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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.





Marion’s Jeremy Fopma and CPU’s Adrianna Katcher cruise to Wamac cross country crowns

VINTON - Jeremy Fopma prefers company when he's racing on a cross country course.

More often than not, the Marion senior finds himself just racing against the clock. He makes the most of it and did it again Thursday.

Fopma dominated his ... »

Four Downs: Week 8 Iowa high school football questions

The Gazette's Jeff Linder, Jeff Johnson and K.J. Pilcher tackle prep football questions in Four Downs.

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Q: If Class 4A were structured like the College Football Playoff, who would be your top four teams to reach the s ... »

Linn-Mar announces Kyle Rodenkirk will be new head baseball coach

The more Kyle Rodenkirk entertained the idea of a change, the more it grew on him.

The more he listened to the pitch from Linn-Mar's administration the more he felt like taking a swing at it.

#x201c;I pondered it,#x201d; said Rodenkir ... »

Iowa Prep Sports Gameday: Week 7 high school football picks

Week 7 of the Iowa high school football season brings with it nine matchups of undefeated teams across the state. Jeff Linder, K.J. Pilcher and Jeff Johnson pick four of them, plus six other intriguing area games on this edition of Iowa Prep Sports Game ... »

No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier holds off No. 6 Waverly-Shell Rock in battle of unbeatens

CEDAR RAPIDS - For a brief second, a brawl turned into a scoring outburst.

After a rain delay and 3 1/2 quarters of pounding away at each other, Cedar Rapids Xavier and Waverly-Shell Rock exploded for 17 points in a matter of 1:17 in the final qua ... »

Cedar Rapids Prairie excited for first state golf appearance

Cedar Rapids Prairie's ritual of sending athletic teams to state competition includes an escort of drummers through student-lined halls.

The Hawks golfers have participated in the spirited rallies in the past, but this one was different. This ti ... »

Four Downs: Week 7 Iowa high school football questions

The Gazette's Jeff Linder, Jeff Johnson and K.J. Pilcher tackle Week 7 prep football questions.

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Q: Whose postseason hopes are on life support?

JL: A couple of close losses (to Cedar Rapids Xavier an ... »

Victory Bell: Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Kyler Bell has thrived in expanded role

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Jefferson's Kyler Bell remembers his offseason conversation with head coach Brian Webb.

In that talk just two weeks after last season, Bell learned he could play a bigger role in the J-Hawk offense his senior season. ... »

Xavier’s Matt Neumeyer comes back and helps Saints to district golf title

CEDAR RAPIDS - Matt Neumeyer came back for Cedar Rapids Xavier.

Interestingly, it was his back that kept him out of the Saints' starting lineup.

In his first competition in almost two months, Neumeyer was surprisingly impressive in hi ... »

Passion has powered Connor Neighbors to another strong golf season

CEDAR RAPIDS - Connor Neighbors tried numerous sports as a youth.

He played soccer, baseball, basketball and football. None of them resonated with the Cedar Rapids Washington junior like golf and the independence that it demands.

"Golf i ... »