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.


West Branch diversifies offensively, starts out 4-0, with huge game Friday against Bellevue

WEST BRANCH - Funny how the game works sometimes.

Luke Lenoch is the best running back West Branch High School ever has had. He was prolific, produced career yardage totals that rank him in the top 20 all time in Iowa.

Yet the Bears are ... »

Forfeits in Iowa high school football continue: What's the answer?

CEDAR RAPIDS - Another week of the prep football season, another forfeit. Make that two this time.

Yes, the Iowa High School Athletic Association is noticing the trend, and there is a level of concern.

"Anytime a game is forfeited, that ... »

Former Postville prep Riley Brockway excels as receiver at Wartburg

CEDAR RAPIDS - He's not one to internally keep track of his stats during a game. So Riley Brockway didn't really know he had a career game for Wartburg last week.

"I'm not a guy who keeps track of that stuff. I'm just trying to make plays and ta ... »

Dubuque Wahlert runs past Marion, 34-14

MARION - You can scheme all you want. You can fire your boys up until they have fire in their eyes and smoke coming out of their ears.

But sometimes prep football can be a simple sport.

If you can run the ball, you've got a pretty good chanc ... »

Longtime local baseball umpire, Kernels housing coordinator Lanny Peterson passes away

CEDAR RAPIDS - Longtime local baseball umpire and Cedar Rapids Kernels housing coordinator Lanny Peterson passed away Thursday after a lengthy illness. He was 73.

A teacher and insurance agent in his professional life, Peterson also was a deacon ... »

Linn-Mar, C.R. Washington seek to rebound Thursday in football game with interesting subplot

CEDAR RAPIDS - Paul James and Maurice Blue randomly bumped into each other at a convenience store Sunday.

James, who lives on the southeast side of Cedar Rapids, was on his way over to Linn-Mar High School to do some football business. Blue, who l ... »

Cedar Rapids Kernels' season comes to end with 6-1 Game 3 loss to Quad Cities

CEDAR RAPIDS - When asked Sunday night for a scouting report on Quad Cities pitcher Kit Scheetz, Cedar Rapids Kernels pitching coach J.P. Martinez offered three words.

"He's a thumber," Martinez said.

That's not an insult. In baseball pa ... »

Cedar Rapids Kernels build big lead again, hold on to beat Quad Cities in Game 2, 7-4

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Cedar Rapids Kernels built a big lead again Sunday afternoon. They were able to hang on to it this time.

A 7-4 win over Quad Cities in Game 2 of the Midwest League Western Division championship series sets up a winner-take-all ... »

Kernels blow 4-run lead, lose to Quad Cities in 10 innings, 5-4

DAVENPORT - This was a gigantic missed opportunity.

Josh Rojas singled home pinch runner Luis Payano with one out in the 10th inning to give the Quad Cities River Bandits a 5-4 win Saturday night over the Cedar Rapids Kernels in Game 1 of the Mi ... »

Prep football notebook: Cascade putting up zeroes, Ws

CEDAR RAPIDS - If you don't give up any points, you've got a pretty good chance to win football games. Obvious, huh?

The Cascade Cougars are 3-0 after a 13-6 win Friday night at North Fayette Valley. Those are the only six points they've allowed ... »