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Iowa players using Prime Time League to get comfortable being uncomfortable

NORTH LIBERTY — If there’s a mandate for the Iowa men’s basketball players this summer in the Prime Time League and individual and team workouts, it appears it’s: get...
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Hlas: Kirk Ferentz has said hello and goodbye to many B1G peers

As will be pointed out in every telecast of an Iowa football game this year, the Hawkeyes’ Kirk Ferentz is the longest-tenured head football coach in the FBS division. That says Ferentz,...
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Cedar Rapids native Dedric Ward hosts 17th annual football camp

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 24, 2017 - 10:16pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Standing at the center of the Metro Youth football fields in Cedar Rapids on Saturday afternoon, Dedric Ward looked around. He was back to doing what he loved. The Cedar Rapids...
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Joey Gase parlays timely caution into best Iowa Speedway finish

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 24, 2017 - 10:14pm
NEWTON — Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Cedar Rapids native Joey Gase’s No. 52 Chevy was a handful for the 24-year-old driver all weekend, with the car “the...
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Kernels drop 3-2 toughie at Quad Cities

DAVENPORT — The Quad Cities River Bandits rallied from a 2-0 hole, scoring two runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth for a 3-2 win Saturday night over the Cedar Rapids Kernels in...
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Squeeze bunt lifts seventh-ranked Cedar Rapids Kennedy over No. 5 Pleasant Valley, 2-1

ALBURNETT — Before the inning started, Maddison LeClere revealed the plan. It was up to her red-hot Cedar Rapids Kennedy softball team to put the strategy into triumphant motion. Kennedy...
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Baseball notebook: Jake Mauer enjoying his new assignment in Double-A

CEDAR RAPIDS — All Jake Mauer does is develop players and win ballgames. It doesn’t depend on the level. The former Cedar Rapids Kernels manager took his Double-A Chattanooga team to a...
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Joey Gase triumphant in return to Hawkeye Downs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 23, 2017 - 10:27pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — For the second week in a row, Hawkeye Downs Speedway welcomed a native son. After Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Landon Cassill competed at the half-mile asphalt oval...
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Shane Stewart wins first World of Outlaws race at West Liberty

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 23, 2017 - 10:01pm
WEST LIBERTY — Shane Stewart’s race could have been won or lost in the first turn of the first lap of Friday night’s World of Outlaws Sprint Cars main event at West Liberty...
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Big field improvements yield big excitement for Cedar Rapids Washington baseball

CEDAR RAPIDS — This has turned into the kind of place where players want to hang out all day and night. And some do. “It’s just like a second home here,” Cedar Rapids...
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Making football specialists feel special at Midwest Special Teams Camp

TIFFIN — Kicking or punting in football can be a very lonely job. On many high school teams around the state — and even around the country, for that matter — there is only one...
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Allie Wooldridge changes her mind: It’s Drake

As time went by, home started to play on Allie Wooldridge’s heart. Her home state, to be more specific. “I wanted to play close to home,” said the senior from Center Point-Urbana....
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Marty Thomae was national coaching finalist

VAN HORNE — Benton Community cross country coach Marty Thomae was a finalist for national coach-of-the-year honors. Thomae has coached 34 years, and his girls’ teams won three state...
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Postseason assignments released for large-school baseball programs

Baseball teams in the two biggest classes learned their postseason competition Friday. The Iowa High School Athletic Association released postseason assignments for Class 4A and 3A prep baseball...
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Lisbon’s Kent Allison steps down as football coach at Lisbon

LISBON — One of the most successful prep football coaches in the area has stepped down. Kent Allison has resigned as head coach at Lisbon, he confirmed. Allison was the Lions’ boss for...
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Iowa natives Gase, Annett, Norris up to challenge of Iowa Speedway homecoming

NEWTON — The inherent pressure of racing at your home racetrack was once again a topic of discussion Friday at Iowa Speedway. The NASCAR Xfinity Series is back again for the first of its...
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Former Cyclones Deonte Burton, Matt Thomas, Naz Mitrou-Long latch onto NBA summer league rosters

AMES — Former Iowa State point guard Monte Morris learned late Thursday night he was drafted No. 51 overall by the Denver Nuggets. His former teammates kept waiting. By the middle of the day...
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UNI’s Jeremy Morgan to play in NBA Summer League

CEDAR RAPIDS — Northern Iowa’s Jeremy Morgan will play for the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 National Basketball Association’s Summer League, it was announced Friday. The...
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Wisconsin to implement high school basketball shot clock — should Iowa follow?

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 23, 2017 - 10:32am
It’s been a polarizing debate in many states, including Iowa, for years. Does high school basketball need a shot clock? Another of Iowa’s neighboring states has decided the answer is...
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A fishing dilemma

LANSING — The age-old angler’s quandary — whether it’s better to leave biting fish in search of others or exploit them until your arms ache — confronted my fishing...
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