Diamonds and Ice


Jefferson’s Sweeney one of top juniors in country
April 2, 2009, 5:07 pm
Filed under: Prep baseball | Tags: , ,

Shortstop Kellen Sweeney of Cedar Rapids Jefferson has been named a first-teamer on Perfect Game USA’s Preseason Underclassmen all-American Baseball team.

According to a release from Perfect Game, Sweeney is one of 60 prep players across the country to receive the honor. He is the brother of Oakland Athletics outfielder Ryan Sweeney.

Kellen Sweeney at Perfect Game event

Kellen Sweeney at Perfect Game event

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A million to go to save UNI baseball
March 16, 2009, 9:14 pm
Filed under: College baseball, Northern Iowa | Tags: , , ,

According to the Website www.supportunibaseball.com, $237,111.09 has been raised thus far to save the University of Northern Iowa baseball program from extinction.

The school announced last month that baseball would beĀ chopped because of a cut in state funding this year. The only way to save the program for three years, is to raise $1.2 million by April 5.

www.saveunibaseball.com has a list of donors and how much they have donated. Perfect Game USA baseball club in Cedar Rapids has pledged $25,000. Anonymous donors have pledged $65,455.

Maybe the UNI men’s basketball team can use its national platform this week at the NCAA tournament to help raise awareness of what could happen to its baseball brethren. Just a thought.

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