Community Corner

J.R. Ogden

I'm J.R. Ogden, sports editor for The Gazette. I've been here long enough to remember when we didn't have a Web site. This place has been like home to me for more than 30 years, first as a part-timer hired by my father, former executive sports editor Jack Ogden, to the day I was named sports editor, which happened to coincide with Kirk Ferentz's hiring at Iowa. I now work with community contributors and high school journalist in addition to my sports editor duties. I've seen a lot of sports through the years, from recreation to high school to college to pros. Hope you'll enjoy the continuing ride.


Gazette sports coverage: We are what we are

The first email arrived at 6:54 a.m. Sunday. It was expected and, honestly, welcome.

I enjoy the opportunity to explain our coverage philosophy and the chance to have a meaningful exchange with our readers. It helps me understand what our c ... »

Fast-pitch softball’s past honored in Hall of Fame inductions

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 ... »

Good storytelling starts with a passion

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.

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Thomas Gilman ready for World wrestling tournament

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 ... »

Winning isn’t the only thing sports offer older ‘athletes’

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.


Studious Thomas Gilman ready to take on the world

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 ... »

Ruby Martin ‘leaning toward’ swimming for Iowa City West

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 ... »

Like it or not, it’s football season

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 ... »

Keith Hackett feels right at home at Cornell

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 ... »

Baird Iowa Open is a Cedar Rapids summer tradition

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 ... »