Diamonds and Ice by Jeff Johnson

Kernels win 8th in a row, lose Stewart

CEDAR RAPIDS – You’ve seen the last of Kohl Stewart this season.

That’s not official or anything quite yet, but jus [...]

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Hu-dini’s act another winning one for Kernels

CEDAR RAPIDS — His pitching coach has taken to calling him Hu-dini. It fits.

Hu’s the man for the Cedar Rapids Kernels? Why, yes, he has been.

“The guy’s a pitcher, there’ [...]

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Coe hopes to reload, not rebuild

CEDAR RAPIDS – You’ve got left tackle Lathan Bass, wide receivers Nick Lenstra and Elijah Phillips, quarterback Josh Rekers and linebacker Gaetano Tarantino. That’s it.

You want to know Coe College’s returning foo [...]

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Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon touches RoughRiders Coach Carlson

CEDAR RAPIDS – Mark Carlson is one of the most social media-less guys you’ll ever meet.

The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders head coach and general manager doesn’t have a Facebook account, isn [...]

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A wacky walk-off win for the Kernels

CEDAR RAPIDS — This is one of the reasons it’s called the grand old game.

You can go to the ballpark a million times and still know you haven’t seen it all and never will. Case in point was Sunday afternoon’s 5-4 [...]

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Hinojosa the hero for Kernels

CEDAR RAPIDS — He came here last week a career .200 hitter, but Jonatan Hinojosa has been way more Wade Boggs than Mario Mendoza since his return to the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Or Joe Mauer, if you want to use so [...]

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Gonsalves out to prove his doubters wrong

CEDAR RAPIDS – It’s not like Stephen Gonsalves is hurting for money.

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Explosion in middle innings helps Kernels to romp over Beloit

BELOIT, Wis. — The Cedar Rapids Kernels scored six times in the fifth inning and four more times in the sixth and routed the Beloit Snappers, 12-5, in Midwest League baseball [...]

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Wulkow to retire from IHSAA, Beste will replace

BOONE — Iowa High School Athletic Association Executive Director Rick Wulkow will retire January 31, the association announced Monday.

Wulkow served as executive director for 10 years and has been with the [...]

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Kernels gain infielder Hinojosa

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Kernels officially announced one incoming player Monday afternoon, but not two that are outgoing.

Infielder Jonatan Hinojosa will join the M [...]

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White gets his chance, Goodchild a second one

CEDAR RAPIDS – One new coach, one new coach who actually is an old coach.

Monday is the official start of practice for prep football teams around the state, and it’s a special day for Brian White and Kal Goodchild. That’ [...]

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Kernels lose to Kane County in 15 innings

CEDAR RAPIDS – It was a bit of hubris, for sure, though you had to give Ben Carhart some leeway there.

When you’re a catcher by trade, com [...]

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RoughRiders trade 2nd-year forward Master

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders have traded veteran forward Nick Master to the Tri-City Storm for a conditional 2015 draft pick, RoughRiders Coach/General Manager Mark Carlson said Saturday.

Master, 19, was the Riders [...]

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A chat with Twins farm director Brad Steil

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Gazette’s Jeff Johnson sat down with Minnesota Twins Director of Player Development Brad Steil for a quick conversation Friday afternoon about the 2014 Cedar Rapids Kernels, some of their better prospects and the e [...]

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Kernels Win In Extra Innings

CEDAR RAPIDS — Bunt? Not Bryan Haar, not in that situation.

“No, I wasn’t going to bunt,” the Cedar Rapids Kernels third baseman said with a smile after his walk-off double gave his team a 4-3, 11-inning win over [...]

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