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.





Cedar Rapids Washington bounces back, blanks Linn-Mar, 38-0

CEDAR RAPIDS - The coaches have changed, yes, but the recent trend of this rivalry remains the same.

Haven Henningsen rushed for 193 yards and scored three lengthy touchdowns, and Cedar Rapids Washington's defense ruled in a 38-0 rout of Linn-Ma ... »

Four Downs: Week 4 Iowa high school football questions

The Gazette's Jeff Linder, K.J. Pilcher and Jeff Johnson tackle Week 4 prep football questions.

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Q: What is the deepest or most competitive district?

JL: In terms of depth and entertainment, I'm going ... »

Izzy Steele: Honor. Duty. Volleyball.

CENTRAL CITY - Izzy Steele is an athlete, a leader, a chatterbox.

She's also a U.S. Army private, second class.

A senior at Lisbon High School, Steele didn't spend a summer filled with bonfires and Snapchats. Instead, there were count ... »

Area volleyball Super 10

The Gazette's area volleyball Super Ten, through Tuesday, Sept. 13:



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Abbey Weideman’s vertical has Center Point-Urbana climbing upward

MARION - It's not Abbey Weideman's size. It's her springs.

"The last time we checked, her vertical (jump) was 32 or 33 inches," Center Point-Urbana volleyball coach Cathy Husmann said. "That's the first thing she wanted to improve on when practi ... »

Week 4 Eastern Iowa high school football preview capsules

Area prep football capsules for Week 4:



Iowa City West at Iowa City High

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

Records and rankings - Class 4A second-ranked West ... »

Iowa high school football rankings: District 1 depth is causing 8-Player turmoil

In 8-Player football in Iowa, District 1 is where it's at.

Six teams from that district were in the Gazette/KGYM rankings last week. Five of them remain.

Remsen St. Mary's upended former No. 1 Harris-Lake Park, 58-32, on Friday. That, tw ... »

Another Saturday, another title for Linn-Mar volleyball

MARION - Make no accusations that Linn-Mar gave itself an easy road, a cushy draw.

"Of the top four teams here, I felt three of them were in our pool," Coach Teresa Bair said. "It doesn't bother me a bit. We want to get better, and you get bette ... »

Watch: Week 3 picks and analysis on Iowa Prep Sports Gameday

It's Week 3 of the prep football season, which means district play kicks off in five classes, while Class 4A continues to offer intriguing non-district matchups.

Watch The Gazette's Jeff Linder, K.J. Pilcher and Jeff Johnson make their picks and ... »

Noah Vawter throws 4 TD passes; Cedar Rapids Jefferson earns 1st win

MARION - The accuracy wasn't there all the time. But when Noah Vawter connected with his receivers, big things happened.

Vawter hit Kyler Bell for two touchdowns and located Trenton Kuennen for two more as Cedar Rapids Jefferson held off Linn-Ma ... »