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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-state volleyball 2017: Xavier's Charlotte Richards earns top 4A honor

According to Austin Filer, Charlotte Richards is "the cornerstone" of the Cedar Rapids Xavier volleyball program.

"She has been a tremendous contributor here for four years. She's the definition of a true six-rotation outside hitter," said Filer ... »

Center Point-Urbana smothers Mount Vernon, 53-30

MOUNT VERNON - Shooting comes, and shooting goes.

But, as Center Point-Urbana Coach Philip Klett said, "If we play defense the way we did tonight, we're always going to give ourselves a chance."

Class 4A third-ranked CPU held Mount Verno ... »

Redshirt year served Iowa's Alexis Sevillian well

IOWA CITY - Last season could have been a lost season for Alexis Sevillian.

"We felt she was going to get lost in our rotation," Iowa women's basketball coach Lisa Bluder said. "We thought a year of her working on her game would really help, and ... »

Makenzie Meyer's career outing boosts Iowa

IOWA CITY - It was another game full of assists for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

One of the biggest came from Kathryn Reynolds, director of basketball operations.

"I started a little gun-shy," Makenzie Meyer said. "I got to the bench, and (Reynold ... »

Iowa women's basketball making hay at the free-throw line

IOWA CITY - The sample size still is relatively small, but the numbers jump off a stats page.

Iowa's free-throw rate - in terms of both volume and accuracy - is staggering.

"I don't even talk about it. I don't want to jinx us," women's b ... »

Xavier opens girls' basketball season with a convincing win

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Xavier Saints didn't stand still, didn't stand pat.

Not when the ball was bouncing off the rim. And not when it was in the hands of their point guard.

Class 4A 13th-ranked Xavier obliterated 3A No. 6 Davenport Assumpti ... »

Iowa high school girls' basketball rankings: Marion, North Linn, Springville start season at No. 1

Three area teams begin the season at the top of their respective classes in the first girls' basketball rankings, released Friday afternoon by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union.

Two-time defending Class 1A champion Springville opens at N ... »

Cedar Rapids Washington turns to Amy Bautista to turn softball program around

CEDAR RAPIDS - Amy Bautista helped make North Linn a softball contender in the Tri-Rivers Conference.

Now she faces a bigger challenge.

Bautista was named the new coach at Cedar Rapids Washington in a release sent Friday morning by the s ... »

Iowa just misses scoring record in win over Northern Illinois

IOWA CITY - Had she known, Lisa Bluder would have faced a moral dilemma.

Hit the brakes, or pursue a record?

"Ah, you hate to do that to a team, but when you have an opportunity like that, it's hard to pass that up," Bluder said.


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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