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.





Kernels IF Montesino sent to Rookie ball, pitcher Marzi joins club from indy ball

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Cedar Rapids Kernels announced a pair of players move Friday, prior to beginning a four-game Midwest League series at Clinton.

Infielder Ariel Montesino was assigned by the parent Minnesota Twins to Rookie-level Elizabethton. Mo ... »

Much better performance for Kernels in 11-3 clobbering of Burlington

CEDAR RAPIDS - Tommy Watkins let hitting coach Brian Dinkelman coach third base Thursday night because he wanted to be on the bench to make sure the energy of his Cedar Rapids Kernels remained high the entire game.

That's been an issue for the c ... »

Triple Play Podcast: Cedar Rapids Jefferson Coach Kyle Rodenkirk

Cedar Rapids Jefferson baseball coach Kyle Rodenkirk joins the Triple Play Podcast to talk about the J-Hawks' big week, including a sweep of No. 7 Cedar Rapids Washington, Jefferson's postseason prospects, his baseball-loving family and more.

Th ... »

C.R.’s A.J. Puk selected to play in baseball’s Futures Game

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Washington graduate A.J. Puk has been selected to participate in the 2017 Futures Game, July 9 at Marlins Park in Miami. It is held in conjunction with the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and includes many of the top pros ... »

Kernels walk but don’t run in 5-2 loss to Burlington

CEDAR RAPIDS - You play baseball virtually every day for over five months, you're going to have some good games, you're going to have some bad games. You're going to have some games that just make others scratch their heads.

One of the latter ca ... »

C.R. Kernels reliever Evan Sanders enjoying unlikely pro baseball career

CEDAR RAPIDS - The beauty of minor league baseball in Class A is seemingly every kid has a story. Evan Sanders of the Cedar Rapids Kernels has one that's pretty good.

The relief pitcher threw the ninth inning of his team's 6-2 loss Tuesday night ... »

New-look Kernels a work in progress, fall to Burlington, 6-2

CEDAR RAPIDS - When you lose over 40 percent of your lineup to promotions all at once, you can't expect things to run silky smooth.

To be specific, the Cedar Rapids Kernels had 44.444 percent of their most-days regulars sent up to high-Class A F ... »

Kernels drop 3-2 toughie at Quad Cities

DAVENPORT - The Quad Cities River Bandits rallied from a 2-0 hole, scoring two runs in the fourth inning and one in the fifth for a 3-2 win Saturday night over the Cedar Rapids Kernels in Midwest League baseball.

The Kernels dropped to 1-2 in th ... »

Baseball notebook: Jake Mauer enjoying his new assignment in Double-A

CEDAR RAPIDS - All Jake Mauer does is develop players and win ballgames. It doesn't depend on the level.

The former Cedar Rapids Kernels manager took his Double-A Chattanooga team to a first-half division championship in the Southern League. The ... »

Kent Allison steps down as football coach at Lisbon

LISBON - One of the most successful prep football coaches in the area has stepped down.

Kent Allison has resigned as head coach at Lisbon, he confirmed. Allison was the Lions' boss for 18 seasons, leading the school to the 2011 Class A state champ ... »