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.





Benefits of a positive lie

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 ... »

Running Boston

Editor’s note: Charlie Funk of Iowa City is president and CEO of Iowa City based MidWestOne Financial Group and a member of The Gazette Comp ... »

Eastern Iowans in the Boston Marathon

Belle Plaine — Ryan Schafbuch

Cedar Rapids — Chad Askelson, Zach Cloe, Julie Golding, Lauren Hill, Samuel Houston, Ray Marshall ... »

Hoxie, Ramlo pace Xavier boys’ soccer

CEDAR RAPIDS — In its quest to return to the state tournament, Xavier’s boys’ soccer team will be led by two key senior ... »

CRAG’s McSweeney wins regional title

Kareena McSweeney of the Cedar Rapids Association of Gymnastics won two Level 8 events at the regional gymnastics championships last weekend in Gre ... »

2015 running calendar Plenty of races to choose from


25 — Linn-Mar Growl Prowl 5K & 8K run/walk, Marion, growlprowl.com

25 — Run the Ripple 5K, Marion, MSFoundation@mil ... »

The calm before the storm

MOUNT VERNON — Walking through the locker room before a varsity boys’ basketball game, the place might seem like a madhouse to ... »

Xavier shooting for another soccer title

CEDAR RAPIDS — Spring is often referred to as the season of new beginnings. This is the case for the Xavier girls’ varsity soc ... »

Xavier’s Stark has more to show

CEDAR RAPIDS — Three-time Drake Relays qualifier, four-time state qualifier and multiple All-Metro honors.

With accolades like ... »

Prepping for baseball season


CEDAR RAPIDS — Baseball is like an addiction, once you start watching, you can't stop.

When the season is over, you can't w ... »

Don’t let back slow down your golf game

Editor’s note: Cody Scharf owns Thrive Spine and Sport, a chiropractic and soft tissue clinic in Cedar Rapids focusing on sport and overuse ... »

Golf and the railroad

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

2015 Eastern Iowa golf calendar


11 — Early Bird three-player best shot, Timberline Golf Course, Peosta, (563) 876-3422

14 — Senior (50+) two-player ... »

Mosers’ Boeding earns elite status

Katie Boeding of Moser School of Dance and Gymnastics achieved elite status for tumbling last month at a meet in Waverly.

A junior at Iowa St ... »

Xavier twins share love of tennis

CEDAR RAPIDS — While the girls’ tennis team started formal practices a few weeks ago, senior twins Claire and Jeanne Bouchard ... »