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Scarlet Martin sets new record at 2019 State Swimming & Diving Meet

Trojan/Bolts place fourth in the state with two wins each from Martin and Aurora Roghair

MARSHALLTOWN– The Trojan/Bolts of Iowa City West High and Liberty High School took fourth in the 2019 State Swimming and Diving Meet in Marshalltown on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9.
West Des Moines Dowling Catholic took the team championship with 360 points followed by Ames (328), Ankeny (200) and West High (184.5).

Five Liberty volleyball players earn MVC All-Division honors

Fay and Hartman named to Valley Division First Team

NORTH LIBERTY– Five Liberty High School varsity volleyball players were named to Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division teams for their efforts on the courts this season.
Senior transfer from Iowa City West High Rylee Fay and freshman Cassidy Hartmann were named to the Valley Division First Team. Senior LeeAnn Potter was a Second Team pick while Addie Schmierer and Haley Hested were bestowed with Honorable Mention.

Lightning sweep the Mustangs, earn trip to state volleyball tourney

Liberty High heads for first state tournament with 3-0 regional final win

NORTH LIBERTY– A 3-2 Class 4A regional semifinal loss to Marion last year left a sour taste in our mouths, said Liberty High volleyball Head Coach Randy Dolson. That bitter taste was replaced by sweet victory, 32 of them in fact, in the regular season and got only sweeter as the Lightning knocked off Muscatine, 3-0, in a Class 5A regional semifinal match and Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) rival Dubuque Hempstead, 3-0, in the regional final to advance to their first state tournament.

West and Liberty place 11 on MVC All-Division Swimming and Diving Teams

Liberty’s Trent, Hajek, Martin and Klein earn recognition

IOWA CITY– The combined team of Iowa City West High and Liberty High swimmers and divers placed 11 members on the 2019 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) All-Division selections.
West High’s Aurora Roghair was named the Valley Division Swimmer of the Year with West’s Byron Butler named the Division Coach of the Year.

A big community meal for everyone to share

Annual Stone Soup Supper benefits NL Pantry

NORTH LIBERTY– At some point it is likely you’ve heard or read the folk tale “Stone Soup.” While the characters change from sneaky charlatans to Jesuits to soldiers, the end result is the same: strangers coming together for a common meal forged through generosity.

The start of a new tradition in North Liberty

Jack-O-Lanterns put the Ranshaw House in a Halloween spotlight

NORTH LIBERTY– Inspiration can come in many forms. For Jillian Miller, the community engagement coordinator for the City of North Liberty, a photo on a website inspired her to spearhead a new community activity. The result was a display of pumpkins carved by residents, on display outside the historic Ranshaw House.

Nefarious schemes and romantic dreams

“Dirty Work at the Crossroads” takes the stage at CCA High School this weekend

TIFFIN– Murder, mayhem and other nefarious events will take center stage at Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Performing Arts Center in Tiffin this weekend as the High School’s drama department presents Dirty Work at the Crossroads, or Tempted, Tried and True, a Gay Nineties melodrama in three acts written by Bill Johnson.

Creek Boys 2nd in 3A at State Meet

O’Connor cracks the top-10 with 9th place

FORT DODGE¬– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity boys cross country team picked up its second consecutive state runner-up trophy Saturday, Nov. 2, at the 2019 Class 3A State Meet in Fort Dodge. The Clippers, ranked No. 1 in the state for several weeks, lost to Dallas Center-Grimes by one point, 110-109, for second place.
Nick O’Connor, a senior, led the Creek Boys with a ninth-place finish in 16:29.5. Brandon Barker, a junior, was in the top-15 with an 11th-place finish in 16:30.7.
The Clippers were runners-up last year, for the first time in the history of the program.

Bolts sweep the Muskies in regional semifinal volleyball

Liberty’s 3-0 win over Muscatine sends Lightning to regional final

NORTH LIBERTY– The Liberty High varsity volleyball team moved a step closer to the state tournament with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-13) sweep of the Muscatine Muskies Tuesday, Oct. 29, at home, in a Class 5A regional semifinal match.
The Lightning earned a first-round bye with a 32-2 record and were ranked No. 2 in Class 5A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union. The Muskies were unranked and brought a 6-17 record into the contest.

The “O-Bolts” era ends in Solon

Liberty falls 14-7 to unbeaten Spartans in 3A football playoff

SOLON– Friday, Nov. 1, was bittersweet for Liberty High School as the Lightning celebrated the first playoff appearance for the varsity football team, and bid farewell to the “Original,” or “O-Bolts,” the seniors who have worn Liberty’s black, purple and silver for four years on the gridiron.
The Bolts faced the undefeated Solon Spartans in a Class 3A first round playoff game in Solon, and fell 14-7. The Spartans did all of their damage in the first half with a touchdown on their first possession, and the second just inside the second quarter.

Liberty’s Keeney 2nd at state XC

Keeney, Logan and Mac represent the Lightning in Fort Dodge

FORT DODGE– Liberty High’s Ashlyn Keeney took the runner-up spot in the Class 4A Girls State Cross Country Meet Saturday, Nov. 2, in Fort Dodge. The speedy sophomore finished the course in 17:44.1, behind Champion Camille Jackson, of Ames, who won in 17:23.9. Keeney’s Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) rival, Micah Poellet, from Linn-Mar, was fourth in 18:18.9. Keeney was 72nd last year as a freshman in 20:22.8. She won this year’s MVC Super Meet with a 47-second lead over second-place Poellet, and aced her out a week later in the Valley Division Meet.

River Queens end the Creek Girls’ season

Clinton upsets ranked CCA 3-1 in regional semifinal volleyball

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball season ended Tuesday, Oct. 29, as the Clinton River Queens pulled off a 3-1 (25-16, 21-25, 25-22, 25-16) upset in a Class 4A regional semifinal match at CCA.
The Clippers entered the contest after a first-round bye with a 23-14 record, and a No.14 ranking in Class 4A from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU). Clinton, on the other hand, was unranked with a 12-22 record.