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Sigourney softball hopes to regain mojo in time for a postseason run

The timely hits that carried the Sigourney High School softball team to a 13-1 start have taken a late-season sabbatical. “We haven’t been very selective at the plate,” Savages...
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West Branch tops Williamsburg to claim district opener

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 12, 2020 - 12:57pm
WILLIAMSBURG — Just when West Branch seemed to be cruising when the proverbial wheels came off the bus. The Bears nearly surrendered a five-run lead in a wild half-inning that included four...
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Sports betting proves to be payoff for Iowa casinos

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 12, 2020 - 12:21pm
DES MOINES — Iowa’s foray into sports betting initially was viewed as a minor addition to casinos’ main gambling menu, but for a time in a coronavirus-ravaged wagering landscape...
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Photos: West Branch vs. Williamsburg, Iowa high school baseball

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 11, 2020 - 10:23pm
Williamsburg hosted West Branch for a Saturday night baseball game
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Scott Schebler describes MLB spring training restart as ‘odd,’ though he feels comfortable playing

CEDAR RAPIDS — The COVID-19 tests are a breeze for Scott Schebler. They aren’t the go-through-the-nose ones that seem to almost touch your brain and everyone who has gotten one says are...
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The structure of Iowa athletics begins to change

Since former Iowa offensive lineman James Daniels’ tweet June 5 calling out racial disparities within the program, the structure of Iowa football has changed and will continue to change. On...
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Why RV live isn’t for these senior tent campers

Ours was an inauspicious start. Only a few family and friends watched us be married under a pine in the backyard of Marion’s parent’s rural New Hampshire home. We were unemployed,...
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Big Ten football won’t go quietly ... for now

A 10-game Big Ten football season always seemed like a good idea to many of us who didn’t have to play the games but preferred watching better competition. We sure didn’t want it this...
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Jason Doyle makes time for Hawkeye Downs

CEDAR RAPIDS — Jason Doyle’s wife Chelle describes him as, “just a simple guy that loves to go racing.” Luckily for Doyle, racing is a team sport that doesn’t...
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T.J. Kimm’s first home run helps power Iowa City Liberty past C.R. Xavier

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 10, 2020 - 10:09pm
CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowa City Liberty’s T.J. Kimm has a chip on his shoulder every time he has a bat in hand. Lightning coaches helped put it there, urging the junior catcher to contribute...
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Supporting Skyler: Iowa City High baseball coach Skyler Moss is battling cancer a 2nd time

IOWA CITY — As they arrived for their doubleheader late Friday afternoon at Iowa City West, the Iowa City High baseball team saw a sign that was placed near their dugout. A Trojans logo was on...
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Photos: Iowa City High vs. Iowa City West, Iowa high school baseball

The Trojans hosted the Little Hawks for a doubleheader Friday night
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Iowa high school baseball and coronavirus: Timeline of events in unusual season

With no better way to describe it, this summer was an experiment. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowa stepped to the forefront of sports competition with many eyes across the country focused...
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USHL announces intention to play full 2020-21 season

CEDAR RAPIDS — The United States Hockey League announced Friday it intends to start its season this fall and play a full schedule. The league’s Board of Directors met Thursday via Zoom...
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FRYfest canceled for 2020

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 10, 2020 - 12:31pm
CORALVILLE — Another loss has hit Hawkeye fans. A day after the Big Ten announced that its 2020 football season would be conference only — denying fans an Iowa-Iowa State game for the...
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David McCalla stays on cutting edge at Hawkeye Downs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 10, 2020 - 11:21am
CEDAR RAPIDS — David McCalla is so Cedar Rapids. Raised by his mom, Connie, in an apartment above Dlask’s Grocery, near O Avenue and Ellis Boulevard, in the 1980s and 1990s, he...
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A somewhat radical plan for 2020-21: Switch Iowa high school fall sports to spring, spring sports to fall

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 10, 2020 - 10:10am
The next paragraph will be tough to read. Heck, it’s agonizing to write. But here goes: I don’t think we’re going to be able to play high school football in Iowa this fall. Before...
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A monarch’s journey is worth sharing

Monarch butterflies are back, beautifying the neighborhood and providing welcome relief from pandemic angst and boredom. The early arrivals visited my milkweed the first week of June. We suspected...
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Big Ten cuts non-conference football games for 2020

The Big Ten announced Thursday that its 2020 football season, in doubt because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be conference-only. Of course, that means the Iowa-Iowa State game, played every year...
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Iowa State football taking extra precautions, but questions remain about fall

AMES — Iowa State’s football team is in its fourth week of workouts and all 106 players who have been invited back are practicing. Coach Matt Campbell, his staff and the system that was...
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