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Gardner and Ellis Golf Courses Open

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – Gardner Golf Course, 5101 Golf Course Rd, Hwy 13, opened for the season today. Ellis Golf Course, 1401 Zika Ave NW, will open on Tuesday, April 3. Tee times are available now by going online or calling the courses. The clubhouses will operate from 8:00 a.m. to dusk.

For daily course conditions, or with questions, call Gardner at 319-286-5586 or Ellis at 319-286-5589. Find information on individual courses, specials, lessons and leagues at

Feast-or-famine offense comes back to haunt Cubs in opening series

MIAMI -- It was an impressive offensive inning. Dynamic, in fact, as it combined execution with big hits. The only problem for Chicago Cubs fans was that it came from the Miami Marlins on Sunday -- not from one of the teams favored to go to the World Series this fall.

It all happened in the fifth, in a scoreless game, with the Marlins showing the Cubs how to get things done at the plate. A double by Cameron Maybin was followed by a get-me-over ground ball up the middle by Yadiel Rivera as Miami was just getting started.


Hawkeyes Rally, But Fall to No. 22 Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Iowa baseball team scored seven runs in the ninth inning, but it wasn't enough as the Hawkeyes fell to 22nd-ranked Illinois, 13-12, on Saturday in game two of a three-game series at Illinois Field.
The Hawkeyes trailed 13-5 heading into the ninth inning before fighting back to close the gap to a single run. After senior Tyler Cropley and sophomore Kyle Crowl walked, Tanner Wetrich belted a three-run home run to make the score 13-8.
Sophomore Luke Farley started another rally with a triple to center field before scoring on a Zion Pettigrew RBI single to left field. Iowa loaded the bases on a Chris Whelan single and Robert Neustrom cut the deficit to 13-11 with an RBI single to left center.
Iowa scored its final run off sacrifice fly to left field from Cropley that scored Whelan, but Crowl struck out to end the Hawkeyes rally and the game.


Spring turkey hunting? Stay at a state park cabin

Several Iowa state parks have cabins near some of the state's best wildlife management areas for turkey hunting. As you make your spring plans, consider one of these options for a convenient, comfortable place to stay: 

  • Waubonsie State Park: in southwest Iowa near the Missouri and Nebraska borders. There's more than 14,000 acres of public hunting land in Fremont County alone, including 500 acres of prime Loess Hills turkey habitat immediately adjacent to Waubonsie in the Militia Hollow WMA, along with Riverton WMA and Copeland Bend WMA. Waubonsie has eight cabins sleeping from two to ten, featuring full amenities and some with fireplaces.
  • Lacey Keosauqua State Park: in southeast Iowa, borders 3,900 acres of public hunting in the Lake Sugema WMA. Lacey has six nice family cabins sleeping up to four people with full kitchens and fire rings outside.
  • Green Valley State Park: in southwest Iowa, is a short drive to Three-Mile and Twelve-Mile WMAs. Three-Mile also has a shooting range. Green Valley has three studio cabins and provides a chance to also fish in nearby Green Valley Lake.
  • Honey Creek State Park and Honey Creek Resort State Park: located in Appanoose County north of Centerville, these two state parks are near the 15,000-acre Rathbun Lake WMA, one of Iowa's largest. Honey Creek State Park offers four affordable camping cabins, while the nearby resort features 28 cottages, a full-service hotel and restaurant, and much more.

If one of these doesn't meet your needs, Iowa state parks has 19 parks with 90 cabins from which to choose. Enjoy spring turkey hunting in Iowa!

Schanuel Named B1G Pitcher of the Week

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa junior Brady Schanuel has been named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, it was announced Monday by the league office. The honor is the first of Schanuel's career.

The Swansea, Illinois, native received the nod after tossing seven shutout innings, allowing one hit and fanning a career-high 11 in the Hawkeyes' 5-1 victory over No. 11 Indiana. The 11 strikeouts are the most by a Hawkeye since 2004.


Jackson Impresses at Iowa Pro Day

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A year ago, University of Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson was a bystander at Pro Day while trying to catch the attention of Hawkeye coaches at spring practice.
On Monday, he was back in the Stew and LeNore Football Performance Center, only this time participating in Pro Day and all eyes were on the 6-foot-1, 188-pound cornerback from Corinth, Texas. 


Iowa's Late Rally Falls Short Against Saint Louis

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Saint Louis held off a ninth-inning Hawkeye rally to hand the University of Iowa baseball team a 7-6 loss on Tuesday afternoon at Duane Banks Field.
The Hawkeyes trailed 7-4 heading into their final at-bat before putting the tying run at second base with one out. Pinch hitter Grant Judkins drew a leadoff walk and senior Matt Hoeg had a one-out single to put two runners on.
Sophomore Ben Norman closed the gap to 7-6 with a two-run double into the right center field gap, but Saint Louis closer Ryan Lefner buckled down, striking out Justin Jenkins and Zion Pettigrew to send the Billikens to their 11th straight victory.


Hawkeyes Rally to Complete Weekend Sweep

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Two eighth-inning RBI singles from Tyler Cropley and Kyle Crowl sent the University of Iowa to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory, leading the Hawkeyes to a three-game series sweep over Evansville on Sunday afternoon at Duane Banks Field.
The win was Iowa's third come-from-behind win of the season, improving the team's record to 11-6 overall.
"We've taken some big strides this weekend," said Crowl. "We came out with a lot of energy today and I think we did a good job executing. We've been getting it done late in the games and I think we did a good job showing that again today."