troy to a second-place team finish in the 2015 Cedar Rapids Prairie Girls Relays Monday, May 4, at Kingston Stadium. The host Prairie Hawks won the meet with 139 points followed by West with 84. Davenport West, Cedar Rapids Washington, Cedar Rapids Xavier, Waterloo West and North Scott rounded out the field.

NL pantry garden project gets off the ground with ribbon cutting

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Community Pantry is ready to cultivate a new generation of gardeners.
Community members officially celebrated the pantry’s new project, the Growing Together Garden, with a ribbon cutting, poetry reading and tree planting on Saturday, April 25. Funded by a $38,850 grant from the Wellmark Foundation and matching dollars raised throughout the community, as well as in-kind donations of time, materials and labor, the garden is an extension of the pantry’s services to provide food to those in need.

ICCSD plans more community engagement for boundary talks

Drawing the line, take five

IOWA CITY– The introduction of yet another set of secondary school attendance boundaries was met with disapproval and disappointment from ICCSD community members.
Administration presented the fifth round of boundary scenarios at the Tuesday, April 28, board meeting with three maps making the cut so far.
The first was 5B, previously referenced as 4B, which did not change from its last iteration. This map takes into account geographic areas while also balancing demographic distribution.

Something’s brewing in the Corridor

Kirkwood Community College, NL business capitalize on home brewing popularity

CEDAR RAPIDS– When Kirkwood Program Developer Matt Murphy first started brewing his own beer two years ago, he had a lot of questions.
In search of answers, he turned to YouTube, and found dozens upon dozens of videos produced by a young beer enthusiast who went by the handle, terpsichoreankid.
“He was one of my biggest resources starting out,” Murphy said.
“This one guy” turned out to be someone right in his own backyard; Joe Williams, a home brewing expert and owner of the Marion and North Liberty home brew supply stores, BIY (Brew It Yourself).

Highway 965 to experience detours now through July

NORTH LIBERTY– Pavement removal on Highway 965 necessitates closing Highway 965 south of the intersection with 230th Street and Pheasant Lane through the Dubuque Street intersection, including the intersection at 240th Street/Scales Bend Road.
This phase includes widening Highway 965, flattening the highway’s banked curve, adding traffic signals at Scales Bend Road, adding trails and sidewalks, and other safety and aesthetic improvements. The work is expected to last into July.

North Liberty’s citywide garage sales to be held June 13

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty citywide garage sales will be held Saturday, June 13. A master list of sales will be distributed on June 11 via the City of North Liberty’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/NorthLiberty, and at http://bit.ly/NL-Garage-Sale-List-2015. Those interested in adding a garage sale to the list should visit http://bit.ly/NL-add-a-garage-sale and fill out the online form or email lydiafine3@gmail.com with any further questions.

Vintage Soul

Fashion, furnishings to feed the soul

NORTH LIBERTY– Looking for something that speaks to your soul?
Old or new, you could find the perfect thing at the new Vintage Soul boutique in North Liberty.
Co-owners and mother-daughter duo Yolanda Halferty and Dakota Zirbel opened the new shop this week in Liberty Plaza off Highway 965, offering a colorful medley of women’s clothing and home décor items, jewelry and tchotchkes that will blend well with any taste.
The clothing and some items are new, others are vintage, but all have been carefully selected by the two women because of their unique qualities and special appeal.

CCA girls fourth, boys sixth in home meet April 30

TIFFIN– The Solon Lady Spartans and Mount Vernon Mustangs took the top honors at Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Pacha Relays in Tiffin Thursday, April 30. Solon led the eight-team field with 183 total team points followed by Mount Vernon, Williamsburg, the host Clippers (88 team points), Davenport Assumption, Tipton, Iowa City Regina and Durant. The Mustangs led the 10-team boys field with 123 points followed by Regina, Solon, Williamsburg, Monticello, CCA, Tipton, Assumption, Durant and Wilton.

Five wins for Women of Troy in home meet

Moore, Willis, Haight, Dusterhoft and shuttle hurdle reign

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IOWA CITY– West High’s Women of Troy put five wins in the book at their home meet Thursday, April 30. Olivia Moore won the 3,000-meter run in 10:58.07; Alex Willis took the high jump with a 5-2 leap; Chandler Haight took the shot put with a 35-10 throw; Leah Dusterhoft flung the discus 125-7 for the win; and Ally Bauer, Haley Roudabush, Kia Noibi and Grace Young teamed for the 4x100-meter shuttle hurdle relay win in 1:10.03.

Clippers break even in two days of play

CCA falls to West Liberty, sinks V-S

TIFFIN– Frank Sinatra once sang, “Riding high in April, shot down in May.” For Tim Benson and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys soccer team, it was the opposite Monday and Tuesday, April 27 and 28.
The Clippers suffered their first loss of the season on Monday, falling 2-0 to West Liberty, but rebounded the next day with a 5-0 win over Vinton-Shellsburg.
“We caught a good team on a night they were playing well, and we didn’t play our best,” Benson said of the West Liberty game.

Top-10 finishes for both IC West and CCA at Drake Relays in Des Moines

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DES MOINES– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Iowa City West High schools were represented at the 2015 Drake Relays held at Drake University in Des Moines from Wednesday, April 22, through Saturday, April 25.
Three West High athletes had top-10 finishes. Valerie Welch finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a finals time of 15.13 seconds and was fifth in the 400-meter hurdles in 65.72 seconds. Bailey Nock was sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:14.32 and Leah Dusterhoft was 10th in the discus with a 127-foot throw.