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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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Jason Pershing looking out for the little guys

In the words of greats Cheech and Chong, Jason Pershing has a #x201c;basketball jones.#x201d;

I'm not sure if he sleeps with a basketball under his pillow at night - like #x201c;Tyrone Shoelaces#x201d; in the old song (Google it, it's funny) - but ... »

A thank you for 99 running memories

Editor's note: Daren Schumaker of Cedar Rapids and Dennis Lee of Walford have run across all of Iowa's 99 counties, raising money and awareness for the American Heart Association. They completed their 99th, Delaware County, last Saturday.

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4 from CRAG place in regional gymnastics

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Four members of the Cedar Rapids Association of Gymnastics optional team placed at the Region 4 Regional Championships earlier this month.

Carly Mark placed in beam, Lauren Fruehling in beam and Jenna Danninger in bars and beam ... »

Xavier trapshooters take aim at goals

CEDAR RAPIDS - "Keep your eye on the target."

This might be a common saying, but for trapshooting, it is the most important thing.

For the Xavier trapshooting team, hard work and determination is the name of the game.

Like many s ... »

North Cedar boys’ track photos

DEWITT — The North Cedar boys’ track and field team placed second at the DeWitt Central Invitational last week.

Here are some photos from the Knights’ performance:

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Xavier tennis teams eye state berths

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Xavier boys' tennis team is returning five out of six varsity players from last year's team.

Juniors Alex Hinrichs, Jon Lansing and Curt Lengemann join seniors Charlie Esker, Ryan Jasper and Blake Magill on this year's roster. ... »

Follow the lead left by Team 99 Counties

Editor's note: Daren Schumaker of Cedar Rapids and Dennis Lee of Walford have run across all of Iowa's 99 counties, raising money and awareness for the American Heart Association. They completed their 99th, Delaware County, on Saturday.

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The age of Adderall

Editor's note: All sources in this story have been given aliases, as they chose to remain anonymous.

IOWA CITY - "Who got Addy?"

These are the words Roger, an Iowa City West High athlete, heard minutes before he went out to comp ... »

Get healthy and take on Iowa legend Chuck Long

It's been more than a few years since Chuck Long donned a black-and-gold jersey and threw touchdowns passes - or ran naked bootlegs - inside Kinnick Stadium.

And there's a pretty good chance you never caught a pass from or took a shot at Long, w ... »

Getting lost outdoors — or walking in a different direction

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.

I was sweating.

In cold weather sweating is discouraged, but my predicament wasn't goin ... »