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Iowa outlasts Northwestern for 2021 DT Jeremiah Pittman

Any given year, if Iowa is going to make a push for the Big Ten championship game, that push is going to be fueled by linemen. One year, the Hawkeyes might have a dominant offensive line. The next...
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Misti Thompson misses her injured Xavier athletes

CEDAR RAPIDS — Dedication is an essential aspect of a successful career, especially for those who put the needs of others first. Misti Thompson always had a love for sports, growing up playing...
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Jaylin Richardson’s first spring at UNI was upended, but he could still contribute as a freshman

CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa football coach Mark Farley doesn’t know when 17 freshman recruits will be allowed to arrive on campus because of the coronavirus pandemic. However,...
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Vote for the best former Iowa high school mascot: Northeast sectionals, May Mascot Madness

Five old-time private schools are listed in Day 7 of May Mascot Madness sectionals, located in Northeast Iowa. Vote for one school from each of three sections. The three winners meet in the district...
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Solon literally goes down the hallway to find new boys’ basketball coach

CEDAR RAPIDS — Solon High School went just a few feet down the hallway of its intermediate school to find its new high school varsity boys’ basketball coach. That’s not an...
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Linn-Mar’s Carly Printy finds fame — 8 million TikTok views — through misfortune

Carly Printy’s 15 minutes of fame began with a 14-second video clip. That clip — which began with the Linn-Mar High School graduate hoisting a no-look 20-footer toward the basket on her...
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Bohachs hit their stride running alone during pandemic

In these strange times when the rules of what we can and cannot do — or should and should not do — changes daily, Adam Bohach wakes up every morning knowing one thing hasn’t...
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Eric Stenberg — ER doctor and coach — feels Iowa high school summer sports are viable, with certain restrictions

He doesn’t profess to be an expert, though his knowledge on the matter is higher than most. Eric Stenberg is an emergency room doctor. And the head softball coach at Benton Community High...
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Vote for the best former Iowa high school mascot: Central sectionals, May Mascot Madness

After taking the weekend off, May Mascot Madness returns Monday with setions from the Central District. Vote for one school from each of three sections. The three winners meet in the district final...
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Cedar Rapids Kernels announce a No Game promotion

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Kernels were supposed to have their first weekday noon game of the Midwest League season Wednesday. The coronavirus pandemic prevented that from happening,...
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North Linn's Bob Hilmer, Iowa's all-time winningest boys' basketball coach, retires

CEDAR RAPIDS — Through 57 seasons and 1,264 games as a head basketball coach at the high school level, Bob Hilmer accomplished an amazing amount of things. Heck, just lasting 57 seasons and...
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Iowa’s Ken O’Keefe bringing in the big Hawkeye QB names from the past to meet the new guys

Ken and Joanne O’Keefe have been married 41 years. Of course, you know Ken O’Keefe as Iowa quarterbacks coach and, maybe more notably, Kirk Ferentz’s offensive consigliere for...
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Eastern Iowa racers ready to get back on the track

CEDAR RAPIDS — Leah Wroten is missing her time behind the wheel. She got use to working 40 hours a week as a nurse and balancing a race schedule that features weekly appearances at...
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What the 2020-21 Iowa State wrestling lineup could look like

AMES — Iowa State wrestling hasn’t quite arrived yet under Coach Kevin Dresser. The Cyclones plateaued a bit last season after a dramatic improvement from Dresser’s first year to...
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‘Wacky’ spring has produced some strange happenings

Even apart from the pandemic, it’s been a strange spring, symbolized for me by the wacky robin who won’t quit hurling himself at his own reflection in my basement windows. Coincident...
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Vote for the best former Iowa high school mascot: North Central sectionals, May Mascot Madness

Day 5 of May Mascot Madness takes us back to the northern portion of the state, as the sectional round continues. Vote below for one school from each of three sections. The three winners meet in the...
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Dan McCarney is a former coach who still coaches

Dan McCarney can only imagine what being a college football coach would be like in May 2020. “The coaches I’m talking to have got to be crawling the walls,” McCarney said in a...
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Eastern Iowa auto racing community weighs options for 2020 season

Promoters, drivers and fans are working out the final details for the possible opening of auto racing in Eastern Iowa. Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids is scheduled to open a week from Friday,...
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After weeks of online training, Cedar Rapids gym owner makes plans to reopen

HIAWATHA — Zach Koch currently works with 75 athletes at his C.R. Performance Training facility. His clients range from eighth grade to professional athletes. He had to find a different way...
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Coronavirus forces cancellations of NASCAR events at Iowa Speedway

CEDAR RAPIDS — NASCAR announced Thursday a realignment of its 2020 Xfinity Cup schedule, canceling or postponing planned races at Newton’s Iowa Speedway in June and August. An Xfinity...
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