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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.





Added depth has made Marion a defensive beast

It's almost an embarrassment of riches. And it has made Marion an extremely difficult team to score against.

The Class 4A top-ranked Indians are allowing 25.3 points per game in a 6-0 start (2-0 in the Wamac Conference West Division). Four ... »

Newly ranked Iowa women's basketball team in finals mode

IOWA CITY - It's about time. That was Tania Davis' reaction when she saw the Iowa Hawkeyes in the women's basketball top 25 this week.

"It's a great feeling to be there," Davis said at the Hawkeyes' press conference Wednesday afternoon at Carver ... »

Area girls basketball Super Ten: City High moves to No. 1

Area girls basketball Super Ten, through games played Tuesday, Dec. 12:


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Second-quarter surge keys No. 1 Iowa City West at City High

IOWA CITY - They're "not consistent," according to Steve Bergman. "Not a finished product."

But ...

"At this point, who is?"

For December, Class 4A top-ranked Iowa City West was plenty good in a 75-48 Mississippi Valley Conferenc ... »

Iowa City High stakes its claim to No. 1

IOWA CITY - Welcome to No. 1, Little Hawks.

Paige Rocca ignited a fourth-quarter surge with back-to-back 3-point baskets, then Ashley Joens carried Class 5A third-rated Iowa City High home in a 53-40 non-conference girls' basketball win over No. ... »

In memoriam: Monica Huelman Zaruba

Monica Huelman Zaruba was Bill Fennelly's first women's basketball recruit at Iowa State University. She was a former Gazette Athlete of the Year.

And now, suddenly and sadly, she's gone.

Zaruba died early Sunday morning after a sudden i ... »

Meet the 2017 all-area football team, headlined by Tyler Linderbaum and Mitchell Snitker

Tyler Linderbaum is a lineman with a history - and the feet - of a skill-position player.

"Coming up through the ranks, he was a quarterback," Solon football coach Kevin Miller said.

Then he grew. And his role changed.

"When I go ... »

Meet the 2017 all-area volleyball team, highlighted by Megan Renner and Jefferson's Norton duo

Some aspects of volleyball are teachable, coachable.

Others, you're just born with.

"The court sense and the savvy that Megan (Renner) has, you can't teach," Linn-Mar volleyball coach Teresa Bair said. "You've either got it or you don't, ... »

Prairie’s guard trio ‘make us go’ once again

CEDAR RAPIDS - They are three of a kind, with varied identities.

"Mallory (McDermott), she's a scorer. She likes to shoot, and she probably gets away with more bad shots," Cedar Rapids Prairie girls' basketball coach Josh Bentley said.

" ... »

Prairie turns to Erin Johnson for softball post

CEDAR RAPIDS - As a softball player, Erin Johnson won a state championship at Cedar Rapids Jefferson and reached the College World Series at the University of Iowa.

Now, she'll try to match that kind of success as a coach.

Johnson was na ... »