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

United States Hockey League Power Rankings

These are the second rankings, as released through USA Hockey Magazine. The Gazette’s Jeff Johnson is one of the voters.

The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders have jumped up to second, behind Sioux City. Clic [...]

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A teacher of young men

CEDAR RAPIDS – The last guy who wants to talk about Mark Carlson is Mark Carlson.

The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders head coach and general manager won his 500th United States Hockey [...]

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RoughRiders give Carlson his 500th win

CEDAR RAPIDS – The plan was to honor him by having him substitute for one of his guys as player of the game, throwing a couple of t-shirts into the crowd.

If you know anything about Mark Carlson, you knew that was never going to happe [...]

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Meet The RoughRiders - Logan Von Ruden

Name: Logan Von Ruden

Number: 4

Position: Defense

Height/Weight: 6-foot, 206 pounds

Age: 18

Hometown: Northfield, Minn.

Noteworthy: First full season with RoughRiders. Joined club last midseason from Minnesota M [...]

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Kuster’s OT winner lits RoughRiders

BENSENVILLE, Ill. — Clark Kuster scored his first goal of the season with 1:48 left in overtime to give the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders a 2-1 win Friday night over the Chicago Steel.

Jiri Fronk scored early in the second period to give C [...]

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Edleman returns to football after year away

PELLA – Jacob Edleman quit football at one point in his Central College career. He wanted to golf instead.

For real.

“After my freshman year, I was kind of up in the air as to if I truly loved football,” he [...]

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RoughRiders name Kuster, Oglevie co-captains

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders have named forward Andrew Oglevie and defenseman Clark Kuster co-captains, Riders Coach Mark Carlson said Friday afternoon.

Oglevie is the second player in [...]

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On verge of playoffs, Independence fires its football coach

One week after its biggest win in years, and on the verge of its first playoff berth since 1985, the Independence football program has lost its head coach.

The contract of Brandon Krusey was terminated late Thursday night by the Independence [...]

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Meet A RoughRider - Mitch Reinke

Name: Mitch Reinke

Number: 8

Position: Defense

Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 167 pounds

Age: 18

Hometown: Stillwater, Minn.

Noteworthy: Helped Stillwater High School to its first Minnesota state tournament appearanc [...]

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Potential high NHL draft pick, Riders’ Foley focuses on present

CEDAR RAPIDS – It was a surprise.

Erik Foley figured his hockey season was well over last April. Then he got an unexpected phone call from Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Coach Mark Carlson.

The Ride [...]

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