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Iowa snags Northern Illinois grad transfer D-lineman Jack Heflin

You’ve heard of Prophetstown, Ill., Iowa fans. That’s where former Hawkeye defensive lineman and former Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema is from. He walked on, earned a scholarship and a...
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Youth athletes need good, engaged coaches now more than ever

The shelter-in-place and shutdowns continue and sports, for the time being, remain sidelined, at least for another week. Our kids, no matter what age, are tired of being apart from friends and...
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Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard: ‘If we can’t get football up and running, then we’re in a world of hurt’

AMES — Jamie Pollard is a big fan of analogies. The Iowa State athletics director has seemingly had one for every stage of this pandemic. During a virtual media teleconference on April 2, the...
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Delhi driver Mark Schulte ready to get back on track

Like many drivers, Mark Schulte’s race team is made up of familiar faces. His father, Bob, is a former driver himself and joins Mark in the pits and on repairs. Mark’s mother, Colleen,...
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Royal title for two Eastern Iowa equestrians

A picture is worth far more than a thousand words to two Eastern Iowa women. One taken two years ago earned a first-place ribbon and stirrup covers from the Royal Windsor Horse Show last weekend....
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Summer sports: Which area schools are in? Which are out?

The Gazette sent out a mass email to area athletics directors Thursday, asking for their plans on summer sports. These are the responses so far, and will add to the list. ALBURNETT — Will...
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Working out, hanging in with the Hawkeyes

You think the Hawkeyes can fly anywhere in Iowa City and get the royal treatment. It’s Iowa City and they’re the Hawkeyes. The Iowa City sea parts for the players. Sound of game show...
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Reactions to Iowa’s decision to play high school baseball and softball, plus questions we still have

Wednesday morning, Gov. Kim Reynolds gave the green light for high school summer sports in Iowa. Within hours, the state’s governing bodies for interscholastic athletics proceeded. As a...
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May Mascot Madness: Charging Czechs’ landslide highlights end of first round

And now, there are 27. The first round of May Mascot Madness, in which The Gazette is crowning a champion as Iowa’s best nickname among defunct high schools, concluded Thursday with sectionals...
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Photos: Cedar Rapids Kernels host “NoOn” Game event

The team invited fans out to watch a past game on the video board and enjoy an afternoon at the ballpark
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Jean Berger, Tom Keating and the aftermath of the decision to open up Iowa high school sports

It’s not as if Jean Berger left Wednesday’s meeting feeling a massive sense of victory. “By the end of the day, we had more questions than answers,” the executive director of...
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Vote for the best former Iowa high school mascot: Southeast sectionals, May Mascot Madness

The sectional round for May Mascot Madness concludes Thursday with the brackets of the Southeast District (even though Section A is more centrally located). Vote for one school from each of three...
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NoOn Game food, fun at the ballpark for Cedar Rapids Kernels fans

CEDAR RAPIDS — It was a slice of Americana, a moment of normalcy in a time of great abnormalcy. A mother and son sat at a table on the concourse of Veterans Memorial Stadium, watching a Cedar...
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Cascade tabs alum Nate McMullen to lead its boys’ basketball program

CEDAR RAPIDS — The obvious question for new Cascade boys’ basketball coach Nate McMullen was if he is going to have his team play a 2-3 zone defense. The answer to that question was...
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Iowa State men’s basketball 2020-21 look ahead: Guards

AMES — The Iowa State men’s basketball team wasn’t having a particularly good season before projected NBA lottery pick Tyrese Haliburton broke his wrist. It didn’t get any...
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Defensive back D.J. Johnson leaves Iowa football

Iowa sophomore defensive back D.J. Johnson announced via social media on Wednesday that he is leaving the Hawkeyes program. The 5-11, 185-pound sophomore started 2019 as Iowa’s cash safety....
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Iowa fined $5,000, volleyball program faces probation for NCAA violations

IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa volleyball program must vacate all wins over the 2017-18 and ’18-19 seasons, pay a $5,000 fine and face recruiting penalties, the NCAA announced...
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Gov. Kim Reynolds gives Iowa high school baseball, softball season green light

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday that Iowa school activities can reopen June 1. That includes high school baseball and softball. The Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School...
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Lisbon’s Cael Happel named Iowa’s Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award winner

LISBON — Cael Happel considers himself more than a wrestler and his exploits aren’t limited to the sport. The Lisbon senior excelled in the classroom and owns the reputation as being as...
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Vote for the best former Iowa high school mascot: East Central sectionals, May Mascot Madness

Geographically, this is the May Mascot Madness district that comes closest to Cedar Rapids, with entrants as near as Iowa City, Oxford and Mechanicsville. Vote for one school from each of three...
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