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Slick track at Hawkeye Downs doesn’t slow Kurt Bohnsack

CEDAR RAPIDS — While it was a clear and sunny evening Friday at Hawkeye Downs Speedway, race officials didn’t expect to be that lucky. Storms plagued Eastern Iowa earlier Friday...
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Iowa City High’s Joe Hoff breezes into boys’ tennis state singles semifinals with eye on title

CEDAR RAPIDS — As victorious Iowa City High senior Joe Hoff reported to the scorer’s table, he felt a tug on his arm. A word of congratulations coming his...
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Regina’s demanding practices, schedule yield consistent success

IOWA CITY — As soon as the coaches arrive at the Iowa City Regina boys’ soccer practice, a switch flips. The players get up from their perches on the large tires that sit near the edge...
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East Buchanan leads 1A state golf after day one

Defending champion East Buchanan is leading the Class 1A state meet by 10 strokes after one round at the American Legion memorial Golf Course in Marshalltown. The Buccaneers carded a 308 Friday and...
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Iowa State football notes: Cyclones piecing together offensive line with experience, youth

IOWA FALLS — Iowa State and its offensive line are caught in the middle of the growing process. Veterans like right tackle Jake Campos and incoming Michigan graduate transfer guard David...
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Iowa shuts down No. 1 seed Nebraska in Big Ten baseball tournament

Iowa pitcher Ryan Erickson has Big Ten champion Nebraska’s number. After tossing six innings of six-hit, three-run (two earned) ball for his first career quality start in a 5-3 Iowa win April...
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2018 boys' basketball event at U.S. Cellular Center adds another Saturday of games

The Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout won’t limit itself to just one day in its first year. The boys’ basketball version of “Rivalry Saturday” – an all-day girls’...
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Triple Play Podcast: North Linn Coach Travis Griffith on new pitch count rules, Lynx’s 5-0 start

As the 2017 prep baseball season nears the end of its first week, The Gazette’s K.J. Pilcher and Jeff Johnson discuss one of the more prevalent topics on this edition of the Triple Play...
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Linn-Mar sweeps Iowa City West, moves to 4-0

IOWA CITY — The Linn-Mar Lions sent an emphatic message to the Mississippi Valley Conference in the first week of the softball season: Don’t sleep on us. “I think we’re...
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Power surge continues for Jaylin Davis of Cedar Rapids Kernels

CEDAR RAPIDS — Jaylin Davis has backed off the plate and moved forward with his production. Big time. The Cedar Rapids Kernels outfielder had three more hits Thursday night as his team...
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Miami receiver Ivan Thomas holds off on Iowa commitment for now

Miami receiver Ivan Thomas announced his commitment to Iowa on Twitter Thursday night, then deleted the tweet an hour later. Hawkeye Report’s Blair Sanderson and Hawkeye Nation’s Rob...
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Iowa edges Maryland in first round of Big Ten baseball tournament, 9-8

The game was billed as a matchup between the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and the Big Ten Player of the Year. Those two didn’t meet their regular-season standards, but the Iowa and Maryland...
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East Buchanan's Chris Cooksley, Buccaneers try to defend state golf titles

CEDAR RAPIDS — Chris Cooksley was maybe a little intimidated at the state golf meet as a freshman. He was just 5-foot-6 and 120 pounds, playing against older players, who were much bigger and...
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RoughRiders rehire Francis Anzalone to be associate head coach

CEDAR RAPIDS — Francis Anzalone will return to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders as an associate head coach, the USHL club announced Thursday. Anzalone, 29, spent four seasons with the RoughRiders...
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Valparaiso offically accepts offer to join Missouri Valley Conference

CEDAR FALLS — Valparaiso University announced Thursday it has officially accepted an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference. It will replace Wichita State as the 10th member of the...
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Stout schedule has Cedar Rapids Xavier boys’ tennis primed for postseason

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Xavier boys’ tennis team embodies the Bible verse, “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” The gauntlet of a Mississippi...
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John Chandler to step down as AD at Coe, return to head athletic trainer

CEDAR RAPIDS — John Chandler is staying at Coe College. He’s just going back to his original role. The school announced Thursday that Chandler is stepping down after 16 years as...
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Catching up with former area athletes

A periodic look at former Gazette-area high school athletes and where they are now: l Iowa colleges — Mount Mercy junior second baseman Mallory Madsen of Coralville (Solon) earned second-team...
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Defending-champ Kee opens at No. 1 in 1A: Iowa high school softball rankings

DES MOINES — Defending state champions Lansing Kee and Oskaloosa are among the top-ranked teams in the season’s first Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union softball rankings, released...
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No Game Time League for Iowa women's basketball, but a busy summer nonetheless

IOWA CITY — It wasn’t as if the Game Time League was the Iowa Hawkeyes’ only summer gig. But it was their only public interaction with the fans. “That’s the one thing...
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