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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3 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders selected for U.S. team at World Junior ‘A’ Challenge hockey tournament

CEDAR RAPIDS - Three members of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders have been selected to be part of a United States team participating in December's World Junior 'A' Challenge international hockey tournament in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Defenseman Chase Bl ... »

West Des Moines Dowling beats Iowa City West for 5th straight Class 4A championship

CEDAR FALLS - This streak will end some year. Maybe.

It doesn't appear to be anytime soon, that's for sure. Juggernaut doesn't really accurately describe what West Des Moines Dowling has going on right now.

The Maroons overwhelmed yet anothe ... »

A Waukon walkover: Indians take Class 2A state title with 29-0 win over Williamsburg

CEDAR FALLS - No crossbar crucifixion this time.

The Waukon Indians made sure the only suffering Friday afternoon at the UNI-Dome was from the opponent. That's just how superior they were in the Class 2A state championship football game.

Wit ... »

Xavier uses some trick-eration to beat Pella in 3A championship game

CEDAR FALLS - Duane Schulte brought out some of the classics Thursday night at the UNI-Dome.

The Cedar Rapids Xavier football coach called the old roll-right, throw-back-to-the-left screen pass. If you've watched the Saints over the years, you'v ... »

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders forward Marc McLaughlin returns from injury incurred by teammate

CEDAR RAPIDS - If you can't beat 'em, beat 'em up. If they beat you up, trade for 'em.

Let's just say Marc McLaughlin of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders probably feels a little more comfortable having Kyle Looft as a teammate than an opponent.

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Out of a coaching job after his school closes, Waukon’s Chad Beermann lands on his feet

CEDAR RAPIDS - He's not necessarily one of those people who believes everything happens for a reason.

Chad Beermann still wonders, for instance, why his Waukon football team lost the 2013 Class 2A state championship football game. Especially on ... »

Watch: Iowa high school football state championship picks

It all comes down to Thursday and Friday at the UNI-Dome for 12 Iowa high school football teams competing for state championships. Watch The Gazette's Jeff Linder, K.J. Pilcher and Jeff Johnson make their picks for all six games on Iowa Prep Sports Game ... »

Williamsburg rallies in 2nd half to trip up Union, 28-14, in Class 2A semifinals

CEDAR FALLS - Turnover kings. Turnaround kings.

That'd be championship-bound turnover, turnaround kings.

A pass interception led to the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter, and a fumble recovery after a quarterback sack in the ... »

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders center Nathan Smith comes north from Florida to further hockey career

CEDAR RAPIDS - You have to consume his statistics with some context.

Nathan Smith played 13 hockey games for Mitchell High School in the Tampa, Fla., area last year. He scored 21 goals and added 23 assists.

That was nothing compared to t ... »

Stifling defense moves Iowa City West past Bettendorf, back into 4A title game

CEDAR FALLS - They were all reminded about that football cliche.

Defense wins championships. Yada, yada, yada.

#x201c;Yeah, I agree with that,#x201d; said Iowa City West's Dillon Doyle. #x201c;But you do need a little offense in there somewh ... »

West Des Moines Dowling beats Iowa City West for 5th straight Class 4A championship
CEDAR FALLS - This streak will end some year. Maybe.It doesn't appear to be anytime soon, that's for sure. Juggernaut doesn't really accurately descri ... »
A Waukon walkover: Indians take Class 2A state title with 29-0 win over Williamsburg
CEDAR FALLS - No crossbar crucifixion this time.The Waukon Indians made sure the only suffering Friday afternoon at the UNI-Dome was from the opponent ... »
Xavier uses some trick-eration to beat Pella in 3A championship game
CEDAR FALLS - Duane Schulte brought out some of the classics Thursday night at the UNI-Dome. The Cedar Rapids Xavier football coach called the old ro ... »
Williamsburg rallies in 2nd half to trip up Union, 28-14, in Class 2A semifinals
CEDAR FALLS - Turnover kings. Turnaround kings. That'd be championship-bound turnover, turnaround kings. A pass interception led to the go-ahead tou ... »
Stifling defense moves Iowa City West past Bettendorf, back into 4A title game
CEDAR FALLS - They were all reminded about that football cliche.Defense wins championships. Yada, yada, yada.#x201c;Yeah, I agree with that,#x201d; sa ... »
Australian Peni Waqairatu comes to Cornell College to play football, dance
MOUNT VERNON - Teammate Andrew Joseph was about the only one who knew. None of his coaches did. Peni Waqairatu is a dancer. A good one. Just search ... »