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Creek Boys end the season with win over Sabers

CCA holds off Central DeWitt for 35-21 win on Senior Night

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) varsity football team closed out the 2019 season with a 35-21 win over the Sabers of Central Clinton, DeWitt at home on Friday, Oct. 25. It was Senior Night for the Clippers with Kaden Gisleson, Andrew Swails, Nick Gerard, Sam Stevens, J.J. Denny, Grant Jensen, Andrew King, Sam Noska, Zane Cunningham, Tanner Webb, Xavi Hernandez, Thomas Macumber, Kyle Pitlick, Eric Zierke, Landon Schanz, Grant Haman, Lucas Tenhagen and Gabe Jenn recognized for their contributions to the program.

Keeney returns to state cross country with district championship

Liberty High sophomore leads a Lightning trio to Fort Dodge

MARSHALLTOWN– Ashlyn Keeney is headed back to the state cross country meet.
Keeney finished 72nd in last year’s meet as a freshman and was Liberty High School’s only Bolt to qualify. This year, the speedy sophomore will lead a trio of Bolts after placing fourth in a Class 4A district (state qualifying) meet Thursday, Oct. 24, in Marshalltown. Keeney won the district championship with a time of 17:58.4, beating runner-up Emily Naughton, of Indianola, who finished in 18:20.9.

Five Creek Girls earn WaMaC volleyball honors

Bunch and Clubb are unanimous 1st Team West Division picks

TIFFIN– Five Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity volleyball players have received WaMaC All-Conference honors.
Cheyaenne Bunch, Calia Clubb, Hailey Pollock, Emily Sly and Gabrielle Bedford were named to West Division teams for their efforts for the Clippers during the regular season. The WaMaC East and West lists were released on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Bunch and Clubb were unanimous selections to the First Team, Pollock was a Second Team pick, while Sly and Bedford received WaMaC Recognition (formerly Honorable Mention).

Creek Boys return to state XC with their first district title

District championship for Brandon Barker is a CCA first

SOLON– History was made for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys cross country team Thursday, Oct. 24, at its Class 3A District (state qualifying) Meet, which was held in at the Solon Recreation and Nature Area.
The Clippers won the district championship and advanced as a team to the 2019 state meet on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Kennedy Park in Fort Dodge. The Creek Boys were the runner-up team last year, their highest finish to date. This will be CCA’s fifth state-qualifying team in the history of the program, and is their third district title.

Liberty Boys are state XC bound

Bolts’ runners are the first team in school history to make it to state

MARSHALLTOWN– Another piece of Liberty High School history was made Thursday, Oct. 24, as the varsity boys cross country team earned a place on the starting line of the 2019 Class 4A state meet in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Nov. 2.
The Bolts finished third in team points in a district (state qualifying) meet at the Marshalltown Community College course behind champion (and Mississippi Valley Conference rival) Cedar Rapids Prairie, and runner-up Johnston.

Making Halloween a fun time for all kids

Miracles in Motion hosts a Halloween event focused on those with special needs

SWISHER– A Knight in shining armor, skeletons in a stable, kids in costumes and friendly horses were all in the spotlight Saturday, Oct. 26, as Miracles in Motion hosted its third “Boo at the Barn” Halloween event at its facility near Swisher.

Diventures celebrates Grand Opening of New North Liberty location Nov. 2

Complimentary swim and scuba lessons, seminars, special offers, raffle prizes, live music, food and more during a daylong grand opening event

NORTH LIBERTY– The new Diventures location in North Liberty is officially open for business. The state-of-the-art facility brings a new swim program and expanded scuba and travel offerings to the growing area.

Spooky shenanigans

Haunted Happenings fill NL’s Rec Center with Halloween family fun

NORTH LIBERTY– For two evenings, part of the North Liberty Recreation Center was turned into a hall of Halloween havoc as the City of North Liberty and the North Liberty Optimist Club sponsored their annual Haunted Happenings. Families took part in a variety of Halloween-themed games and activities on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 24 and 25.
Set up for the event started on Monday, Oct. 21, and wrapped up at 5 p.m. on Thursday, an hour-and-a-half before the doors opened. Between 300-500 kids and their parents/grandparents/guardians were expected each night.

Courage Ride raises $100,000 for Sarcoma Cancer Research at the University of Iowa

IOWA CITY– Courage Ride, a bicycle ride raising funds for Sarcoma Cancer research, presented a check for $100,000 to the University of Iowa’s Sarcoma Research Program during an Oct. 23 ceremony at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Ben Millr and Dr. Munir Tanas accepted the check on behalf of the center’s Sarcoma Cancer Research Program.
Over the past 15 years, Courage Ride has raised over $610,000 for Sarcoma Cancer research– having a major impact on cancer patients and families who benefit from the research.

Five candidates running for Tiffin City Council

Introducing Lexi Rector, Melissa Arey, Christine Olney

TIFFIN– Five candidates are on the Tuesday, Nov. 5, ballot for Tiffin City Council as incumbent Peggy Upton, Melissa Arey, Christine Olney, Lexi Rector and Rodney Walls will battle for two, four-year terms.
Tiffin residents will also see a library levy on the ballot. If passed (50 percent required), the Tiffin Public Library Support Levy would increase from .10 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation to .27 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, “for the purpose of offsetting general fund expenses for the City of Tiffin’s annual operating budget.” Collection would begin on July 1, 2020.

Your guide to Trick-or-Treat Hours across the North Liberty Leader area

NORTH LIBERTY– Halloween, or “All Hallows Eve,” or “Hallowe’en,” if you prefer a truly vintage variation, is of course Thursday, Oct. 31. Municipalities set their own official hours for trick-or-treating, generally from near sunset to mid-evening. Below are the times as compiled from across the Leader’s coverage area.
North Liberty — Thursday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Four running for three council seats in Oxford

Introducing Patricia “Pat” Lewis

OXFORD– Four candidates are on the ballot for three city council seats in Oxford.
Incumbent Lorena Weppler is joined by challengers David Cook, Bryan Cooling and Patricia Lewis for three seats on the council, with a four-year term.