On the Mats by KJ Pilcher

Charlie Barnes bounces back with strong start for Kernels

CEDAR RAPIDS - Charlie Barnes had immediate success in the Midwest League. He impressed by not giving up a run in his first two starts with the Cedar ...

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Springville’s Henry Hoogland totals 5 touchdowns in season-opening win at West Central

MAYNARD - Henry Hoogland hated being on the sideline for most of last season.The Springville senior suffered a broken foot and couldn't join his teamm ...

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Cedar Rapids Jefferson relies on quality over quantity

CEDAR RAPIDS - Quality over quantity. Cedar Rapids Jefferson doesn't have much depth, but head coach Brian Webb likes the players who will suit up th ...

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Iowa City High attempts to reload with new faces

IOWA CITY - The PA announcer for Iowa City High football games will have to do some studying. Most of the names called will be different from last se ...

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Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s impressive start continues at stacked Warrior Invitational

AMANA - Brock Barnhart shared one of Cedar Rapids Kennedy's goals for this season.After missing the state meet by four strokes last season, the Cougar ...

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Central City’s unselfish rushing duo hopes to lead Wildcats to playoffs

CENTRAL CITY - Wade McKinney has been a running back from his first day in Central City's football program.Michael Walker was forced to run the ball w ...

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Speed and toughness highlight Cedar Rapids Kennedy

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Kennedy has its own version of the Fast and the Furious. These Cougars can run and they also have a hard-nosed approach. ...

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Linn-Mar claims second straight MVC Super Meet golf title

CEDAR RAPIDS - Linn-Mar golfers were recipients of some good-nature smack talk. The Lions laughed it off and embraced the challenge from former teamm ...

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Brother’s death motivates Prairie golfer Ian Johnston to help those battling addiction

CEDAR RAPIDS - Ian Johnston hopes his tragedy results in someone else's triumph. The Cedar Rapids Prairie junior is using his gift for golf to help o ...

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Dyersville Beckman blazes way to state baseball final with 8-0 win over Regina

DES MOINES - Dyersville Beckman co-coach Fred Martin received a gameday phone call. The call was from longtime Beckman skipper, Tom Jenk Jr. It inclu ...

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Waukee wins state baseball pitchers’ duel over Cedar Rapids Prairie

DES MOINES - Cedar Rapids Prairie knows what it is like to be on the winning end of a pitchers' duel. Last year's state title run opened with a 1-0 v ...

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Iowa City West hopes to add state baseball title to resume

DES MOINES - Iowa City West seniors have impressive achievements in their four years of baseball. The resume includes conference titles, substate cha ...

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Dubuque Wahlert walks off with state baseball quarterfinal victory over Marion

DES MOINES - The seventh inning was a roller coaster of emotion for Marion and Dubuque Wahlert. Each enduring the highs and lows of the ride. Unfort ...

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Dyersville Beckman continues emotional season with state baseball semifinal berth

DES MOINES - Dyersville Beckman continued its emotional season. In the Blazers' final practice before the state tournament, they welcomed an inspirat ...

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Regina’s approach leads to state baseball semifinals

DES MOINES - Iowa City Regina Coach Jeff Pacha has a simple formula. The Regals don't worry about the past or what lies ahead. Instead, they focus on ...

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