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Spartans go down

CCA boys pick up first win over Solon in nearly a decade

TIFFIN– Jake Neubauer’s 17-point effort led the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Clippers varsity boys basketball squad to a 64-52 WaMaC conference win over the rival Solon Spartans at home Tuesday, Jan. 6. It was the first time in nearly a decade that the boys program was able to post a win over Solon.
Solon led 13-7 after the first period and had a 26-18 lead at halftime.
“We looked tired, sluggish, we only shot 24 percent and we were only down eight (points),” CCA head coach Steve Ottoson said of the Clippers’ first half performance.

Trio of Clippers crowned champions at Clipper Invitational wrestling tournament

CCA second in team points

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TIFFIN– The Golden Hawks of Mid-Prairie flew to the team title at Clear Creek Amana’s (CCA) Clipper Invitational Saturday, Jan. 10, in Tiffin. The Clippers finished second in team points and crowned three wrestlers: Connor Murphy, Quinn Murphy and Logan Viktora as champs at 120, 126 and 145 pounds, respectively.
Iowa City City High, Cedar Rapids Jefferson, Central City and Louisa-Muscatine also participated in the tournament.

Results for Clear Creek-Amana at 2015 Clear Creek Amana Invitational:

113 pounds, Daniel Brechtel (CCA): second

CCA girls knock off unbeaten Solon

Clippers 55, Spartans 43

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SOLON– The Clear Creek Amana (CCA) girls varsity basketball team rebounded from a pair of losses to Benton Community and West Branch just before the Christmas break and spoiled Solon’s unbeaten record with a 55-43 win over their WaMaC conference rival Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Hanna Stokes’ 16-point effort led the Clippers and topped all scorers.
The win improved the Clippers’ record to 4-6 overall while the Lady Spartans (12th-ranked in Class 3A according to the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union in its fifth weekly rankings issued Thursday, Jan. 8) dropped to 8-1.

Women of Troy make it 10-0 with win over City

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IOWA CITY– Dani Craig led the West High Women of Troy to a 74-46 win over crosstown rival City High Friday, Jan. 9, at City High. Craig put up 20 points, including four 3-point goals in West’s 10th-straight win. City High, on the other hand, dropped to an 8-3 record.
The West High ladies are back in action at home on Friday, Jan. 16, as the Linn-Mar Lions visit, and travel to Bettendorf on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Winter ice fishing event Jan. 11 at Kent Park

 TIFFIN– Johnson County’s first ice fishing event of the season will take place on Sunday, Jan. 11, at F.W. Kent Park, 2048 Hwy. 6 NW, Oxford, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. This program is free, family-friendly and open to all experience levels. Participants should meet at the parking area on the west side of the dam near the lake.

“I love this ground”

Local property owner fights City of North Liberty against eminent domain

CORALVILLE– Gary Weinman’s three children grew up on a pristine Johnson County acreage surrounded by farm fields. The family hiked and played in the timber among stands of mature trees where deer, foxes and wild turkeys still roamed unmolested. They waded barefoot in Muddy Creek for reprieve from the hot summer and skated across its frozen surface in winter. They worked to return five acres of row crops, through reseeding and restoration efforts, back into a rolling prairie landscape, ripe with native Iowa grasses and flowers as beautiful as they are ecologically important.

Find your bliss here

NL day spa expands its services to the community

NORTH LIBERTY- It was just last November when Diane Rinehart, Jennifer Babcock, and Kristie Klever began working together at Body Bliss Healing Therapies.
But this partnership had been in the works for much longer than that.
Though they didn’t know it at the time, Klever and Rinehart attended the same workshop in Des Moines in 2010, with Klever traveling all the way from Colorado to get there.
And it was Babcock who gave Rinehart her very first massage years ago.

Clear Creek school board examines security concerns

Construction progresses, questions arise about workers

By Chris Umscheid
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY — Construction of the new elementary school and the addition to the middle school are progressing, and the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Community School District Board of Directors is looking ahead to the next phase of work.
Once the middle school addition is completed in time for the start of the 2015-2016 school year, renovation will begin on the existing building, which will potentially put construction workers inside the building during the school day.

Blood drive to be held at the NL Recreation Center Jan. 12

NORTH LIBERTY– The University of Iowa (UI) DeGowin Blood Center will hold a blood drive at the North Liberty Recreation Center on Monday, Jan. 12, from 4 until 7 p.m. in the Gerdin Conference Rooms 1 and 3 (lower level). All successful donors will receive a Black & Gold winter hat.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment to donate blood at this blood drive, please call 319-356-2058 with an appointment time that works for you. Sign up online at: www.uihealthcare.org/bloodcenter.

Save with CCA college credit classes; info meeting Jan. 26

TIFFIN– On Monday, Jan. 26, Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School will host an evening devoted to information regarding college credit in high school at 7 p.m. in the high school commons.
With the new Kirkwood Center at the University of Iowa opening next fall, there will be more opportunities to get postsecondary credit while still in high school. This can save thousands of dollars in tuition or certification costs.

Six Appeal vocal band returning to CCA Jan. 29

TIFFIN– Clear Creek Amana (CCA) is pleased to announce that Six Appeal is returning to perform at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. Six Appeal is a high-energy a cappella group from the Twin Cities area.

Trojans roll over Prairie Hawks

IC West, 76, Cedar Rapids Prairie, 40

By Chris Umscheid
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IOWA CITY– Connor McCaffery led Iowa City West to a 76-40 Mississippi Valley Conference (MVC) win over the visiting Prairie Hawks from Cedar Rapids Prairie Friday, Jan. 2.
McCaffery, a sophomore, put up 18 points to top all scorers in a game that was overshadowed by the sophomore game, which preceded it.
It took four overtime periods to settle that contest, with Prairie pulling out the 88-83 win. In contrast, the varsity Trojans’ win seemed anticlimactic.