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With Ashley Joens back and promising newcomers, Iowa State women’s basketball setting high expectations

AMES — Iowa State women’s basketball star Ashely Joens has another step to take. Joens improved a great deal from her freshman to sophomore season, becoming one of the best players in...
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Former Hawkeye Jovon Johnson: “I could have been George Floyd”

Jovon Johnson was a really good football player at Iowa, and was the sharpest dresser on his team. He was from Erie, Pa., preceded from there to Iowa by fellow defensive back Bob Sanders. He always...
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Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz: ‘Change will begin with us’

Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz addressed his team Monday afternoon on the death of George Floyd and the national protest surrounding the actions of the Minneapolis Police Department. Ferentz...
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‘I had a blast’: High school baseball teams in Iowa embrace precautions in return to practice

Linn-Mar junior Coy Sarsfield’s opening day routine was much different than the past. He didn’t just hop out of the car, grab his bag and head to the Lions’ locker room to get...
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Practice huddles a lot wider as high school softball practice begins in Iowa

Tiffany Rave described her softball program as a “high-five, pat-on-the-back” kind of team. “This will be different,” said Rave, coach at West Delaware High School....
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Klemme Shamrocks run away with May Mascot Madness title

Supporters of the Klemme Shamrocks mobilized early in the championship round of May Mascot Madness on Monday, sending their former school to a state championship. “As you can see, we’ve...
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Cedar Rapids Kernels halve staff in another sign there will be no 2020 minor league baseball season

CEDAR RAPIDS — There will not be a 2020 minor league baseball season. No, that’s not official. An announcement has yet to come from Major League Baseball and/or Minor League...
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Cedar Rapids Kernels announce layoffs

CEDAR RAPIDS — With a baseball season looking doubtful with each passing day, the Cedar Rapids Kernels announced layoffs on Monday. CEO Doug Nelson said the team “regrettingly announce...
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Iowa high school softball preseason rankings: North Linn is No. 1 in Class 2A

They are defending state champions. Their roster returns, nearly intact. As a result, the North Linn Lynx will begin an abbreviated 2020 softball season ranked No. 1 in Class 2A. The Iowa Girls...
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Vote for the best former Iowa high school mascot: State championship round, May Mascot Madness

Championship Monday has arrived for May Mascot Madness. This began three weeks ago with an 81-team field of defunct Iowa high schools, in an effort to determine the best nickname of days gone...
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Many eyes fixed on the return of Iowa high school summer sports

It’s an uncertain path into unchartered territory. Prep baseball and softball inherited the unenviable task of blazing a trail for others to follow — or avoid — for the return of...
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Your guide to Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area: Trails to explore and birds to discover

Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area is one of the premier birding spots in Iowa. More than 300 bird species have been recorded within the boundaries of the area. This is largely due to its size and...
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Former Hawkeye Zach McCool carries on despite rare blood disease

WAUKEE — Zach McCool has always embraced challenges. The steeper the odds the more excited he was to overcome them. And, if anyone uttered words like can’t or won’t, McCool...
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Power Five leagues ask Congress for athlete compensation law

The Power Five conference commissioners are asking Congress to move forward with federal legislation regarding compensation for college athletes. The commissioners of the Atlantic Coast Conference,...
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Shamrocks, Cattlefeeders, Thunderhawks advance to May Mascot Madness final

The stage is set for the climax of May Mascot Madness. The three top seeds advanced from Friday’s substate round and advance to Monday’s state-championship competition, which will...
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Former Cedar Rapids RoughRider Gerry Mayhew named MVP of American Hockey League

CEDAR RAPIDS — Former Cedar Rapids RoughRiders forward Gerry Mayhew was named Friday the winner of the Les Cunningham Award as the most valuable player of the American Hockey League. Mayhew...
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Love of motocross runs in this Iowa family

It’s been said parenthood requires love, not DNA. That sentiment could not be more true for Chad and Kelly Leidigh of Robins. The couple have been together nearly two decades and have built a...
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Why Matt Campbell has confidence in Iowa State’s offensive line despite losing 4 starters

AMES — When football returns, in whatever capacity, Iowa State coach Matt Campbell can sleep well knowing his defense should be able to anchor the team. The Cyclones return nine of 11 starters...
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Ryan Mahaffey seeks to ‘build on the foundation’ in 2nd year as UNI offensive coordinator

CEDAR FALLS — Hero Sports ranking Northern Iowa No. 3 in its preseason FCS rankings published this week Northern is yet another confirmation of exceptionally high expectations for the 2020...
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Iowa's Patrick McCaffery gets hardship waiver approved

Iowa men’s basketball forward Patrick McCaffery’s hardship waiver petition has been approved by the Big Ten Conference, restoring his freshman year of eligibility. McCaffery played in...
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