Diamonds and Ice by Jeff Johnson

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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Batts working on the mound, press box on deck

Kernels pitcher looks to become sportswriter after baseball

By Jeff Johnson, The Gazette

CEDAR RAPIDS — Mat Batts sat at his locker stall in the Cedar Rapids Kernels clubhouse recently and thoughtfully answered a r [...]

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Kernels’ Garver relishes being all-star ... at end of season

CEDAR RAPIDS — Mitch Garver got the more important honor in the Midwest League.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels [...]

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Kernels announce 2015 schedule

CEDAR RAPIDS — The 2014 regular season isn’t over, yet, but the Cedar Rapids Kernels announced Wednesday their 2015 schedule.

The Kernels open their Midwest League season Thursday, Aoril 9, at Kane [...]

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Kernels beat Kane County in 11, clinch top 2nd-half playoff seed

CEDAR RAPIDS — It’s not technically first place. At least not yet.

But to the Cedar Rapids Kernels, it sort of feels like it, and you can’t blame them.

“That’s what it&#x [...]

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Kennedy’s McKowen starts petition to get rid of “seat belt rule”

CEDAR RAPIDS – Six years of having the freedom to stand up from his bench and instruct his players has Jon McKowen fired up to be allowed to do it again.

The Cedar Rapids Kennedy boys’ basketball coach has begun a petition driv [...]

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Kernels’ Garver named MWL postseason all-star

DAVENPORT — Mitch Garver of the Cedar Rapids Kernels was named Monday to the Midwest League postseason all-star team.

Garver is the MWL’s all-star catcher, hitting .299 in 114 games with 29 doubles, a triple, 14 home runs and 7 [...]

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Kernels finally win at Quad Cities

DAVENPORT — The Cedar Rapids Kernels scored five runs in the first three innings and ended a seven-game losing streak at Modern Woodmen Park with a 6-1 win Tuesday night over the [...]

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Kernels lose, but officially qualify for MWL playoffs

DAVENPORT — The Cedar Rapids Kernels clinched a Midwest League playoff spot Sunday despite a tough 8-6 loss to the Quad Cities River Bandits continue »

Kernels see win streak halted at 8

CEDAR RAPIDS — If you’re going to have a long winning streak go kaput, it might as well be like this.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels didn’t get blown out or anything Wednesday night, losing to Qua [...]

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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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