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.





Washington (Iowa) girls have high hopes

WASHINGTON, Iowa - The 2015-16 edition of Washington girls' basketball team appears ready for a fresh start.

After a season of growth and struggles, the coaches and girls are hoping for more positive results.

While the varsity struggl ... »

An athlete’s diet

IOWA CITY - In the world of competitive sports everything counts.

Every push-up, sit-up, hour of sleep, extra mile and even what you eat. The diets athletes have are almost as important as the physical activity that goes into preparing for the s ... »

North Cedar cheer team fifth in state

CLARENCE - When you hear the word cheerleading you probably think of girls shouting #x201c;hooray#x201d; and doing a jump.

What you don't get to see is the girls practicing and getting ready for their competition routine at state. The North ... »

Marion’s Gillaspie finds game in goalball

MARION - It is pretty common knowledge that Alex Gillaspie, a junior and blind student at Marion High School, overcomes his disability to be on the wrestling team. However, not many people know he has played another sport.

This sport is unl ... »

Xavier swimmers make a splash

CEDAR RAPIDS - Xavier High School may not have a swim team, but its presence was felt at the girls' state swimming meet.

Sophomores Sarah Gannon and Lauren Havertape competed at the state meet.

Swimming for Washington, Havertape quali ... »

West athletes make their college choices

IOWA CITY - After school on Wednesday, the cafeteria looked a bit different from normal.

On one side of the cafeteria, tables were lined up, stretching from wall to wall, each table filled with balloons, colorful table runners and baseball ... »

Prep football diary: Playoff edition II

One win away from achieving a childhood, and community. dream.

After a 42-14 victory over the Red Raiders of Williamsburg, the only thing standing in our way from achieving the goal we have been working toward since 5th grade is ... Mount V ... »

Little Hawks preparing for Bulldogs

After a win over Pleasant Valley on Monday night, City High advanced to the next round of high school football playoffs on Friday.

The Little Hawks are going to play at Bettendorf in a quarterfinal game, starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets ar ... »

Area gymnasts shine at Spooktacular


WATERLOO - Shandin Gilbert and Evalee Netz of the Cedar Rapids Twisters gymnastics club were multiple winners at the recent Ruby Spooktacular meet.

Both in Level 3, Gilbert won the vault, bars, beam and all a ... »

North Cedar ready for regional volleyball final

CLARENCE - For the last few years, North Cedar has been building up its volleyball program under head coach Traci Smith.

Last year, the Knights made it to the regional semifinals before losing to West Branch. At the start of this year, the ... »