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.





Living a baseball dream

Editor's note: A.J. Richards of Iowa City grew up in Newton and dreamed of being the Chicago Cubs' third baseman. Her early dreams of a baseball career (player, coach, umpire, or broadcaster) were met with "baseball isn't for girls." She works for a ... »

Good things happening with Iowa wrestling

IOWA CITY - Tom Brands was feeling pretty good Friday night, as good as the Iowa wrestling coach can feel after a dominating dual meet victory.

"A lot of good things going on right now," he said with the glimpse of a smile.

He had good r ... »

Bonus points earn Coe another win over Cornell

MOUNT VERNON - Andrew Holladay was just trying to do his part, do what every wrestler tries to do when he steps on the mat.

"I was just trying my hardest, doing what I can," said the Coe College sophomore from Marion. "Just helping the team out. ... »

DeCapria leads Kids First charge in Illinois

TINLEY PARK, Ill. - Zoey DeCapria of Kids First Gymnastics won four titles at the United Gymnastics Academy meet.

DeCapria won the balance beam, floor exercise, vault and all around in Level 4.

Teammate Jessa Day won three events (vault. flo ... »

How to improve your golf game during the winter months

Editor's note: Steve Charters is in his 14th year as a pro at Twin Pines Golf Course. Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Charters competed at Central College in Pella and has been a pro for 21 years in Dubuque and Cedar Rapids.

Winter is ... »

Anamosa boys’ basketball rolling since break

ANAMOSA - To become great, you must go through adversity.

That is exactly what the 2015-16 Anamosa boys' basketball team gone through, and now is thriving.

In a scrimmage against Dubuque Hempstead a week before the season, Senior supe ... »

How they’re doing

Iowa colleges - Kyle Gritsch of Brooklyn (BGM) earned the Lankelma-Manning Award the outstanding underclassman on the Central football team, Nathan Fitzgerald of Elkader (Central) earned the Kirk Wagner Award as outstanding members of the offensive scou ... »

Photos from City High boys’ basketball

IOWA CITY - The City High boys' basketball team improved to 9-5 overall, 6-3 in the Mississippi Valley Conference Valley Division with a 74-59 win over Waterloo West on Tuesday.

The Little Hawks are at Cedar Rapids Prairie tonight.

Cl ... »

Xavier basketball blends freshmen with sophomores

CEDAR RAPIDS - Nine sophomores, four freshmen, one team.

This is the first year the 13 girls have played on the same team. In preparation for the season, they participated in a summer league and continued workouts together into the fall.

Saints working hard for state trip

CEDAR RAPIDS - Last year, the Cedar Rapids Xavier boys' basketball made it to the Wells Fargo Arena and to the semifinal game of the state tournament.

The Saints placed third, the best finish in school history.

This year, Xavier is 11 ... »

Iowa fan fulfills a Rose Bowl promise
Editor's note: Dave Beck, a 2008 Iowa graduate, is originally from Bettendorf. A musician, he lived in New York for four years before moving to Seoul, ... »
A memorable season for Mustangs ‘family’
MOUNT VERNON - Without a doubt, the Mount Vernon football team had an incredible and record-breaking 2015.We watched senior Connor Herrmann as he defi ... »