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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.





Cornell’s late rally drops Coe 4-3

CEDAR RAPIDS - The game was a case of feast or famine for Cornell College.

The Rams were starved for runs for most of the contest against rival Coe. Then, they binged on a few miscues the Kohawks served on a silver platter, plating all their run ... »

West Delaware boys’ golf strong again

MANCHESTER - Christi Imsland knew she had big shoes to fill.

Tom Fetter spent 26 years leading the West Delaware boys' golf program, winning a Class 3A state title in 2014 and earning a state runner-up finish with an individual medalist last sea ... »

Jesse Applehans ties Cornell softball’s wins mark in doubleheader sweep over Lake Forest

MOUNT VERNON - Jesse Applehans wasn't concerned with the all-time wins list when she reached Cornell College.

The senior pitcher from Highlands Ranch, Colo., was unaware of where she ranked on it until recently. She knows now that she is tied fo ... »

Ace of Coe's diamond: Thomas Schaedel succeeds in move to mound

CEDAR RAPIDS - Thomas Schaedel joined Coe's baseball program as a middle infielder.

Pitching was so unlikely that his high school coach wagered that Schaedel wouldn't see time on the mound in college. When the Kohawk senior's season ends, he may ... »

Triple Play Podcast: First-year manager Tommy Watkins talks Cedar Rapids Kernels

Two weeks into his first season managing the Cedar Rapids Kernels, Tommy Watkins called into the Triple Play Podcast to discuss the job so far.

The Gazette's K.J. Pilcher and Jeff Johnson also go over other area baseball storylines, including Ceda ... »

Cedar Rapids Kennedy, Iowa City West’s Jordan Amelon claim CRANDIC crowns

MARION - Cedar Rapids Kennedy had some big cleats to fill.

The Cougars graduated three of their top four scorers from last season and needed accomplished junior varsity players to step into the lineup.

Just like the team from a year ago, ... »

Cedar Rapids awarded seven NCAA Division III championships through 2022

CEDAR RAPIDS - The City of Five Seasons officially became the city of seven national championships Tuesday.

Cedar Rapids will be a busier place in the upcoming years.

The NCAA announced sites for national championship events through 2022, na ... »

Marquis Dew takes advantage of chance to start for Dubuque

CEDAR RAPIDS - Marquis Dew waited for his chance.

The University of Dubuque freshman received a couple starts the first month of the season. He parlayed those into a regular role in April.

Dew had three hits and five RBIs, propelling the ... »

Mount Mercy athletic complex starting to take shape

CEDAR RAPIDS - The banner draped on a chain-link fence reads, "Coming Soon."

Look just beyond the placard, the signs of just how soon can be seen.

Mount Mercy University's Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex is beginning to take shape on ... »

Taylor Nearad continues hot hitting for second-ranked Kirkwood

CEDAR RAPIDS - Kirkwood's Taylor Nearad still is terrorizing opposing pitchers.

This time, however, it was expected after leading NJCAA Division II in four offensive categories. Pitchers haven't found a way to prevent her gaudy statistics.

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Kevin Dresser ready to work to restore Iowa State wrestling tradition
  ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Kevin Dresser huddled with the masses to enter the arena. He had to arrange for a pass to meet with media in the corridors he's r ... »
Iowa's Cory Clark returns to NCAA wrestling finals
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - On a day that started with promise that fizzled by its conclusion, Cory Clark provided a positive for the Iowa wrestling team. The s ... »
Iowa moves forward after strong start at NCAA wrestling
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Iowa Coach Tom Brands wasted little time turning his attention to the second day. He is not one to dwell on the past and he was read ... »