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.





Baird Iowa Open is a Cedar Rapids summer tradition

Mark Fiala and Michael Corleone have something in common.

Just like the fictional mob boss from the "The Godfather" movies, they keep pulling Fiala back in - into the Baird Iowa Open tennis tournament, that is.

The "longest consecutively ... »

Final baseball season important to North Cedar’s Aaron Woodward

CLARENCE - It would have been easy for Aaron Woodward to hang up his glove before his final baseball season.

But the North Cedar graduate wanted one more year with his friends despite the obstacles his team faced each night. The Knights onl ... »

Russ Telecky took unusual route to gymnastics success

For a guy who dreamed of coaching baseball, Russ Telecky turned out to be one heck of a gymnastics instructor.

While an undergraduate at the University of Northern Iowa - on a career path to teach and coach baseball - Telecky happed upon a pictu ... »

A long ‘short’ walk in the outdoors

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 and sits on the Linn County Conservation Board.

The farewell-to-the-day warbles from a robin cau ... »

Prairie Hawks Orange capture state baseball title

INDIANOLA - The Cedar Rapids Prairie Hawks Orange baseball team won the 11U AA state title earlier this month.

The Hawks Orange picked up wins over the Central Iowa Redbirds, 13-5, and Bulltown, 10-2, on the opening day, then topped the Bondurant ... »

Jim Shimek’s passion for running never fades

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Fifth Seasons Races, held each Fourth of July in Cedar Rapids, is a special race to a lot of runners.

One runner in particular has been involved with this race since it's birth in 1986.

Jim Shimek, of Fairfax, has ... »

A golfing dream week: Cedar Rapids pro gets 2 holes-in-one

CEDAR RAPIDS - Unlike many, Tanner Megal loves Mondays.

At least he does now.

"I need to play more Monday events," said Megal, an assistant golf pro at the Cedar Rapids Country Club.

On June 19, Megal carded the first hole-in-one ... »

Be the hare and win the race to good health

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

The tortoise and the hare. We all know the story. Slow and ste ... »

Big Cedar Rapids sporting events just around the corner

Longtime readers of this section will remember the late Gus Schrader and his "Red Peppers" columns.

Schrader, who died 16 years ago next month days after penning his final column for The Gazette, used something he called "pass the hash" when mak ... »

Jessica Heims prepping for international stage again

CEDAR RAPIDS - Jessica Heims' future goes far beyond the horizon.

Although the summer seemingly just started, Heims already has accomplished so much.

Earlier this month, she finished second in her division in the discus at the US Paralym ... »