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.





Xavier’s Jasper has one goal

CEDAR RAPIDS — On the tennis court, Xavier senior Allison Jasper makes no secret of her goals for herself and the team she leads into ... »

Sprinting toward Drake

CEDAR RAPIDS — Every track and field athlete dreams of the chance to compete at Drake University’s world-class track and field ... »

West diver Thomas ready for next phase

IOWA CITY — Jacintha Thomas, an Iowa City West senior, is one of the most accomplished divers in Iowa high school history.

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Area teams capture state basketball titles

ANKENY — Youth basketball teams from Mount Vernon, Dyersville and Iowa City won titles recently at the Pacesetter Youth Basketball State Cha ... »

Bright future for Wahlert tennis

DUBUQUE — Rebuild or reload? This is a common question asked at the beginning or end of a sports season, and the answer usually is wh ... »

West’s Ruckdaschel passionate about gymnastics

IOWA CITY — Excelling in a sport involving the performance of exercises requiring physical strength, flexibility, agility and coordin ... »

City High’s Hoff stands tall on tennis court

IOWA CITY — Towering at 6-foot-3, sophomore Joe Hoff ambles to the baseline, his head bobbing to the movement of his lanky limbs.

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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 ... »