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.





C.R. RoughRiders goalie Zack LaRocque will serve his country

CEDAR RAPIDS - In this day and age of world tumult and uncertainty, Zach LaRocque still decided the military path was the right path to take.

The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders goaltender committed recently to continue playing hockey at the Air Force ... »

Top-ranked Iowa City West gets revenge on C.R. Prairie, 74-50

IOWA CITY - Don't poke the bear. Just don't.

Iowa City West's boys' basketball team took a surprise loss to Cedar Rapids Prairie in its final game before the Christmas break. It was a loss the Class 4A top-ranked Trojans had to dwell on for awhi ... »

Jakub Sirota of C.R. RoughRiders learns the North American game

CEDAR RAPIDS - There's the living-away-from-home part of it.

Being from another country, learning the language, the food, the lifestyle and the people. That's not easy.

Then there's the actual hockey part of it. The rinks are longer and ... »

Big rally, but still a loss for Iowa

IOWA CITY - Right now, the Iowa Hawkeyes are Peter Jok's back.

Sometimes good, sometimes not. In need of some rest and recovery, which they - and it - will get.

An 84-76 loss Thursday night to 25th-ranked Maryland was disappointing, among ot ... »

Double Dribble Podcast: IHSAA/IHSSN media policies and more prep basketball talk

The Gazette's Jeff Linder and Jeff Johnson discuss new media policies from the Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa High School Sports Network on the latest Double Dribble Podcast.

The guys also take questions from prep basketball fans, ... »

Boys’ basketball notebook: Jefferson’s Royshawn Webb works to become Metro’s scoring leader

CEDAR RAPIDS - If there was a court somewhere, Royshawn Webb wanted to be on it. If there was a hoop, he wanted to be shooting at it.

"If it wasn't here, I was at the YMCA," the Cedar Rapids Jefferson senior guard said. "If it was nice outside, ... »

UNI beats Loyola in double-OT, 72-69

CEDAR FALLS - With 1.4 seconds left in double overtime Wednesday night, ESPN tweeted out that Northern Iowa's men's basketball team had beaten Loyola, 72-69.

The Worldwide Leader in Sports is never wrong, of course. UNI did end up winning by tha ... »

3 former/current C.R. RoughRiders on list of NHL Draft-eligible prospects

CEDAR RAPIDS - Three current or former Cedar Rapids RoughRiders are part of the Central Scouting Bureau's midterm rankings of prospects eligible for the 2017 National Hockey League Draft.

Defenseman Jakub Sirota tops the list at 113th among Nort ... »

Evan Flitz, Hakeem Odunsi come off bench to help Iowa City West overcome Bettendorf

IOWA CITY - Sometimes you need the unexpected guys to step up and help you win games.

That's how it went down Tuesday night at Iowa City West. The Class 4A top-ranked Trojans overcame No. 6 Bettendorf, 59-45, thanks in no small part to some dude ... »

Area boys’ basketball standings

Area boys' basketball conference standings, through Sunday.


Iowa City West 6-1 8-1

Cedar Rapids Jefferson 4-2 7-3

Waterloo West 3-3 4-3

Linn-Mar 3-5 4-5

C ... »