On the Mats by KJ Pilcher

Week 1 promises many marquee matchups

Battles between highly-ranked teams? Yes. Regional rivals? Of course. Programs fighting over a traveling trophy and novelty games? You bet. The fir ...

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Kennedy opens with tough test, hosting Muscatine

CEDAR RAPIDS - Consider the preseason as a long cram sessions for Cedar Rapids Kennedy.The work up until this point has been preparation for a very to ...

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Four Downs with The Gazette: Prep football Week 1

1st & 10 Q: Which 4A district seems to be the toughest, in which a very good team could get left out of the playoffs due to the new format? JL: Such ...

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Andrew Joseph thrives on the field and in the classroom for Cornell

MOUNT VERNON - No one is going to mistake Heritage Days with Mardi Gras. In fact, you may not find more different locales than Mount Vernon and New O ...

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2016 Prep Football Preview

For some, the prep football season lasts two to three months from the start of practice to the final whistle. For others with the goal of playing bey ...

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Lone Tree handles Central City in 8-player football debut

LONE TREE - If anyone questioned why Lone Tree made the move to 8-player football, that likely changed to why did the Lions wait so long after their d ...

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Helen Maroulis captures first women’s freestyle medal for the United States

The United States was in search of its first Olympic medal in women's freestyle wrestling.Not only did Helen Maroulis deliver, but she made sure it wa ...

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Daniel Dennis receives Olympic draw

Daniel Dennis has traveled the Road to Rio and now his path to an Olympic medal has been revealed. Dennis, the former University of Iowa NCAA finalis ...

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Dominant Cedar Rapids Washington linebacker O’Rien Vance fueled by love of football

CEDAR RAPIDS - O'Rien Vance hadn't played a down of football in his life. He never attended a practice or made a tackle. His father, Johnnie Vance, ...

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Experienced Saints look to make mark this golf season

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Xavier has become a regular at the state golf tournament. The Saints have forged their way to the Class 4A meet all but o ...

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Iowa wrestling hosts Penn State, Ohio State

IOWA CITY - The University of Iowa welcomes the last two NCAA Division I national champions to Carver-Hawkeye Arena this season. Iowa released its 20 ...

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Cedar Rapids Washington's Paul James looks forward to focusing solely on football

CEDAR RAPIDS - This season will be slightly different from Paul James' past four decades at Cedar Rapids Washington. For one, he technically opened t ...

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Pansegrau closes strong to repeat as City Am golf champion

CEDAR RAPIDS - Nothing to lose turned into another title to gain. Justin Pansegrau used an aggressive approach to add to the trophies he keeps stashe ...

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At the heart of Prairie's baseball title

Tyler Nunemaker was on top of the world. Cedar Rapids Prairie had just beaten Waukee in its first state baseball semifinal appearance Friday, assurin ...

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Pleasantville edges Beckman in 2A state quarterfinals

DES MOINES - Dyersville Beckman had its chances and knocked on the door to home. Every time the Blazers did, Pleasantville slammed the door shut. Th ...

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