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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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Marion’s John Hanson answers nature’s call

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.

We waited in the dark, as quiet as we could on the brittle snow. A waxing moon of 10 percent, f ... »

Kennedy’s Craig Mallicoat helps keep wrestlers focused

CEDAR RAPIDS - Kennedy assistant wrestling coach Craig Mallicoat has an obvious passion for wrestling.

#x201c;Wrestling teaches you how to win and it teaches you how to lose,#x201d; he said. #x201c;I coach wrestling because I love the sport ... »

How they’re doing: Catching up with former Eastern Iowa preps

Iowa colleges - Central's Josie Youel of Traer (North Tama) earned all-Iowa Conference academic honors in volleyball along with Coe's Victoria Hartman of Decorah, Dubuque's Johanna Steggal of Marion (Marion) and Loras' Haley Bergan of Edgewood (Edgewood ... »

Derek Roberts took long road to coaching boys’ basketball at City High

IOWA CITY - It all started on a blacktop in a church parking lot behind Derek Roberts' house when he was growing up.

From then on, he would continue to pursue his dream with the game of basketball.

Roberts, now the head boys' basketba ... »

North Cedar enjoys state dance competition

DES MOINES - North Cedar's state dance team failed to place in the pom and military divisions at the state meet in December, but did earn a division one ranking.

#x201c;I love state dance,#x201d; Chelsea Lovell said. #x201c;I have been ther ... »

Running tales from Team 99 Counties

Editor's note: Daren Schumaker of Cedar Rapids and Dennis Lee of Walford are attempting to run across Iowa's 99 counties to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association. They've completed 97 counties. This is No. 91. Next: Des Moines ... »

North Cedar wrestling photos

CLARENCE — The North Cedar wrestling team hosted Wilton on Thursday in a dual meet.

Here are some photos from the dual:

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North Cedar’s Emily Hay out for rest of basketball season

CLARENCE - The North Cedar girls' basketball team lost a big part of its leadership last month.

Senior Emily Hay tore her ACL while playing against Tipton on Dec. 13 and is done for the season.

Hay had just stolen the ball from Tipton ... »

North Cedar wrestler Byron Boleyn takes aim at state

CLARENCE - North Cedar senior Byron Boleyn has a goal - make it to state and do well.

Last year, Boleyn was one match away from qualifying for state.

#x201c;If I can wrestle smart every match then I can beat almost everyone I will mee ... »

Running tales from Team 99 Counties

Editor's note: Daren Schumaker of Cedar Rapids and Dennis Lee of Walford are attempting to run across Iowa's 99 counties to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association. They've completed 97 counties. This is No. 90. Next: Page ... »

Mount Vernon girls’ basketball having fun, success
MOUNT VERNON - The Mount Vernon girls' basketball team is sitting a 6-3 during the holiday break.The Mustangs are coming off a 56-39 loss to Waverly-S ... »