Diamonds and Ice by Jeff Johnson

USHL announces rules changes for Fall Classic, regular season

The United States Hockey League has announced rules experimentations that will be used in the league’s annual Fall Classic, which began Monday. It also announced rules that will be in effect for the 2014-15 regula [...]

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Losing streak behind it, Anamosa goes on win streak

ANAMOSA – Ryan Streets knew way back on the Fourth of July that his Anamosa Blue Raiders would end the long losing streak that has dogged the school’s football program for three years.

He asked his team if he should open the sc [...]

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Xavier finally gets a home game

CEDAR RAPIDS – It's an honest to goodness, actual home football game for the Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints. Imagine that.

“I won't know how to react,” said Xavier Coach Duane Schulte.

Xavier's first two games this se [...]

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Old-man Oglevie back again for RoughRiders

CEDAR RAPIDS – Technically, Andrew Oglevie could come back again. He won’t be aged out of the United States Hockey League afte [...]

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Former RoughRiders player charged in NHL enforcer’s death

Jordy Hart, who played hockey for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the 2003-04 season, was arrested Monday in New York and charged with provi [...]

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Second-half surge gives Kernels successful 2014 season

CEDAR RAPIDS – Jake Mauer unabashedly tells you about his career goal in baseball. It isn’t to be a longtime manager in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

If the parent Minnesota Twins want him to return to town an [...]

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Same old playoff situation for Kernels

CEDAR RAPIDS – They rallied after dropping Game 1 at home in their previous series, but this is a different deal for the Cedar Rapids Kernels. A whole different deal.

A 5-2 loss Saturday night to continue »


Kane County ends Kernels’ season

GENEVA, Ill. — They got more than they ever could have asked from their newbie emergency starting pitcher, but it still wasn’t enough for the Cedar Rapids Kernels to save their 2014 season.

Carlos [...]

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Coe to induct 4 into athletics hall of fame

CEDAR RAPIDS — Coe College announced Friday it will induct four people into its athletics hall of fame during homecoming weekend Sept. 18-21.

The 2014 HOF class is Lorri Eberhard Zeller, Brent Thurness and Marika Pewe. Zeller (class o [...]

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RoughRiders win preseason opener

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders scored four goals in the first period and went on to beat the Lincoln Stars, 4-1, in their first game at the preseason USHL continue »


Kernels beat Burlington, advance to division finals

BURLINGTON – The rest of this season for the Cedar Rapids Kernels might be all about Roady.

Ron Plein is the club’s longtime equipment manager and lives in a room during the summer that was especia [...]

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Wade with late winning homer as Kernels survive

BURLINGTON – Where do you want to start? Let’s say the top, then work on down.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels saved their Midwest League season with a 2-1 win Thursday [...]

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Marion’s Perkins 1 win from tying career wins record

MARION – As you may or may not know, Tony Perkins has three tattoos. They profess his love of Marion High School football and celebrate the three undefeated teams he has coached there.

Having the school’s Indian head logo perma [...]

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Kernels blanked by Burlington in Game 1

CEDAR RAPIDS – The Cedar Rapids Kernels’ playoff chances look like Mitch Garver did postgame Wednesday night.

“Not great,” Garver said, after a 2-0 loss to Burlington in Game 1 of the [...]

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Locals in the Minors (Final stats)

The minor league baseball regular season is over for the 11 players representing the Metro, area and University of Iowa.

My 2014 Player of the Year is an easy pick. It’s outfielder continue »