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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Remembering ‘Herk’

CEDAR RAPIDS — The name Herkelman cannot be spoken at Kennedy High School without heads being turned or stories being shared.

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Podcast: Talking Cedar Rapids Xavier football

High school intern Jacob Miller talks Cedar Rapids Xavier football with Saints captain Daniel Richardson on today’s High School Journalism p ... »

From youth tennis standout to state champion

Editor’s note: Randy Krejci, a retired teacher, coach and administrator in the Cedar Rapids Community School District, remains active in loc ... »

Flemings tops in tennis

To know you are the best in the nation at what you do, is something that everybody dreams about.

B.J. and Heather Fleming of Robins ma ... »

Athletes often make costly decisions

Athletes can be a big gamble for any professional organization.

Teams never know what kind of character they are going to get.

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C.R. Reds win 8U World Series title

C.R. 8U REDS WIN WORLD SERIES TITLE

DES MOINES — The Cedar Rapids 8U Reds baseball team accomplished its final goal of the 2015 season ... »

Benefits outweigh negatives in AAU basketball

For many athletes, summer is a time for a break. A time where you can have no responsibilities.

Some just go out, and have fun.

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Armstrong’s dominated short-lived 14-inch slow-pitch game

Editor’s note: Bill Johnson is a Cedar Rapids historian who spent 30 years working for the U.S. Navy. This is the last of a five-part series ... »

Slow-pitch evolves in C.R.

Editor’s note: Bill Johnson is a Cedar Rapids historian who spent 30 years working for the U.S. Navy. This is the fourth of a five-part seri ... »

Anamosa senior duo pace Raiders

ANAMOSA — Growing up, Anamosa seniors Tawny Menster and Karli Oltmanns had plenty of classmates on their softball teams.

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How they’re doing

Iowa colleges — UNI senior Holly Salzbrenner of Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon-Lisbon) earned third team Capital One Academic All-American honor ... »

Saints silver wins state baseball title

SAINTS SILVER WINS USSSA STATE

DES MOINES — The 14U Saints Silver baseball team won the USSSA state title, the first Eastern Iowa team ... »

Xavier’s Giles battling back from injury

CEDAR RAPIDS — Injuries in baseball aren’t as common as in other sports, but often can cause a major gasp from the crowd.

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The heyday of Cedar Rapids softball

Editor’s note: Bill Johnson is a Cedar Rapids historian who spent 30 years working for the U.S. Navy. This is the third of a five-part serie ... »

Figuring out that shoulder pain

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

Looking back at Mount Vernon soccer

The Mount Vernon High School boys’ soccer team has improved over the years. Many players have different opinions on what makes a team ... »

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 ... »