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Rios to represent West High at state bowling tourney

West boys second, girls third at regional tournament in Des Moines

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CEDAR RAPIDS– Kalen Rios, a senior, represented Iowa City West High in the 2017 Class 3A State Bowling Tournament held Wednesday, Feb. 22, at Plaza Lanes in Des Moines. Rios was the boys individual champion in a Class 3A Regional Tournament Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Lancer Lanes in Cedar Rapids and bowled a two-game total of 523.
The Trojan boys finished second at the regional behind team champion Cedar Rapids Prairie (3,141) with 3,115, topping rival City High (2,818) and Muscatine (2.729).

First round loss leads to consolation bracket woes

DES MOINES– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) only wrestler to qualify for the 2017 state individual tournament found rough sailing in the Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines. Quinn Murphy, a 138-pound senior, fell in 56 seconds in the first round, forcing him into the consolation brackets. Murphy won a 15-0 Technical Fall over CLGL’s Mitch Van Beek in the first round of consolation action, but lost a 9-8 decision in the second round to Tanner Abbas of CGD in the second round to end his tournament appearance.

Women of Troy halfway to state with win over Lady Bulldogs

IC West cruises past Ottumwa 73-37 in 5A regional semifinal

IOWA CITY– The West High Women of Troy moved to being one game from the 2017 Class 5A state tournament with a 73-37 pounding of the Lady Bulldogs from Ottumwa Saturday, Feb. 18, at West High in a regional semifinal game.
The Women of Troy held nothing back as they ran up a 23-7 lead in the first period with the first seven points coming from Rachel Saunders, who opened the game with a 3-point basket. Logan Cook made it 11-3 with a rebound and basket while Paige Beckner and Katie McGrane added three points at the free throw line in the quarter.

Making a big impact on the littles

Sprout Kids Academy offers top-of-the-line everything

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TIFFIN– It was a no-brainer for Aimee Pitlick when she was approached two years ago to be the director of a new childcare facility in Tiffin.
“I missed it. I missed the kids. I missed the work, the good things, the babies,” said Pitlick. “You have such an ability to make such a huge impact on them.”
Having already run Tiffin’s former Busy Bees Preschool and Daycare from 2005-2010, and with a business degree from the University of Northern Iowa, Pitlick was well prepared to take on the task of helping plan a childcare facility from the ground up.

Jury duty scam making rounds

IOWA CITY– The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office has taken reports from the public that they have received calls and or messages from a person identifying themselves as a deputy at the sheriff’s office. The recipient is informed that they have missed jury duty or they have a warrant out for their arrest. They are given the option of either paying a bond/fine or turning themselves in to the jail.

Second annual Beat the Bitter

Winter games and good cheer focus on the family

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NORTH LIBERTY– Wind chills in the teens didn’t stop thousands from enjoying another year of North Liberty’s Beat the Bitter the weekend of Feb. 3 at Penn Meadows Park.
“It’s nice to have something to do in the winter,” said Sarah Espy, of North Liberty.
She and her husband Matt Espy, along with their two children, agreed the cold temperatures were worth the festivities.
“It could be a lot worse,” said Matt.

Blood drive, bingo at North Bend Feb. 17

NORTH LIBERTY– North Bend Elementary (NBE) in North Liberty will host a special night of activities Friday, Feb. 17.
A blood drive with the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will be held from 2:30-6:30 p.m. in the teacher workroom with walk-ins welcome. There will also be a fun Rock and Roll Bingo night which will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria, so plan to stop in and donate the gift of life and stay to play some rockin’ bingo afterwards.

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
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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
North Liberty Leader
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.