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Take advantage of Iowa’s county gems

A few years ago, we entered Iowa after an endless drive across South Dakota. Tired and hungry, we needed to get off the road and spotted a sign pointing to Woodbury County’s Little Sioux Park....
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As state tournament resumes Monday, IHSAA feels unique baseball season was a success

CEDAR RAPIDS — As the reset button is hit, and the state baseball tournament gets cranked back up Monday at Principal Park in Des Moines, it’s the perfect time to assess how this...
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Another phase of ‘Monarch Madness’

QUASQUETON — Two weeks ago in this space I wrote about the start of the 2020 monarch butterfly rearing season. Here is the sequel — Monarch Madness Part II. At the end of the satisfying...
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Photos: A smaller, socially distant Pigman Triathlon 2020

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 26, 2020 - 11:31am
Race organizers capped the number of participants in this year’s Pigman Triathlon and put into place other restrictions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Joey Gase honors organ donors at Be a Hero 30 at Hawkeye Downs

CEDAR RAPIDS — Many people around Eastern Iowa know that Joey Gase’s mother died of a brain aneurysm when he was 18 years old, with her donated organs helping 66 others after her...
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Fishing, family, faith: ISU’s Brock Purdy made the best of break from football

AMES — Iowa State quarterback Brock Purdy cast a line out into the Florida waters and fished. And it’s not what he did while he was fishing — it’s what he didn’t...
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Don Bosco tops South Winneshiek in low-scoring affair

DES MOINES — South Winneshiek Coach Alex Smith’s voice cracked slightly that caused him to pause. He quickly continued to share the impact of five seniors that couldn’t be...
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Prep football remains a go in Iowa for 2020, with some significant changes

CEDAR RAPIDS — Coaches and activities directors around the state were scrambling Friday afternoon. But it was a good kind of scrambling. Trying to find opponents for the 2020 season beats not...
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Coming up: Kennedy’s best chance at something big

CEDAR RAPIDS — “That wasn’t us.” That is Abby Spore’s takeaway from her team’s performance at last year’s state softball tournament. “One...
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State softball: Area capsules

FORT DODGE — Capsules for area teams competing this week at the state softball tournament: CLASS 5A No. 2 CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY (23-1) * Coach: Maddison LeClere (4th year, 130-19) * Top...
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State softball: Our predictions

FORT DODGE — Our predicted top-four finishes for the state softball tournament this week at the Rogers Sports Complex: CLASS 5A 1. West Des Moines Valley 2. Waukee 3. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 4....
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Photos: South Winneshiek vs. Don Bosco, Iowa high school baseball - Class 1A quarterfinals

No. 4 seed South Winneshiek faces No. 5 seed Don Bosco in the Class 1A quarterfinals at Principal Park
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Iowa’s Luka Garza on NBA Combine invitation list

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 24, 2020 - 12:52pm
Iowa senior-to-be Luka Garza is on a list of 104 players who are options to be invited to the NBA Combine for potential draft picks. The consensus first-team All-America center has a decision to make...
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Iowa high school football will be a 7-week regular-season venture in 2020

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 24, 2020 - 12:03pm
A seven-week regular season. An expanded postseason. The Iowa High School Athletic Association has revised its 2020 football schedule, “allowing for member school adjustments due to...
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More diamonds, fewer games at this year’s state softball tournament

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 24, 2020 - 10:33am
FORT DODGE — An uncommon softball season will conclude with an unconventional state tournament. In an effort to enhance social distancing, the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union has taken...
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Iowa’s 2020 prep softball and baseball seasons: A victory

High school softball and baseball seasons were held in Iowa this summer, and nothing apocalyptic happened. About a dozen teams in both sports ended their seasons prematurely because of COVID-19. Over...
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Young athletes may need help coping with pandemic shutdowns

The very same day my last column was published, about how to resume youth sports programs safely, my 12-year-old grandson found out his 3-on-3 basketball season was suspended. He had played just two...
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Season uncertain, UNI football coach Farley just happy to be back with players

CEDAR FALLS — There still are more questions than answers when it comes to COVID-19 and the college football season, but the fate of the 2020 Missouri Valley Conference season is expected to...
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South Winneshiek returns to Class 1A state baseball tournament

DES MOINES — The hope started when they began playing youth baseball together. There were town teams and a transition to traveling clubs. All along their vision was to take South Winneshiek to...
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Cedar Rapids Kernels pivot from baseball company to entertainment company with season canceled

Doug Nelson has overseen the Cedar Rapids Kernels through floods, unforgiving weather and plenty of other challenges. None of that compares to the task he faces this year,...
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