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.





Sean Poppen gets the Kernels poppin’ with 7 shutout innings in win over Kane County

GENEVA, Ill. - Sean Poppen did the heaviest lifting, but Zack Tillery and Hector Lujan also contributed to a 6-0 shutout for the Cedar Rapids Kernels over Kane County in Midwest League baseball Saturday night at Northwestern Medicine Field.

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He never knows what tomorrow holds

CEDAR RAPIDS - Kevin Brooks doesn't remember the first goal he scored for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.

It came in his third game with the club, during the 2001-02 season. He was playing good, sound fundamental hockey during a shift, stationed alo ... »

Baseball notebook: These Kernels don’t like to walk

CEDAR RAPIDS - They say a hit's as good as a walk, though you'd have a hard time believing that watching the Cedar Rapids Kernels play this season.

They went into their game Saturday night at Kane County having drawn the fewest walks in the Midw ... »

2nd all-day boys' hoops event planned at U.S. Cellular Center

CEDAR RAPIDS - One all-day boys' basketball event at the U.S. Cellular Center is not enough.

Organizer Tyler Cleveland announced a second Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout has been added, this one January 13, 2018. It will feature six games.


Power surge continues for Jaylin Davis of Cedar Rapids Kernels

CEDAR RAPIDS - Jaylin Davis has backed off the plate and moved forward with his production. Big time.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels outfielder had three more hits Thursday night as his team peppered Clinton, 9-2, at Veterans Memorial Stadium. That in ... »

RoughRiders rehire Francis Anzalone to be associate head coach

CEDAR RAPIDS - Francis Anzalone will return to the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders as an associate head coach, the USHL club announced Thursday.

Anzalone, 29, spent four seasons with the RoughRiders as a scout and assistant coach. He spent three season ... »

Valparaiso offically accepts offer to join Missouri Valley Conference

CEDAR FALLS - Valparaiso University announced Thursday it has officially accepted an invitation to join the Missouri Valley Conference.

It will replace Wichita State as the 10th member of the league. Wichita State left the MVC in April to join t ... »

John Chandler to step down as AD at Coe, return to head athletic trainer

CEDAR RAPIDS - John Chandler is staying at Coe College. He's just going back to his original role.

The school announced Thursday that Chandler is stepping down after 16 years as athletics director to return to teaching and being Coe's head athle ... »

UNI hoops adds Kirkwood’s Miles Wentzien as walk-on

CEDAR FALLS - The University of Northern Iowa men's basketball team has added Kirkwood Community College all-American Miles Wentzien to its roster as a walk-on.

Wentzien, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 14.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per g ... »

Manager ejection early, controversy late in Kernels' 3-2 loss to Clinton

CEDAR RAPIDS - So you want to know what baseball managers do after getting ejected from a game?

In Tommy Watkins' case Wednesday afternoon, he wandered upstairs at Veterans Memorial Stadium and spent some time in the press box. That included a r ... »