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Preview: A strong nucleus returns for the Creek Girls

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TIFFIN– Good finishes in early season indoor meets coupled with success last season have given Clear Creek Amana girls track and field coach Jane Astor a sense of optimism and confidence. Astor, who has 27 years with the program, and assistants Teri Schultejans (10 years) and Bob Broghammer see strength on a number of fronts for the “Creek Girls.”
“We have a strong nucleus back and have gained some strong sprinters and middle distance athletes,” Astor said. “The indoor meets (at Wartburg and Cornell) highlighted strength at 200 (meter dash) and 400 (meter dash).”

West High track & field

West High boys run in final indoor meet of the season

Caruthers, Low, Nugent, Murley, 4x400 and 4x800 all victorious
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PELLA– The Iowa City West High Trojans ran in their final indoor meet of the 2017 season Friday, March 17, at the Central College Boys High School Meet at Central College in Pella.

A trio of Trojans make INA’s All-State Basketball Team

Lane and the McCafferys earn spots

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DES MOINES– The Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) released the 2017 Boys All-State Basketball selections with three Iowa City West High standouts earning spots on the Class 4A teams.
Devontae Lane, a senior, was named to the First Team as a backcourt player, Connor McCaffery, also a senior, earned a utility player spot, and Patrick McCaffery, a sophomore, was named to the front line of the Second Team. Lane averaged 15 points per game heading into the state championship game. Connor McCaffery averaged 19.6 and Patrick averaged 13.9.

West High girls compete at MVC Indoor Meet

Welch, Nock and Haight earn individual wins for the Women of Troy

West High girls compete at MVC Indoor Meet
Welch, Nock and Haight earn individual wins for the Women of Troy
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CEDAR FALLS– The 2017 indoor track season continued Tuesday, March 14, for the Iowa City West High Women of Troy as they competed in the Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) Indoor Meet at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.
Bailey Nock won the 3,000-meter run in 10:25.50, with teammate Gabby Skopec right behind her running a 10:33.75 for second place. Skopec also took second place in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:29.63.

Women of Troy pick up four wins at Demon Relays

Welch, Haight, 4x800 and 1,600-medley find gold
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MOUNT VERNON– Iowa City West High’s Women of Troy track and field squad competed Thursday, March 9, in the 2017 Demon Indoor Relays hosted by Washington (Iowa) High School and held at Cornell College in Mount Vernon.

Creek Boys get track time at ISU’s Classic Indoor Meet

Gerard posts best individual finish for CCA

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AMES– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) boys track and field team shared the Lied Recreation Center on the Iowa State University campus with athletes from across the state Tuesday, March 14, in the Iowa State High School Classic Indoor Meet hosted by Iowa State University.
Nick Gerard posted the best individual finish for the Clippers with a 23rd-place finish in the long jump with a 18-5 3/4 leap. CCA’s 4x800-meter relay team had the Clippers’ best finish with a 17th-place showing in 8:51.87. The Creek Boys competed in five events at the meet.

Total family care

Amana clinic expands to Tiffin

TIFFIN– Does a doctor’s office want to see new patients? The answer is yes– and no.
For the Amana Family Practice Clinic, such an increase meant its staff was providing important healthcare services to a largely rural community, but it was also a strain on the clinic’s resources.
Insert Tiffin Family Care, a new facility located at 110 Tall Grass Ave., an area that is quickly becoming a one-stop shop for health and well-being.

Theft, forgery charges related to Liberty View Mall construction

NORTH LIBERTY– The construction of Liberty View Mall, located along Penn Street at 595 Country Ln., continues, but one contractor hasn’t been paid for his concrete work.
According to complaints filed by police, Tony A. Pederson, 50, of Coralville, wrote two separate checks in December 2016 to Mike Accola of Iowa Concrete, both of which were returned for insufficient funds.

North Liberty man accused of sexually abusing young girl

NORTH LIBERTY– A North Liberty man has been arrested for the alleged sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl.
According to complaints filed by police, 38-year-old Jaime E. Restrepo- Vasquez, who lives in the 700 block of Prairie Ridge Road, committed sexual acts against the girl two times in February. On both occasions, Restrepo- Vasquez purportedly touched the girl inappropriately underneath her clothing.

North Liberty man wins $15,000 lottery prize

Fred Harris Jr. claims top prize in ‘Quick $50’ scratch game

CLIVE– A North Liberty man has claimed a $15,000 lottery prize.
Fred Harris Jr. claimed the fourth of eight top prizes of $15,000 available in the lottery’s “Quick $50” scratch game.
Harris bought his winning ticket at Yesway, 502 Second St. W. in Ottumwa, and claimed his prize Monday at the lottery’s regional office in Cedar Rapids.
Quick $50 is a $2 scratch game. More details about how to play this game, and the number of prizes still up for grabs in it can be found on the Iowa Lottery’s website, www.ialottery.com.

CCA board looks at changes to new elementary

Many points to ponderahead of September vote

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Once again the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Board of Directors finds itselfs pondering “brick and mortar” as a September bond referendum looms ever larger on the horizon.
Voters in the district will be asked to approve a $35 million bond issue for several construction projects including a new elementary school to help with overcrowding, which is forecast to hit both Tiffin Elementary and North Bend Elementary. All indications point to the new school being built on the east side of Tiffin adjacent to Tiffin Elementary.

NL student named State Bee semifinalis

NORTH LIBERTY– Christian Montover, a seventh grader at North Central Junior High, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2017 Iowa National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at the University of Northern Iowa, Maucker Union on Friday, March 31.
Montover is the son of Sarah and Doug Goettsch, and Nathan and Kim Montover.