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Clippers go 2-0

26-0 win over Mustangs

TIFFIN– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers had little trouble with the Independence Mustangs Friday, Sept. 2, picking up a 26-0 non-district win and moving to a 2-0 record. Among the scorers for CCA were Kobey Schlottman with a first-quarter touchdown reception and Matt Brimeyer with a touchdown run in the second. Corey Siders scored in the third quarter for the Clippers.

IC West defeats Muscatine 31-27

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MUSCATINE– The West High Trojans improved to 2-0 Friday, Sept. 2, with a Class 4A non-district road win over the Muskies of Muscatine High School at Muscatine. West took the gridiron contest, 31-27, with Matthew Huff leading the way on the ground with 21 carries for 112 yards and one touchdown. Evan Flitz completed 19 of 28 passes for 210 yards of air assault, including one touchdown on a 40-yard pass to Oliver Martin. Martin took eight of Flitz’s passes for 111 yard as the leading receiver and also returned an interception 22 yards.

Tigers sink Women of Troy

Iowa City West falls, 105-81, to Cedar Falls

CEDAR FALLS– The Iowa City West High Women of Troy swimming and diving team was bested by the Cedar Falls Tigers on Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Holmes Junior High in Cedar Falls. The Tigers sank the Women of Troy, 105-81.
Elaina Martz won the varsity 50-yard freestyle in 26.38 seconds, while Lily Ernst picked up a pair of wins in the varsity 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle with 1:00.90 and 5:29.09 performances, respectively. Alleyna Thomas won the varsity 100-yard freestyle in 57.08 seconds to round out the individual winners.

Lightning strikes twice in gridiron wins

Bolts zap Kennedy and City High

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IOWA CITY– The “Original Bolts” of the yet-to-be-opened Liberty High are making noise on the gridiron. The freshmen football team, made up of students attending Iowa City West High with plans to attend Liberty next year, put up a pair of wins for a 2-0 record.
The first football win in school history came Saturday, Aug. 27, at Cedar Rapids Kennedy as the Bolts blitzed the Cougars, 24-6, in the season opener.

IC West suffers 0-3 loss to Linn-Mar

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MARION– The West High Women of Troy suffered a 3-0 upset loss at the hands of the Linn-Mar Lions in the Lions’ den, on the outskirts of Marion, Tuesday, Aug. 30. Linn-Mar won the match, 25-15, 25-17 and 25-22, in a reverse of the teams’ last meeting. In 2015, West swept the Lions, 3-0, at Linn-Mar in a Class 5A regional final.
West came into Tuesday’s contest at No. 3 (Class 5A) in the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s (IGHSAU) preseason rankings while the Lions were ranked 13th. The loss dropped West to 2-3 while Linn-Mar improved to 3-1.

Women of Troy 2-3 at WDM Valley tourney

5-0 in first set matches not enough

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WEST DES MOINES– The West High Women of Troy competed in the 2016 Marj White Volleyball Classic hosted by West Des Moines Valley High School on Saturday, Sept. 3, and put up a 2-3 record for the day. West knocked off West Des Moines Dowling Catholic 2-0 (21-19, 21-12) and Harlan 2-0 (21-19, 21-8) but fell 1-2 to Valley (21-17, 17-21, 12-15), Ankeny (21-15, 18-21, 10-15) and Cedar Rapids Kennedy (25-13, 13-25, 8-15).

Excitement builds for Lady Lightning

West High freshmen take the floor for Liberty High volleyball

IOWA CITY– Much like how Liberty High School is still under construction on the east side of North Liberty, the Lady Lightning freshman volleyball team is under construction.
“We’re building from the floor up,” said coach Whitney Lang.

Pumpkins and paintball

Zombies to infest Colony farm this fall

NORTH LIBERTY– It’s about to get creepy at the Colony Pumpkin Patch.
Well, creepy-ish.
In addition to pick-your-own pumpkins, the beloved corn maze and other kid-friendly activities, visitors to North Liberty’s local haunt will have the opportunity this Halloween season to “kill” zombies that have overrun the family farm.
“A couple years ago, friends of ours brought zombie paintball to our attention,” said Dean Colony, co-owner of the Colony Pumpkin Patch along with his wife, Katie. “We kept looking into it and finally we thought, as big as the zombie craze is, let’s do this thing.”

Your input is wanted

CCA seeks public opinion on future facilities needs

TIFFIN– Residents of the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District have the opportunity to help shape the future of the district by voicing their opinions at a Facilities Planning Committee public input meeting on Thursday, Sept. 8, at the high school.

Meet Eric Ewald

New Van Allen principal already at “home” in North Liberty

NORTH LIBERTY – Eric Ewald is two months into his new job as principal of Van Allen Elementary, and he’s feeling right at home.
That’s partly because he is home. Ewald, his wife and their two kids live and spend their days in North Liberty already. For Ewald, living and working in the same community is a major plus. Moreover, Van Allen is a great fit, he said.
Ewald will bring to Van Allen an emphasis on what he considers his two biggest strengths as a principal: relationships and communication.
Relationships start with kids, he said.

North Liberty PD seeks public input

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Police Department has opened a survey to gather thoughts and opinions on the department .
The anonymous, confidential survey asks respondents about the courteousness of any contacts with the department, concerns within the community and other customer-service questions.
The short, 14-question survey is available online at eSurv.org?u=North_Liberty_PD_Short_Survey.

NL Treasure Hunt supports its community fund

NORTH LIBERTY– A treasure hunt, with a grand prize of four tickets to the Oct. 1 Iowa Hawkeyes’ football game versus Northwestern, is set to help raise funds and awareness of the North Liberty Community Fund (NLCF).
Entry fees for the Grow Our Community Treasure Hunt are $25. Participants will visit local businesses to collect stamps on a Community Fund card, from Sept. 2 to 11, and then submit completed cards for a chance to win the prize drawing. To sign up and get your card with the first business stamp, visit Great Western Bank in North Liberty on Sept. 2.