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.





Meet The Kernels — Zander Wiel

Name: Zander Wiel

Number: 21

Position: First Base

Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 232 pounds

Age: 23

Hometown: McBrayer, Tennessee

Noteworthy: Played 13 games last season for Rookie-level Eliza ... »

Rafael Valera of Cedar Rapids Kernels can play any position

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Cedar Rapids Kernels have an infinite amount of promotions each season.

Friday night was "Minions Night," for instance, with hats of the "Despicable Me" characters distributed. Daily between-innings promotions include a "Pizza ... »

Meet The Kernels — Zack Tillery

Name: Zack Tillery

Number: 46

Position: Pitcher

Throws: Right

Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 210 pounds

Age: 23

Hometown: Naples, Florida

Noteworthy: Made 28 appearances, 15 starts, last season for Kernels. Had 5-5 re ... »

Sam Clay of Cedar Rapids Kernels being molded into starting pitcher

CEDAR RAPIDS - This decision to make Sam Clay a starting pitcher appears to be a wise one.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels left-hander continued his out-getting ways Friday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium, pitching into the sixth inning for a 4-1 wi ... »

Morgan Hawk still calling C.R. Kernels games, just not as many

CEDAR RAPIDS - That chuckle you heard Saturday night was Morgan Hawk.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels played a double-header at Clinton that didn't conclude until about 12:45 a.m. Sunday morning. The first game went an excruciatingly long 18 innings.

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Meet The Kernels — Manuel Guzman

Name: Manuel Guzman

Number: 1

Position: Infield

Bats/Throws: Switch/Right

Height/Weight: 5-foot-9, 160 pounds

Age: 21

Hometown: Santo Domingo Norte, Dominican Republic

Noteworthy: Joined Kernels mid-April from M ... »

Podcast: 'Triple Play' on hot starts for Cubs and White Sox, state of youth baseball

The "Triple Play" podcast with Jeff Johnson, K.J. Pilcher and Nathan Ford reacts to hot starts from Chicago's teams, ... »

Neither weather nor injury is holding back Cedar Rapids Kernels’ infielder Luis Arraez

CEDAR RAPIDS - Not even a swollen knee or weather that's as un-Venezuelan as you can get is stopping Luis Arraez from hitting everything in sight and reaching base all the time.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels infielder had two more hits and two more wal ... »

Meet The Kernels — Michael Theofanopoulos

Name: Michael Theofanopoulos

Number: 43

Position: Pitcher

Throws: Left

Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 185 pounds

Age: 23

Hometown: Pleasanton, California

Noteworthy: Pitched last season for the Kernels, going 5-3 with ... »

Late misfortune dooms Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in Game 5 loss to Bloomington

CEDAR RAPIDS - The thing about hockey is that you can compete your butt off, play well by most standards and have all that undone by one untimely bounce.

It was having that puck luck go against them that ended the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders' seaso ... »