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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Marion’s Brown enjoys throws

MARION — She stays relaxed as she steps up to the plate. As she winds up, she tries to keep her form correct. Finally she releases th ... »

CRAG’s Deuso wins 2 state titles

CRAG’S DEUSO WINS 2 STATE TITLES

Maya Deuso of the Cedar Rapids Association of Gymnastics won two events at the Iowa State Optional to ... »

Poms vs. cheer

MARION — Many people see the poms team and think they are looking at the cheerleaders.

Then they see the cheerleaders and wonde ... »

Xavier swinging for state title

CEDAR RAPIDS — Many athletes across the state are in a period of rest and relaxation after their winter sports came to an end, some p ... »

The challenge of curling

CEDAR RAPIDS — Deep in the heart of a 15th century Scottish winter, curling began as stones were slid across the frozen ponds. What w ... »

What is mountain biking?

Editor’s note: Michelle Barker works for the International Mountain Bicycling Association as a Region Director for the Upper Midwest. Her ro ... »

Missing that Gable style

ST. LOUIS — Dan Gable ruined college wrestling.

Say what?

Indulge me for a few minutes.

Gable, the legendary Iowa S ... »

Prairie shooting for state

Editor’s note: Mike Gunn is a junior at Cedar Rapids Prairie High School serving an internship at The Gazette through Kirkwood’s Work ... »

Twisters’ Steffensmeier wins 4 state titles

STEFFENSMEIER DOMINATES AT STATE MEET

CEDAR RAPIDS — Allyson Steffensmeier of Twisters Gymnastics won four titles last weekend at the ... »

New season, new coach at Marion

MARION — Spring is in the air and that means the start of a brand-new track season.

The difference with this season for the Mar ... »

Sports make high school special

MARION — Being on a sports team is something most people experience when they’re young and still in high school. It helps deve ... »

Back home at Xavier

CEDAR RAPIDS — With the 2015 girls’ soccer season in sight, Cedar Rapids Xavier has high expectations with a new coach.

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Make your imagination run wild

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 ... »

How they’re doing

Iowa colleges — Drake senior Dane Worley of Cedar Rapids (Kennedy) earned Missouri Valley Conference golfer of the week honors after tying f ... »

Jones, Haugen lead gymnastics winners

JONES’ 4 TITLES LIFT SOMERSAULTS

HIAWATHA — Ellie Jones of Somersaults Gymnastics won four Xcel Gold titles at last weekend ... »