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.





Coe forced to regroup after 38-33 loss to Simpson

CEDAR RAPIDS - They haven't been here in awhile, so your guess is as good as anyone's how the Coe Kohawks react moving forward.

This could be the beginning of the end of their 2017 football season. Or this could be the old kick in the pants, the ... »

For Coe’s Terrence Hall, a move to Cedar Rapids has worked ... literally

CEDAR RAPIDS - Terrence Hall never will forget it, calls it a movie-scene moment.

It was late summer, early fall of 2011, and he was a freshman in high school, hanging out with buddies at a park near his home on the south side of Chicago. Sudden ... »

Xavier’s defense shines again in 21-13 win over Decorah

CEDAR RAPIDS - They completed a Hail Mary for touchdown at the end of the first half. If anyone is going to do that, you'd figure it'd be a Catholic school, right?

But the Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints didn't really need to have that happen to beat D ... »

Four Downs: Week 5 Iowa high school football questions

The Gazette's Jeff Linder, K.J. Pilcher and Jeff Johnson tackle Week 5 prep football questions.

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Q: Who is your midseason Coach of the Year?

JL: It's not difficult to come up with some worthy resumes. ... »

West Branch diversifies offensively, starts out 4-0, with huge game Friday against Bellevue

WEST BRANCH - Funny how the game works sometimes.

Luke Lenoch is the best running back West Branch High School ever has had. He was prolific, produced career yardage totals that rank him in the top 20 all time in Iowa.

Yet the Bears are ... »

Forfeits in Iowa high school football continue: What's the answer?

CEDAR RAPIDS - Another week of the prep football season, another forfeit. Make that two this time.

Yes, the Iowa High School Athletic Association is noticing the trend, and there is a level of concern.

"Anytime a game is forfeited, that ... »

Former Postville prep Riley Brockway excels as receiver at Wartburg

CEDAR RAPIDS - He's not one to internally keep track of his stats during a game. So Riley Brockway didn't really know he had a career game for Wartburg last week.

"I'm not a guy who keeps track of that stuff. I'm just trying to make plays and ta ... »

Watch: Week 4 Iowa high school football picks and analysis

Iowa Prep Sports Gameday with The Gazette's Jeff Linder, K.J. Pilcher and Jeff Johnson is back to break down the Week 4 slate.

Watch as they highlight Week 3 winners, predict 10 Week 4 games and tackle burning questions in Four Downs.

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Dubuque Wahlert runs past Marion, 34-14

MARION - You can scheme all you want. You can fire your boys up until they have fire in their eyes and smoke coming out of their ears.

But sometimes prep football can be a simple sport.

If you can run the ball, you've got a pretty good chanc ... »

Longtime local baseball umpire, Kernels housing coordinator Lanny Peterson passes away

CEDAR RAPIDS - Longtime local baseball umpire and Cedar Rapids Kernels housing coordinator Lanny Peterson passed away Thursday after a lengthy illness. He was 73.

A teacher and insurance agent in his professional life, Peterson also was a deacon ... »