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.





A prep football diary: Week 6

Ringing that coveted cowbell after a victory over rival Monticello is one of the best feelings an Anamosa football player can have.

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Xavier cross country picking up steam

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Xavier boys’ cross country team is setting a quick pace for the year.

Senior captains Steven Culpeppe ... »

City High football ‘feeling good’ about fourth straight win

CEDAR RAPIDS — After a scoreless first half, and part of the third quarter, both the City High and Cedar Rapids Prairie offenses came ... »

Washington girls’ wage battle off the course

CEDAR RAPIDS — “No Shirt No Problem” first came to light when the girls’ cross country team entered the gym for ... »

Continuing the Schulte legacy at Xavier

CEDAR RAPIDS — While fans were being pelted by rain and players were sliding up and down the field, junior quarterback Bryce Schulte ... »

Remembering Caroline Found

IOWA CITY — On Aug. 11, 2011, tragedy struck the West High community when Caroline Found died in a moped crash. Less than two weeks l ... »

A prep football diary: Week 5


As a high school student, few realize how truly blessed we are to be able to play the game of football.

Friday night after the ho ... »

Podcast: Talking Iowa City West sports

High school journalist Aaron Carter discusses the first half of the fall sports season at Iowa City West in today's podcast, providing updates on t ... »

Linn-Mar honoring 1985 football team

Former Linn-Mar football coach Greg Purnell joked that he can’t remember where he put his keys, but he remembers the 1985 and ’ ... »

A good sign for I.C. West football

IOWA CITY — The Iowa City West football team capped off spirit week a homecoming victory.

A 42-14 win over Davenport Central w ... »

Little Hawks on a roll

IOWA CITY — City High scored a 35-17 come-from-behind win over Ottumwa at Bates Field on Friday night, leading to a happy homecoming ... »

Ex-Little Hawks returning home

IOWA CITY — Former City High football players Dan McCarney and Andrew McNulty return to Iowa City on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.

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A prep football diary: Week 4

Reaching the top of the mountain is all you can hope for in life.

And in sports.

Anamosa football has been on that long climb up th ... »

Photos from North Cedar football game

Proving there is more than a game on Friday nights, North Cedar sophomore Saleena Jones offered these photos from the Knights’ 32-27 loss to Alburnett on Sept. 11.

Young leads for Xavier volleyball

CEDAR RAPIDS — This year, the Xavier volleyball team will have new, younger faces leading the charge.

Junior Jessica Callahan a ... »