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.





UNI sets record with 20 3-pointers in 86-58 blowout of South Dakota State

CEDAR FALLS - Forget the great ball movement and the confidence that seemed to come out of nowhere.

The reason the Northern Iowa Panthers set a school record for 3-pointers in a game Wednesday night had to be because former shooter deluxe Matt B ... »

They play hockey in Estonia? RoughRiders winger Robert Arrak proves they do

CEDAR RAPIDS - There are only a handful of rinks in his home country.

"Maybe five or six," Robert Arrak said. "We've got maybe five, six, seven teams."

The accurate number is four teams that play in Estonia's highest league. Let's just s ... »

Strong offseason helps C.R. Kennedy get off to strong early season

MARION - Games are won in the offseason.

That might be as cliche as cliche gets, posted on every team's Facebook and Twitter page and stitched on virtually every prep athlete's T-shirt as motivation.

But if you talk to the Cedar Rapids Kenne ... »

Coe’s Trevor Heitland 1 of 4 finalists for D-III football player of year

CEDAR RAPIDS - Coe College running back Trevor Heitland is one of four finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy, which goes to the top student-athlete football player in NCAA Division III.

A senior from Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Heitland led the nation in ... »

C.R. Washington guard Hunter Strait transferring to Ankeny Centennial

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Washington's top boys' basketball player has decided to move on.

Hunter Strait said Monday night he has withdrawn from school and will transfer to Ankeny Centennial. He averaged 22 points in Wash's first two games this ... »

Iowa City West atop 1st Gazette boys' basketball poll

CEDAR RAPIDS - The first one is always the most difficult. Keep that in mind when viewing the first Gazette boys' basketball poll of the season.

It was an easy decision to put Iowa City West atop the Class 4A rankings. The Trojans, last year's s ... »

Gazette Coach of the Year: Iowa City West’s Garrett Hartwig

IOWA CITY - Practices don't always run perfectly. Results of games sometimes don't go your way.

Garrett Hartwig doesn't take that disappointment home, doesn't let it eat at him. Football is football, sports are sports.

There are more imp ... »

2 straight wins for Cedar Rapids RoughRiders

MADISON, Wis. - The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders spotted the Madison Capitols an early goal Friday night but scored the final four of a 4-1 win. It's the Riders' second in a row after beginning the United States Hockey League season with 18 consecutive loss ... »

Iowa City West wins easily, as sophomore Patrick McCaffery shows off improved game

IOWA CITY - This is not the same Patrick McCaffery we saw last season.

For one thing, there's more of him. The Iowa City West sophomore said he has gained about 15 pounds.

He's still almost painfully thin. But the extra weight, some extr ... »

Bobby Hampton getting an opportunity with C.R. RoughRiders

CEDAR RAPIDS - Bobby Hampton found out in early November that he'd been traded from the USHL's Chicago Steel to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.

He was going from the first-place team in the Eastern Conference to a club that hadn't won a game, yet. A ... »