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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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Jesup takes early lead, No. 2 North Linn responds emphatically in district baseball finals

TROY MILLS — Well, that escalated quickly. From a strategic move blowing up in its face to an offensive explosion that all but locked up advancement in less than an inning. The fallout was...
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Unsung sophomore Kayla Felton comes up big in West Delaware’s regional softball semifinal rout

MANCHESTER — In a lineup of big hitters, Kayla Felton hasn’t been the biggest. Until Saturday night. The sophomore shortstop’s three-run home run in the second inning got her West...
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Photos: Iowa City Liberty vs. Cedar Rapids Prairie, Iowa high school regional softball semifinals

Iowa City Liberty defeated Cedar Rapids Prairie 12-0 in 4 innings in a Class 5A regional softball semifinal game on Saturday, July 18, 2020.
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10-run 3rd inning sends Liberty past No. 15 Prairie in regional softball semifinals

NORTH LIBERTY — Go ahead. Break out all of your cheesy cliches about “Lightning” and “striking.” They all apply. Iowa City Liberty erupted for 10 runs in the bottom...
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Town-team baseball is a way of life for Dubuque County

RICKARDSVILLE — St. Joseph’s Catholic Church sits majestically atop one of the hills in this small town of about 175 people, located just off Highway 52 in Dubuque County. Next to it is...
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West Liberty looks to play giant-slaying role in regional finals

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 18, 2020 - 12:34pm
You can view it that West Liberty drew the short straw when Class 3A softball pairings were drawn. Or you can consider the opportunity that the Comets have Monday night. “We knew that if we...
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Your guide to Macbride Nature Recreation Area

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 18, 2020 - 11:46am
A large peninsula exists where miles of trail offer excellent nature watching all times of the year, especially when it comes to the avian variety. Work is underway to awaken a dormant ecosystem...
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Oxford’s Art Jensen makes the most of his custom-built truck in Hawkeye Downs street drag events

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 18, 2020 - 11:35am
CEDAR RAPIDS — You never know what you’re going to find at a swap meet. That’s most of the excitement. Art Jensen of Oxford found the cab of a 1941 Chevy truck in turn 3 of...
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Races like none before at Iowa Speedway

NEWTON — This was different. This was strange. This was good. For the first time since winter, Iowa had a major sporting event. For the 14th-straight year, the IndyCar Series held a race at...
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Photos: Iowa City West vs. Linn-Mar, Iowa high school substate baseball quarterfinals

Action from the 4A substate baseball game between the Iowa City West Trojans and the Linn-Mar Lions.
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Linn-Mar Lions ‘scratch and claw’ out substate baseball win over Iowa City West

CEDAR RAPIDS — Survive and advance. Linn-Mar baseball coach Kyle Rodenkirk said that is what it is all about this time of year after the Lions scratched and clawed their way to a...
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Despite 6 errors, Benton edges Solon in regional softball semifinals

SOLON — It doesn’t add up. Six errors is a recipe for disaster. Defeat, for sure. But somehow, some way, the Benton Bobcats overcame and escaped them. Benton Community slithered out of...
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Jack Lux triples 3 times in Cedar Rapids Xavier’s substate baseball opener

CEDAR RAPIDS — Three at-bats. Three triples. Jack Lux may have done it all on just three swings. The junior’s trifecta of three-baggers and three RBIs helped power fifth-ranked Cedar...
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Photos: Cedar Rapids Xavier vs. Vinton-Shellsburg, Iowa high school substate baseball quarterfinals

The Saints blanked the Vikings 10-0 in their shortened 3A substate game.
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How Iowa State football players stayed in shape at home during coronavirus shutdown

AMES — Iowa State football coach Matt Campbell brought in Dave Andrews to be the program’s new strength and conditioning coach after last season. Campbell believes the strength and...
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