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

Editor’s note: Kyle Schepanski is a senior football player at Anamosa High School who worked a summer internship with The Gazette through th ... »

North Cedar football photos

North Cedar opened its 2015 football season last Friday with a 22-0 loss to Anamosa.

North Cedar sophomore Saleena Jones captured the action on film and shared these photos with The Gazette.

North Cedar cross country photos

North Cedar senior Tim Bell offered Iowa Prep Sports these photos from last Saturday’s Mid-Prairie Invitational cross country meet,

Wahlert golfers have high hopes

Editor’s note: If you would like to take part in our high school journalism program, contact J.R. Ogden at jr.ogden@thegazette.com

Seasons changing on Gazette sports pages

If you haven’t noticed, the seasons already have changed on The Gazette’s sports pages.

Gone are the golf, baseball and softbal ... »

Inspiration one step at a time

Editor’s note: Daren Schumaker of Cedar Rapids and Dennis Lee of Walford are attempting to run across Iowa’s 99 counties to raise mon ... »

Iowa City softball team wins senior title

OSHKOSH, Wis. — The Big County Seeds Antiques men’s softball team from Iowa City won the 55-year-old division of the Badger Classic, ... »

3 reasons why your hamstrings are always tight

Editor’s note: Cody Scharf is the owner of Thrive Spine and Sport, a chiropractic and soft tissue clinic in Cedar Rapids focusing on sport a ... »

A bowling weekend to remember

Editor’s note: Lane Lafler is a director the Cedar Rapids USBC Bowling Association Board

By Lane Lafler, community contributor

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A day with J-Hawk legend

Dave Long, an all-state lineman at Cedar Rapids Jefferson in 1961 who went on to be a three-year starter at Iowa as a defensive end and later playe ... »

Hunters Ridge team captures state golf title

MARION — Home course advantage proved to be a good-luck charm for the 54th Iowa Women’s Club Team Championship.

The Hunters Rid ... »

A love of football, Xavier

Editor’s note: Jacob Miller is a senior at Cedar Rapids Xavier, wrapping up his summer internship at The Gazette. Jacob also is a member of ... »

Rembering Memorial Stadium

Editor’s note: Riley Cole, a former high school journalist from West Delaware, will be a sophomore at Warburg and recently attended the Asso ... »

The next step for Anamosa football

Editor’s note: Kyle Schepanksi is a senior on the Anamosa football team and recently completed an internship with The Gazette’s sport ... »

A quest for Whooping Cranes

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. ... »

Looking back at Mount Vernon soccer

The Mount Vernon High School boys’ soccer team has improved over the years. Many players have different opinions on what makes a team ... »