Linn-Mar defense much-improved as Lions stomp Prairie

CEDAR RAPIDS — Most improved football team in the Metro? Through one week, it’s the Linn-Mar Lions.

Gotta be.

“Thank you for saying that,” said quarterback Ryan Schmidt, after his four touchdowns (three rush [...]

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Sophomore transfer Drake looks to make splash for Linn-Mar swimmers

MARION — Linn-Mar girls’ swimming coach Chad Derlein already had plenty of reasons to be excited about the fall season.

But when sophomore transfer Kelsey Drake walked through his door toting a pair of runner-up finishes in las [...]

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2014 Iowa prep football preview

High school football season is less than a week away, and we have everything you need to prepare for the season. Check out the inside story on your school -- its schedule, key returning players, practice photos, and much more.

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Kennedy’s Sutton posts impressive start

Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Davis Sutton opened Mississippi Valley Conference play in the same manner he closed it last year.

He left his conference colleagues settling for second.

Sutton finished atop the MVC Mississippi Division la [...]

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2014 Prep Golfers To Watch

Conner Koberg, sr., C.R. Kennedy, Finished fifth at 2013 Class 4A state meet, Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association first-team all-state selection. first-team all-conference and first-team all-Metro, 73.09 18-hole average

Davis Sutton, s [...]

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2014 Prep Golf Teams To Watch

CEDAR RAPIDS KENNEDY — The Cougars are loaded again, coming off two straight state runner-up finishes to go with district and conference title streaks. Kennedy has all six golfers from last year’s state tournament back, looking for t [...]

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Jefferson has handled season’s curveballs

CEDAR RAPIDS — Cedar Rapids Jefferson has seen its share of curveballs this season.

The J-Hawks haven’t stopped swinging away at them, posting a strong regular season.

With injuries, weather damaging its baseball diamond [...]

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The Gazette Athletes of the Year

Photos by Adam Wesley, video features by Jim Slosiarek

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Linn-Mar bats light up Washington

MARION — Linn-Mar Coach Chad Lechner didn’t hand out any pats on the back or kicks to the behind.

After a disappointing loss to Cedar Rapids Washington, he emphasized the positive, highlighting what the Lions had done well. His [...]

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Sommer returns, leads Linn-Mar to sweep

MARION — Linn-Mar got its catalyst back, and celebrated with a pair of impressive wins over the Valley Division leaders.

Linn-Mar shortstop Katie Sommer returned to the lineup Tuesday night for the first time since being hit in the fa [...]

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Good week for Washington baseball

Cedar Rapids Washington has had a good week.

The Warriors have discovered their winning ways, opening the week with three straight wins over ranked teams.

Washington swept Class 3A sixth-ranked Dubuque Wahlert on Monday and captured th [...]

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Drahozal digs in

CEDAR RAPIDS — Erin Drahozal continues to baffle area pitchers on just how to get her out.

The Cedar Rapids Xavier junior extended her home run streak to four games and upped her batting average to an eye-popping .500 as the C [...]

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Jeffery blazes around the basepaths for Linn-Mar

CEDAR RAPIDS — Linn-Mar Coach Chad Lechner recognized Manny Jeffery had talent. The sophomore has certainly displayed glimpses of that potential.

Jeffery scored three runs, including the first two, to help Linn-Mar to an 8-7 victory o [...]

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Six Linn-Mar girls make all-state soccer team

There were a lot of smiling faces at the Linn-Mar girls’ soccer banquet this past weekend.

Part of the reason for the excitement was the fact the Lions posted an 18-1 record — all wins coming consecutively before getting shut o [...]

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Service by day, then a sweep at night

MARION — Their morning lifting session had nothing to do with barbells or squats.

Instead, it was trees and strewn shingles and assorted debris.

And in the process, they helped lift a community.

The Jefferson J-Hawk [...]

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