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.





Spirit Lake ends North Fayette Valley’s title defense

CEDAR FALLS - The guy's a straight shooter. You've got to give it up to Bob Lape for that.

He could have bemoaned this or whined about that after his North Fayette Valley TigerHawks were beaten by Spirit Lake, 49-34, in a Class 2A playoff semifina ... »

Turnovers help Regina reach 6th-straight title game

CEDAR FALLS - You just never get the feeling Iowa City Regina is going to lose a playoff football game.

The Regals came close in the quarterfinals. West Branch gave them a tussle before falling by seven points.

Dike-New Hartford sure seemed ... »

RoughRiders less than sharp in 3-1 loss to Green Bay

CEDAR RAPIDS - Both doors to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders locker room were locked for a few minutes postgame Friday night. No one was getting in, no one was getting out.

In a move that doesn't happen too often around here, Coach Mark Carlson had a ... »

Herrmann emerges as standout receiver for Mount Vernon

CEDAR RAPIDS - You just assumed Connor Herrmann would play college basketball somewhere. The Mount Vernon senior has been a varsity starter since he was a freshman, an all-conference type with a solid all-around game.

But you notice his profile on ... »

Clayberg too much for West Delaware

CEDAR FALLS - Someone, somewhere is getting a heck of a player in Noah Clayberg.

The Pella senior probably isn't a quarterback at the college level. He's a solid 200 pounds, though only 5-foot-11, not QB size by any stretch.

But the kid can ... »

Former RoughRider Abdelkader signs 7-year extension with NHL’s Red Wings

CEDAR RAPIDS - Justin Abdelkader will make an appearance in town for a Cedar Rapids RoughRide ... »

More roster changes for RoughRiders

CEDAR RAPIDS - He has been thrown a couple of curveballs in the early going of the United States Hockey League season. To keep with the baseball theme, some things have come completely out of left field for Mark Carlson.


West Delaware excited about Pella, Clayberg challenge

CEDAR RAPIDS - Most of them stick out on tape. They're defending state champs and on a 26-game win streak for a reason.

Pella's football team has a lot of good players.

But the one guy West Delaware guys bring up without prompting is Noah Cl ... »

Rutherford, Sternschein relishing new opportunities

CEDAR RAPIDS - Imagine being 17 years old and away from home for the first time. You are living with strangers, attending a new high school and trying to get used to a much better level of hockey at the same time.

Then imagine having to pack up an ... »

Dubuque blows past Coe to gain playoff berth, share of IIAC title

CEDAR RAPIDS - The season could have gone a lot of different ways for the Dubuque Spartans after the first couple of weeks. Watching them hoist the Iowa ... »