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Why the Big 12 is moving forward with fall football season after Big Ten, Pac-12 cancellations

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 14, 2020 - 5:02pm
AMES — When the Big Ten and Pac-12 canceled their fall sports seasons, many thought the other Power 5 conferences would follow suit. After the Big 12 announced it would try to play football...
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Missouri Valley Conference cancels fall sports

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 14, 2020 - 3:40pm
CEDAR FALLS — The Missouri Valley Conference announced the cancellation of its fall sports conference schedules and championships Friday afternoon and said it will look to move competition to...
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'Frustration, anger, disappointment' — Hawkeye moms and dads question Big Ten

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 14, 2020 - 3:17pm
This was 181 parents of current Iowa football players, participating in video conference sessions this week to share their sentiments about the Big Ten canceling fall sports for 2020 and then...
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Benton County Speedway volunteers take pride in concession stand service

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 14, 2020 - 12:37pm
VINTON — John Scherbring has been volunteering in the concession stands at Benton County Speedway for 30-plus years to “have something to do for entertainment.” After graduating...
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Defending 3A champion Western Dubuque will battle a depth deficit this fall

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 14, 2020 - 12:14pm
EPWORTH — It was a comment that required a double-take. Justin Penner was talking about — raving about — Calvin Harris’ successor at quarterback for the Western Dubuque...
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Iowa football parents asking for answers from Big Ten

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 14, 2020 - 9:33am
Parents of University of Iowa football players have sent a letter to the Big Ten Conference protesting the decision to cancel fall athletics for 2020. They drew up a letter in a video conference...
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Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Kaylin Kinney, Jayme Scheck earn first-team all-state honors

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 13, 2020 - 1:34pm
For what seems like forever, Kaylin Kinney and Jayme Scheck have comprised one of the top pitching duos in the state. Last month, they were rewarded with a state championship. Today, they are honored...
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UNI football coach Mark Farley on canceled fall season: ‘It’s basically a punch in the gut’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 13, 2020 - 10:44am
CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa football coach Mark Farley had a visceral reaction to the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s decision to cancel its fall football season amid COVID-19...
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‘It’s a mess’: Cedar Rapids golf courses closed for cleanup after damaging storm

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 12, 2020 - 10:08pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — In a frustrating year that includes activities being wiped out by a pandemic, golf became one of sport’s safe escapes. Now, that won’t be a recreational or...
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A family tradition: North Linn’s Austin Hilmer decides to join brother, Jake, at Upper Iowa

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 12, 2020 - 7:54pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — If you haven’t noticed by now, having two Hilmers on your team is probably better than one. Upper Iowa University noticed, which is why it offered a scholarship to North...
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Veterans Memorial Stadium, ImOn Ice Arena sustain severe damage in Monday’s derecho

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 12, 2020 - 7:04pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The conjoined street signs for Rockford Road and Veterans Memorial Drive SW were flat as a pancake on the ground Wednesday afternoon. You couldn’t get a better visual...
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Instead of practice, it’s pickup Wednesday for Kennedy football players

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 12, 2020 - 6:18pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Giuseppe Gianforte won’t break any Kennedy High School lifting records. “I’m not the strongest guy in the weightroom, but I’m strong in the real...
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Commissioner Bob Bowlsby has confidence in Big 12’s plan for fall football season

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 12, 2020 - 4:18pm
AMES — The Big 12 board of directors, the university presidents and chancellors, the athletics directors, two players from each football team and a slew of doctors and scientists met for more...
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What impact will the Big Ten’s decision to cancel fall sports play on Iowa high schools?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 12, 2020 - 12:54pm
The Big Ten has canceled — or at least postponed — its football season. The Big 12 is still on. Both of those Power 5 conferences have teams from the state of Iowa. So, which way is the...
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Iowa high school cross country rankings: Linn-Mar, Mid-Prairie, Regina girls are No. 1

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 12, 2020 - 11:55am
Three area girls’ teams, including Class 2A defending champion Mid-Prairie, are ranked No. 1 in the Iowa Association of Track Coaches preseason cross country rankings, released...
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Williamsburg football has new turf and similar playoff hopes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 12, 2020 - 11:45am
WILLIAMSBURG — The football season officially began shortly after sunrise Monday for Williamsburg. The Raiders’ wakeup call had them at the field at 6:30 a.m. to kick off their...
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Hawkeye Downs cancels next 2 weeks of races due to storm damage

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 12, 2020 - 11:27am
With two Fridays remaining before the weekly racing points championships were scheduled to be awarded at Hawkeye Downs on Aug. 21, the track’s board has decided to pause before making any...
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UNI women’s basketball has high expectations for season that remains uncertain

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 12, 2020 - 11:14am
CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa women’s basketball coach Tanya Warren went “old school” with her team during the COVID-19 pandemic. “We actually took some time as a...
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Neighbors team up to race at Independence Motor Speedway

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 12, 2020 - 11:10am
INDEPENDENCE — Tom Schmitt and Hannah Chesmore are neighbors who live 5 miles apart, something fairly common in Iowa. A neighborly favor led to the pair racing together as teammates at...
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A football-free Big Ten in 2020: Surreal

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 12, 2020 - 9:41am
Anger is flowing on the shores of the Olentangy, Wabash, Mississippi and Iowa rivers, and everywhere else in Big Ten country. Coaches Jim Harbaugh of Michigan and Ryan Day of Ohio State can agree on...
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