Diamonds & Ice

Jeff Johnson
Multi-media sports reporter for SourceMedia in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who has covered it all over the past 20-plus years. Particularly enjoy baseball and hockey.

Blog Posts

RoughRiders’ Reinke grows into fine player

CEDAR RAPIDS — When the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders selected Mitch Reinke two years ago in the United States Hockey League Futures Draft, he was this itty bitty little defenseman. continue »


Former RoughRiders Grosenick with shutout in NHL debut

Troy Grosenick’s debut in the National Hockey League could not have been any better.

The goaltender made 45 saves and posted a shutout as his San Jose Sharks beat the Carolina Hur [...]

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RoughRiders off to incredible start

CEDAR RAPIDS – So many numbers hit you like a puck in the choppers.

The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders are 13-1 after a 7-2 win Friday night over Tri-City at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena. Jiri Fronk had a hat trick, as the Riders tied their f [...]

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Dubuque ends RoughRiders’ win streak at 10

CEDAR RAPIDS – They weren’t going to win the rest of ‘em.

As well as they’ve played the first quarter of the United States Hockey League season, the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders were [...]

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Washington looks to get to 4A championship game

CEDAR RAPIDS – The semifinal round of the state football playoffs has never been a friend of Cedar Rapids Washington. It’s been more like a much-hated enemy over the years.

When they tee it up Friday afternoon at 4:06 against B [...]

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4 RoughRiders to represent USA in international tournament

Four members of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders have been selected to play for a team representing the United States at the World Junior ‘A& [...]

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Metro/Iowa City trio make commitments to play D-I baseball

A trio of former players from the Metro and Iowa City have made commitments to play college baseball at the Division I level.

Former Iowa City High shortstop Sam Mrstik will sign to play for Dallas Baptist University in Texas. His roommate a [...]

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RoughRiders win 9th straight

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Mitch Reinke, Jiri Fronk and Cal Burke scored as the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders won their ninth consecutive game Sunday afternoon, 3-1, over the Bloomington Thunder.

Goaltender Ben [...]

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Gernhofer gets winner in 1st game as RoughRider

CEDAR RAPIDS — He hasn’t even had one single practice with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, yet.

Tyler Gernhofer learned Thursday night he had been traded here from the USHL’s Bloomington Thunder. He hopped in his car earl [...]

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Snitker helps out Washington in multiple ways

CEDAR RAPIDS – There is an irony in the way Reid Snitker is relayed offensive plays from the Cedar Rapids Washington football coaching staff.

Head coach Paul James is positioned in the press box, so he calls something and delivers it [...]

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