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.





Mount Vernon’s Austin Ash has passion for basketball

MOUNT VERNON - The methodical sounds of bouncing basketballs and squeaking shoes fill the humid gym as he works to perfect his skills.

Sweat drips from his arms as he breaks right and pulls up for a shot. He grabs the rebound and runs back ... »

West Delaware off to 3-0 start in boys’ basketball

MANCHESTER - West Delaware hosted Clear Creek Amana last Friday, posting a 67-49 win.

The Hawks are 3-0 after Tuesday's 54-40 win over Dyersville Beckman. They opened the season with a 45-31 win at Williamsburg.

West Delaware hosts De ... »

West Delaware shines at own wrestling tournament

MANCHESTER - West Delaware finished fifth in its own 10-team Bob Murphy Invitational on Saturday, getting individuals titles from Mitchell Mangold at 145 pounds and Harrison Goebel at 182.

Decorah won the tournament with 85 points.

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Xavier’s Keegan Schultschik eyes big things on wrestling mat

CEDAR RAPIDS - The high school wrestling season is underway, which means the beginning of cutting weight, getting conditioned and buckling in for an intense season ahead.

Cedar Rapids Xavier junior Keegan Schultschik is far too familiar wit ... »

West Delaware wrestlers set goals to improve mind-set

MANCHESTER - Whether it's fighting through a physically demanding workout or pushing through three periods of an intense match, wrestlers constantly find themselves in positions that require a strong mental mind-set.

West Delaware Coach Jef ... »

North Cedar wrestling season off and running

CLARENCE - The North Cedar wrestling team opened the season on Thursday with a dual against Monticello, losing 48-36.

The Knights then wrestled in the Tipton Invitational on Saturday, placing sixth.

#x201c;I am very excited about how ... »

Xavier’s Cheyanne Crane has passion for bowling

CEDAR RAPIDS - When people think of winter sports for high school, bowling often overlooked.

This motivates Xavier junior Cheyanne Crane to play her best.

#x201c;A lot of people do not think bowling is a serious sport or hard at all,# ... »

North Cedar girls’ basketball photos

CLARENCE - North Cedar opened its 2016-17 girls' basketball season with a 68-54 loss to Camanche, but the Knights have won two of three since.

North Cedar owns wins over Calamus-Wheatland and Durant, sandwiched around a loss to Cascade.

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In search of community, high school journalists

#x201c;Your Page#x201d; is back for another run and we're fast approaching another milestone.

Many may wonder what is #x201c;Your Page#x201d; and what is its place in The Gazette sports section.

Quite simply, #x201c;Your Page#x201d; is just ... »

Xavier hoping for another successful boys’ basketball campaign

CEDAR RAPIDS - Michael Jordan once said, #x201c;Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.#x201d;

With the new season, the Xavier boys' basketball team will be hoping to emulate Jordan's back-to-back NBA titles in ... »

Video: Iowa City West fans, alumni send off championship game-bound football team
As the Iowa City West football team prepares for the Friday's Class 4A state championship against West Des Moines Dowling, watch friends, family and f ... »
Mount Vernon-Lisbon cross country on top once again
FORT DODGE - Last year the cross country team entered the state meet with one thing on their mind - revenge.They got it by winning the state title aft ... »