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Mount Vernon’s Sydney Jones making a splash in the pool

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 30, 2019 - 9:31am
MOUNT VERNON — As she steps onto the swimming block, waiting for the starting pistol to sound, Sydney Jones takes a deep breath and prepares to compete. Last month, Jones, a sophomore at Mount...
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UNI Panther Athletics releases statement about Micalla Rettinger, fatally shot while driving

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 30, 2019 - 7:46am
The University of Northern Iowa Athletics Department released a statement Monday, mourning the loss of former softball player Micalla Rettinger, who was struck by a bullet that pierced her vehicle on...
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Solon turns to graduate Matt Lesan to lead its boys’ basketball program

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 29, 2019 - 5:09pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — What’s it like for Matt Lesan to get the chance to return to Solon High School and lead its boys’ basketball program? Let’s just say he’s a bit...
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Outlaw Street Drags coming to Hawkeye Downs Speedway

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 29, 2019 - 2:31pm
Keith Simmons is looking for the next big thing in auto racing. He thinks he may have found it. At least he hopes so. “Anything that brings more interest to auto racing is good for...
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Eastern Iowa high school track and field Super 10 rankings

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 29, 2019 - 12:54pm
This week’s area Super 10 for boys’ and girls’ track and field: We started this last year. To refresh: It’s a purely mathematical system, and here’s how it works: Using...
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#oniowapod wraps up Iowa spring football

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 29, 2019 - 12:21pm
It was a fun spring. We talked with each Iowa assistant coach. We had excellent convos and football discussion (real football discussion, it feels so good). And we saw a glimpse of the team last...
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John Raffensperger was a legend among City High greats

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 29, 2019 - 8:42am
IOWA CITY — City High has lost a legend. “There are many, many things that I will remember about Coach Raff,” said athletics director Terry Coleman. At a school famous for...
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Iowa City’s Danika Simonson runs for fun and much more

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 29, 2019 - 8:25am
Running is a sport that can be enjoyed on many levels. You can be a young star zipping around a 400-meter track like those who shined on the blue oval at Drake Stadium in last weekend’s Drake...
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Tyler Culver, Jamie Zahasky win Run CRANDIC marathon titles

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 28, 2019 - 2:35pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Tyler Culver anxiously awaits the day he can explain this accomplishment with his children. He won’t have to wait long for the chance. Culver and his wife, Kelsey, are...
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Cedar Rapids Inferno battle to 2-2 draw in encouraging UPSL soccer debut

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 27, 2019 - 9:10pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — The frigid temperatures and snow on the turf did nothing to lessen an encouraging debut for the Cedar Rapids Inferno semipro soccer team. “The first one is out of the...
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Drake Relays: Cedar Rapids Kennedy outduels Linn-Mar for shuttle hurdle crown

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 27, 2019 - 7:16pm
DES MOINES — This one’s a keeper. Cedar Rapids Kennedy thought it won a state championship in the boys’ shuttle hurdle relay last year, but after crossing the finish line and...
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Drake Relays: Iowa State men, Iowa women win Hy-Vee Cup

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 27, 2019 - 7:10pm
DES MOINES — Iowa’s two largest universities each took home Hy-Vee Cups Saturday at the Drake Relays. The Iowa State men won the Hy-Vee Cup by finishing first in the 3,200-meter relay...
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Drake Relays: Indiana high schooler Noah Malone sweeps Paralympic 100 and 200

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 27, 2019 - 7:06pm
DES MOINES — Noah Malone began losing his vision in eighth grade due to an eye condition called Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy. Now, as a junior in high school, he has 20/600...
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Drake Relays: Linn-Mar shows toughness, prevails in 1,600-meter relay

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 27, 2019 - 6:59pm
DES MOINES — As conditions deteriorated Saturday afternoon, the late races became battles of attrition. “We told ourselves, we had to be the most mentally tough here,”...
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Iowa’s Anthony Nelson, Amani Hooker go in fourth round of NFL Draft

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 27, 2019 - 5:31pm
Iowa junior defensive end Anthony Nelson was selected by Tampa Bay with the 107th overall pick Saturday in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. The 6-foot-7, 271-pound end had 23 sacks and 31 tackles...
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Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler drafted by Arizona Cardinals in third round

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 27, 2019 - 5:23pm
Iowa State junior receiver Hakeem Butler was the first player picked Saturday, going to the Arizona Cardinals with the first pick of round four, 103rd overall in the NFL Draft. The 6-foot-5,...
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Midwest League Notebook: Quad Cities finally plays a game at home

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 27, 2019 - 3:20pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Their season-opening, 19-game road trip finally ended Friday night. The Quad Cities River Bandits played a bonafide home game at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, getting a...
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UNI quarterback competition makes progress in spring practice

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 27, 2019 - 2:50pm
CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa coach Mark Farley acknowledged after his team’s final spring practice Saturday at the UNI-Dome that there is separation in what began as a wide-open...
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Iowa football spring observations: Hawkeyes are sort of Nate Stanley's mustache right now

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 27, 2019 - 2:13pm
IOWA CITY — College is the best time to experiment with facial hair. It helps, however, if you can grow it. Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley showed up to Friday’s post-practice interviews...
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Iowans in Minor League Baseball: Nick Gallagher allows 1 hit in first start of 2019

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - April 27, 2019 - 1:30pm
Here is a list of former local and area preps and former University of Iowa players who are in affiliated professional baseball. All statistics mentioned are through Thursday: JAKE ADAMS (University...
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