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Trojans second at John Ask Relays

Ali wins 3,200 run

CEDAR RAPIDS– The West High Trojans were the runner-up team Saturday, March 26, at the 57th John Ask Relays hosted by Cedar Rapids Jefferson at Kingston Stadium. Cedar Rapids Kennedy won the meet with 125 points, followed by West High with 93. Cedar Rapids Prairie, Bettendorf, Linn-Mar, Cedar Rapids Washington and the host J-Hawks rounded out the field.

Young but hungry

CCA boys eager to get on the soccer field

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TIFFIN– The 2016 high school soccer season starts on Tuesday, April 5, for Tim Benson and his Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers. With only five seniors on the varsity squad, he describes the team as, “Young but hungry.” A large junior class is coming off two outstanding years at the junior varsity level, Benson said, an achievement made without five of their classmates who played mostly varsity soccer: Wyatt Sedlacek, Trey Godbolt, Erick Martinez, Ian McDonald and Tyreke Williams.

Muddying the waters

Creek Girls move to 2A for soccer with seven other teams

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TIFFIN– For two years, the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity girls soccer team has been in the top five for Class 1A in the state of Iowa. This season the squad moves up to Class 2A along with seven other teams, including defending 1A champion Bishop Heelan (Sioux City) and state-qualifier LaPorte City-Union. Coach Matt Harding, in his fourth year with the program, noted 2A champion Ankeny and runner-up Pleasant Valley are moving out of the class and going up to 3A with six additional teams.

CCA and IC West run at ISU Girls’ Classic

West’s Haight wins shot put

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AMES– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) and Iowa City West High track and field athletes were in action Monday, March 14, at the Iowa State Girls’ High School Classic indoor meet, held at the Lied Recreation Center on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.

NL Council to rename 965

NORTH LIBERTY– What’s in a name?
The North Liberty City Council believes renaming Highway 965 through North Liberty will create more convenience, a greater sense of community for residents and wider recognition for people passing through.
Therefore, the council unanimously approved the process by which officials will re-name the town’s main north-south thoroughfare.
In the last year or two, members of the council have occasionally expressed a desire to call the road something other than Highway 965.

Eagle eyes

Another successful Bald Eagle Watch & Expo

NORTH LIBERTY– They came to learn about the birds and the bees– as well as the spiders, snakes and other Iowa wildlife, at the fourth annual Bald Eagle Watch & Expo, held Feb. 6, in North Liberty and along the Coralville Reservoir.
The free annual event, co-hosted by the Iowa City Bird Club, Iowa Audubon Society, Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Diversity Program and the Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District, provides kids’ activities, guest lecturers and an opportunity to join others in sneaking peeks at the bald eagles roosting and flying near the Coralville Dam.

No vaping allowed

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council took the first step in banning electronic cigarettes in the community’s public spaces.
At its March 8 meeting, the five-member council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance amendment to ban vapor products, commonly referred to as e-cigarettes, in the city’s designated smoke-free places.
“It was one of the shortest ordinance I’ve ever drafted,” City Attorney Scott Peterson told the council.

Everyone’s an inventor

STEAM Room Fab Lab offers possibility to create anything

IOWA CITY– If you could make anything, what would you choose? A bicycle? A new chandelier? A life-saving medical device? What would you do if there were no limits?
Kirk Cheyney invites you to find out. Cheyney is the founder of the STEAM Room Fab Lab, a digital fabrication laboratory full of machines, equipment, and possibilities.

Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper April 1

SHUEYVILLE– Shueyville United Methodist Men’s Pancake Supper will be held Friday, April 1, from 5-7 p.m. at the church.
The pubic is invited to attend and enjoy good food and fellowship with friends.
The all-you-can eat supper includes pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns and beverage. This supper is used to support mission activities both at home and around the world.
The church is located at 1195 Steeple Ln. NE in Shueyville.
The cost for the supper is adults $6, ages 3-12 $3, and those under 3 are free.

Color Fun Run to benefit CCA student programming opportunities

TIFFIN– A district-wide Color Fun Run benefitting the Parent Teacher Groups at all four elementary schools in the Clear Creek Amana School District will be Saturday, April 9, with a 5K race beginning at 9 a.m. and the 1 mile commencing at 10 a.m. This will be a fun, family-friendly event complete with color stations.
Both routes begin at Clear Creek Amana High School located in Tiffin and will pass by multiple color stations. Runners should be prepared for some colorful fun.

Runner-up, again

6th consecutive year at state tournament yields another second-place finish for West

DES MOINES– If there was an underlying theme to the Iowa City West High boys’ 2016 Class 4A State Basketball Tournament experience, it had to be, “We needed to play better.”
The West High Trojans, in their sixth-consecutive state tournament appearance, knocked off Des Moines Hoover in the first round and Cedar Falls in the semifinals before falling 46-39 to West Des Moines Valley in the championship.

New era for CCA Track and Field

Robison takes over boys’ program, sees opportunities

TIFFIN– After 10 years leading the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys track and field program, coach Tony Brack resigned last year, and his three-year assistant, Ben Robison, took the helm of both the boys cross country and track programs.
Robison is assisted by Karl Vogel, Jackson Litterer, Ronnie Hughes and Matt Hoch and inherits a squad with two returning state qualifiers in the form of Eric Douglass (1,600 and 3,200-meter runs) and Derek Toy (400-meter hurdles). Douglass is a senior while Toy is a junior.