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At a young age, hitting coach Ryan Smith of Cedar Rapids Kernels adjusts to pro baseball.

CEDAR RAPIDS — How does a 25-year-old guy whose only prior coaching experience was an assistant at a junior college in Florida, whose playing experience was at that same junior college and a...
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Fifth Season 8K still a Cedar Rapids gem

Good morning, July. It’s good to see you, but I have to admit it seems a little early. It feels like just yesterday, April was spitting sleet and snow at us and May was bringing floodwaters to...
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On UNI Podcast: UNI football preview with play-by-play broadcaster Brad Wells

Panther Sports Network play-by-play broadcaster Brad Wells joins the On UNI Podcast to preview the upcoming 2019 football season. We discuss the four-way QB competition, players of impact, whether...
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UNI football’s 2019 players of impact: DB Xavior Williams

CEDAR FALLS — Mark Farley’s best defenses in his 17 years as Northern Iowa head coach have been at or near the top of the FCS in takeaways. Over the past two seasons defensive, back...
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Iowans in pro baseball: Cole McDonald makes professional debut

Former Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Gazette area preps and former University of Iowa players who are in affiliated professional baseball. All statistics mentioned are through Friday, June 28,...
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Cedar Rapids Kernels pitcher Kai-Wei Teng gets by with a little help from his friend

CEDAR RAPIDS — It was a side pitching session with a lot of eyes watching. Kai-Wei Teng of the Cedar Rapids Kernels threw for about a half hour in the bullpen early Wednesday afternoon, well...
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Sports betting, extended sales tax for schools among new Iowa laws

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 29, 2019 - 12:28pm
DES MOINES — Dozens of new state laws go on Iowa’s books today. Some could make a quick splash, like legalized sports betting that casinos already are gearing up for that could be...
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CJ Fredrick may soon become high-level player for Iowa men's basketball

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 29, 2019 - 12:13pm
IOWA CITY – CJ Fredrick will make his college basketball debut for Iowa in the season ahead, but there’s no way he’ll be overwhelmed by playing at Michigan State or Indiana or...
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No. 3 Iowa City West sweeps No. 2 Western Dubuque in doubleheader with postseason feel

PEOSTA — Iowa City West baseball coach Charlie Stumpff said he received a postseason feel Friday. If anyone knows, it would be Stumpff, who has led 11 teams to the state tournament with five...
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Comedian Jeff Dye crosses Cedar Rapids off his list as he continues first-pitch tour

CEDAR RAPIDS — Perhaps this will be the thing that allows Jeff Dye to live the dream of being a professional baseball player. The comedian, in town to perform stand-up shows Friday night and...
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Linn-Mar baseball makes case for No. 1 substate seed with sweep of Iowa City High

IOWA CITY — When the prep baseball substate assignments were released June 14, Class 4A No. 7 Linn-Mar and No. 10 Iowa City High were included in the same six-team group. In their only matchup...
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Paige Rocca makes it 3 Division-I recruits from City’s senior class

IOWA CITY — The senior class from Iowa City High now has three Division-I women’s basketball commits. Paige Rocca, a 5-foot-8 guard, announced on Twitter Friday night that she has...
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Josh Claypool elevated to head girls' basketball coach at Marion

MARION — Josh Claypool didn’t wait, and didn’t ask. Through a month in which nobody was officially in charge of the Marion High School girls’ basketball program, Claypool took...
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Linn-Mar picks Cedar Rapids Inferno leader Kenan Malicevic to lead its boys’ soccer program

MARION — Kenan Malicevic has had a lot of titles attached to his name lately. With his first season as founder, owner, coach and player for the Cedar Rapids Inferno semipro soccer team winding...
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Iowa has its best Division I all-sports finish since 2003-04

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 28, 2019 - 10:52am
Iowa had its highest finish in the Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup in 15 years. Iowa’s 38th-place finish in the 2018-19 Division I standings — a compilation of athletic...
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‘Playing’ is important for young athletes

Despite the growth of “elite” youth sports teams and organizations, experts note this system of sport is not play. What? Kids don’t play nearly as much as they used to? According...
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Connecting with outdoors is a true ‘blessing’

Most people who spend much time outdoors, myself included, feel strong connections with nature. Such felt connections are often left unspoken because they are hard to put into words. Some people,...
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Iowa City Liberty softball gets a big sweep over Cedar Rapids Xavier

CEDAR RAPIDS — According to Jeff Kelley, his Iowa City Liberty softball team “is a hard one to get a read on.” “We had a couple get away from us last week,” Kelley...
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Cedar Rapids Kernels lose for first time this season under unique MiLB extra-inning rules

CEDAR RAPIDS — You either like the extra-inning rules in minor league baseball or you hate them. There’s no real in between. On one hand, baseball purists abhor that a runner...
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Cedar Rapids native Timothy LeDuc wants another figure skating national title

CEDAR RAPIDS — Timothy LeDuc and Ashley Cain, it seems, are inseparable It’s hard to mention one without naming the other. They have an official website together now, one of the spoils...
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