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.





Trevor Heitland making most of his shot at being Coe’s running back

CEDAR RAPIDS - Yes, his coach has told him he's sorry.

It came last Saturday, after Trevor Heitland carried the football an astounding 51 times in Coe's huge 23-12 win at Dubuque. No one is supposed to be able to do something like that and still l ... »

West Branch’s Luke Lenoch hopes prolific running back career continues for awhile

WEST BRANCH - He knew.

Butch Pedersen has coached a long time and won a ton of games in his career. The guy is as good as it gets in Iowa prep football.

You believe him when he said he knew all along that Luke Lenoch would be as good as he h ... »

Meet The RoughRiders — Liam Walsh

Name: Liam Walsh

Number: 27

Position: Left Wing

Age: 17

Height/Weight: 6-foot, 181 pounds

Hometown: Bridgeville, Pennsylvania

Noteworthy: Second season with RoughRiders. First season was cut to just 13 games because o ... »

UNI feels it has to win out to have shot at playoffs

CEDAR FALLS - They've got smart kids at Northern Iowa. They know what's going on.

The Panthers have a 2-4 record, with five games remaining. If they want to make the FCS playoffs, it's clear what needs to be done.

Crystal clear.

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Meet The RoughRiders — A.J. Villella

Name: A.J. Villella

Number: 2

Position: Defense

Age: 18

Height/Weight: 5-foot-10, 178 pounds

Hometown: Davie, Florida

Noteworthy: First season with RoughRiders. Was team's 13th-round pick in 2016 USHL Entry Draft, Pha ... »

Meet The RoughRiders — Pavel Tkachkov

Name: Pavel Tkachkov

Number: 13

Position: Forward

Age: 18

Height/Weight: 5-foot-10, 170 pounds

Hometown: Moscow, Russia

Noteworthy: Second season with the RoughRiders. Played in 42 games last season, recording three g ... »

A strong defense and heaping dose of Trevor Heitland gets Coe past Dubuque, 23-12

DUBUQUE - In the pantheon of great running backs at Coe College, you've got Fred Jackson, Carey Bender and then everyone else.

Maybe, just maybe, you should put Trevor Heitland's name up there now. At least consider him above "everyone else."

Meet The RoughRiders — Bence Stipsicz

Name: Bence Stisicz

Number: 5

Position: Defense

Age: 19

Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 196 pounds

Hometown: Budapest, Hungary

Noteworthy: Made club as undrafted free agent. First Hungarian-born RoughRider. Has spent time li ... »

Father, son enjoying Coe’s ride together

CEDAR RAPIDS - The sport wasn't football. The year is up for debate.

The first time Joe Peters coached his son, Robbie, was in middle school at Mount Vernon. It was basketball, to be precise.

#x201c;Oh, man. It was probably sixth or seventh ... »

Meet The RoughRiders — Sam Sternschein

Name: Sam Sternschein

Number: 17

Position: Forward

Age: 18

Height/Weight: 6-foot-1, 204 pounds

Hometown: Syosset, New York

Noteworthy: Second season with RoughRiders. Acquired early last season in a trade from the USH ... »