Diamonds and Ice by Jeff Johnson

Meet the RoughRiders - Cal Burke

Name: Cal Burke

Position: Forward

Number: 21

Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 175 pounds

Age: 17

Hometown: Boxborough, Mass.

Noteworthy: Played five games last season with RoughRiders on emergency, injury fill-in basis [...]

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USHL Notebook

These are provided each week by the United States Hockey League. Just click on the icon for Week One notes.

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Kernels officially take over Waterloo Bucks

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Kernels announced Monday they have officially taken over operations of the Waterloo Bucks of the collegiate continue »

Meet The RoughRiders — Ben Blacker

Name: Ben Blacker

Position: Goaltender

Age: 17

Height/Weight: 5-foot-9, 174 pounds

Hometown: Oakville, Ontario

Noteworthy: Acquired last spring in a dispersal draft when the USHL’s Indiana Ice decided to take t [...]

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Season opener a smashing success for RoughRiders

CEDAR RAPIDS – USA Hockey Magazine is sponsoring power rankings for the United States Hockey League this season. Eleven media members who follow the league vote on where the [...]

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Prairie hires Rima as baseball coach

CEDAR RAPIDS — It’s called the College Community School District for a reason. Cedar Rapids Prairie geographically neighbors Kirkwood Community College and has hired another of its coaches to be the head coach for one of its summer s [...]

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Rare touchdown pass lifts DeWitt Central past Marion

MARION – That was DeWitt Central's first, and, so far, only touchdown pass of the season you saw Friday night at Thomas Park, folks.

“Unfortunately,” said quarterback Logan Sheppard.

The unfortunately part belonge [...]

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RoughRiders’ Fronk learning North America

CEDAR RAPIDS – Technology is amazing.

Jiri Fronk is in the United States for the first time, playing hockey for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. The winger from the Czech Republlic doesn’t speak [...]

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Initial USHL power rankings

USA Hockey Magazine is sponsoring regular power rankings for the United States Hockey League this season. The rankings are accumlated via vote of 11 media members, including The Gazette’s Jeff Johnson.

With [...]

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Sans Tirone, RoughRiders look for successful season

CEDAR RAPIDS – From here forward, no one needs to talk about it.

The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders won’t have goaltender Danny Tirone this season. What a late, significant and unexpected loss.


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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 »

Role reversal for Coe

CEDAR RAPIDS – This was a reverse.

Not in the fool-the-defense, have-your-receiver-run-for-a-touchdown reverse way. For the Coe Kohawks, Saturday was the exact opposite of the way their first two football gam [...]

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Coe tackles the powerful WIAC

CEDAR RAPIDS – To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. Someone has said that once or twice over the years.

When it comes to NCAA Division III football, it doesn’t get a whole lot better than the Wisconsin Intercolle [...]

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Elkader Central keeps scoring and scoring and scoring

CEDAR RAPIDS – Hard to fathom how a football team can be almost a month into its season and be scoring 77 points a game.

Elkader Central put up 62 in its opener, followed that with a whopping 94 in its second game and had 76 last week [...]

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Goaltender Tirone expected to depart RoughRiders

CEDAR RAPIDS — It’s a little more than a week until the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders open their United States Hockey League season, and they’re suddenly looking for a n [...]

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