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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.

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North Cedar football photos

CLARENCE - The North Cedar football teams is off to an 0-4 start after last Friday's 22-19 loss to North Cedar.

The Knights opened with a loss at Alburnett, then fell at home to Lisbon and on the road at Bellevue.

They take on Durant ... »

West Delaware football photo

CENTER POINT - The West Delaware football team is off to a 3-1 start after Friday's 33-8 win at Center Point-Urbana.

The Hawks stay on the road this week, traveling to DeWitt Central before hosting Clear Creek Amana and Dubuque Wahlert on S ... »

North Cedar cross country photos

WYOMING, Iowa — The North Cedar boys’ and girls’ cross country teams competed in the Midland Invitational on Monday.

Here are some photos from the event.

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West Delaware cross country photos

STRAWBERRY POINT - The West Delaware junior varsity cross country teams placed second (boys) and third (girls) at the Starmont Invitational on Sept. 12.

The Varsity boys placed sixth.

Here are some photos from the invitational.

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Fast-pitch softball’s past honored in Hall of Fame inductions

One of my first loves at The Gazette was covering fast-pitch softball. My father, Jack Ogden, was a big player in the local softball scene and I used to tag along when he covered Major Open games at Ellis Park, getting to know the players and enjoying t ... »

Photos from North Cedar volleyball

CLARENCE - The North Cedar volleyball team has 10-9 record heading into Tuesday night's home match with West Branch.

The Knights went 3-2 at the Springville Invitational on Saturday, beating Wilton, Central City and Belle Plaine and losing ... »

Mount Vernon volleyball in a word

MOUNT VERNON - Intensity. Demand. Stability. Confidence.

These are just a few words to describe what Mount Vernon volleyball is all about.

Each season, the varsity team steps out onto the court for the first game with a goal, a sense ... »

West Delaware volleyball photos

MANCHESTER - The West Delaware volleyball team is off to an 11-10 start this season after Tuesday's 3-0 win over Solon.

The Hawks are home on Saturday, hosting their own invitational that will have teams from Ed-Co, Independence, Maquoketa ... »

West Delaware football photos

MANCHESTER — The West Delaware football team is off to a 2-1 start and play at Center Point-Urbana tonight.

Here are some pictures from the Hawks’ overtime win over Davenport Assumption last week.

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Kennedy cross country runners form a unique bond

CEDAR RAPIDS - It's no secret running is difficult. And it's been said people bond when facing difficulty together.

The Kennedy girls' cross country team competed at Linn-Mar's Invitational on Sept. 2, coming in third place behind Dubuque H ... »