Diamonds and Ice by Jeff Johnson

Former Kennedy prep Zach Daniels named Big Ten pitcher of the week

IOWA CITY - Former Cedar Rapids Kennedy prep Zach Daniels has been named Big Ten Conference baseball pitcher of the week, it has been announced. A so ...

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All-area boys' basketball: Connor McCaffery ignores critics, proves his worth on court

CEDAR RAPIDS - There are perks. Lots of them. When your father is the head coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes, you have access to a lot of things the average ...

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C.R. RoughRiders continue fighting down the stretch, but shut out by Youngstown, 3-0

CEDAR RAPIDS - They are not going away meekly, and that's much to the credit of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. They lost again Friday night at the Ced ...

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It’s a RoughRiders state

CEDAR RAPIDS - They still talk about the "bathroom rule." It's one that's in effect even today. The urinals and toilets must be flushed in the Cedar ...

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Still no college decision for Iowa City West’s Devontae Lane

CEDAR RAPIDS - Devontae Lane got some organized, or at least semi-organized, run Wednesday night at Kirkwood's Johnson Hall. It could have been for th ...

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Eastern Iowa All-Star prep basketball games Wednesday night at Kirkwood

CEDAR RAPIDS - Kirkwood Community College again will host the Eastern Iowa All-Star Games prep basketball event, Wednesday evening at Johnson Hall. T ...

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Ice issues delay RoughRiders’ 3-0 shutout of Omaha

CEDAR RAPIDS - In what has been the season from hell in a lot of ways, it was only appropriate that the start of Wednesday night's Cedar Rapids RoughR ...

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All-state boys' basketball: Xavier's Mims, North Linn's Hilmer, West's McCaffery and Lane among those honored

CEDAR RAPIDS - The name Mims and baseball just seem to go together. Larry Mims was an all-stater at Cedar Rapids Washington in the 1980s, played coll ...

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It’s a Class 3A repeat for Cedar Rapids Xavier

DES MOINES - His Twitter handle is Peanut, but that's ironic. There is nothing small about Matt Mims' game. The junior point guard's driving layup wi ...

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Cedar Rapids Kennedy, West Delaware drop state tournament consolation games

DES MOINES - They didn't win a state championship, but this was a great season for the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars. Kennedy lost the Class 4A state ...

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Iowa City West is best again in Class 4A

DES MOINES - Not this year, Valley. Not this year. It's Iowa City West's season. The top-seeded and top-ranked Trojans wanted nothing to do with ano ...

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Boys' state basketball tournament: Saturday's preview and predictions

DES MOINES - Capsules on Saturday's games at the boys' state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena:   Class 3A Championship Cedar Rapids Xavie ...

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Iowa City West back to 4A title game after 61-37 semifinal win over C.R. Kennedy

DES MOINES - Last year was a second. The year before that was a third. The year before that was a first. If historical cycles run in threes, you know ...

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Boys’ state tournament notebook: North Linn wins 1A consolation to finish 27-1

DES MOINES - Here's the thing about these North Linn Lynx. They're all back. How utterly depressing that must be to the rest of the Tri-Rivers Confer ...

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Boys’ state basketball tournament: Friday’s preview

DES MOINES - Capsules on Friday's games at the boys' state basketball tournament at Wells Fargo Arena:   Class 4A Semifinals No. 1 Iowa City West ( ...

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