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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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Expect the unexpected and enjoy it

Editor's note: Daren Schumaker of Cedar Rapids and Dennis Lee of Walford are attempting to run across Iowa's 99 counties to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association. They've completed 98 counties. This is the final countdown to N ... »

How they’re doing

A periodic look at where former Eastern Iowa high school athletes are now:

l Iowa colleges - Ally Disterhoft of Iowa City (West) earned all-Big Ten academic honors as a senior on the University of Iowa women's basketball team ... Central's Jacob H ... »

Somersaults’ Carly Cronbaugh wins 5 gymnastic golds

DES MOINES - Carly Cronbaugh of Somersaults Gymnastic won five events at the Xcel Invitational and Junior Olympic state meet, hosted by Sapphire Gymnastics.

Cronbaugh won the vault, bars, beam, floor exercise and all around Xcel Bronze. Addison Wi ... »

What was once far now is near

Editor's note: Daren Schumaker of Cedar Rapids and Dennis Lee of Walford are attempting to run across Iowa's 99 counties to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association. They've completed 98 counties. This begins the final countdown ... »

Solitude in search of coyotes

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.

Specklebellies. A first for me.

It was only a fleeting look through the field glasses. ... »

CRAG’s Davidson wins 4 state gymnastics titles

DES MOINES - Sidney Davidson of the Cedar Rapids Association of Gymnastics won four events and teammate Riley Smith three at the Iowa state gymnastics tournament.

Davidson won the vault, bars, beam and all around and Smith captured the vault, beam ... »

A wrestler’s ‘small trophy’ is worn proudly

CLARENCE - Every wrestler's goal is to end the match with a pin and, at North Cedar High School, those pins don't go unnoticed.

Whenever a Knight wrestler pins his opponent, the cheerleaders hand the wrestler a safety pin. This has been a long-s ... »

North Linn’s Jake Hilmer has message for his dad, coach

TROY MILLS - Every athlete's dad is their coach.

Whether it's in high school sports or just while sitting on the couch with their son, every dad coaches their kid.

Some more than others. None more than mine.

I've always played fo ... »

Failures can lead to success

Editor's note: Daren Schumaker of Cedar Rapids and Dennis Lee of Walford are attempting to run across Iowa's 99 counties to raise money and awareness for the American Heart Association. They've completed 98 counties. This begins the final countdown ... »

North Cedar girls’ track photos

CEDAR FALLS — The North Cedar girls’ track and field team competed in the Dickinson Relays earlier this week.

Here are some photos from the event.

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Mount Vernon’s Tristan Wirfs thrilled to be a Hawkeye
MOUNT VERNON - The Mount Vernon High School Commons was filled with dozens of anxious students, coaches, staff and family members last Wednesday, each ... »