JR 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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A prep football diary

Editor’s note: Kyle Schepanski is a senior football player at Anamosa High School who worked a summer internship with The Gazette through th ... »

North Cedar football photos

North Cedar opened its 2015 football season last Friday with a 22-0 loss to Anamosa.

North Cedar sophomore Saleena Jones captured the action on film and shared these photos with The Gazette.

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North Cedar cross country photos

North Cedar senior Tim Bell offered Iowa Prep Sports these photos from last Saturday’s Mid-Prairie Invitational cross country meet,

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Wahlert golfers have high hopes

Editor’s note: If you would like to take part in our high school journalism program, contact J.R. Ogden at jr.ogden@thegazette.com

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Seasons changing on Gazette sports pages

If you haven’t noticed, the seasons already have changed on The Gazette’s sports pages.

Gone are the golf, baseball and softbal ... »

Inspiration one step at a time

Editor’s note: Daren Schumaker of Cedar Rapids and Dennis Lee of Walford are attempting to run across Iowa’s 99 counties to raise mon ... »

Iowa City softball team wins senior title

OSHKOSH, Wis. — The Big County Seeds Antiques men’s softball team from Iowa City won the 55-year-old division of the Badger Classic, ... »

3 reasons why your hamstrings are always tight

Editor’s note: Cody Scharf is the owner of Thrive Spine and Sport, a chiropractic and soft tissue clinic in Cedar Rapids focusing on sport a ... »

A bowling weekend to remember

Editor’s note: Lane Lafler is a director the Cedar Rapids USBC Bowling Association Board

By Lane Lafler, community contributor

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A day with J-Hawk legend

Dave Long, an all-state lineman at Cedar Rapids Jefferson in 1961 who went on to be a three-year starter at Iowa as a defensive end and later playe ... »

Hunters Ridge team captures state golf title

MARION — Home course advantage proved to be a good-luck charm for the 54th Iowa Women’s Club Team Championship.

The Hunters Rid ... »

A love of football, Xavier

Editor’s note: Jacob Miller is a senior at Cedar Rapids Xavier, wrapping up his summer internship at The Gazette. Jacob also is a member of ... »

Rembering Memorial Stadium

Editor’s note: Riley Cole, a former high school journalist from West Delaware, will be a sophomore at Warburg and recently attended the Asso ... »

The next step for Anamosa football

Editor’s note: Kyle Schepanksi is a senior on the Anamosa football team and recently completed an internship with The Gazette’s sport ... »

A quest for Whooping Cranes

Editor’s note: John Lawrence Hanson, Ed.D., of Marion teaches U.S. history with an emphasis on environmental issues at Linn-Mar High School. ... »

Looking back at Mount Vernon soccer

The Mount Vernon High School boys’ soccer team has improved over the years. Many players have different opinions on what makes a team ... »