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.


Men’s basketball notebook: “Young” Kirkwood off to 5-2 start

CEDAR RAPIDS - It's a young team. In junior college basketball, it's always a young team.

But these Kirkwood Eagles are young by JUCO standards. There are only four sophomores on the roster, and one of those hasn't played a game, yet, because of a ... »

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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Wartburg QB Matt Sacia named Iowa Conference football offensive MVP

CEDAR RAPIDS - Junior quarterback Matt Sacia of Wartburg was named Offensive Most Valuable Player of the Iowa Conference, the league announced Thursday.

Sacia threw for 1,995 yards and 24 touchdowns to help the Knights to an unbeaten regular sea ... »

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 ... »

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 ... »