JR 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.

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Uphill, downhill lies

Editor’s note: Steve Charters is in his 13th year as a pro at Twin Pines Golf Course. Born and raised in Cedar Rap ... »

Saints ready to swing

CEDAR RAPIDS — The sweet smell of freshly cut grass mixed with the crack of a bat indicates one of the most loved times of the year f ... »

North Cedar’s recipe for track

STANWOOD — Hard practices, Kettelson’s A Skip and B Skip rules and Grandma Gute’s cookies make a great recipe for the N ... »

Keeping running - and life - in perspective

Editor’s note: Erin Moeller, 37, of Mount Vernon is a lifelong runner who qualified for the last two Olympic Marathon Trials. A native of Ry ... »

I.C.’s Connell wins Western Championship title

SPOKANE, Wash. — Aaliyah O’Connell of Iowa Gym-Nest won the all-around competition at the 2015 Level 9 Western Championships last wee ... »

Xavier’s track leaders

CEDAR RAPIDS — Leaders can talk or show.

Xavier senior track and field captains Evan Gradoville and Kayla Torson lead their res ... »

Xavier’s Olberding eyes state

By Grant Gibney, Xavier junior

As the girls’ golf season continues, Cedar Rapids Xavier has continued its strong play with impr ... »

Accuracy counts in (horseshoe) pitching

Editor’s note: Cedar Rapids Prairie junior Mike Gunn is wrapping up a 45-hour internship through Kirkwood’s Workplace Learning Connec ... »

Leave a running legacy

Editor’s note: Daren Schumaker of Cedar Rapids and Dennis Lee of Walford are attempting to run across Iowa’s 99 counties to raise mon ... »

Focus on ‘being’ not ‘doing’

Editor’s note: Adam Rees is Founder of GRIT GYM, a gym based on results, creating a culture and lifestyle of performance, strength, health a ... »

Xavier tennis searching for identity

CEDAR RAPIDS — Spring sports have officially reached midseason.

This is a crucial point when teams take stock on how their seas ... »

Stay strong with Iowa Senior Games

Editor’s note: Mike Gunn, a junior at Cedar Rapids Prairie, is working a 45-hour internship with The Gazette through Kirkwood’s Workp ... »

Podcast: Talking curling with the Cedar Rapids Curling Club

One of our sports interns Mike Gunn, a junior at Cedar Rapids Prairie, delves into the world of competitive curling by talking with Phil Engen, membership director for the Cedar Rapids Curling Club.

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Breaking down City High’s soccer team

IOWA CITY — Check out the position profiles for the top-ranked City High boys’ soccer team.

GOALIES

Standin ... »

Xavier’s Jasper always in season

 

CEDAR RAPIDS — Xavier sophomore Ryan Jasper does not have an off season.

Jasper is involved in three sports during the scho ... »

I.C.’s Connell wins Western Championship title

SPOKANE, Wash. — Aaliyah O’Connell of Iowa Gym-Nest won the all-around competition at the 2015 Level 9 Western Championships last wee ... »