Users of the countrywide champions Cedar Rapids Sizzlers Granny Basketball workforce are (from still left) Diana Marker, Sue Cahalan, Lola Reisner, Cathy Snow, Linda Jennings, Michelle Kraft, Virginia McFadden, Margaret Beuter and Sue Hartley. Associates Jen Neubauer and Trish Spear are not pictured. (Submitted image)
Not every celebration is a big taking place. Not every single championship provides riches or rings.
But it doesn’t imply these events and these titles are significantly less important to all those included. Rather the contrary. We all do factors, achieve matters that are just as important to us as profitable a Masters green jacket or a Super Bowl ring to others.
As we’re firmly entrenched in the dog times of summer season — you know, the in-between just before high school and faculty sports activities kick into large equipment once more — let’s acquire a seem at some matters happening suitable now in Cedar Rapids.
- The Golden State Warriors may perhaps have gained the NBA championship, but they have nothing on the Cedar Rapids Sizzlers.
This Granny Basketball crew defeated the defending winner Harpers Ferry Fireflies, 43-38, in the league’s nationwide match very last weekend in Kansas Town.
There had been a history 20 teams symbolizing 6 states — Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana and, of study course, Iowa — in the 6-on-6 event for gals 50 and above.
The Sizzlers truly avenged a loss to the Fireflies in final year’s title tilt. The Sizzlers also received countrywide titles in 2019 and 2015.
The Fireflies are kind of a dynasty with four countrywide titles — 2021, 2018, 2017 and 2016. These two groups have achieved in the championship activity at three straight tournaments.
“I am so content, so proud, and so honored to be component of a staff of persons who are so creative, so fully commited, so versatile, so clever, and so proficient, all of which led to our championship,” participant Diana Marker explained in a release.
The 2023 countrywide match is coming to Iowa, July 14-16 at Luther College in Decorah.
- The Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame is a major offer, getting place in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday with men like Dick Vermeil, Cliff Department and Sam Mills among the the honorees.
Hawkeye Downs Speedway in Cedar Rapids will honor its previous stars on Friday with its annual “Wall of Fame.”
This year’s honorees are Steve Carlson, Rick Corridor, Bob Harris, Billy Moyer and Coonrod Wrecker and Crane.
Carlson, from West Salem, Wis., received the Miller 100 a file five occasions — 1996, ’97, ’01, ’07 and ’08. He also received the late design details championship in 2008.
Corridor, who died in a race incident in 1981 at the age of 22, won a Hawkeye Downs track championship on the “quarter midget monitor,” located up coming to Sixth Road in the northeast corner of the grounds.
Harris was a driver and chassis builder who has been involved in racing for a lot more than 40 years. The “Harris modified chassis have gained more than 10,000 feature races … various track championships in IMCA, NASCAR, UMP, USMTS and WISSOTA and have gained championships titles in regional, national and super nationals,” in accordance to his HOF bio.
Moyer owns 847 aspect wins since he started racing in 1977, like the Spring Fever 50 at Hawkeye Downs in 1981 and again-to back again Miller 100s in 1987 and ’88.
Coonrod has provided the wrecker company at Hawkeye Downs for their weekly races and exclusive races and also sponsored some of the race vehicles on the Janey Racing Staff.
- And, last of all, Cedar Rapids has hosted its share of countrywide championships over the year, from NCAA wrestling to NAIA cross state and very significantly anything in between.
Setting up Friday at the Alliant Power PowerHouse is the Usa Boccia Countrywide Championships.
There was a clinic Thursday, but group and pairs competitiveness is Friday, followed by particular person battles on Saturday and Sunday.
Boccia is a “precision ball activity, identical to bocce … (it) is contested at nearby, national and intercontinental degrees by athletes with critical actual physical disabilities. It was at first made to be performed by people today with cerebral palsy but now involves athletes with other intense disabilities influencing motor competencies.”
It turned a Paralympic sport in 1984.
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