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West Branch football team ready for another road challenge

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - November 1, 2018 - 2:12pm
The West Branch football team is taking its act on the road. Again. A week after traveling more than 161 miles to Osage for a Class 1A playoff win, the Bears will jump back on the school bus Friday...
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Play Action: No. 16 Iowa Hawkeyes at Purdue Boilermakers

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - November 1, 2018 - 2:10pm
No. 16 Iowa (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) travels to West Lafayette, Ind., for a matchup with the Purdue Boilermakers (4-4, 3-2) on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium. Kickoff is 2:35 p.m. and the game will be...
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#oniowapod tries to answer your Nate Stanley questions

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - November 1, 2018 - 1:10pm
Lots of questions about Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley on this week’s On Iowa Podcast. And there should be. The Iowa QB struggled with accuracy and decision-making last week at Penn State. Oh,...
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Pardon my brief interruption — here’s a word about basketball

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - November 1, 2018 - 12:59pm
Basketball is my favorite sport, though I’m 5-foot-11, and the only hops I ever had came from a brewery. My greatest organized basketball achievement was swishing a jumper from the deep corner...
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Iowa Prep Sports Gameday: Our football quarterfinal picks

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - November 1, 2018 - 11:19am
Forty-eight high school football teams around Iowa are one win away from the UNI-Dome. Who will advance to the semifinals with victories Friday night? The Gazette’s Jeff Linder, K.J. Pilcher...
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Fun Facts, Iowa-Purdue: “First Man” Edition

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - November 1, 2018 - 9:12am
Purdue’s mascot is named Purdue Pete. You’ll probably meet many more Petes in your life than Herkys, Goldys, Buckys or Spartys. Here are some other Iowa-Purdue Fun Facts: 1. This is the...
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Iowa high school football playoffs: Area quarterfinal preview

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - November 1, 2018 - 9:01am
Capsules for select Cedar Rapids Metro/Iowa City and area quarterfinal football playoff games. All games start at 7 p.m. Class 4A No. 5 Bettendorf (9-1) at No. 5 Iowa City West (9-1) First round:...
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Iowa football #PaintedTower mailbag: Avoiding the self-inflicted is where Nate Stanley should start

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - November 1, 2018 - 8:37am
We’re up to #PaintedTower mailbag No. 9. Let’s make it count. I’m going to turn up the The Drive-By Truckers and write like the wind. Something about the wrinkle in your forehead...
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UNI wrestlers tired of talk, time to walk the walk

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 31, 2018 - 9:16pm
CEDAR FALLS — The same song continues on repeat for Northern Iowa wrestling. Quite frankly, the Panthers are sick of hearing that specific track again. You know the little diddy with lyrics...
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Bryce Steiert returns from redshirt for UNI wrestling team

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 31, 2018 - 9:10pm
CEDAR FALLS — Bryce Steiert had been a fixture in the Northern Iowa wrestling lineup since his first season on campus. The former Waverly-Shell Rock stepped into the 157-pound spot as a...
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Kyle Kempt hopes to cement legacy at Iowa State

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 31, 2018 - 8:07pm
AMES — You’re not promised your hopes and dreams. That’s something Iowa State Coach Matt Campbell tells his players. It’s not an inspiring quote, it’s not motivational...
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Lofty rankings, high goals for the Hawkeyes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 31, 2018 - 7:05pm
IOWA CITY — Bluder’s best? Potentially. “It has all the capability to be,” Coach Lisa Bluder said at Iowa women’s basketball media day Wednesday morning at...
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Iowa women's basketball notes: Megan Gustafson has Nov. 29 circled on her calendar

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 31, 2018 - 7:05pm
IOWA CITY — Yes, the date is circled on Megan Gustafson’s calendar. Nov. 29. Notre Dame. At South Bend. “As soon as I found out, we were yelling, ‘Look who we’re...
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Happy to have Five Guys around, Iowa’s Brandon Smith continues to emerge as wide receiver

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 31, 2018 - 4:32pm
IOWA CITY — He misses some creature comforts of home. Sonic doesn’t have a restaurant in the area, and that stinks. There is no Zaxby’s, no Waffle House. It seemed to make...
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Some Maryland football players are speaking out on social media after DJ Durkin’s return

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 31, 2018 - 1:45pm
Ellis McKennie was among the first Maryland football players to speak out on social media against the decision to reinstate DJ Durkin as the team’s coach. Tuesday night and Wednesday morning,...
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Women coaching numbers continue to fall short

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 31, 2018 - 8:16am
IOWA CITY — Sara Beckord Swails was no stranger to making history. After all, she had taken fifth in the Olympic Trials in the 800-meter run as a senior in high school and was the first Iowa...
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2018 all-conference volleyball teams

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 31, 2018 - 7:53am
All-conference and all-divisional volleyball teams for the 2018 season. Will add to this list as more honor teams are released. MVC MISSISSIPPI DIVISION First Team (*unanimous) *Akacia Brown, jr.,...
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Second-set comeback fuels Starmont to third straight state volleyball bid

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 30, 2018 - 8:35pm
DUNKERTON — High expectations are nice. But they also carry a burden. “These girls were under a lot of pressure,” Starmont volleyball coach Robert Goedken said. “In the...
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Iowa football bowl projections: Where the Hawkeyes are picked after Week 9

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 30, 2018 - 8:18pm
The bowl projection season never really ends. But, with Iowa becoming bowl eligible two weeks ago against Maryland and the calendar about to flip to November, it’s probably about time to start...
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Dyersville Beckman sweeps Durant to return to state volleyball

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - October 30, 2018 - 8:04pm
ANAMOSA — The glossy record is nice. The No. 2 ranking is cool. But there’s some baggage that goes with that. You’ve got to learn how to carry it around. “Just the...
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