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.





A rare Saint

CEDAR RAPIDS — A high school wrestler needs a mixture of guts, dedication and great guidance to achieve personal success.

With ... »

Bucking a trend

CEDAR RAPIDS — In recent years, hunting has seen an increase in popularity with both men and women, especially in Iowa.

It shou ... »

Running away from resolutions?

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 ... »

Area gymnasts shine at Chow’s meet


FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Team Iowa Girls, with youth wrestlers from all over the state, finished first an ... »

Balancing gymnastics

CEDAR RAPIDS — Gymnastics has been around for more than 2,000 years and remains popular today with more than 90,000 athletes register ... »

Learning through helping

CEDAR RAPIDS — Managing, Xavier sophomore Nick Koechner, “is a run way to learn a new sport.”

Koechner is a manag ... »

The extra edge

CEDAR RAPIDS — “V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!” is a traditional cheer the Xavier High School Poms team does before every performance. ... »

Chasing a title

DELHI — The mats are heating up as the Maquoketa Valley wrestling team shoots for a piece of the conference title.

The Wildats ... »

Bigger can be better

Michelle Barker works for the International Mountain Bicycling Association as a Region Director for the Upper Midwest. Her role is to forward IMBA& ... »

New digs for the Pig(man)

MARION — The 2015 Pigman Long Course triathlon will be a one-of-a-kind, fan-friendly event when triathletes start the swim at 7:30 a. ... »

How they're doing: Catching up with former area preps

Iowa colleges — Amanda Platte of Mount Vernon was named to the Missouri Valley Conference scholar-athlete team as a member of the Drake volle ... »

Shining a light on a passion for journalism

As we enter a new year, I thought it would be a good time to reintroduce our high school journalism program for those who don’t know what it ... »

Be a driver for resolutions

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 ... »

A reminder to remember

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 ... »

Taking flight over Audubon

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 ... »

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