Preps Etc.

Jeff Linder

I'm Jeff Linder. I'm a lifelong Eastern Iowan and grew up reading The Gazette. I attended Drake University, made stops in Iowa Falls, Fairfield and Burlington before joining the staff here in December 1995. I cover high school sports and the Iowa women's basketball team.





Iowa high school preseason football rankings: There's a twist in Class 2A

Six ballots. Six different No. 1s.

There's not a consensus on the state's top Class 2A football team in the preseason poll released today by The Gazette and KGYM Radio. Not even close.

In an extremely balanced 2A poll, defending-champion ... »

Week Zero area football capsules

Area football capsules for Week Zero:


* Time and site - 7 p.m. Thursday, at Wayland

* Records and rankings - 8-Player 10th-ranked HLV was 7-4 last season; WACO was 3-6.

* Overview - WACO debuted in 8-pla ... »

A new color and a new challenge await Paul James at Linn-Mar

MARION - Paul James sported a black shirt and a grin on the second day of football practice at Linn-Mar Stadium.

"How does it look?" he asked.

The smile appeared genuine. The black shirt looked ... different.

After 41 years servi ... »

Sarah Schmitt commits to Omaha

CEDAR RAPIDS - The offer came in July, on Sarah Schmitt's birthday.

Her response came Friday. It was affirmative.

A junior-to-be at Cedar Rapids Prairie, Schmitt confirmed that she has orally committed to play women's basketball at the U ... »

Iowa women's basketball non-conference schedule released

IOWA CITY - The Iowa Hawkeyes didn't make the NCAA women's basketball tournament last year.

But next season, they'll face 11 teams that did, including seven in the non-conference portion of their schedule.

Iowa released its non-conferenc ... »

Youthful Iowa City Liberty volleyball team gets started

NORTH LIBERTY - There's a buzz in the gymnasium, and not just the kind you get from a few coats of fresh paint.

Everything is fresh here. Brand new. A blank slate. And that's why Randy Dolson hopped aboard.

"To be the first coach at a ne ... »

Linn-Mar leads preseason area volleyball Super 10

The high school volleyball season begins with practice statewide Monday. In honor of that, here's a preseason area Super 10.


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Jenni Fitzgerald promoted to Iowa women's basketball associate head coach

IOWA CITY - The heirarchy of command on the University of Iowa women's basketball staff has changed, but just a little.

Coach Lisa Bluder announced Friday that longtime assistant Jenni Fitzgerald has been promoted to associate head coach. She jo ... »

Logan Cook commits to the Hawkeyes

IOWA CITY - Her father starred at the University of Iowa. Her brother is working his way through the ranks.

And now, Logan Cook will follow them.

A 6-foot-1 all-state forward from Iowa City West, Cook has orally committed to play basketb ... »

Big Ten releases women’s basketball matchups

IOWA CITY - The 2017-18 Big Ten women's basketball schedule figures to be both attractive and favorable for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

The Hawkeyes (20-14 overall, 8-8 Big Ten last season) will play three border rivals twice - Minnesota, Nebraska and Wi ... »