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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.





All-area girls' basketball: Mike Sconsa and Ashley Joens earn top honors

In 2006, Mike Sconsa sat down and conducted a meeting with himself.

"We had probably the two best players we had ever had (Ashley Arlen and Lana Otting), and we hadn't gotten out of the regional semifinals," said Sconsa, the girls' basketball co ... »

Jeff Kelley selected as Liberty’s first softball coach

NORTH LIBERTY - Jeff Kelley, who led Iowa City West to its first state-tournament appearance, will have the first shot at the softball program at Iowa City Liberty.

Principal Scott Kibby announced Kelley's hiring via Twitter on Saturday.


No. 700 within reach for Lisa Bluder

IOWA CITY - It's not complicated.

The teams that thrive in the WNIT are the teams that want to be there.

Last year, the Iowa Hawkeyes were crushed they didn't make the NCAA women's basketball tournament, and cashed it in. The result was ... »

Center Point-Urbana’s JoJo Frost in ‘attack’ mode

CENTER POINT - JoJo Frost intends not to cruise, not to coast.

Instead, he said, "More than anything, I want to reach some new goals.

"I want to attack."

A senior at Center Point-Urbana, Frost was a double-champion at the state t ... »

Boys’ track & field: Area teams to watch

Top area boys' track and field teams for the 2017 season:


Coach: Curt Pakkebier

2016 state finish: 3rd place in Class 4A, 63 points (26 return)

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Boys' track & field: Area individuals to watch

Top returning area boys' track and field competitors for the 2017 season (with last year's state results) 

MYLES BACH, jr., Marion - Class 3A champion in the 3,200- and 1,600-meter races.

JOAH BANKS, sr. ... »

Alexa Kastanek’s ‘perfect’ night sends Hawkeyes to WNIT quarterfinals

IOWA CITY - It was a "perfect" ending, without the ending.

Alexa Kastanek rang up a season-best 19 points as Iowa shredded Colorado, 80-62, in a third-round WNIT women's basketball game Thursday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

"I'm so hap ... »

Bluder: Still room for Megan Gustafson to improve

IOWA CITY - At some point shortly after the season ends, Lisa Bluder will compile a list of items for each of her returning players to work on, improvements that must be made before the 2017-18 season begins.

Megan Gustafson's list will consist ... »

Hawkeyes host Colorado in WNIT Round 3

IOWA CITY - It's Colorado. It's Thursday. And it's at home.

The WNIT announced late Sunday afternoon that the Iowa women's basketball team will host Colorado in a third-round game. Tipoff is 7 p.m. Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena,

The a ... »

Megan Gustafson's career effort helps Hawkeyes advance in WNIT

IOWA CITY - Lisa Bluder called Megan Gustafson "one of the best posts in the Midwest."

By the time Gustafson is done here, that may be a major understatement.

The sophomore logged her best effort yet as an Iowa Hawkeye, notching a career ... »