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.





A 2-1 OT loss to Dubuque, but lots of positive for youthful C.R. RoughRiders

CEDAR RAPIDS - Lament the ending and the result. But don't knock the effort these young Cedar Rapids RoughRiders put forth Saturday night in the season opener.

Defenseman Jacob Semik had a shot from the right point squeak into the net with 5:03 ... »

Coe's Dylan Stepleton has been an early season interception machine

CEDAR RAPIDS - The year that may have helped Dylan Stepleton's college football career the most was the one in which he didn't play.

The Coe College senior cornerback spent the 2012 season at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs. Tha ... »

Leading returning scorer Zac Robbins hopes to increase production for C.R. RoughRiders

CEDAR RAPIDS - Dodging opposing checks, helping kill penalties and trying to create goals for his team was difficult enough last season for Zac Robbins. It was his first go-around in the United States Hockey League.

But there was something else ... »

Stunning offensive production as C.R. Kennedy destroys Burlington, 77-13

CEDAR RAPIDS - Arguably the best player in Cedar Rapids Kennedy football history roamed the Cougars sideline Friday night at Kingston Stadium.

Shaun Beyer did just about everything last season in helping Kennedy make it to the Class 4A state cha ... »

You want to drive a Zamboni? Now's your chance

CEDAR RAPIDS - You want to drive a Zamboni? Now's your chance.

The Cedar Rapids Ice Arena is presenting its first "Zamboni Class" on Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at ice maintenance and learn ... »

These Cedar Rapids RoughRiders are inexperienced

CEDAR RAPIDS - This isn't a total reconstruction job. Just about as close as you can get, though.

The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders open the 2016-17 USHL season Saturday night at home against Dubuque. Agreed, the weather doesn't make it feel like it' ... »

Cedar Valley Christian’s lone survivor fits in at Cedar Rapids Washington

CEDAR RAPIDS - He knew going into it that the adjustment would be huge. This would be a major undertaking.

"Whew," Apollo Betsworth said, when asked what the experience of going from eight-player to 11-player football has been like.

His ... »

Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, USHL reveal 23-man rosters

CEDAR RAPIDS - Here are all of the 23-man rosters and affiliate lists for United States Hockey League clubs.

You'll notice the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders have been active on the trade front, acquiring forward Matt Hudie from Green Bay, forward Dal ... »

UNI strives to become special on special teams during off week

CEDAR FALLS - Three games in, and the Northern Iowa Panthers already have their bye week.

You'd think that wouldn't be a good thing, especially coming off a pair of tough losses. Seems like you'd want to get back out there and turn this baby aroun ... »

Coe rolls in Iowa Conference opener, 45-10, over Loras

CEDAR RAPIDS - He wasn't completely sure whose they were.

Trevor Heitland had multiple teammates throwing cleats his way when he destroyed a shoelace in the second quarter Saturday. Fellow Cedar Rapids Kennedy grad Tyler Dralle gave him his pair ... »