Diamonds & Ice

Jeff Johnson

Multi-media sports reporter for SourceMedia in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who has covered it all over the past 20-plus years. Particularly enjoy baseball and hockey.





Cascade wins a triple-OT 2A district final thriller over Dyersville Beckman

MANCHESTER - Johnny Supple got done being interviewed and began to walk back toward his locker room. Then he suddenly stopped, turned and headed toward an adjacent drinking fountain.

"Man, I need some water," the Cascade forward said.

Yo ... »

Updated boys’ basketball postseason schedule


(All games at 7 p.m.)


Cedar Rapids Xavier (11-11) at Mount Vernon (17-5)

Decorah (11-11) at Waverly-Shell Rock (20-1)

Marion (13-9) at Center Point-Urbana (16-6)

Vinton-S ... »

Jefferson boys trap Western Dubuque, 57-49, in 4A substate opener

CEDAR RAPIDS - At the third-quarter buzzer Monday night, Western Dubuque's Sam Goodman retrieved a defensive rebound underneath his team's basket and blindly fired a ball all the way down court.

Well, not all the way. Somehow, the high-arching h ... »

Final Gazette boys’ basketball poll: Iowa City West, West Delaware finish No. 1

CEDAR RAPIDS - West is best.

The final Gazette boys' basketball poll of the season has Iowa City West atop Class 4A and West Delaware at the head of 3A. The postseason in both classes begins Monday night, with 3A district play and first-round 4A ... »

Tuesday’s boys’ basketball postseason schedule



Belle Plaine (16-6) at Gladbrook-Reinbeck (20-2), 8 p.m.

Calamus-Wheatland (18-4) at Clinton Prince of Peace (17-5), 7 p.m.

Clayton Ridge (14-8) vs. Turkey Valley (14-8) at Arlington, 8 p.m.

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Monday’s boys’ basketball postseason games



Cedar Rapids Xavier (10-11) vs. DeWitt Central (5-16) at Mount Vernon, 6:30 p.m.

Clear Creek-Amana (2-19) at West Delaware (21-0), 8 p.m.

Crestwood ... »

Despite 10-11 record, defending 3A champ C.R. Xavier looks dangerous as postseason begins

CEDAR RAPIDS - It took awhile, but they learned how to deal with the expectations others placed upon them.

It definitely wasn't an easy process, though the Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints feel they're better for going through it. And, to tell the tru ... »

Upon further review, Bobby Hampton wins it for C.R. RoughRiders with late goal

CEDAR RAPIDS - A teammate wanted you to inquire about something with Bobby Hampton.

"Ask him about Showtime," Dalton Messina of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders said with a sly smile.

OK, Bobby. What's up with Showtime?

"I don't know ... »

#TeamJenk: Dyersville Beckman beats MFL MarMac in Class 2A district semifinals

CASCADE - He wants to be there for the first practice of the baseball season. That would mean everything to him.

Everything to everyone.

"I know he's itching to get back in that dugout with us," Dyersville Beckman's Sam Stelken said Thur ... »

Surging UNI wins again, escapes Bradley, 64-61

CEDAR FALLS - They've officially dug themselves out of a hole again. It's just what the Northern Iowa Panthers do.

A 64-61 escape Wednesday night of Bradley at McLeod Center was UNI's fourth win in a row and its ninth in 10 games.

That 0-5 s ... »