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.

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Iowa City Regina promotes Jared Galpin to head boys’ basketball coach

IOWA CITY - Iowa City Regina announced Monday it will hire Jared Galpin as its new head varsity boys' basketball coach, pending school board approval.

Galpin replaces Stu Ordman, who recently took the head coaching job at the new Liberty High Scho ... »

C.R. Washington gets standout outfielder Trey Leonard for most of the season

CEDAR RAPIDS - It's one of the bad parts about playing prep baseball in the summer.

Trey Leonard is one of the top players in Iowa, someone who is good enough to sign with college baseball power Louisville. But because he and the program want him ... »

Baseball notebook: Even in lower minor leagues, information on players abounds

CEDAR RAPIDS - Tommy Watkins searched a somewhat cluttered desk in his manager's office at Veterans Memorial Stadium the other day for papers that illustrate just how much information baseball clubs have on opposing players these days.

Even at t ... »

Triple Play Podcast: Iowa City West’s Charlie Stumpff previews 2017 baseball season

Iowa City West Coach Charlie Stumpff joined the Triple Play Podcast to preview the 2017 prep baseball season. The Trojans return from a third straight appearance in the Class 4A state final.

The Gazette's K.J. Pilcher and Jeff Johnson also talk C ... »

Kernels give scorekeepers plenty to keep track of in 7-4 win over Peoria

CEDAR RAPIDS - Terry Schneekloth held a small, white erase board and black magic marker in his lap as he sat in the stands Wednesday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

When Jaylin Davis of the Cedar Rapids Kernels grounded out to shortstop ... »

Jaylin Davis ties club record with 3 home runs, as Kernels outlast Peoria, 7-6

CEDAR RAPIDS - Jaylin Davis took a mighty cut at the first pitch he saw Tuesday night and missed it.

The swing from the Cedar Rapids Kernels outfielder was so ferocious, his manager shouted at him from the third-base coach's box. Not necessarily ... »

Kernels split double-header with Peoria

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Cedar Rapids Kernels' pitching staff got lit to the tune of five home runs and a dozen runs in the first game of a double-header Monday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

So, naturally, it followed with a bizarro game.

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Baseball notebook: A.J. Puk earns his 1st professional victory

CEDAR RAPIDS - It took a little longer than you might have thought, but there were reasons behind that. And if he stays healthy, A.J. Puk is going to win more than his fair share of professional baseball games.

The former Cedar Rapids Washington ... »

UNI excited about Valpo joining the MVC

CEDAR RAPIDS - They are still in the negotiating stage. That's a large part of the deal when a school is invited to join another conference.

But all indications are that Valparaiso will be the 10th member of the Missouri Valley Conference sooner ... »

Coe’s Trevor Heitland gets a shot at NFL, attends 49ers rookie minicamp

CEDAR RAPIDS - He has no idea what will become of it, if anything. But Trevor Heitland has a memory for a lifetime, even if that answer eventually turns out to be nothing.

The NCAA Division III all-American from Coe College and Cedar Rapids Kenn ... »