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On Iowa Podcast: Is the golden age of college sports over?

OK, first the good news: We actually talked football. Like the Hawkeyes and positions and all of that comfortable football porridge that we all dig. (You can switch “porridge” with shrimp...
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Iowa State men’s basketball team focused on safety as players return to campus

AMES — Iowa State men’s basketball coach Steve Prohm calls or texts every one of his players’ parents every Friday. He keeps them up to speed in regards to the coronavirus...
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Xavier, Marion collide Thursday in battle of surging 4A squads

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 15, 2020 - 11:18am
The longer the season has progressed, the more attractive this matchup has become. Cedar Rapids Xavier (15-9) visits Marion (15-8) in a Class 4A regional-quarterfinal softball game Thursday at the...
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CPU soccer coaches retire without final hurrah

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 15, 2020 - 10:37am
CENTER POINT — When COVID-19 canceled all high school spring sports, Rich Plante and Todd Mitchell were forced to retire on a “what could have been” season. Not an ideal...
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Iowa’s CJ Fredrick undergoes successful foot surgery

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 15, 2020 - 10:28am
IOWA CITY — C.J. Frederick said the timing was “perfect.” A redshirt sophomore on the Iowa men’s basketball team, Fredrick underwent successful surgery of his right foot...
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Photos: Cascade vs. Monticello, Iowa high school boys substate baseball

Monticello defeated Cascade, 6-3, in Dyersville.
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Monticello baseball breaks out of slump against Cascade in district semifinals

DYERSVILLE — Timing is everything. Just ask Monticello baseball coach Kolby Harms. Last week, the Panthers were in the midst of a three-game losing streak capped with one run and two hits...
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Marco Andretti hoping to return to Victory Lane at Iowa Speedway

At 33 years old, Marco Andretti is trying to find balance in life and on the race track. A third-generation driver, Andretti will return to Iowa Speedway in Newton this weekend, attempting to find...
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Tough decisions ahead for Missouri Valley Conference athletics

CEDAR FALLS — The Missouri Valley Conference’s recent Zoom call with its men’s basketball coaches included a balance of optimism and pessimism about the likelihood of the...
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Will there be a 2020 Iowa high school football season? No one knows right now

CEDAR RAPIDS — As of 5 p.m. Monday, the Iowa High School Athletic Association planned on having a 2020 prep football season. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, that might have changed. Who knows?...
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Hannah Bridgewater has enjoyed her time at North Linn

North Linn senior Hannah Bridgewater believes her class has truly changed the way North Linn softball is viewed. It’s easy to see why — a 20-0 record so far this year and a 42-4...
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PHOTOS: Cascade wins regional softball game after 11 innings

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 14, 2020 - 10:41am
Cascade defeated North Cedar 5-4 in their Class 2A prep softball regional game Cascade High School in Cascade on Monday, July 13, 2020.
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From iRacing to the real thing at Benton County Speedway

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 14, 2020 - 10:17am
VINTON — Jay Crabill spent the last 10 years iRacing every day, hoping to eventually end up in a real car. Finally he stopped hoping and decided to make it happen with a DIY project that has...
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North Linn softball carries 26-game win streak into postseason

Marv Porter is honest. And he’s confident; why wouldn’t he be? His softball team from North Linn is the best in its region, by a substantial margin. And he doesn’t try to hide...
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North Cedar baseball picks up first postseason win since 2013

ALBURNETT — North Cedar baseball coach Adam Hadenfeldt noticed a relaxed and excited atmosphere during pregame batting practice. Knights senior Tyler Thurston attributed it to the fact that...
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NJCAA moving most fall sports, including football and volleyball, to the spring

CEDAR RAPIDS — You always have kind of wondered why Kirkwood Community College, which its huge enrollment, has never decided to make football a varsity sport. Athletics director Doug...
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New veterans part of Iowa State men’s basketball plan

AMES — Steve Prohm had a plan for the offseason after a disappointing 2019-2020 saw the Iowa State men’s basketball team go 12-20. He wanted to be patient in the transfer market and get...
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Open letter from Iowa State Athletic Director Jamie Pollard to Cyclone fans

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 13, 2020 - 12:14pm
The following is an open letter Monday to Iowa State fans from the university’s athletics director, Jaime Pollard. Dear Cyclone fans, There has been significant conversation about the...
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Gazette area softball Super 10 rankings: Top contenders keep rolling

The Gazette’s area softball Super 10, through games played Saturday, July 11: 1. North Linn 20-0 (12-0 Tri-Rivers) Streak: Won 26 Previous: No. 1   2. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 19-1 (12-0 MVC...
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