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Past articles by Michael:

Little Hawks welcome a new head coach for first time in two decades

Mitch Moore is in his first fall camp for the City High Little Hawks football team and is taking things day by day. He’s says day by day is the point. → Read More

Lifelong Yankee fans from Iowa win tickets to Field of Dreams

Growing up, the five siblings and their parents would travel the country to see the Bronx Bombers. However, the opportunity to see them play in Iowa was left to chance as each family member entered their names in the MLB’s ticket lottery. → Read More

Mitch Gross reflects on historic career leading West High boy’s tennis program

While Gross still plans on being a volunteer assistant with the boys team, he can’t wait to spend more time watching the girls tennis, basketball, and dance teams watching his daughters. → Read More

After nearly four decades of waiting, Marion’s Steve Fish won the last game of the season

The championship wasn’t just the first for Marion but also the first for head coach Steve Fish, who spent nearly four decades chasing that moment. → Read More

Marion tops Wahlert 7-6 in walk-off fashion, wins program’s first state championship

With the bases-loaded in the seventh inning, sophomore Myles Davis flew out to right field but deep enough for Gage Franck to score and win the game for the Indians in walk-off fashion. → Read More

Western Dubuque softball team has ‘Ultimate Fun Friday’

The Bobcat softball team silenced the doubters by winning the state championship in Fort Dodge and it all started with the simple notion of just wanting to have fun on Fridays. → Read More

Spencer Lee sees clothing line release as way to help ‘grow wrestling’

Lee sees the new NIL laws as a positive for student-athletes but isn’t putting too much thought into it himself, his focus is on returning to the Hawkeyes and winning a fourth national title → Read More

Western Dubuque tops Boone 3-1, wins program’s first state softball championship

With the win, the Bobcats win the program’s first ever state title and finish the season with a 35-7 record. → Read More

Assumption rallies past Mount Vernon to win 3A state title

Mount Vernon finishes the season with a 36-5 record and runner-up in class 3A. → Read More

Back on top, North Linn bests Earlham 1-0 for 2A crown

The Championship is the second for the Lynx in the last three seasons, winning their first in program history in 2019. → Read More

Newell-Fonda takes down Lisbon 4-1 to win 1A title

The Lions finish the season as class 1A runner-up with a final record of 37-9, their best finish since winning the title in 1996. → Read More

Special Olympics Iowa using area games to phase in in-person competitions

For the first time since March of 2020, Special Olympic Athletes in various counties surrounding Waterloo and Cedar Falls were able to compete on Saturday, in-person, amongst friends and family. → Read More

Best friends Patrick McCaffery & Joe Toussaint ready to take over for Hawkeye basketball team

While expectations for the Hawkeyes aren’t nearly as high as they were at this time last year, McCaffery and Toussaint don’t care. They are ready to take their new and expanded roles to take the conference by surprise → Read More

Zach Johnson shoots -3, tied for 29th after first round of John Deere Classic

Johnson tees off alongside Kevin Na and Daniel Berger in round two on Friday at 7:43 a.m. → Read More

Austin Ash, now on scholarship, ready for one last season with Hawkeyes

With the loss of Luka Garza, CJ Fredrick, and likely Joe Wieskamp, the Hawkeyes can use more shooters which is exactly what Ash specializes in. He’s scored 42 points so far in his career, 33 of them coming from behind the arc. → Read More

Murray twins ready to take on expanded role for Hawkeyes

Keegan Murray took opposing teams by surprise last season, as a freshman Murray racked up 224 points, fourth best on the team. Next season teams will be ready for him, but so will Murray. → Read More

13 year old in Iowa City walks for nearly a full day, raises $12,200 for Shelter House

In the end, Jack Jensen-Fitzpatrick walked more than 120,000 steps and helped the Shelter House raise $12,000. → Read More

Solon wrestling team hosts outdoor invitational

Six teams from all across the state, the hometown Solon Spartans, Lisbon, Williamsburg, West Liberty, Assumption, and Norwalk all wrestled one another while also battling the elements of being outside. → Read More

UNI’s Jessica Heims & Erin Kerkhoff earn Team USA roster spot for Tokyo Paralympics

Both Jessica Heims and Erin Kerkhoff will have somebody close by, who grew up just miles away, to lean on as they travel to the other side of the globe in the world’s biggest competition. → Read More

After months of manual labor, Solon baseball team forms special bond with their home ballpark

The team has done far more than just play at the facility. After the derecho, a full-scale rebuild and upgrade process began. Over the past year, the team took shifts volunteering with other community members constructing just about everything, from the brick in the backstop to the roof on the dugout. → Read More