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.





MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Hall of Famer John Smoltz visit Field of Dreams

DYERSVILLE - Commissioners of the big four sports leagues in America get a lot of public guff all the time anyway. But in this case, Rob Manfred was getting heat from a bunch of kids.

The Commissioner of Major League Baseball joined Hall of Fame ... »

Randy LeBlanc’s scoreless streak finally comes to an end for Cedar Rapids Kernels

BURLINGTON - Someone scored on Randy LeBlanc. But just once.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels starting pitcher saw his scoreless streak end with two outs in the seventh inning, but still picked up a 4-1 win over the Burlington Bees on Tuesday night at Com ... »

MLB Commissioner Manfred, Hall of Fame pitcher Smoltz to appear Thursday at Field of Dreams

DYERSVILLE - Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz will appear Thursday at the #x201c;Field of Dreams#x201d; movie site to announce details of the touring National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Man ... »

Padres option Cascade’s Colin Rea to Triple-A

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres optioned Cascade's Colin Rea to Triple-A El Paso on Monday.

Rea was 3-2 with a 4.47 earned run average in 10 pitching appearances for the Padres, including nine starts. He was replaced on the roster by relief pitch ... »

Iowa City High names Derek Roberts its new boys’ basketball coach

IOWA CITY - Iowa City High announced Monday night that Derek Roberts has been hired as its new varsity boys' basketball coach, pending school board approval.

Roberts was head coach this past season at Maquoketa, with the Cardinals going 12-10 as ... »

He comes from a basketball family, but Zander Wiel of C.R. Kernels chooses baseball

CEDAR RAPIDS - He was born into a serious hoops family, but Zander Wiel knew fairly early in life that was not going to be his future sport.

"I played basketball in high school and stuff," Wiel said, after his solo home run with two outs in the ... »

Cedar Rapids Kernels roll past Quad Cities, LaMonte Wade continues to reach base

CEDAR RAPIDS - On a day when the Cedar Rapids Kernels had a bunch of hits, LaMonte Wade didn't have any, and that's news.

It was just the sixth time in 36 games the outfielder has been shutout this Midwest League season. And he didn't get comple ... »

Horrible 6th inning foils C.R. Kernels in 10-4 loss to Quad Cities

CEDAR RAPIDS - Things were going along so smootly Saturday night for the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

They'd scratched across a couple of runs, starter Dereck Rodriguez was pitching a gem and it seemed another win was inevitable. Then the top of the si ... »

'Signs' mean something different to Cedar Rapids Kernels outfielder Daniel Kihle

CEDAR RAPIDS - As far as backgrounds go, Daniel Kihle rates toward the top in the Cedar Rapids Kernels clubhouse when it comes to most interesting.

The 22-year-old outfielder from Wichita State will be involved in an offseason television show fo ... »

Fernando Romero shines for Cedar Rapids Kernels in return from Tommy John surgery

CEDAR RAPIDS - Dream up the best possible scenario for your first official game back after Tommy John elbow surgery, and Fernando Romero exceded it Friday night. Blew it away.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels pitcher was simply electric in beating Quad ... »