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11-inning marathon win sends Cedar Rapids Kennedy back to state softball

CEDAR RAPIDS — Unforgettable game. Unfortunate ending. And for the Kennedy Cougars, a muted celebration. Mya Dodge’s sky-high fly ball to left field was dropped with two outs in the...
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Muscatine upends Iowa City High in regional softball finals

IOWA CITY — The home run ball was expected to be front and center in Tuesday night’s Class 5A regional softball final. No. 5 City High had blasted 46 homers in 21 games while its...
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Nathan ‘Buddha’ McEnany pitches North Linn back to state baseball tournament

WAVERLY — North Linn’s Nathan McEnany received the lighthearted nickname “Buddha.” Family called him that for the way he would sit with each foot resting on the opposite...
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Heavily favored West Delaware scores right away and goes on to 8-2 regional softball final win over Washington

MANCHESTER — When you’re the overwhelming favorite, you do what the West Delaware softball team did Tuesday night. You score right away. That’s exactly what the second-ranked...
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Photos: Cedar Rapids Kennedy vs. Iowa City Liberty, Iowa high school softball regional finals

Cedar Rapids Kennedy won their regional softball final against Iowa City Libery 1-0 after 11 innings Tuesday night.
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Cael Frost homers twice as Don Bosco beats HLV in substate baseball final

WILLIAMSBURG — Don Bosco junior Cael Frost went 4-for-5 with two home runs and a double in a 12-5 victory over HLV in the Class 1A Substate 5 final Tuesday night. HLV took a 2-0 lead in its...
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Iowa high school baseball substate finals: Liberty seeks first state berth in postseason opener

NORTH LIBERTY — Iowa City Liberty finds itself in a unique situation. Playing for a state baseball berth was expected from the veteran group. The fact it serves as the Lightning’s...
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In search of a dam good fishing site

Summer fishing on the mighty Mississippi River can be a challenge. It can also be dam good. From Davenport to the Twin Cities, every pool of the Mississippi features dozens of man-made rock...
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North Linn’s Austin Hilmer has accomplished a lot in two years

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 21, 2020 - 12:12pm
Austin Hilmer is finishing up his sophomore year of baseball and already has quite the resume. A four-sport standout at North Linn, Hilmer already has played in two state basketball tournaments and...
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Jada Gyamfi, junior-to-be at Johnston, commits to Iowa women’s basketball

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 21, 2020 - 11:28am
IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeyes have landed their second in-state women’s basketball recruit for the 2022 class. Jada Gyamfi, a 6-foot-2 wing from Johnston, announced her commitment...
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A film of enduring friendship and fun in Waukon: “The Foursome”

Almost 50,000 people have seen four friends play golf together in Waukon. Those friends will form a foursome at the Waukon Men’s Invitational at Waukon Golf and Country Club Saturday, which is...
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Breece Hall ‘trending toward becoming a great player’ for Iowa State football

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 20, 2020 - 10:13pm
AMES — Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell’s philosophy when it comes to young players is that he’d rather play them too late than too early. He doesn’t want to...
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Will Power sounds off on IndyCar rules after runner-up finish at Iowa Speedway

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 20, 2020 - 10:08pm
NEWTON — Rules are made to be broken. Or changed, if you ask New Zealand native and IndyCar driver Will Power. The rule that specifically grinds his racing gears relates to yellow caution...
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Danny Lehmkuhl gets behind the wheel for ‘Team Tow Money’ at Hawkeye Downs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 20, 2020 - 10:00pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids native and 2007 Jefferson graduate Danny Lehmkuhl has a younger brother, Eric, but his five best friends are like brothers as well. Team “Tow Money”...
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Iowa high school state softball 2020: Brackets, schedule for 1A, 2A, 3A

A shortened Iowa high school softball season reaches the state tournament stage next week as Harlan Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge welcomes 40 teams from around the state. Teams in Class 3A,...
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Colin Streff delivers again for Linn-Mar in substate baseball semifinals

MARION — Linn-Mar’s Colin Streff wants the ball in his hand. The bigger the moment the better. It was evident when he threw more than half of the Lions’ postseason opener Friday...
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Lisbon back to state softball tournament, thanks in part to move-back-in pitcher

LISBON — Bob Bunting has won over 1,200 games as a prep softball coach because he knows a little something about the game. OK, more than a little something. But don’t underestimate...
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Mount Vernon bangs out 15 hits in 12-3 regional softball conquest of Anamosa

MOUNT VERNON — Two strikes? You can do a lot with two strikes. You can start a game-defining rally, for instance. Nadia Telecky and Maia Bentley both recovered from an 0-and-2 predicament to...
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Iowa high school baseball substate finals: Upstart North Cedar looks for first state berth

STANWOOD — North Cedar baseball coach Adam Hadenfeldt admitted he considered playing up the underdog role. He quickly decided against it, opting for the same approach that has helped the...
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Liberty-Kennedy headlines Tuesday’s area 5A/4A regional finals

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 20, 2020 - 11:52am
With 15 straight wins and seven consecutive shutouts, you might think the Cedar Rapids Kennedy softball team carries the aura of invincibility these days. Coach Maddison LeClere knows...
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