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North Liberty Leader

More than just the score

NLYBS partners with Positive Coaching Alliance to remind players, parents, coaches what the game is really about

NORTH LIBERTY– Competition was always a huge part of Scott Rundle’s life.
Like most boys, he participated in sports from a young age, where winning was everything and it didn’t matter what it took to get there.
He remembered one classmate who broke an arm while playing youth football at the age of six. His parents and coach made the decision to tape his arm and put him back in the game, feeling he was too important a player to lose.
“That was part of being tough,” Scott said. “And all the boys recognized how tough he was.”

The Long Climb

Four NL firefighters will take the Fight for Air stair climb challenge March 22.

NORTH LIBERTY– For the third year, a few North Liberty firefighters will put on their full structural firefighting gear and climb the stairs of four high-rise buildings in downtown Des Moines.
And they’re doing it so that others may one day breathe easier.
Health and Safety Officer (HSO) Ryan Brumm, EMS Lieutenant Scott McCambridge, Firefighter Jennifer Vanderhoff and Firefighter Jordan Miller have volunteered to participate in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb Sunday, March 22, in Des Moines.

Iowa newspapers honor North Liberty Leader

DES MOINES– The North Liberty Leader was among the winners in the 2015 Iowa Newspaper Association’s (INA) Better Newspaper Contests.
Awards were announced at the association’s awards banquet during the INA 2015 Convention and Trade Show held Feb. 5-6 at the Des Moines Marriott Hotel. Entries were judged by members of the Minnesota Newspaper Association. Approximately 4,200 entries were judged by their circulation class in dozens of categories.

CCA Youth Football registration night rescheduled for March 23

TIFFIN– Due to no school on Tuesday, March 3, the Clear Creek Amana Youth Football Program registration for incoming fifth and sixth grade students during the 2015-2016 school year has been rescheduled for Monday, March 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Clear Creek Amana Middle School multipurpose room. All interested students and parents should come to the meeting to find out more about the program. 

Tri-County North Babe Ruth Baseball still taking registrations for older players

NORTH LIBERTY– Tri County North Babe Ruth Baseball is still taking registrations for the 2015 season. Registrations for 13- to 15-year-old players can be found on the website at www.nlbr.org. Click on the 13- to 15-year-old tab to print a registration form. Registration deadline is Tuesday, March 17. Email the player’s name to Nlcbaberuth@yahoo.com.
The 16- to-18-year-old registration ended Feb. 27. If you missed the deadline, please contact the league immediately through email at nlcbaberuth@yahoo.com. Find more information for both age groups on the website at nlbr.org.

Volunteers to plant trees for healthy, energy-efficient Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS– The City of Oxford has been awarded $10,000 in funds from the Branching Out program to plant street trees along Augusta Avenue, near Interstate 80 and at Creekside Park.
The Branching Out program is a cooperative effort between Alliant Energy and Trees Forever. Funding for a total of 44 statewide plantings valued at $181,923 was recently announced.

Lawns sought for voluntary soil restoration demonstration

Sign up for project by March 23

NORTH LIBERTY– The City of North Liberty, in partnership with the Johnson County Soil & Water Conservation District (JCSWCD), is seeking a North Liberty resident to volunteer his or her yard for a soil quality restoration demonstration project.

Come and get it

West Trojans to defend title, close in on four-peat performance in Des Moines

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
CEDAR RAPIDS– The Iowa City West High Trojans took a 23-0 record to the Class 4A Boys State Basketball Tournament after powering past the Cedar Rapids Washington Warriors, 79-50, in a substate final Tuesday, March 3, at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

Tigers dash West girls’ championship hopes

West gets past SE Polk, falls to WDM Valley

DES MOINES– The West High Women of Troy’s’ hopes for a Class 5A State Championship were dashed Friday, March 6, as the Tigers of West Des Moines Valley took a semifinal game 57-41 at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The loss ended West’s season at 22-3 while top-ranked Valley (23-2) advanced to the Finals.
The fifth-ranked Women of Troy opened their championship quest with a 43-40 quarterfinal win over sixth-ranked Southeast Polk Wednesday, March 4. West started the game with a 5-0 deficit before Mikaela Morgan could get West’s first basket of the afternoon.

Six Clippers make WaMaC All-Conference basketball teams

CCA finishes second in West Division, third in WaMaC

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN– Six members of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) varsity boys basketball squad were named to WaMaC All-Conference teams for the 2014-2015 season.
The divisional selections were released by the WaMaC High School Athletic Conference on Tuesday, March 3.
Drew Wagner and Jake Neubauer were unanimous First Team picks in the WaMaC West Division.
Cal Miller and Nile Rourke were Second Team selectees while Keyan McAreavy and Mitch Stopko earned Honorable Mention.
Williamsburg’s Dave Schlabaugh and his staff earned West Division Coach of the Year.

North Liberty Fire Department responds to mobile home fire

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Fire Department (NLFD) was dispatched to 115 Holiday Lodge Rd. in North Liberty on Monday March 2, at 1:45 p.m. to respond to a report of a mobile home on fire. First-arriving units found heavy fire and smoke coming from the front of the home. The occupant of the home, 70-year-old Fred Steven, was able to exit the structure. It is unknown if smoke detectors were functioning at the time. Fire crews had the fire under control in 20 minutes while clean-up continued for a couple of hours.

Shocking concerns from ACLU

Organization offers report of law enforcement’s use of Tasers

JOHNSON COUNTY– In the wake of the national spotlight on law enforcement officers and their use of force, recent report by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Iowa (ACLU-Iowa) on the use of Tasers has provided the public with documented information on policies and practices.