Community Corner

J.R. Ogden

I'm J.R. Ogden, sports editor for The Gazette. I've been here long enough to remember when we didn't have a Web site. This place has been like home to me for more than 30 years, first as a part-timer hired by my father, former executive sports editor Jack Ogden, to the day I was named sports editor, which happened to coincide with Kirk Ferentz's hiring at Iowa. I now work with community contributors and high school journalist in addition to my sports editor duties. I've seen a lot of sports through the years, from recreation to high school to college to pros. Hope you'll enjoy the continuing ride.





Mount Vernon’s Adrian Dale takes aim at nationals

MOUNT VERNON - Two young men battle, their weapons clashing and stabbing through the air.

Adrian Dale sits on the edge of his seat, watching intently. One of these competitors will be his opponent in the final round of the tournament. He wa ... »

West Delaware aims for another state volleyball appearance

MANCHESTER - The West Delaware volleyball team knew it had big shoes to fill coming into the season.

And fill them, they have.

After qualifying for state the past four years and losing eight seniors, the players knew they had to impro ... »

Experiencing Kinnick Stadium for the first time

IOWA CITY - Living in Iowa City, the Hawkeyes are everywhere.

You see TigerHawk on bumpers of cars, Hawkeye flags hanging in front of homes, and black and yellow clothing all over the city.

I lived in a small neighborhood in Illinois, so ... »

4 headed to Cedar Rapids bowling Hall of Fame

Editor's note: Lane Lafler is a director with the Cedar Rapids USBC Bowling Association board

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Cedar Rapids USBC Bowling Association Hall of Fame is set to induct four new members later this month.

Andy Staub, ... »

Cross country runners like it cool

TIFFIN - Clear Creek Amana cross country runner Ally Loren prefers running in brisk weather.

#x201c;I like it when it's colder, around 50-60 degrees usually, maybe even 40,#x201d; she said last month during Clear Creek Amana's meet at Kicke ... »

Photos from North Cedar cross country meet

MANCHESTER - The North Cedar girls' cross country team placed ninth and the boys' team was 20th at the West Delaware Invitational earlier this month.

Junior Tessa Fields led the girls' team, placing eighth out of 119 finishers in a personal ... »

Xavier runners determined to be the best

CEDAR RAPIDS - Success can come in many forms, but it starts with determination and preparation.

This is no different for the girls' and boys' cross country teams at Xavier High School.

The runners' determination to win is unbelievabl ... »

Not all athletes are cool

TIFFIN - Athletes are cool as dog memes.

Why, you might ask? Well, it's most likely because they are crazy-talented at sports and physical activities and basically good at everything, unlike us incompetent Earthlings. Which makes them way c ... »

Xavier’s Josh Gerke has passion for school, sports

CEDAR RAPIDS - Student-athletes strive to be the best in the classroom and on the field. But this is no easy task.

Student-athletes have to meet the criteria of not only their teachers, but also of their coaches. Balancing a demanding educa ... »

Senior Nights a time to celebrate, reflect


CEDAR RAPIDS - Reaching the final year of participation in a sport is an accomplishment and a bittersweet moment for an athlete.

After four years of hard work and dedication, senior athletes have finally made their way up the totem pol ... »