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.





Springville Orioles 'want to cherish every moment'

SPRINGVILLE - The natural thing - from an outsider, at least - is to call this a Victory Tour of sorts, the coronation of one of the best small-school girls' basketball runs of the five-player era.

The Springville Orioles aren't buying it.

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Iowa high school girls' basketball 2017-18 preseason rankings

The Gazette's preseason state rankings for 2017-18: 


1. Iowa City West (21-4, 5A state semifinalist)

2. Iowa City High (22-2, 5A state quarterfinalist)

3. Cedar Falls (23-2, 5A state runner-up) ... »

Girls' basketball: Area conference predictions

The Gazette's area conference predictions for 2017-18: 


1. Iowa City West

2. Linn-Mar

3. Cedar Rapids Xavier

4. Waterloo West

5. Cedar Rapids Jefferson

6. ... »

Girls' basketball: Area players to watch

Top area girls basketball players to watch for 2017-18: 

Logan Cook, 6-1, sr., Iowa City West - Averaged 15.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season. Class 5A 1st-team INA all-state. Committed to Iowa.

Mary ... »

Marion hires Scott Fruehling as softball coach

MARION - Scott Fruehling has been announced as the new head softball coach at Marion High School.

Fruehling succeeds Kim Knapp, who resigned after serving 11 sseasons. He is in his 26th year of teaching at Marion High School, where he has taught ... »

Iowa women's basketball resume has a good early start

IOWA CITY - The Iowa women's basketball team has been on the wrong side of the NCAA tournament bubble each of the last two years.

They understand that good November wins can make a difference in March.

And these were two good November wi ... »

Iowa's Kathleen Doyle is ‘very questionable’ for Northern Illinois

IOWA CITY - Kathleen Doyle entered Carver-Hawkeye Arena on crutches Monday morning, a fuzzy sock on her left foot.

The sophomore guard was listed as "very questionable" for Wednesday's game against Northern Illinois by Iowa women's basketball co ... »

Jon Prottsman announces resignation at Regina

IOWA CITY - Jon Prottsman has molded Iowa City Regina into a softball powerhouse.

Now, he said, it's time to take care of himself.

Citing health issues, Prottsman confirmed Sunday afternoon that he has resigned his position.

"It' ... »

Janesville remains the small-school volleyball standard

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Janesville Wildcats don't have to travel far to find quality regular-season competition.

"There are so many great teams around our area," Bree Thompson said. "We make each other better."

That can make the postseason fe ... »

Dike-New Hartford sweeps Western in Petersen twins’ finale

CEDAR RAPIDS - They have one more club season together.

But as for interscholastic competition, Friday was the swan song for Baylee and Sydney Petersen.

"I know, it's tough," Baylee Petersen said. "I want to cry. I'm sure I will later." ... »