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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.





C.R. Jefferson wins pitchers’ duel against seventh-ranked C.R. Washington

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Jefferson Coach Kyle Rodenkirk hasn't seen many smiles from Chase Keeney.

Actually, the first might have come when Rodenkirk mentioned it to the J-Hawks' sophomore right right-hander.

Keeney had plenty of reas ... »

Iowa high school baseball rankings: Eastern Iowa conferences well represented

Area conferences are well represented in the latest Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association rankings.

The Mississippi Valley, Wamac and Tri-Rivers conferences lead the way in the latest prep baseball polls released Monday.

Cedar Ra ... »

Postseason assignments released for large-school baseball programs

Baseball teams in the two biggest classes learned their postseason competition Friday.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association released postseason assignments for Class 4A and 3A prep baseball teams. Class 4A consists of eight six-team substates ... »

Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Matt Berst exemplifies toughness, leadership qualities of a catcher

CEDAR RAPIDS - Many young baseball players dream of becoming the pitching ace, playing shortstop or even making spectacular grabs in the outfield.

Matt Berst likely shared the same aspirations when he started to learn the game, venturing outside t ... »

Triple Play Podcast: Marion baseball coach Steve Fish on Indians’ 2017 success, coaching his children

Steve Fish, coach of the Class 3A No. 5-ranked Marion Indians, joins the Triple Play Podcast to discuss his team's 2017 success, coaching his children, a special event coming up for legendary Dyersville Beckman Coach Tom Jenk and more.

In the se ... »

C.R. Washington’s Jacob Bockenstedt posts strong start

IOWA CITY - Jacob Bockenstedt's offseason includes a lot of throwing and exercises with bands to strengthen his arm.

The Cedar Rapids Washington junior's work during the fall, winter and around his track season has paid dividends this summe ... »

Tony Comellas smacks two home runs to help Iowa City West split with C.R. Jefferson

CEDAR RAPIDS - Iowa City West's Tony Comellas has experienced big games at the plate.

They came in Little League or even at the sophomore level. The Trojans junior has done it at the varsity level now as well.

Comellas belted two home ru ... »

Iowa high school baseball rankings: All 3 Iowa City schools earn spots

Iowa City is well represented in the latest Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association/Radio Iowa rankings.

All three Iowa City baseball programs remained in the IHSBCA/Radio Iowa polls that were released Monday. Iowa City High and Iowa City ... »

Cascade tops Dyersville Beckman in top-10 showdown

CASCADE - Cascade has had its way with most of its opponents this season.

This time, the Cougars proved their resolve against a more formidable foe. One they are quite familiar with as well.

Class 2A fourth-ranked Cascade used a four-run ... »

Baseball notes: IHSAA releases 1A, 2A postseason assignments

The Iowa High School Athletic Association has released postseason assignments for its two smallest classes in baseball.

Three of the highly-ranked 1A teams in Eastern Iowa will travel in different directions.

Second-ranked North Linn, No ... »