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Kennedy elevates Andy Courtney to head varsity girls’ basketball coach

CEDAR RAPIDS — Andy Courtney has served in numerous capacities for the past eight years within the Kennedy High School girls’ basketball program. Here’s a new one: Head varsity...
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It’s morel mushroom season in Iowa

Mushroom season starts with the finding of the first morel, which for me happened Thursday — my latest first find in more than 50 years of hunting morels in Buchanan County. The find occurred...
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Top draft pick Royce Lewis continues to shine, helps C.R. Kernels to sweep of South Bend

CEDAR RAPIDS — Don’t take away Royce Lewis, yet. Please. The shortstop and first-overall pick of last year’s MLB Draft is really playing well right now for the Cedar Rapids...
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Murphy brothers ‘a powerful force’ for undefeated Marion boys’ soccer

MARION — Jaffer Murphy has long envisioned days like this one. Having spent countless hours playing soccer in the Murphy family backyard alongside younger brothers Levi and Sam, the Marion...
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Renovated University of Iowa athletic learning center a hit with student-athletes

IOWA CITY — If you have to study on a balmy spring afternoon, there are few nicer places to do it than the Gerdin Athletic Learning Center at the University of Iowa. The center, built in 2003,...
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Coe softball overcomes early-season adversity to capture Iowa Conference title

CEDAR RAPIDS — Coe Coach Diane Meyer had some major questions when her softball team returned from early-season competition in Arizona. The Kohawks were plagued by injuries to key players....
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Cedar Rapids area sees an influx of Legion baseball programs

CEDAR RAPIDS — From virtually non-existent to flourishing. There are seven American Legion baseball teams representing Metro high schools this spring. Teams representing Alburnett and Mount...
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Weather wipes out Thursday’s conference meets

All of Thursday’s conference and divisional track and field meets were postponed due to weather, and the format of the Wamac Conference meet has been modified. Originally scheduled as a...
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CRAG’s Londyn Stoffel captures 4 regional gymnastics titles

CEDAR RAPIDS — Londyn Stoffel of the Cedar Rapids Association of Gymnastics won four titles at the 2018 Region 4 Xcel Regionals recently at the U.S. Cellular Center. Stoffel, in Xcel Silver,...
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Cedar Rapids Kernels offense starting to come back around

CEDAR RAPIDS — They had a game over the weekend where they drew 13 walks, had seven hits and somehow scored only four runs. That, folks, is hard to do. So Manager Toby Gardenhire and hitting...
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Williamsburg golfers enjoy success

  WILLIAMSBURG — An adage states, “High tide rises all boats.” Even though golfers are better served staying away from water, the saying applies to Williamsburg golf. The Raiders...
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Trying to save the kickoff? The NFL is going to change its kickoff rules to try to keep the play in the game

NEW YORK — The NFL’s competition committee plans to make a proposal to team owners later this month to change the rules on kickoffs in a bid to keep the play in the game rather than...
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Decorah driver Tyler Bruening wants to step up his racing

Tyler Bruening was born into auto racing. So testing himself against some of the best in his sport only seems natural. “If we want to continue to better ourselves, we have to step up the...
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Area track & field Super Ten

This week’s area track and field Super Ten. It is a purely mathematical system, and here’s how it works: Using Quik Stats, we score the top 16 area competitors in each event, using the...
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Xavier girls’ soccer team has one goal — state tournament

CEDAR RAPIDS — Together, the Xavier girls’ soccer team has been working toward its ultimate goal: qualifying for the state tournament in June. “We are hoping to have a winning...
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Tyler Cook testing NBA through tryouts

Tyler Cook’s decision to return to the Iowa men’s basketball team will happen by June 6, according to Hawkeye radio announcer Gary Dolphin. A sophomore power forward, Cook announced...
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Conference track preview: Western Dubuque boys have reloaded quickly

After a Class 4A third-place finish at last year’s state track meet, graduation hit the Western Dubuque boys’ program hard. The remaining Bobcats, though, have hit back. “We lost...
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Iowa baseball drops marathon game to Missouri, 17-16

IOWA CITY — The numbers were staggering and the way things played out bordered on the bizarre. Iowa jumped to a big lead, let Missouri close the gap and then answered with another outburst...
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Edwar Colina, Jovani Moran combine for C.R. Kernels no-hitter against South Bend

CEDAR RAPIDS — His teammates stormed out of their dugout, swarmed him at the pitcher’s mound and started jumping up and down in celebration. Jovani Moran didn’t understand...
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Cedar Rapids Kennedy boys’ soccer upsets 3A No. 5 Washington, 4-1

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Kennedy boys’ soccer team was searching for a springboard. An uneven start to the season had the Cougars a bit unsure of themselves, but the winning...
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