One of my first loves at The Gazette was covering fast-pitch softball. My father, Jack Ogden, was a big player in the local softball scene and I used to tag along when he covered Major Open games at Ellis Park, getting to know the players and enjoying t ... »
All too often, we hear about men and women who dread what they do.
They dislike the travel a job desires, the boss is a pain, the work environment nasty or unchallenging.
For a variety of reasons, they lack passion for what they do.... »
IOWA CITY - The quest begins, and ends, Friday for former University of Iowa all-American Thomas Gilman.
A third-place finisher in the NCAA Championships last March, Gilman will wrestle for a world championship Friday in Paris.
The elimi ... »
CLAYTON - Sports, by their very nature, are measured by winners and losers.
For the next nine Fridays, one high school football team will win, another will lose. Ditto for Metro Youth Football Association games, college contests and the NFL.
If you haven't figured it out by now, Thomas Gilman is not your typical wrestler.
A three-time All-American at Iowa, Gilman has some of the same attributes as other Hawkeye greats - brash off the mat, relentless and punishing on it.
But ... »
IOWA CITY - Ruby Martin has a surprise for Iowa City West girls' swimming coach Byron Butler.
And the rest of the state.
Fresh off a win in the U.S. Open Championships in East Meadow, N.Y., Martin is "leaning toward" joini ... »
Today is Aug. 7, which doesn't carry a lot of significance to me except that August already is a week old.
While part of me wants to scream "what the heck happened to June and July," another part wants to rejoice.
I bet a lot of you - re ... »
MOUNT VERNON - Keith Hackett loved his time as athletics director at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, calling the state "one of the most beautiful places on our planet."
But Cornell College, where he took over as AD earlier this month, is mor ... »
Mark Fiala and Michael Corleone have something in common.
Just like the fictional mob boss from the "The Godfather" movies, they keep pulling Fiala back in - into the Baird Iowa Open tennis tournament, that is.
The "longest consecutively ... »
For a guy who dreamed of coaching baseball, Russ Telecky turned out to be one heck of a gymnastics instructor.
While an undergraduate at the University of Northern Iowa - on a career path to teach and coach baseball - Telecky happed upon a pictu ... »