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.





Drew Adams sets a state record; Mount Vernon wins district title

MOUNT VERNON - Drew Adams is the state's new king of touchdown throws, and Mount Vernon is the Class 2A District 5 champion.

Adams passed for 286 yards and five touchdowns - four to Blake Booth - as the third-ranked Mustangs downed No. 6 Williamsb ... »

Center Point-Urbana duo sweep titles at 3A state cross country qualifier

SOLON - The cross country season has taken a physical toll on Center Point-Urbana's aces.

For Adrianna Katcher, it's evident in the kinesiology tape on her lower leg.

"I think it's tendinitis in the ankle and Achilles area," said the def ... »

Four Downs: Week 9 Iowa high school football questions

The Gazette's Jeff Linder, Jeff Johnson and K.J. Pilcher tackle prep football questions entering Week 9 of the prep football season.

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Q: Will the third-place team in Class 2A District 5 receive an at-large berth? ... »

Emily Thomson hired as Jefferson girls’ track coach

CEDAR RAPIDS - Emily Thomson has been elevated to the position of head coach of the Cedar Rapids Jefferson girls' track and field program.

A Mount Pleasant native, Thomson has served as an assistant coach at Jefferson for more of the last 2 ... »

Wamac announces all-division volleyball teams

East Division champion Mount Vernon placed three first-team selections on the Wamac Conference divisional teams, released Wednesday.

Rory Light, Grace Pettinger and Catherine Yeoman all were unanimous selections.

Center Point-Urbana was ... »

Another Morgan, another Panther: Cailyn Morgan commits to UNI women's basketball

IOWA CITY - According to her Twitter account, Iowa City West junior Cailyn Morgan has orally committed to play women's basketball at the University of Northern Iowa.

"I'm incredibly blessed and humbled to announce that I was given the opportunit ... »

Kennedy reverses its fortune against Washington

CEDAR RAPIDS - On many occasions this season, a deficit was a death sentence for the Kennedy Cougars' hopes.

#x201c;We'd get in a hole, and we'd stay in a hole. We'd start losing confidence,#x201d; Laila Sain said.

Not Wednesday. Not ... »

Jessica Heims is national field-event athlete of the year

Former Cedar Rapids Prairie athlete Jessica Heims has been named a co-recipient of the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field High School field-event female athlete of the year by USA Track and Field.

Heims, 19 and now a freshman at UNI, collected ... »

Kee High’s journey: From ‘just one’ to No. 1 in girls' cross country

LANSING - It's a 3-hour, 135-mile trip from the Kee High School parking lot to Solon. The journey begins at 10:30 Thursday morning.

"We'll get our hair done. We'll take a nap," junior Katie Brennan said. "We'll stop halfway to stretch out."

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Eastern Iowa high school football playoff scenarios: Marion faces do-or-die trip in Week 9

More than likely, it's all or nothing for the Marion Indians.

Go to Brady Street Stadium and knock off Davenport Assumption, and Marion earns the Class 3A District 4 championship, and the first-round playoff home-field advantage that goes with i ... »