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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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Xavier boys’ learned valuable lessons during road trip

CEDAR RAPIDS - A recent road trip gave the Cedar Rapids Xavier boys' basketball team not only some different competition, but a chance to bond.

On Jan. 21, the defending state champion Saints took a four-and-a-half round trip to play a bask ... »

West Delaware flying high in boys’ basketball

MANCHESTER - In 2000, Matt Uthoff helped the West Delaware boys' basketball team enjoy a 23-1 season.

Seventeen years later, Coach Uthoff has Hawks flying high at 20-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class 3A.

Seven key players returned from last ... »

Somersaults’ Kalous, Prull are double gymnastics winners

CHICAGO - Logan Kalous and Grace Prull led the Somersaults Gymnastics team from Cedar Rapids to a runner-up finish in the Gold Division of the Illinois Gymnastics Institute Chicago Style Meet, reportedly the largest women's artistic meet in the world. ... »

Xavier wrestler Josh Gerke makes school history

CEDAR RAPIDS - No Xavier wrestler has ever won the Mississippi Valley Conference tournament twice in their career at Xavier.

This was true until senior Josh Gerke had something to say about it.

The 145-pound wrestler put forth some of ... »

The Nature Call: What lurks below the ice may be fascinating

The spring bobber on the end of the pole dipped and relaxed, then dipped and relaxed again.

I called for my son to come, "you've got a bite!" His vigil had been brief. At present he was excitedly helping drill holes all over the pond for the she ... »

Injuries are a bummer, but you can survive

Editor's note: Adam Rees is founder of GRIT Gym, a gym based on results, creating a culture and lifestyle of performance, strength, health and freedom.

Injury isn't something we like to consider.

But while we must expect the bes ... »

Mount Vernon’s Austin Ash has talent for bowling

MOUNT VERNON - Austin Ash is an extremely talented senior at Mount Vernon High School.

Most know Ash, 18, as the captain of the Mustangs' boys' basketball team.

What people don't know is Ash has a secret talent.

Ash started bowli ... »

Jefferson’s Virg Cerveny loves to teach bowling

CEDAR RAPIDS - Virg Cerveny has enjoyed many accomplishments as a bowling coach during his time at Cedar Rapids Jefferson.

Cerveny graduated from Prairie, where he earned several letters in baseball and football. Prairie did not have high s ... »

Photos from North Cedar basketball

BELLEVUE - North Cedar girls' basketball team ended its regular season with an 56-42 loss at Bellevue.

The Knights take an 8-13 record into Saturday's Class 2A regional against Louisa-Muscatine in Clarence.

The junior varsity boys' te ... »

Mount Vernon’s Tristan Wirfs thrilled to be a Hawkeye

MOUNT VERNON - The Mount Vernon High School Commons was filled with dozens of anxious students, coaches, staff and family members last Wednesday, each trying to squeeze their way through the dense crowd of people waiting to watch senior Tristan Wirfs si ... »

Mount Vernon’s Tristan Wirfs thrilled to be a Hawkeye
MOUNT VERNON - The Mount Vernon High School Commons was filled with dozens of anxious students, coaches, staff and family members last Wednesday, each ... »
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 ... »