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K.J. Pilcher

K.J. Pilcher is a reporter for SourceMedia Group, and he covers prep sports and college wrestling, among other things. His wrestling podcast, called the "Pinning Combination" is available here at TheGazette.com and also on iTunes.





Prep football: No. 4 Cedar Rapids Washington at No. 6 Waterloo West

WATERLOO - Cedar Rapids Washington's playoff fate rests on the outcome of this game against the unbeaten Waterloo West at Memorial Stadium.

The Warriors have put themselves in good position with a 21-0 halftime lead over the Wahawks.

Was ... »

Regina merges flag football with playing in full pads

IOWA CITY - They wanted an alternative, so they decided to merge the best of both worlds.

Members of the Iowa City Regina football community assessed the possibilities of balancing the feel of middle-school tackle football with the reduced risk ... »

Four Downs with The Gazette: Prep football Week 9
1st & 10

Q: Which team will have the biggest argument if its misses the playoffs?

JL: Hate to see a co-champion left out in the cold, and that's what will happen if there is a three-way tie in Class 4A or in 8-Player. ... »

No. 8 West Delaware holds off Marion in back-and-forth battle

MANCHESTER - The first word from West Delaware Coach Doug Winkowitsch matched the reaction of just about everybody else that was at Brown Field.

He simply took a breath and said, #x201c;Wow.#x201d; It was a fair response after what he just witness ... »

Marion exceeding expectations in Tim Lovell's first season

MARION - The resurrection of Marion's football program has occurred faster than many expected.

Even though he was optimistic, first-year Indians head coach Tim Lovell couldn't have expected such an immediate turnaround.

As Marion prepare ... »

Four Downs with The Gazette: Prep football Week 8
1st & 10

Q: Can the Marion Indians make the Class 3A playoffs?

JL: Not only can the Indians make the playoffs, but with two wins in the last two weeks, they can win the district. "Can they . " and "Will they . " are tw ... »

Coe blocks late field goal to preserve 33-30 victory over Central

CEDAR RAPIDS - Dylan Stepleton went from helpless to helpful.

Coe's senior defensive back spent the first half watching from the sideline after being penalized for targeting on his first tackle. When his ejection was reversed after a halftime re ... »

Prairie rolls to sixth straight victory, 49-14 over Linn-Mar

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Prairie Coach Mark Bliss has methods to determine the size and strength of his players.

The one advantage his Hawks have over opponents can't be measured by height, weight and bench presses. So throw out the #x201c;eye- ... »

Four Downs with The Gazette: Prep football Week 7
1st & 10

Q: What high-level area teams are in danger of missing the playoffs?

JL: There are several instances in which three teams are fighting for two spots in their districts. The most notable is in 2A District 4, wh ... »

Cedar Rapids Washington wins district crown to return to state golf meet

CEDAR FALLS - Cedar Rapids Washington was still out on the golf course long after most of the competition went home.

The Warriors still had golf to play since junior Alex Slattery and sophomore Connor Neighbors tied for third and had to pla ... »