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Rubber matches for Anamosa-West Liberty, Mount Vernon-Solon will determine state berths

On the brink of its first state softball trip in school history, West Liberty is one hungry community. Close, anyway. “They’re really thirsting for a great experience,” Comets...
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The Tommy Effect: Former C.R. Kernels Manager Tommy Watkins enjoying big-league life with 1st-place Minnesota Twins

CEDAR RAPIDS — It was pointed out to Tommy Watkins that perhaps it is no coincidence the Minnesota Twins are on pace to shatter the Major League Baseball record for most home runs in a...
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Former local and area preps and former University of Iowa players who are in affiliated professional baseball. All statistics mentioned are through Friday lll l Jake Adams (University of Iowa): First...
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Larry and Penny Eckrich’s half-century in racing now includes Hawkeye Downs Wall of Fame

CEDAR RAPIDS — A half-century of building race cars and engines as the owners of Precision Performance in Cosgrove has earned Larry and Penny Eckrich induction into both the National Dirt Late...
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C.R. Kernels lose to Great Lake, top Minnesota Twins prospect Wander Javier continues to struggle

CEDAR RAPIDS — Wander Javier reached on a fielding error in the fourth inning Friday night for the Cedar Rapids Kernels. That put runners at first and second with just one out, the makings of...
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Kayla West’s 2-hitter leads Solon past Benton, 5-0

SOLON — For a program like this, three years between state-tournament appearances is a lengthy wait. “I know,” said Solon pitcher Kayla West. “We’ve been wanting...
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Lisbon answers early-season questions with strong close to regular season

Lisbon had some questions to answer at the start of this season. The Lions had the same expectations from last year’s memorable run that resulted in a state runner-up finish and a 36-1 mark,...
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Hawkeye Downs honoring past auto racing stars tonight

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 12, 2019 - 10:49am
It’s another special night at Hawkeye Downs Speedway tonight, and not just because the AIRS Vintage Cars will be part of the show. This is Wall of Fame night. The Wall of Fame will get six new...
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Megan Gustafson enjoying life in the WNBA

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 12, 2019 - 10:06am
ARLINGTON, Texas — Megan Gustafson wasted little time in experiencing her “welcome to the WNBA moment,” an annual ritual for any rookie. It came in her regular-season debut June...
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Don’t let insects bug you, your garden or lawn

The good, the bad and the ugly pretty well describes the insects that delight or affright as I make my daily rounds of lawn and garden. Among the good I count bees, butterflies and lightning bugs....
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Finding your passion in sports or music

MARION — Growing up, I was a faithful three-sport athlete, participating in soccer, baseball and basketball. But now, I don’t play any of these sports. I loved the sense of community I...
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Marion heads to Independence, hoping to avenge last year’s regional loss

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 11, 2019 - 10:04pm
The Marion Indians are confident that they can compete with Independence. After all, they pushed the Mustangs hard in a regional final last year before bowing out, 7-5. And they earned a Wamac...
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Iowa City West baseball pulls off wild comeback victory over City High

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 11, 2019 - 10:01pm
IOWA CITY — One comeback wasn’t enough. So, Iowa City West did it again. Owen McAreavy belted a three-run home run in a seven-run seventh and delivered the game-winning single in the...
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UNI football’s 2019 players of impact: Whoever emerges as starting QB

CEDAR FALLS — The final installment of a five-part series featuring Northern Iowa football’s 2019 players of impact doesn’t have a clear choice, but it does have a clear...
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Great Lakes Loons get a little home cooking on the road

CEDAR RAPIDS — John Shoemaker has been in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization for 43 years. A beloved figure, “Shoe” was drafted by L.A. in 1977 and made his professional...
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Marion edges CCA 3-2, gets another shot at Indee

MARION — The seniors were Cloee Kraft’s incentive. “It’s my best friends’ last season,” Kraft said. “We wanted to win for them and keep...
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Zach Johnson has thud of a Thursday at John Deere Classic in a nondescript 2019

SILVIS, Ill. — You shouldn’t judge an actor by one scene, a singer by one song, a quarry by one stone. Nor can you judge a golfer by one round. Zach Johnson’s 1-over-par 72...
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Western Dubuque’s Calvin Harris, Marion Coach Steve Fish picked for prestigious baseball event

CEDAR RAPIDS — Three Iowans will be involved in this year’s Perfect Game All-American Classic baseball event. That includes a coach. Marion’s Steve Fish will be head coach of the...
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Kaylee Donner of Cedar Rapids Jefferson is the 2019 Gazette Female Athlete of the Year

  CEDAR RAPIDS — Kaylee Donner is a multi-tasker. “One of her teachers told me that when she was done in class, she’d open a textbook from another class, just to get ahead a...
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Upset at Regina makes West Branch a sudden contender for state softball

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 11, 2019 - 12:24pm
One swing changed everything. Mackenzie Heise’s three-run home run lifted West Branch past seventh-ranked Iowa City Regina, 3-1, in a Class 2A softball regional quarterfinal Wednesday. It ended...
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