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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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Top-ranked Xavier volleyball team wants to get better

CEDAR RAPIDS - As the regular season comes to a close, the Xavier volleyball team looks to prepare itself for the postseason.

The Saints' last regular-season game was a 3-0 win over Cedar Rapids Kennedy on Oct. 10.

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Xavier golf team set high bar for future

CEDAR RAPIDS - After a cold and rainy weekend earlier this month, the Xavier boys' golf team was finally able to relax.

The Saints finished eighth in the Class 4A state meet, less than a week after earning its first district title.

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Scout team plays vital role in Xavier’s football success

CEDAR RAPIDS - Every Friday when the Cedar Rapids Xavier football team takes the field, fans see only what happens during the game.

What fans may not see is the players who work tirelessly every day at practice to help the team prepare for ... »

North Cedar’s Brittyn Wilhau does it all

CLARENCE - Despite such a busy schedule, North Cedar senior Brittyn Wilhau brings an amazing attitude and big smile everywhere she goes.

Over the course of her four years at North Cedar, Wilhau has been involved in cheerleading, track, cros ... »

North Cedar cross country photos

CLARENCE - While the state qualifying meets take place today across the state, North Cedar sophomore Fiona Raney shared some photos from last week's River Valley Conference meet.

The Knights are at a Class 2A regional in Iowa City today.

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Xavier ready for tough state-qualifying run today

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Xavier boys' cross country team just keeps running.

With the regular season over, the Saints are preparing for the postseason.

The boys' cross country team hosted the Mississippi Valley Conference meet on Oct. 12 at ... »

North Cedar shooting for cross country first

CLARENCE - A potential first could be in store Thursday for the North Cedar girls' cross country team.

The Knights have had individuals qualify for the state meet, but have never had a girls' team run at the meet.

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Mount Vernon stayed strong in football win over West Liberty

WEST LIBERTY - Never getting too high, never getting too low. Overcoming obstacles and rolling with the punches.

Playing smart, physical football and competing every single play have been Mount Vernon's keys to success all year long.

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Hunting, and loving, ducks not a contradiction

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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David Ernst is all about Kennedy football

CEDAR RAPIDS - Most administrators. and a significant number of coaches, are hesitant to hire out-of-district coaches to guide their high school programs.

But in the case of David Ernst, everything fell into place three decades ago.

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