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CEDAR RAPIDS — Blayne Enlow doesn’t have a win despite being with the Cedar Rapids Kernels all season and being a regular in the starting rotation. He didn’t get one Saturday...
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Iowans duel in 1,500-meter run at USA Championships

DES MOINES — It was all Iowa down the final home stretch of the women’s 1,500-meter race at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships. Webster City native Jenny Simpson led Sioux...
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4 current and former Cedar Rapids RoughRiders selected in National Hockey League Draft

CEDAR RAPIDS — He isn’t meant as an advertisement for the United States Hockey League. It just works out that way. Nathan Smith played hockey primarily at the high school and midget...
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Minor league notebook: Kernels expect attendance to rebound in 2nd half

CEDAR RAPIDS — On the surface, it doesn’t look good. But Doug Nelson isn’t concerned about a drop in attendance at Cedar Rapids Kernels games so far this Midwest League season....
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Alex Johnson, formerly Virginia Johnson of City High, has died

IOWA CITY — Alex Johnson, formerly Virginia Johnson — the Iowa City High and University of Iowa basketball player — took his life Thursday. “Our hearts are broken,”...
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How They’re Doing: Former Kernels in the major leagues

l Cam Bedrosian (Los Angeles Angels) — Relief pitcher is 3-1 with a save and 3.71 earned run average in 37 appearances this season. l Jose Berrios (Minnesota Twins) — Starting pitcher...
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Covering the bases: Weekly Gazette-area prep baseball highlights

From postseason assignments to milestone moments, here are some Gazette-area highlights for the week of June 17-23 and a look at the upcoming schedule in “Covering the Bases.” The Iowa...
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Class 5A 1-vs.-2 showdown goes to Pleasant Valley

ALBURNETT — Fear isn’t a good emotion at the plate. “We were a little scared when we went up to bat, and you can’t be scared,” Kaylin Kinney said. Pleasant...
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Prime Time League was 31 years of “the right way”

Summer basketball leagues for college players came and went all over America the last few decades, but the Prime Time League lived to be 31 years old. Why? PTL founder/commissioner/coach Randy Larson...
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Jeremy Floyd driving well, excited to represent his family behind the wheel at Hawkeye Downs

CEDAR RAPIDS — For Jeremy Floyd, racing has always been “family time.” The Hobby Stock racecar driver is in his second season of competition on the quarter-mile asphalt oval at...
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“Aggressive” Kernels toppled Wisconsin, 3-2, to win 2nd straight game to begin 2nd half

CEDAR RAPIDS — The talk before the start of the second half of the Midwest League season included Manager Toby Gardenhire imploring his Cedar Rapids Kernels to be more aggressive. If you see...
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Top-ranked Cascade drops No. 3 North Linn to cap strong week

TROY MILLS — Cascade entered Friday as one of three undefeated prep baseball teams left in the state. Reaching the weekend with the goose egg in the loss column wasn’t an easy task,...
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Noah Lyles sets Drake Stadium record in 100 meters

DES MOINES — USA Track and Field sprinter Noah Lyles doesn’t refer to his victories as individual accomplishments. When referring to his wins he uses words like “we” and...
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#oniowapod covers Noah Fant, Ferentz’s greatest teams, and can Iowa basketball put a season together?

Marc Morehouse and Scott Dochterman return for their weekly Hawkeye sports round up. On this week’s #oniowapod they talk about Iowa basketball and whether they can put it together in 2018....
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Renee Gillispie welcomes the challenge of building another winner

IOWA CITY — Her second-floor office at Carver-Hawkeye Arena consists of a desk, three chairs and some shelves, from which hang a calendar. And that’s it. A nameplate has not yet been...
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Green Island offers rich views in slow month for bird-watching

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 22, 2018 - 12:16pm
July is perhaps the slowest month for bird-watching in Eastern Iowa. At some point, the majority of our bird species have finished nesting or are nearing completion. Shorebirds will begin to migrate...
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Catching up with former area athletes

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 22, 2018 - 12:13pm
A periodic look at where former Gazette-area preps are and how they are doing. Iowa colleges — Central’s Kaiden Fiebelkorn of Brooklyn (BGM) earned all-Iowa Conference academic honors...
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Another look at sports participation medals

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 22, 2018 - 11:29am
In my last column, I discussed the debate over awarding participation medals or trophies in youth sports. I cited a New York Times opinion letter that noted some form of recognition should be given...
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Big Ben Rodriguez with inside-the-park home run to lift C.R. Kernels to 2nd half-opening win over Wisconsin, 5-4

CEDAR RAPIDS — In his mind, he was a full-out sprinting go. But in his legs, that was a different story for Ben Rodriguez. Those were getting way heavy as he rounded third base in the sixth...
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Iowa’s Laulauga Tausaga-Collins takes third in discus at USA Championships

DES MOINES — Iowa discus thrower Laulauga Tausaga-Collins was in sixth place at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships at Drake Stadium on Thursday. Her first throw went 191 feet, 5...
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