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Iowa State’s Nick Weiler-Babb eyes big summer with expanded role on horizon

WEST DES MOINES — Nick Weiler-Babb is approaching this summer like it’s the most important in his basketball career thus far. Given what Iowa State is losing and the number of new...
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At last, Cedar Rapids Rampage United set for Kingston Stadium debut

CEDAR RAPIDS — Let’s try this again. After a pair of postponements, historic Kingston Stadium will open its doors to the Cedar Rapids Rampage United as the 2017 home field for the...
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A fishing seminar for the new and old

Veteran angler and tournament competitor Brian Stoll will conduct fishing seminars — one for beginners, one for advanced anglers — next month at Kirkwood Community College. Stoll, who...
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Kennedy takes opener; lightning halts nightcap

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Kennedy Cougars couldn’t leave their dugout without viewing it. A newspaper article, nearly a year old, on the north wall. It reminded. It haunted. It...
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Another Meyer will play basketball for the Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY — Mason City’s Meyer sisters will hold a basketball reunion in two years. Megan Meyer, a junior-to-be, confirmed that she has committed to play with the Iowa Hawkeyes. She will...
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Baseball notes: IHSAA releases 1A, 2A postseason assignments

The Iowa High School Athletic Association has released postseason assignments for its two smallest classes in baseball. Three of the highly-ranked 1A teams in Eastern Iowa will travel in different...
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Eastern Iowa Driver Rankings: June 15

Welcome to the Inside Track's Eastern Iowa Driver Rankings. Each week of the racing season, the Gazette's Jeremiah Davis will rank the area's top 10 drivers across all divisions. Think the list...
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Hlas: A personal-first: I saw a blimp crash

TOWN OF ERIN, Wis. — Seeing wasn’t believing at first. Late Thursday morning during the first round of the U.S. Open golf tournament. I saw a blimp falling to earth while I was on the...
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Watch: Ali Farokhmanesh recreates Kansas shot — in a Drake jersey

Ali Farokhmanesh’s dagger 3-pointer late in Northern Iowa’s 2010 NCAA second-round win over No. 1 seed Kansas will forever be a part of March Madness lore. Farokhmanesh is now in his...
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Iowa hoops: Prime Time League primer

Given how the Iowa men’s basketball team finished its 2016-17 season, the optimism and potential surrounding the Hawkeyes is very high. Losing only Peter Jok as a significant contributor after...
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Iowa high school softball rankings: Benton now No. 1 in Class 4A

Last year’s Class 3A state softball champion is now the team to beat in Class 4A. Benton Community is ranked No. 1 in the IGHSAU’s latest softball poll. The Bobcats (17-2) won the 2016...
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Landon Cassill eager for racing return to Hawkeye Downs

CEDAR RAPIDS — There’s a video that was posted on Facebook Thursday afternoon by the Cassill Motors account for “Throwback Thursday,” and right near the end, it showed plainly...
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Heavy hitters involved in potential 'Maynard 8 Miles' movie

It’s a sports story. It’s a love story. And it appears to be going to film. Angelo Pizzo, the screenwriter for movies such as “Hoosiers” and “Rudy,” has signed on...
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Podcast: ‘Triple Play’ reacts to 1A, 2A baseball district assignments, MLB Draft

The Gazette’s K.J. Pilcher and Jeff Johnson react to Class 1A and 2A high school baseball district assignments on the latest Triple Play Podcast. Plus, the guys discuss the MLB Draft, Cedar...
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Iowa's Cayman Islands Classic bracket revealed

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 15, 2017 - 11:35am
IOWA CITY — The Iowa men’s basketball team knows its opening round opponent for the 2017 Cayman Islands Classic. The Hawkeyes will face Louisiana to start the non-conference tournament...
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Sights and sounds from a ‘cave dweller’

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 15, 2017 - 10:19am
Editor’s note: John Lawrence Hanson, Ed.D., of Marion teaches U.S. history with an emphasis on environmental issues at Linn-Mar High School and sits on the Linn County Conservation...
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High School journalism continues to shine in The Gazette

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - June 15, 2017 - 10:17am
The school years is over and graduation parties have ended. It’s time to reflect — OK, brag — on another successful year for The Gazette’s High School Journalism...
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Four Downs: Iowa's 2017 offensive line

Taking a look at the 2017 Hawkeyes. Today it’s offensive line. Returning scholarship offensive tackles — Ike Boettger (6-6, 307, sr.), Boone Myers (6-5, 310, sr.), Alaric Jackson (6-7,...
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Tyler Cook, Nicholas Baer top Prime Time League draft picks

IOWA CITY — It might’ve been slightly leaner than years past, but the Prime Time League was held Wednesday night in Iowa City, splitting up the rosters of the Iowa and Northern Iowa...
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Solon coach Jim White returns to Clear Creek Amana to open arms

OXFORD — Walking from the dugout to the coaches box on the third base side — as he does to start every game — Jim White noticed a gate to the field was still ajar. Quickly, he...
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