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Women of Troy return to state tournament

IOWA CITY— After sitting out the 2014 Girls State Basketball Tournament, the West High Women of Troy returned to the Wells Fargo Arena after knocking out Muscatine and Pleasant Valley in Class 5A Regional competition.
The Muskies were pan-fried in Iowa City on Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Semifinal Round 54-28, while the Spartans of Pleasant Valley were foiled 45-27 in Iowa City, during the Regional Final on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Trojans earn All-Division bowling honors

Kreiss on girls First Team, Wood makes boys Second Team

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IOWA CITY— The Mississippi Valley High School Athletic Conference (MVC) announced its 2014-2015 All-Division selections for conference bowlers on Wednesday, Feb. 25.
Home to Iowa City West High, the Valley Division named Victor Baccam, of Cedar Rapids Jefferson, the boys Division Athlete of the Year while Cedar Falls’ coach Brad Baker was named boys coach of the Year.
Rylea Bennett, of Cedar Rapids Jefferson, earned Girls Athlete of the Year honors with Scott Holman, from Cedar Falls, named the Girls Coach of the Year.

Morgan named Athlete and, B.J. Mayer Coach of the Year

Women of Troy earn MVC All-Division honors

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IOWA CITY— The starting five for the West High Women of Troy Varsity Basketball Team found spots on the Mississippi Valley High School Athletic Conference (MVC)’s 2014-2015 All-Division teams. The list, issued by the MVC on Wednesday, Feb. 25, lists First Team, Second Team and Honorable Mention selections.
Mikaela Morgan was named Athlete of the Year along with Steph Botkin of Cedar Rapids Kennedy and was a unanimous First Team pick. Senior Dani Craig was also a unanimous First Team pick.

Stokes is a unanimous All-Conference First Team pick

four members of the Clear Creek Amana varsity squad named All-Conference

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TIFFIN— The WaMaC High School Athletic Conference issued its 2014-2015 All-Conference basketball selections on Wednesday, Feb. 25, naming four members of the Clear Creek Amana varsity squad.
Hanna Stokes was a unanimous First Team pick while Lexi Kinnaird earned a berth on the Second Team.
Hannah Mougin and Kiley Seelman were named to the Honorable Mention Team.
The Clippers finished the season with a 13-9 record, the first time in four seasons the team ended with a winning record.

Raiders’ run ends Clippers’ season

Boys beat S. Tama, fall to Williamsburg on tournament trail

IOWA CITY— It was a familiar foe in a different setting as the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers faced rival Williamsburg for the third time this season in a Class 3A Boys District Final game at Iowa City West High on Thursday, Feb. 26. The Raiders won 52-49 in January, 59-51 in early February and took Thursday’s contest 50-37. The win ended the season for the Clippers and sent Williamsburg to the Substate 5 battle, taking place on Monday, March 2, against Fort Madison in Muscatine for a chance at playing in the State Tournament.

Bird’s eye view

Baby Skylar is every bit as brave as the eagle that watches over her as she sits in the giant eagle’s nest on display in front of North Central Junior High at the Bald Eagle Watch and Expo Feb. 7. Real eagle nests can weigh as much as 4,000 pounds. For more information and photos from the event, see http://soloneconomist.com/content/coralville-lake-eagle-watch-and-expo-a.... (photo by Lori Lindner)

County seeks towns’ support for Community ID program

NORTH LIBERTY– Will North Liberty be among the Johnson County cities that support a proposed Community ID program?
At the city council’s Feb. 10 meeting, Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert presented information and fielded questions about the program the county hopes to launch by June of this year.
Weipert also came seeking North Liberty’s financial support for the program’s start-up costs.
“That ship has sailed for us,” North Liberty councilor Chris Hoffman said. “We had a funding request last meeting that we had to turn down because the fund we pull from is depleted.”

Paying for progress

Tiffin approves five year CIP

TIFFIN– Make way for progress.
In January, the City of Tiffin adopted its most recent Capital Improvements Plan for fiscal years 2015 through 2020, and the to-do list is born of necessity, said Mayor Steve Berner.
“It includes needed projects. I don’t see much for wants until you reach years four or five, and those are there more as placeholders than as specific projects,” Berner said.

CCA and the school finance formula blues

Lingering uncertainty at state level leaves district guessing at budget

OXFORD — While legislators on both sides of the political aisle debate school aid funding, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District Superintendent Tim Kuehl is sure of one thing: it won’t be enough.
Kuehl has been outspoken this year regarding Governor Terry Branstad’s proposal of a 1.25 percent increase in state supplemental aid to schools, often called “allowable growth.”

City will appeal $80K award

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty City Council voted unanimously to appeal the amount of compensation awarded to a property owner in a disputed condemnation case.
The council discussed the case in closed session at its regular meeting, rescheduled to Monday, Feb. 23, before reconvening in open session to hold the vote. No comments were made in open session.

Reserve your space at North Liberty farmer’s market

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty farmers’ market vendor applications are now available for Penn Landing Market’s 2015 season. After last year’s pilot program, the market will be expanded and held every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting in May. The market will run through October.
Seasonal passes are just $230, with single-day passes available for $12 if space is available. Applications are available at pennlandingmarket.org/sell, by e-mailing pennlandingmarket@gmail.com or by calling 847-707-9999.

Birds-eye view

Coralville Lake Eagle Watch and Expo: attendance and eagles rebound

JOHNSON COUNTY– The weather was more cooperative this year for the third annual Coralville Lake Eagle Watch and Expo, held Feb. 7, at the Coralville Lake and North Central Junior High in North Liberty.
Last year, an early morning snowstorm and icy conditions kept attendance down, but this time, the sun was shining and the temperatures mild, bringing the best attendance the event has seen, including the birds.