Diamonds and Ice by Jeff Johnson

C.R. Kernels with walk-off win, Zander Wiel hits big home run in honor of late grandfather

CEDAR RAPIDS - It would have been the perfect story, but it'll have to settle for just being really good.Zander Wiel demolished a three-run home run o ...

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Miles Nordgren throws a gem, but Kernels fall to Wisconsin in 11 innings

CEDAR RAPIDS - Miles Nordgren's fastball probably never got any faster than 90 miles per hour Saturday night. "That comes on a good day," the Cedar R ...

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Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz decries youths playing any sport year around

DYERSVILLE - On a beautiful day filled with rampant positivity, John Smoltz chose to fire a warning shot toward youth parents and coaches Thursday aft ...

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Kernels lose to Wisconsin, 8-3, but Michael Theofanopoulos continues to throw well

CEDAR RAPIDS - One of his streaks remains alive, while another has gone by the wayside.Not because of anything Michael Theofanopoulos did Friday night ...

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Lots of offense for Cedar Rapids Kernels in 12-2 swatting of Burlington

BURLINGTON - The Cedar Rapids Kernels scored nine times in the first three innings and destroyed the Burlington Bees, 12-2, Thursday night at Communit ...

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Hall of Famer John Smoltz visit Field of Dreams

DYERSVILLE - Commissioners of the big four sports leagues in America get a lot of public guff all the time anyway. But in this case, Rob Manfred was g ...

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Randy LeBlanc’s scoreless streak finally comes to an end for Cedar Rapids Kernels

BURLINGTON - Someone scored on Randy LeBlanc. But just once.The Cedar Rapids Kernels starting pitcher saw his scoreless streak end with two outs in th ...

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He comes from a basketball family, but Zander Wiel of C.R. Kernels chooses baseball

CEDAR RAPIDS - He was born into a serious hoops family, but Zander Wiel knew fairly early in life that was not going to be his future sport. "I playe ...

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Padres option Cascade’s Colin Rea to Triple-A

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres optioned Cascade's Colin Rea to Triple-A El Paso on Monday.Rea was 3-2 with a 4.47 earned run average in 10 pitching ...

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MLB Commissioner Manfred, Hall of Fame pitcher Smoltz to appear Thursday at Field of Dreams

DYERSVILLE - Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz will appear Thursday at the #x201c;Field of Dreams#x2 ...

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Iowa City High names Derek Roberts its new boys’ basketball coach

IOWA CITY - Iowa City High announced Monday night that Derek Roberts has been hired as its new varsity boys' basketball coach, pending school board ap ...

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Cedar Rapids Kernels roll past Quad Cities, LaMonte Wade continues to reach base

CEDAR RAPIDS - On a day when the Cedar Rapids Kernels had a bunch of hits, LaMonte Wade didn't have any, and that's news. It was just the sixth time ...

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'Signs' mean something different to Cedar Rapids Kernels outfielder Daniel Kihle

CEDAR RAPIDS - As far as backgrounds go, Daniel Kihle rates toward the top in the Cedar Rapids Kernels clubhouse when it comes to most interesting. T ...

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Horrible 6th inning foils C.R. Kernels in 10-4 loss to Quad Cities

CEDAR RAPIDS - Things were going along so smootly Saturday night for the Cedar Rapids Kernels. They'd scratched across a couple of runs, starter Dere ...

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Fernando Romero shines for Cedar Rapids Kernels in return from Tommy John surgery

CEDAR RAPIDS - Dream up the best possible scenario for your first official game back after Tommy John elbow surgery, and Fernando Romero exceded it Fr ...

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