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.





Look up and enjoy the view while 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.

By John Hanson, community contributor

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Mount Vernon seniors reflect on football season, careers

MOUNT VERNON - The football careers of 15 seniors came to a sad end Nov. 3 in the Class 2A state quarterfinal game against Williamsburg, but their hard work and dedication for the Mount Vernon program brought them plenty of success.

The 15 ... »

Mount Vernon girls’ basketball excited for new direction, coach

MOUNT VERNON - The players of the Mount Vernon girls' basketball team are in for a new perspective this year, with Matt Haddy taking over the head coaching position.

Haddy has been coaching for more than 17 years, three of which he has spen ... »

Seniors paced Xavier cross country team

CEDAR RAPIDS - The 2017 journey has ended, and goodbyes can be tough.

The Cedar Rapids Xavier boys' cross country team finished its season on Oct. 28 at the state meet in Fort Dodge. The Saints placed 11th in Class 3A. Their top finishers w ... »

Wrestling in the Rockies

MANCHESTER - The West Delaware wrestling team took its preseason preparation to new heights this summer.


Thirty wrestlers and 15 adults traveled from the cornfields of Iowa to the Rockies in Colorado for the wrestling progr ... »

Xavier football team seeks redemption in state semifinals

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Xavier football team is set on redemption in the Class 3A state football playoffs.

Xavier finished the regular season 9-0 and took down Oskaloosa, 44-10, in the first round. Junior quarterback Quinn Schulte and junior run ... »

North Cedar cheer squad ready for state

CLARENCE - The state cheer competition in here, and North Cedar squad is ready.

North Cedar's competition cheer team has come far the past few years. This year's team, with 15 members and two alternates, is working extra hard, having 6 a.m. ... »

A North Cedar football tale

CLARENCE - In our football game at Maquoketa Valley (on Oct. 13), I played quarterback for the first time since eighth grade.

When coach said I was playing quarterback, I was kind of nervous because. I haven't even taken snaps since freshma ... »

West Delaware volleyball photos

MANCHESTER - The West Delaware volleyball team finished the season 25-20, losing in the Class 4A regional semifinals to Waterloo Columbus.

The Hawks won four of their last six matches, including a 3-0 win over Union Community in the first r ... »

North Cedar cross country photos

IOWA CITY - The North Cedar cross country teams ran very well at the state qualifying meet last week.

The girls' team placed fourth with junior Carly Montz finishing 11th and qualifying for Saturday's state meet in Fort Dodge.

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