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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.





Allie Wooldridge changes her mind: It’s Drake

As time went by, home started to play on Allie Wooldridge's heart.

Her home state, to be more specific.

"I wanted to play close to home," said the senior from Center Point-Urbana. "I want to see my family and friends in the stands."

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Marty Thomae was national coaching finalist

VAN HORNE - Benton Community cross country coach Marty Thomae was a finalist for national coach-of-the-year honors.

Thomae has coached 34 years, and his girls' teams won three state championships. He has been active with the Iowa Track Coaches A ... »

Christina Zaruba elevated to head coach at Springville

SPRINGVILLE - Christina Zaruba has been part of the vast success of the Springville High School girls' basketball program, as a volunteer assistant.

Now, she's the pilot responsible for keeping it sky-high.

Athletics director Joe Mart ... »

Jim White named national coach of the year

Solon High School softball coach Jim White was named the National High School Coaches Associaion coach of the year Wednesday.

White has won seven state championships - six at Clear Creek Amana, one at Solon - in 17 trips to state. He is in his 2 ... »

‘Cage rat’ Lindsey Culver makes a day of it in Dubuque

You've heard of gym rats. They spend hours in the gymnasium, shooting baskets, honing their craft.

Brian Erbe has a term for Lindsey Culver.

"She's a cage rat," said Erbe, softball coach at Cedar Rapids Jefferson. "She's happy to get a b ... »

Area softball Super 10: Jefferson strengthens hold on top spot

Area softball Super 10, through games played Tuesday, June 20:


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Young pitchers stake Cedar Rapids Kennedy to a sweep of Iowa City High

CEDAR RAPIDS - Jayme Scheck's U-turn was decisive and dominant.

After a somewhat rocky start, the eighth-grade pitcher retired 19 consecutive batters and staked Class 5A eighth-ranked Cedar Rapids Kennedy to a 2-1 win and a Mississippi Valley Co ... »

Iowa lands a post from Spain

IOWA CITY - The Iowa Hawkeyes are going overseas to add interior depth.

Paula Valino Ramos has signed a national letter of intent to join the Hawkeyes, women's basketball coach Lisa Bluder announced Tuesday.

"We are excited to have Paula ... »

Four days later, Prairie manages a split against Kennedy

CEDAR RAPIDS - Haley McFarlane had only one strike to work with, and she pondered it all along Interstate 380.

"I spent the entire bus ride thinking about it," McFarlane said. "I had to help the team. I couldn't go down looking, and I couldn't g ... »

Iowa transfer Bre Cera signs with Milwaukee

It didn't take long for Bre Cera to find a new home.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's basketball coach Kyle Rechlicz announced Friday that Cera has signed to play with Milwaukee. Cera was released from her scholarship at Iowa on Tuesday.

Cera ... »