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.





Area volleyball Super Ten

The Gazette's area volleyball Super Ten, through Tuesday, Sept. 20:


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Jefferson volleyball's latest statement? Best in the Metro

CEDAR RAPIDS - It wasn't as if the Jefferson J-Hawks needed further validation. But they went out and seized it anyway.

They're the best volleyball team in the Metro. Undisputed. For now, anyway.

Class 5A third-ranked Cedar Rapids Jeffer ... »

Week 5 Eastern Iowa high school football preview capsules

Gazette area prep football capsules for Week 5:



Cedar Rapids Prairie at Iowa City West

Time and site - 7:15 p.m. Friday, at Trojan Field

Records and rankings - Both teams ar ... »

Linn-Mar vs. Cedar Rapids Jefferson volleyball: Tuesday's preview

CEDAR RAPIDS - It's the area's biggest volleyball match of the season ...

So far.

The MVC Mississippi Division lead is on the line tonight, when Class 5A fourth-ranked Linn-Mar (17-3, 3-0) visits No. 3 Cedar Rapids Jefferson (15-1, 2-0). ... »

Iowa high school football rankings: Williamsburg is the new No. 1 in Class 2A

Williamsburg's steady, incremental climb has reached the summit.

The Raiders are the new No. 1 team in Class 2A in the Gazette/KGYM football rankings, released Monday. Williamsburg (4-0) moved to the top after defeating Camanche, 63-6, Friday wh ... »

Report: Jinaya Houston won’t return to Iowa women's basketball

IOWA CITY - It appears that Jinaya Houston is leaving the University of Iowa women's basketball program for good.

In a ... »

Swift Gage Hazen-Fabor leads explosive Williamsburg to 4-0 start

At 5-foot-9 and 160 pounds, you won't confuse Gage Hazen-Fabor with a bruising power back.

"He's not going to run you over," Williamsburg football coach Curt Ritchie said. "But he's very elusive, very explosive."

Explosive. That would de ... »

Jinaya Houston taking leave of absence from Iowa women's basketball

IOWA CITY - In a University of Iowa release Friday, Hawkeyes women's basketball coach Lisa Bluder said that freshman Jinaya Houston will be taking time away from basketball to deal with "personal and health issues."

"We feel it is best for Jinay ... »

Watch: Week 4 Iowa high school football picks and analysis

Iowa Prep Sports Gameday with The Gazette's Jeff Linder, K.J. Pilcher and Jeff Johnson is back to break down the Week 4 slate.

Watch as they highlight Week 3 winners, predict 10 Week 4 games and tackle burning questions in Four Downs.

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Cascade trips No. 1 Waukon, 25-20

CASCADE - Austin Lieurance wore a wristband, grass-stained beyond recognition. And a smile that wouldn't stop.

"This is the happiest I've ever been in my whole life," he said.

John Supple caught a 21-yard touchdown pass from Haris Hoffma ... »