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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.





Perfection eludes Iowa’s Ally Disterhoft, and so does satisfaction

IOWA CITY - Ally Disterhoft is human, so perfection is impossible. And she hates it.

#x201c;Part of me is never satisfied,#x201d; Disterhoft said as she reflected on a remarkable basketball career at the University of Iowa. #x201c;If I have ... »

Wamac all-divisional girls’ basketball

The 2017 all-divisional girls' basketball teams in the Wamac Conference:


First Team (*unanimous)

Morgan Pitz*, sr., Western Dubuque; Kaitlyn Volesky*, sr., Mount Ve ... »

Marion's Chloe Rice, Corby Laube headline all-Metro girls' basketball team

Marion's Chloe Rice and Corby Laube swept the top individual awards for the 2017 all-Metro girls' basketball team. The duo combined to lead the Indians to a 22-1 record, a Class 4A No. 1 ranking and a spot in next week's state tournament. 

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Top-rated Marion returns to state

MARION - The rankings foretold a mismatch.

The Marion Indians knew better.

"We knew it was going to be a grinder," Marion Coach Corby Laube said after the top-rated Indians escaped a stern upset bid by Keokuk, 46-39, in a Class 4A girls' ... »

Hawkeyes seeking a happier ending at Indiana

IOWA CITY - In hindsight, it wasn't the safest thing to do.

After returning home following their second-half collapse at Purdue on Sunday, the Iowa Hawkeyes gathered in the locker room and obliterated the evidence.

"Chase (Coley) broke ( ... »

Cascade clamps down, then cleans up

MARENGO - The Cascade Cougars made life rough on Montezuma, simple for the custodians.

Eighth-ranked Cascade held Montezuma to 23-percent shooting and eased past the Bravettes, 49-34, in a Class 2A girls' basketball regional final Monday night a ... »

Xavier's schedule softened, and now the Saints are sizzling

There was no moment of awakening, no specific turning point.

"I think, more than anything, we were kind of at the mercy of our schedule at the beginning of the season," Cedar Rapids Xavier girls' basketball coach Tom Lilly said.

"We had ... »

1A, 2A girls' basketball survivors working on the weekend

Brian Wheatley has his third-weekend-in-February routine.

Shoot-around on Saturday morning. Practice on Sunday afternoon.

The North Linn Lynx were working on the weekend, as were other girls' basketball regional finalists in Class 2A and ... »

Center Point-Urbana marches back to state

WILLIAMSBURG - They call it "hair-on-fire" defense. And it scorched Mid-Prairie.

Third-ranked Center Point-Urbana forced No. 12 Mid-Prairie into 27 turnovers and waltzed back to the girls' state basketball tournament with a 52-35 Class 3A region ... »

Wanted (and needed) for Iowa women's basketball: A road win in Indiana

IOWA CITY - The Iowa Hawkeyes have one Big Ten women's basketball road victory.

Sometime in the next week, somewhere in Indiana, they need at least one more.

The Hawkeyes (16-10 overall, 7-6 Big Ten) begin a pivotal Hoosier State swing S ... »