Diamonds & Ice

Jeff Johnson

Multi-media sports reporter for SourceMedia in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who has covered it all over the past 20-plus years. Particularly enjoy baseball and hockey.





What did Lachlan Wells do? Throw a gem Monday for Cedar Rapids Kernels

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Twitter account @WhatLachlanDid was alive and active Monday afternoon.

"Dominant isn't even the right word to describe how amazing I really was," one post said, ... »

As season’s end draws near, C.R. Kernels mindful of starting pitcher workloads

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cody Stashak hit the magic 100 number Sunday afternoon.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels pitcher has officially thrown 100 1/3 innings this season after working six frames in a 10-6 win over Dayton at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Th ... »

Uncertain times for all Minnesota Twins employees after firing of GM Terry Ryan

CEDAR RAPIDS - These are weird times for employees of the Minnesota Twins organization. Uncertain times, too.

General Manager Terry Ryan was fired last week after 18 years on the job over two separate stints. He had been with the organization si ... »

Chris Ibarra gets his chance in affiliated baseball; C.R. Kernels lose, 3-1

CEDAR RAPIDS - Chris Ibarra was in the original starting lineup for the Cedar Rapids Kernels the day after his contract was purchased from an independent team in early June by the Minnesota Twins but had to be removed because he hadn't officially been a ... »

Edgewood-Colesburg baseball seniors learn how to win

CEDAR RAPIDS - You get thrown into a situation you're not mentally or physically prepared for sometimes in small-school sports.

So it was for the six seniors on this Edgewood-Colesburg baseball team. They were part of the varsity as eighth-grade ... »

C.R. Kernels see 7-game win streak snapped by Bowling Green, 5-4

CEDAR RAPIDS - They just had a long win streak snapped, but Cedar Rapids Kernels Manager Jake Mauer won't so far as to say he thinks everything is coming together for his ballclub.

#x201c;We're playing better,#x201d; Mauer said, after Bowling Gree ... »

Mike Jones with 2-hit shutout of Alburnett as Ed-Co advances to state baseball for 1st time

MANCHESTER - They know Principal Park. It won't be unfamiliar to them.

"We take the kids down to the state tournament every year to watch," Coach Aaron Hamann said. "But we told them it'd be nice to actually play a game there."

Which the ... »

Luis Arraez with late heroics as C.R. Kernels beat Fort Wayne in 10 innings for 7th straight win

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Luis Arraez tripled leading off the top of the 10th inning and scored on an errant throw on the play to give the Cedar Rapids Kernels a 3-2 Midwest League victory over Fort Wayne on Monday night at Parkview Field.

It's the sev ... »

Cedar Rapids Kennedy spots Western Dubuque 2 runs, scores final 12 for substate romp

CEDAR RAPIDS - Sometimes coaches can learn from their players instead of it always being vice versa.

Things like not to get too uptight if the ball doesn't bounce your team's way early. Just trust your guys, let them play and see what happens. ... »

You’ll be counting pitches, not innings next season in prep baseball

CEDAR RAPIDS - The National Federation of State High School Associations announced last week that each state will be required to create new policies to restrict the number of pitches thrown by prep baseball pitchers.

The policies will go into ef ... »