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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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Catching up with former area athletes

A periodic look at former Gazette-area high school athletes and where they are now:

l Iowa colleges - Mount Mercy junior second baseman Mallory Madsen of Coralville (Solon) earned second-team all-Heart of America Athletic Conference honors in soft ... »

North Cedar baseball photos

CLARENCE — The North Cedar baseball team opened the season Monday with a pair of losses to Northeast.

The visitors won the first game, 10-0, and the second game, 13-2.

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A passion to grow rugby in Eastern Iowa

Patrick Lausen came to Cedar Rapids to play football and fell in love with rugby.

"It's just become an incredible experience for me," he said.

Lausen grew up in San Diego, then jumped at an opportunity to play NCAA Division III football ... »

How much is too much when hydrating?

Editor's note: 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.

What have you learned about hydration?

Drink a gallon day? Dr ... »

Find the right tees — and have fun

I get it.

You're heading to this beautiful golf course and you and your buddies are going to play "the tips" today. Or in another scenario, you've played the white tees all your life but you don't hit it as far as you used to but doggone it I'm ... »

North Cedar high jumper Darby Hawtrey looking for redemption

CLARENCE - At track and field meets, I compete in both.

High jump has become a big part of my track and field career.

My freshman year, I could barely clear 4-feet, 10-inchs and my sophomore year I made 5-feet. So my expectation for j ... »

Eastern Iowa golf tournament schedule

MAY

18 - Over 50, two-person best shot, Tara Hills Country Club, (319) 228-8771

19 - Two-person best shot, Marengo Golf Club, (319) 642-3508

19 - Four-couple best shot, Elkader Golf & Country Club, (563) 245-2230

20 - Four-person ... »

North Cedar boys’ chasing state track success

CLARENCE - The North Cedar's boys' track team is headed for state after qualifying in three relays at the district track meet.

The state qualifying meet was held in Tipton last Thursday and the Knights won the sprint medley and 400 relays and pl ... »

North Cedar girls ready for state track and field meet

CLARENCE - The North Cedar's girls' track and field team is hopefully a team you've heard about.

If not already familiar with it, you may be soon.

The track season feels like it just started, but in the blink of an eye the season is c ... »

Enjoying nature on the run

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.

By John Hanson, community contributor

About five miles to go, my breathing was getting labore ... »