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  • NEW ERA: Iowa Speedway Gears Up

    This weekend, a new era goes green at Iowa Speedway. NASCAR now owns the track and everything looks in order. The logos are painted. Haulers are arriving. But new Iowa Speedway president, Jimmy Small, doesn’t see it like that. “I guess you could say I’m a worrier by nature. It’s where I come from in my family,” Small said. Last September NASCAR gave Small the keys to the track and since it’s been full speed ahead. “We’ve put so many […]

  • IOWA ENERGY: The Energy Behind The Scenes

    The Iowa Energy lives up to its name thanks in no small part to Chris Makris. It’s all retro now. The logo, the jerseys even the purple and orange walls. “I actually painted that wall,” the general manager said. “I guess I do a little bit of everything.” Chris Makris’ most recent remodeling job helped turn an organization from scratch to being a part of a NBA franchise. “Seven years ago when this team just started, it was just a […]

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    High School Soccer Scores – May 2nd

    BOYS SCORES Ankeny 1, Southeast Polk 0 Central Clinton, DeWitt 3, West Delaware, Manchester 1 Chariton 3, Carlisle 0 Clear Creek-Amana 3, Williamsburg 0 Humboldt 4, CAL, Latimer 1 Johnston 1, Urbandale 0 Marion 3, Center Point-Urbana 0 Marquette Catholic, Bellevue 3, Northeast, Goose Lake 0 North Polk, Alleman 4, Oskaloosa 1 Storm Lake 4, Denison-Schleswig 1 Wapello 6, Mediapolis 0 Washington 1, Mount Pleasant 0 GIRLS SCORES Ames 3, Cedar Falls 0 Bettendorf 2, Belleville Althoff Catholic (IL) 1 […]

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    GIRLS SOCCER: Nevada On 10-0 Run

    Rain washed away practices all over Iowa Wednesday, but not in Nevada. There may be rain puddles on the Nevada soccer field, but at 10-0 the sun always seems to be shining. The team are busy grooming their potential on the practice field, or in this case, the middle school gym. After five appearances in seven years the cubs want to take the next step. The perfect record is no smoke screen. They have eight shutouts and three wins against […]

  • MALL VAULT: Fan And Athlete Favorite

    From grocery stores to shopping malls, fans don’t know what or where the Drake Relays will strike next. It was a full house at the Jordan Creek Town Center for the mall vault Wednesday evening. World record holder Renaud Lavilleni didn’t disappoint clearing 18-feet-8-and-three-quarter-inches. Yarsley Silva won the women’s pole vault. But they’re not the only ones hitting the heights. The event, now in its fifth year, saw a huge crowd. The athletes say they also enjoy the novelty and […]

  • CITY SECRET: Ultimate Frisbee Taking Off

    There’s a non-traditional sport migrating to Iowa and now gaining popularity in Des Moines. “I think it`s one of the best kept secrets in the Des Moines metro area,” player Rob Johnson says. It may be a little hard to find in Water Works Park but that’s not stopping the 200-odd participants each year. “It`s so isolated, but that`s what makes it great to come out here and play,” player Brad Adam adds. Everyone who found their way here has […]

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    TOUGH START: Barnstormers Home At Last

    It has been a long four weeks for the Iowa Barnstormers. Their first road game was out in Spokane. Then week two it was back out to the west coast to Portland where Iowa got its only win of the year. After a bye-week the Barnstormers lost by seven in Cleveland. Those three trips totaled almost 8,000 miles all before a single home game. Tuesday marked the first practice inside their home arena. So players had a lot of questions. […]

  • DIEHARD FANS: Cold And Wet Can’t Stop I-Cubs Crowd

    The Iowa Cubs have seen worse opening days. It snowed last year. But Thursday’s cold and wet forecast kept most fans away but not the diehards though. Most of the fans weathered the cold, rain and wind, but not all are that diehard. Some are just smart. A heater, a good view, a dry seat, that’s the life inside the clubhouse. The players don’t reward the brave fans. Memphis Redbirds take it 10-2.

  • DAMP START: I-Cubs Set For Season Opener

    Players prepare for the Iowa Cubs’ home opener at Principal Park. Weather may keep some fans away...

  • OPENING DAY: I-Cubs Prepare For Season Opener

    The I-Cubs are preparing the Sec Taylor Field at Principal Park for Thursday night’s home opener. Temperatures are expected to be in the low 40s or high 30s. The unpredictable Iowa weather keeps the groundskeepers guessing, and this year, they’ve only had a few days to work the field into game-shape. The first home game hits sooner than many years. “Being in Iowa you never know what you’re going to get. We’re used to that. We alternate years so last […]

  • STILL STANDING: Moving Forward Without Niang

    The diagnosis of Georges Niang’s broken right foot took the wind out of Iowa State’s sails. Their 18-point second round win over NC Central felt like a loss, but if there was a stat for resiliency, Iowa State would lead the country. Nothing seems to bother this group. “It’s a tough blow obviously,” said coach Fred Hoiberg before Saturday’s practice in San Antonio, “We’ll miss him, but I can promise you this, we’ll here Georges and he’ll be out there […]

  • TEXAS TAKEOVER: Clone Fans Find Fun in San Antonio

    From The Alamo, to the Riverwalk…Iowa State fans in San Antonio found ways to pass the time while waiting for Friday night’s game.


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