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.





All-area boys' basketball: Connor McCaffery ignores critics, proves his worth on court

CEDAR RAPIDS - There are perks. Lots of them.

When your father is the head coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes, you have access to a lot of things the average kid doesn't.

Connor McCaffery realizes and appreciates that. He really does.

Bu ... »

C.R. RoughRiders continue fighting down the stretch, but shut out by Youngstown, 3-0

CEDAR RAPIDS - They are not going away meekly, and that's much to the credit of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.

They lost again Friday night at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena, shut out by Youngstown, 3-0. But this was anyone's hockey game most of the ... »

It’s a RoughRiders state

CEDAR RAPIDS - They still talk about the "bathroom rule."

It's one that's in effect even today. The urinals and toilets must be flushed in the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders locker room after use.

There are no exceptions.

"Kids, for wh ... »

Still no college decision for Iowa City West’s Devontae Lane

CEDAR RAPIDS - Devontae Lane got some organized, or at least semi-organized, run Wednesday night at Kirkwood's Johnson Hall. It could have been for the last time.

That possible finality wasn't lost on the senior all-state guard from Iowa City We ... »

Eastern Iowa All-Star prep basketball games Wednesday night at Kirkwood

CEDAR RAPIDS - Kirkwood Community College again will host the Eastern Iowa All-Star Games prep basketball event, Wednesday evening at Johnson Hall.

The girls' game tips off at 6 p.m., with the boys' tilt to follow. The event features many of the ... »

Ice issues delay RoughRiders’ 3-0 shutout of Omaha

CEDAR RAPIDS - In what has been the season from hell in a lot of ways, it was only appropriate that the start of Wednesday night's Cedar Rapids RoughRiders game was delayed because of problems with the ice at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.

Eventual ... »

All-state boys' basketball: Xavier's Mims, North Linn's Hilmer, West's McCaffery and Lane among those honored

CEDAR RAPIDS - The name Mims and baseball just seem to go together.

Larry Mims was an all-stater at Cedar Rapids Washington in the 1980s, played collegiately at Nebraska and professionally for four years in the Baltimore Orioles organization. Mi ... »

Iowa City West is best again in Class 4A

DES MOINES - Not this year, Valley. Not this year.

It's Iowa City West's season.

The top-seeded and top-ranked Trojans wanted nothing to do with another upset loss Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena, showing they are without question th ... »

It’s a Class 3A repeat for Cedar Rapids Xavier

DES MOINES - His Twitter handle is Peanut, but that's ironic. There is nothing small about Matt Mims' game.

The junior point guard's driving layup with 41 seconds remaining provided the go-ahead points, and Cedar Rapids Xavier followed with a pa ... »

Cedar Rapids Kennedy, West Delaware drop state tournament consolation games

DES MOINES - They didn't win a state championship, but this was a great season for the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars.

Kennedy lost the Class 4A state tournament consolation game Saturday afternoon to Sioux City East, 58-56. Jack Peterson made a p ... »