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North Liberty Leader

Tiffin Fire Association needs more EMTs

An opportunity to serve

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Night and day; rain, shine or snow; weekdays and weekends; a group of trained, experienced and highly motivated volunteers stands ready to respond to emergencies in Tiffin and the surrounding area.
And, with more and more calls every year, they could use some additional help.

Trojans, to the Dome!

West High makes first state semifinal appearance since 2002 with win over CR Prairie

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– After baffling the pundits with an upset win over Bettendorf on Oct. 28 in a Class 4A first round battle, the Iowa City West High Trojans made another statement a week later as they knocked off Cedar Rapids Prairie, 38-21, on Prairie’s John Wall Field in the quarterfinal round Friday, Nov. 4.

Women of Troy bite the Bulldogs

Iowa City West wins, 3-2, over Bettendorf and returns to state volleyball tournament

IOWA CITY– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy overcame the Bettendorf Bulldogs’ tricks for a sweet treat on Halloween, as they pulled off a 3-2 win in a Class 5A regional volleyball final and advanced to the 2016 state tournament for the third consecutive year.

Iowa City West has five First Team picks

Women of Troy earn MVC swimming honors

North Liberty Leader
IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) released its 2016 girls swimming All-Division selections Monday, Oct. 31, with five Iowa City West High students earning First Team honors.
Linn-Mar’s Kelsey Drake was named the Mississippi Division Athlete of the Year while Dubuque Wahlert’s Emily Snyder and her staff picked up the division Coach of the Year title.

Mississippi Division Selections:
200-freestyle: First Team – Alleyna Thomas. Honorable Mention – Mae Grahs.
200-IM: First Team – Melanie Housenga, Lilly Ernst. Honorable Mention – Jennifer Du.

Women of Troy 28th at state swimming

Ames takes team title at Nov. 5 meet in Marshalltown

North Liberty Leader
MARSHALLTOWN– Iowa City West High swimmers competed in six out of 12 events Saturday, Nov. 5, at the 2016 State Swimming and Diving Meet at the Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA, and placed 28th out of 32 teams in total points. Ames won the team title with 341 points while Johnston lagged behind in second place with 197. Iowa City High was 23rd with 19 points. West put a dozen team points in the books.

Norris and Ford are First Team picks

Women of Troy earn MVC All-Division honors

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IOWA CITY– The Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) released its 2016 All-Division Volleyball Selections Monday, Nov. 1, with seven Iowa City West High players earning First Team, Second Team, Honorable Mention or All-Academic berths.

2016 Iowa City West High boys bowling preview

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IOWA CITY– West High bowler Patrick Wood won the Class 3A State Bowling Tournament back in February. Odds are he would put up an equally impressive showing in the 2016-2017 season for Mike Mellecker and the Trojans. However, he’s moved out of town and his days in West High green are over.
But, Mellecker, the 10-year coach for West’s boys and girls bowling teams, is encouraged by the fact he has six returning varsity winners with a lot of match time.
On the flip side, though, he’ll need all six to be in top form on a squad with an even dozen bowlers.

Experience and newcomer alike boost Women of Troy on the lanes

IOWA CITY– Mike Mellecker has a problem, but it’s one he’s happy to have. Mellecker is the 10-year coach of the Iowa City West High boys and the girls bowling programs. His girls program went 4-10 overall last year with a 3-8 showing in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC). He’s got 10 starters back, including an All-Conference Second Team selection and two Honorable Mention picks. Mellecker also has a bunch of newcomers to the sport.
So what’s his problem? What to do with so much firepower.

2016-17 CCA girls’ basketball preview: All of the pieces are in place for success

Clear Creek Amana varsity girls’ basketball

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– P.J. Sweeney took over the top spot for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls basketball program in 2014 and has exuded optimism throughout his tenure. On the eve of the 2016-2017 season, Sweeney is even more encouraged and optimistic than ever about the Clippers’ prospects.
“With four-and-a-half starters and nine letter-winners returning, we have plenty of experience coming back,” Sweeney said.
But the news only gets better for the Creek Girls.

An Iowan for Iowans

Nielsen to stress Midwest belief system, public education if elected

NORTH LIBERTY– Amy Nielsen thinks North Liberty is the best place to live in Iowa, but she’s willing to make Des Moines “home” part of the year if voters choose her to represent Iowa House District 77 at the polls on Nov. 8.
“We have just about anything you could want or need right here,” said Nielsen. “I’m sure there are other places where people are proud of their community, but I just feel it so strongly here in North Liberty.”

Soft heart, strong faith

Phillips pushes amendment rights, economy in bid for state house

CORALVILLE– Royce Phillips didn’t always want to be a pastor.
Growing up in Forth Worth, Texas, he possessed a knack for math and science and had every intention of being a physicist at NASA.
“If I wasn’t going to be a physicist, I was going to teach math at the University of Texas system somewhere,” he said. “That was just the assumption.”

Library hosts autism-friendly browsing hour

North Liberty Community Library partners with Iowa City group to develop program

NORTH LIBERTY– Over 40 people attended the North Liberty Community Library’s first autism-accessible browsing hour Friday, Oct. 14. The library partnered with the Iowa City Autism Community (ICAC) to plan the event as an opportunity for autistic individuals and others with sensory processing disorders to interact with therapy animals and explore sensory stations and games.