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JR Ogden
I'm J.R. Ogden, community 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 have a new role as "community sports editor." 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.

Blog Posts

Podcast: Chuck Long talks about the Winter Iowa Games

Iowa football great Chuck Long, recently named Executive Director of the Iowa Sports Foundation, stopped by The Gazette to chat with Gazette sports editor J.R. Ogden about the Winter Iowa Games and a little football on the inaugural Communit [...]

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Take control of what you can

Editor’s note: Daren Schumaker of Cedar Rapids and Dennis Lee of Walford are attempting to run across Iowa’s 99 counties to raise money for the American Heart Association. The two have completed 70 counties. This is No. 68. Next: Aud [...]

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Taking aim at Olympics

IOWA CITY — Black ice skates — with a sharpened blade on both sides for clean edges, laced up tightly with swift fingers, fitted comfortably after hours of breaking in — etch the smooth, fresh ice with new blade marks.< [...]

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Twisters, Moser, CRAG gymnasts win titles

4 from Twisters win state titles

Sydney Cira-Debban, Reese Wilson, Lacey Neighbor and Reese Miller of Twisters Gymnastics won two events each at the Iowa state meet last weekend.

Cira-Debban won the beam and all around in Level 3 and W [...]

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Live your story to its fullest

Editor’s note: Daren Schumaker of Cedar Rapids and Dennis Lee of Walford are attempting to run across Iowa’s 99 counties to raise money for the American Heart Association. The two have completed 70 counties. This is No. 67. Next: Pal [...]

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What’s causing that headache?

Editor’s note: Cody Scharf is the owner of Thrive Spine and Sport, a chiropractic and soft tissue clinic in Cedar Rapids focusing on sport and overuse injuries. Scharf is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic and certified by Integra [...]

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Local gymnasts shine at Jingle Bell meet

SCHARES DOMINATES CRAG TOURNAMENT

HIAWATHA — Lily Schares of the host Cedar Rapids Association of Gymnastics won five events at the Jingle Bell meet last weekend.

Schares, in Level 3, won the vault, bars, beam, floor exercise an [...]

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Please keep your stories coming

Four years ago we started a push for what we call “community journalism,” stories not only about your interests and passions, but stories written by you.

I started this project with a simple question: What’s your story?< [...]

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Run down your fears

Editor’s note: Daren Schumaker of Cedar Rapids and Dennis Lee of Walford are attempting to run across Iowa’s 99 counties to raise money for the American Heart Association. The two have completed 69 counties. This is No. 66. Next: Flo [...]

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Remembering Lou Dennis Rink

CEDAR RAPIDS — As the temperature drops, snow begins to fall and the snow plows return, people crank up the heat and tend to stay within the warmth of their homes.

We haven’t always withdrawn to the confines of our homes [...]

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