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Pitching should be phased in slowly for young players

Editor’s note: Nancy Justis is a former competitive swimmer and college sports information director. She is a partner with Justis Creative Communications.  When should kids start pitching in...
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Keith Hackett feels right at home at Cornell

MOUNT VERNON — Keith Hackett loved his time as athletics director at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, calling the state “one of the most beautiful places on our planet.” But...
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Four Downs: Iowa's 2017 Defensive backs

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 30, 2017 - 10:57pm
Taking a look at the 2017 Hawkeyes. We’re on the secondary today. It’s time to find a new Desmond King, and that’s not going to be easy. Returning scholarship cornerbacks —...
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New C.R. Kernels outfielder Jimmy Kerrigan provides strength (and conditioning)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Jimmy Kerrigan is put together. The brand-new Cedar Rapids Kernels outfielder is 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, with some large forearms and a chiseled physique. The guy has seen a...
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Jose Marval wins Baird Iowa Open singles title

CEDAR RAPIDS — One set into the match on Sunday, Westfield Tennis Club Pro Jose Marval was struggling. He was playing in the Baird Iowa Open at the Veterans Memorial Tennis Complex, and it was...
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Coaching Legends: It was love at first sight for Don King and basketball

Editor’s note: Fourth in a series of articles about former coaching legends in Eastern Iowa and what made them successful. Previous stories featured Larry Niemeyer, Ross Telecky and Bob...
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Kurt Warner, son of Cedar Rapids, goes to Canton

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 30, 2017 - 10:05am
CEDAR RAPIDS — An amazing circle of football life closes for Kurt Warner this week. This Saturday night, the 1989 Cedar Rapids Regis High School graduate will be inducted into the Pro Football...
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Iowa State QB Devon Moore among standouts at 45th Iowa Shrine Bowl

CEDAR FALLS — Waterloo West quarterback Devon Moore took to the field in the UNI-Dome on Saturday for the first time at the start of the second quarter. His first drive, a quick three-and-out....
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Grant Leaver second Tennessean in three years to win Greater Cedar Rapids Open golf tournament

MARION — For the second time in three years, the Smoky Mountains reign at the Greater Cedar Rapids Open. Second-round leader Grant Leaver held off a hard-charging group of golfers with birdies...
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Ryan Preece cashes in on risky career move with Xfinity win at Iowa Speedway

NEWTON — In modern NASCAR, simply having talent isn’t always enough. Any top driver will tell you there are thousands of racers across the country who have the ability to be behind the...
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Team Jenk wins the Class 2A state baseball championship

DES MOINES — A legendary high school baseball coach with terminal brain cancer rides in a donated medical RV three hours to see his team play its state championship game. He is lifted into a...
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Baseball notebook: Former C.R. Xavier prep Jon Keller rebuilds mentally to rebuild season, career

CEDAR RAPIDS — He was done. Jon Keller had a bad pitching outing for the Double-A Bowie Baysox the middle of last season. Make that the latest in a string of bad pitching outings. The former...
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Saturday at the Iowa high school state baseball tournament: Championship schedule, scores, how to watch

The final day of the 2016-17 high school sports year is here: Championship Saturday at the Iowa high school state baseball tournament. All four classes will crown champions at Principal Park in Des...
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Dallas Chandler picks up third win of the season at Hawkeye Downs

CEDAR RAPIDS — Dallas Chandler had built up a massive lead Friday night in the Miller Time Hornets series race at Hawkeye Downs. Chandler, who was sitting in second place in the points...
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Iowa City West falls behind early, never quite catches up to Dowling in state baseball semifinal loss

DES MOINES — It’s hard to catch the game sometimes, especially when you’re talking about it being the Class 4A state tournament semifinals. Ask Iowa City West. The Trojans never...
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Course-record 61 highlights day two of the Greater Cedar Rapids Open

MARION — Mitchell Homb needed a change in his golf approach. Aggressive first-round tactics that merely lumped him in with the rest of the pack gave way to conservative play throughout day...
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High school graduates prep for Iowa Shrine Bowl

The turf field inside the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls was buzzing with activity on Friday afternoon. No, the Panthers weren’t holding a practice to get ready for the upcoming season this fall....
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C.R. RoughRiders add Jake Obermeyer as assistant coach

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 28, 2017 - 11:52am
CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders announced Friday the addition of Jake Obermeyer as an assistant coach for the club. Obermeyer played in the United States Hockey League for the...
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Mount Vernon native Drew Russell’s decade around the soccer world comes full circle with Cedar Rapids Rampage United

Cedar Rapids Gazette - State/Local Sports - July 28, 2017 - 10:58am
CEDAR RAPIDS — Soccer took Drew Russell halfway around the world and back. The Mount Vernon native chose an unorthodox professional soccer path by leaving home a decade ago at age 16 and...
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Opinion: College athletes already compensated enough

Editor’s note: Grace Rozembajgier of Carmel, Ind., will be a junior at University High School this fall. She was in Iowa City last week as part of the University of Iowa’s Summer...
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