Community Corner

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.





Photos from North Cedar state track

DES MOINES — The North Cedar girls’ track and field team competed at the state championships last weekend at Drake Stadium, earning a third-place finish in the 1,600 relay.

Here are some photos from the weekend:

How they’re doing: Catching up with former Gazette-area preps

Iowa colleges - Jimmy Cunningham of Cedar Rapids (Kennedy) and C.J. Cliff of Decorah earned their second varsity letters as members of the Central men's tennis team ... Bryan Forbes of Lone Tree earned NAIA honorable mention All-American honors and was ... »

Ogden column: State coverage should be fair across all media

A wise editor once told me readers don't care about the issues we face covering events or writing our stories. They just want results.

It is great advice, but issues with this weekend's state track and field meet need to be addressed.

Our re ... »

Xavier’s Josie Fuhrman battling back

CEDAR RAPIDS - Xavier junior Josie Fuhrman and Coach Beth Samek have more in common than just a love for soccer.

Both suffered ACL injuries in high school and went from helpful assets to helpless spectators in a single play.

Fuhrman w ... »

I.C. West holds off City High

IOWA CITY - City High's girls' soccer team was able to hold off Iowa City West until the end of regulation.

But in the end, West's attack proved to be too much for the Little Hawk defenders, who had been tested all day.

West junior Em ... »

Golf tip: Don't waste good swings

Editor's note: Steve Charters is in his 14th year as a pro at Twin Pines Golf Course. Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Charters competed at Central College in Pella and has been a pro for 21 years in Dubuque and Cedar Rapids.

Since it f ... »

North Cedar boys’ track photos

The North Cedar boys’ track team took part in a meet at Wilton in April.

Here are some photos.

How they’re doing: Catching up with former area preps

Iowa colleges - Tanner Rathje of Marion (Linn-Mar) is a member of the Central men's track and field team, along with Nathan Fitzgerald of Elkader (Central), Kody Dailey and Dan Roemerman of Iowa City (City High), Cole Simon of Tama (Grinnell) and Justin ... »

Softball season never ends for Xavier’s Stephanie Wehr

CEDAR RAPIDS - Softball season usually runs from May to July, but for Cedar Rapids Xavier senior Stephanie Wehr the season is year-round.

Once the regular season ends, a training season begins.

#x201c;I start to prepare in the summer ... »

North Cedar track and field photos

WEST BRANCH — The North Cedar girls’ track and field team placed ninth in the 13-team River Valley Conference meet last Thursday.

North Cedar sophomore Anna Petersen provides a look back at the meet with these photos.