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8U Clippers are runner-up at state

TIFFIN– The 8U Clipper Blue baseball team took runner-up in the Iowa USSSA state championship in the Hank Aaron Division in Des Moines on June 20 through 22.

Pictured are (back row): coaches Trent Dekoter, Adam Henderson, Jeff Cecak and Bill Nash; (middle row) Logan Dekoter, Tyler Henderson, Teagan Lenz, Ty Fuller and Emerson Hamer; (front row) Jackson Stevens, Owen Rosenberg, Carson Nash, Ryan Scholl, Landon Monohon and Carson Cecak. (Photo by Lindsay Nash)

Clippers 12U take second at state

ch Class C state championships June 13 through 15. The Clippers started bracket play strong with two wins by mercy ruling on Friday and Saturday (12-1 versus Ankeny Xtreme, 7-1 versus Wilton Beavers Gold). The Clippers struggled against the Jr. J-Hawks on Sunday morning, dropping to the consolation bracket with a 2-4 loss. However, the Clippers fought back through the consolation bracket by winning three games back-to-back on Sunday afternoon (11-3 versus Indianola Gold, 6-3 versus Full Count Blue, 8-4 versus Iowa City West Jaguars Green).

Parade, family event honors Mayor Salm

NORTH LIBERTY– It was a joyful event to honor a somber occasion.
When the news spread that North Liberty Fun Days– the community’s long-standing three-day June event that served as a fundraiser for local nonprofit organizations and ushered in the summer for the last 30 years– was cancelled this year, city staff and administration pitched in with a substitute celebration to honor the late Mayor Tom Salm, who passed away May 18.

First phase of infrastructure estimated at $5.8 million

On top of the city’s east side

NORTH LIBERTY– Mayor Pro Tempore Gerry Kuhl wants people to know; the city is addressing infrastructure needs in anticipation of the coming high school.

Blues & BBQ brings cold brews for all

NORTH LIBERTY– The North Liberty Blues & BBQ committee understands July is a great month to sit outside, eat delicious food and drink a cold beer. Blues & BBQ falls on July 12, and the festival will have brewed offerings to fit every taste: hop lovers, cider fanciers, beer snobs and those who just want a cold, refreshing pint.

School board reluctantly signs water, sewer deal with Tiffin

CCA “over a barrel” in agreement with city

OXFORD– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) School Superintendent Tim Kuehl prefaced the board of directors’ discussion of a proposed agreement with the City of Tiffin by saying it was not a dream agreement, but rather, “the best we’ve got.”
The agreement details how water and sewer lines will be extended to the new elementary school site at the corner of US Highway 6 and Jasper Avenue, and how the estimated cost will be split, with the City of Tiffin paying one-third and the remaining two-thirds becoming the school district’s responsibility.

Highway 965 construction begins, road closures to follow

NORTH LIBERTY– The next phase of improvements to Highway 965 between Penn Street and Pheasant Lane has begun.
Crews started work outside of the highway’s shoulder to add storm sewers. When detour signs and temporary traffic signals are in place, Highway 965 will close between Penn and Dubuque streets’ intersection. The closure is expected as early as June 30, but may not occur until after July 4.

Lane reduction on Zeller Street

NORTH LIBERTY– Starting this week, Zeller Street will be reduced to one lane between Front and Main streets so workers can complete sewer connections for newly constructed houses there. The lane is expected to reopen by Thursday, June 26.
During the lane reduction, Zeller will be open to two-way traffic, but traffic may be delayed by the work. Drivers are encouraged to allow extra time or find alternative routes.

Red, White and Bluegrass Festival to feature local, national touring acts

NORTH LIBERTY– North Liberty American Legion Post 1976 will be hosting a Red, White and Bluegrass Festival Thursday, July 3, featuring local and national touring acts, as well as a flag retirement ceremony and fireworks.
The festival runs from 4:30 p.m. until midnight. There will be a $10 admission. Featured bands include Fried Egg String Band (4:30 p.m.), Slew Grass (5:45 p.m.), Tallgrass (7 p.m.) Chicago Farmer (8:30 p.m.) and Evergreen Grass Band (10:30 p.m.). Food will be available from TC Bonez BBQ.

CCA lays groundwork for boundary committee

OXFORD– Rob Schwarz was blunt.
“Not everybody will be happy,” said Schwartz. The owner of consulting firm RSP and Associates (RSP) was referring to upcoming elementary school attendance area boundary changes for the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District.

Clippers fall to Williamsburg, split with Sabers

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TIFFIN — Clear Creek Amana (CCA)’s varsity baseball team improved to 10-7 overall and 7-7 in the WaMaC in the wake of doubleheaders against Williamsburg and Central Clinton-DeWitt. The Clippers dropped a pair Monday, June 16, to the Raiders and split with the Sabers Saturday on June 21.

CCA vs. Williamsburg
Lightning delays plagued the night as the Raiders took the opener 4-3 in eight innings and made the sweep with a 5-2 nightcap win.

Varsity, reserves have their way with Regals

IOWA CITY– The West High varsity reserve team shelled Iowa City Regina 14-2 Tuesday, June 17, setting the stage for a 4-1 varsity win at Regina.
In the reserves’ game, the Regals put two across home plate in the bottom of the first for a 2-0 lead. The game stagnated until the top of the sixth when the Trojans’ bats came to life with a 14-run barrage, led-off by Shane Sturtz’ two-RBI double. Spencer Shelton, John Collentine, Nick Spiess, Jacob Verry and Mitch Boxwell all drove in runs during the onslaught.