Diamonds and Ice by Jeff Johnson

Luis Arraez named postseason Midwest League postseason all-star

CEDAR RAPIDS - Walking into the Cedar Rapids Kernels clubhouse after a recent game, you suddenly hear a high-pitched and playful loud squeal from some ...

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Still 2 Stakers at Coe College, but a different one is now in charge

CEDAR RAPIDS - Tyler Staker excused himself in the middle of an interview Monday at Coe College's football media day to address a quick problem. Excus ...

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C.R. Kernels get strong pitching from Brady Anderson, knock off Quad Cities, 4-1

CEDAR RAPIDS - The best thing about the position the Cedar Rapids Kernels are in right now is they don't have to do any scoreboard watching. None. Ju ...

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Former Linn-Mar prep Marcus Paige signs contract with NBA’s Utah Jazz

CEDAR RAPIDS - The NBA's Utah Jazz announced Monday afternoon that they have signed former Linn-Mar prep Marcus Paige to a 2016-17 contract. Paige, t ...

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C.R. Kernels rally late for another important win over Burlington

CEDAR RAPIDS - Someone's got to knock Casey Scoggins down a peg or two because he's getting a big head. Actually that was a giant-sized cardboard cut ...

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Again in control of their playoff destiny, C.R. Kernels topple Burlington, 3-0

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Cedar Rapids Kernels have been here before. About two months ago. They had 17 regular-season games remaining going into Friday nig ...

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Minor League Notebook: Former Hawkeye Joel Booker off to great pro start

CEDAR RAPIDS - There is no stop sign for Joel Booker. "I've got a great light," the Great Falls Voyagers outfielder said. "When I get on base, I just ...

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Cedar Rapids Jefferson targets sustained success

CEDAR RAPIDS - The hardest work is over. Or is it? Cedar Rapids Jefferson's football program is respectable again. Its metamorphis is the ultimate co ...

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QB Reese Phillips aims to lead motivated Linn-Mar

MARION - You've got a returning quarterback, you've got a chance. Not sure anyone has ever really said that, but it does make sense. Linn-Mar has Ree ...

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Lone Tree, Iowa Valley the latest schools to go the 8-player football route

CEDAR RAPIDS - There are little things about moving from 11-player to 8-player football that you wouldn't realize. It's still running, passing, block ...

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C.R. Kernels split double-header at Peoria

PEORIA, Ill. - Travis Blankenhorn hit his first home run, driving in three runs to help the Cedar Rapids Kernels gain a double-header split with the P ...

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Kennedy intent on remaining a contender in Class 4A

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars are determined not to be a one-hit, one-year wonder. They had the best football season in school hist ...

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Minor League Notebook: 4 Clinton pitchers combine for no-hitter

It's always great to get one by yourself, but the no-hitter the Clinton LumberKings had Tuesday night was four times as nice. Pitchers Pedro Vasquez, ...

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C.R. Kernels blast Kane County, 10-1, give Manager Jake Mauer his 301st career Kernels win

GENEVA, Ill. - Zander Wiel had five hits and helped lift the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 10-1 victory Friday night over the Kane County Cougars at Fifth ...

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Eduardo Del Rosario tames Kane County Cougars again for C.R. Kernels

GENEVA, Ill. - Eduardo Del Rosario just has something about the Kane County Cougars. He loves to shut them out. The right-handed Cedar Rapids Kernels ...

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