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On Iowa Podcast: The Big Ten’s decision to cancel fall football and ensuing pushback

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 18, 2020 - 2:33pm
I’m going to compare the Big Ten to the Bill Paxton character “Pvt. Hudson” in the movie “Aliens.” When the conference released its 10-game schedule six days before...
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Springville football returns versatile lineup on offense and defense

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 18, 2020 - 2:25pm
SPRINGVILLE — In an offseason brimming with obstacles, Springville hopes to persevere with its unique combination of experience, versatility and team chemistry in what could prove to be...
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Marion football will have a different home as it seeks to rebound from 0-9 season

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 18, 2020 - 2:01pm
MARION — It was not fun. An 0-9 season is never, ever fun. Quite bluntly, it sucks. “Was definitely tough last year, having things go the way they did,” Garret Wagner...
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A passion for basketball

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 18, 2020 - 10:41am
Editor’s note: Dylan Kurt is a junior at North Linn High School, looking forward to another basketball season. This is his final story as our high school journalism intern through...
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In the midst of the devastation, Metro high schools somehow find time (and a place) to practice football

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 17, 2020 - 5:15pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — “Hey, come check this out.” Cedar Rapids Washington football coach Maurice Blue walked a reporter Monday afternoon to the south end zone at Kingston Stadium and...
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Iowa faces $100 million in lost revenue without fall football, AD Gary Barta says

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 17, 2020 - 4:14pm
When the Big Ten decided to cancel fall sports this week, it did so knowing what it would do to school’s athletics budgets. Monday, Iowa athletics director Gary Barta, who has spoken about...
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Iowa football parents seek info, transparency and have heard nothing from the Big Ten

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 17, 2020 - 3:20pm
When Iowa football parents started their Zoom calls last week after the Big Ten pulled the plug on a fall football season, Gary Koerner was skeptical it would mean anything. And by the way, the...
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Iowa Hawkeyes among the many in Cedar Rapids to help with storm recovery

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 17, 2020 - 3:07pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — John Hebrink couldn’t have known what the significance of his "Iowa Hawkeyes — United to Fight" T-shirt would mean Monday when he put it on that morning. Longtime...
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Veteran West Delaware football team expects to rebound from ‘disappointing year’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 17, 2020 - 9:51am
MANCHESTER — West Delaware has a proud football tradition, qualifying for the state playoffs for 10 straight seasons from 2008-17. However, the Hawks have not been in the postseason the past...
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If it can get practices in, C.R. Washington football team feels good about carrying over momentum from last season

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 16, 2020 - 8:11pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — It seemed like sound logic. Cedar Rapids Washington has forever conducted its preseason football practices in the morning. That’s just the way it has been over the...
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Of all colleges, Iowa State ranks 3rd in former players in NBA playoffs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 16, 2020 - 12:40pm
The “Return to Play” games are done in the NBA bubble, and they were good showcases for some former Iowa collegians. Eight ex-Iowa State players and two former Iowa Hawkeyes played in...
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A great lake fishing adventure

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 16, 2020 - 9:27am
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Fishing Lake Michigan is always an adventure. It’s a trip I’ve been making for more than 40 years, beginning as a teenager when I’d tag along with my...
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Cedar Rapids Kennedy QB Max White aspires to live up to Hawkeye namesake

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 16, 2020 - 9:04am
CEDAR RAPIDS — The wool jersey is framed and mounted on the basement wall. A name attached to it reads, “Max Hawkins,” a member of University of Iowa’s famed...
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Photos: Crown Rally 2020 at Hawkeye Downs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 15, 2020 - 2:30pm
Ninty-nine high performance, custom, exotic and classic cars started in St. Paul, Minn., on Friday driving to Cedar Rapids on Friday Night and started Saturday with a visit to Hawkeye Downs before...
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Racing is the bonding activity of choice for Benton County’s Ritter family

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 15, 2020 - 2:27pm
VINTON — Some behavior is predictable. This applies to the entire Ritter family of Keystone who can be found three times a week at the race track. “Racing is our blood,” Shawn...
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Cedar Rapids Xavier? A mystery team? ‘I think that’s a fair label,’ Coach Duane Schulte says

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 15, 2020 - 1:58pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — “Old-school strength,” Duane Schulte calls it. “It’s like when guys used to bale hay in the summer,” said Schulte, the football coach at Cedar...
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The benefits of yard work

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 15, 2020 - 1:55pm
This last week has shown us many things — from our own determination and resiliency to the benefit of family. friends and neighbors. It’s also given many of us a good workout —...
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Finding out about Frank 'Kinney' Holbrook, Iowa's first Black college athlete

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 15, 2020 - 1:19pm
Start with the fact that Frank “Kinney” Holbrook was the son of a slave. The first Frank Holbrook was born in Georgia in 1851. He escaped when the Civil War broke out in the state and...
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Why the Big 12 is moving forward with fall football season after Big Ten, Pac-12 cancellations

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 14, 2020 - 5:02pm
AMES — When the Big Ten and Pac-12 canceled their fall sports seasons, many thought the other Power 5 conferences would follow suit. After the Big 12 announced it would try to play football...
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Missouri Valley Conference cancels fall sports

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - August 14, 2020 - 3:40pm
CEDAR FALLS — The Missouri Valley Conference announced the cancellation of its fall sports conference schedules and championships Friday afternoon and said it will look to move competition to...
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