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K.J. Pilcher

K.J. Pilcher is a reporter for SourceMedia Group, and he covers prep sports and college wrestling, among other things. His wrestling podcast, called the "Pinning Combination" is available here at TheGazette.com and also on iTunes.


Team effort lifts Linn-Mar to Tiger Invitational victory

Linn-Mar Coach Chris James stresses the importance of each player and that each stroke matters.

The message may border on cliché, but he knows firsthand the impact it can have. He was a senior at Cedar Rapids Washington when a tiebreaker was the ... »

Iowa golfer Alex Schaake follows in brother's footsteps

CEDAR RAPIDS - Alex Schaake is passionate about golf.

He had plenty of influences. His late paternal grandfather ushered him to the course and taught him some of the game at a young age. His father, Ryan, was a solid golfer until he couldn't dev ... »

Solon shuts out another ranked opponent, blanking Washington 40-0

SOLON - Words on a structure on the edge of town state, #x201c;Solon Football: We do what we do.#x201d;

The Spartans win football games. This season, they are playing dominant defense.

Third-ranked Solon forced five turnovers and recorded it ... »

Keeping up with the Joneses: Iowa City High senior sets school mark, eyes brother's records

IOWA CITY - Catch. Run. Repeat.

Iowa City High's Zach Jones has made that a habit during his prep career.

Each time the senior wide receiver executed that routine last week against Ames, his only focus was on getting his teammates to the ... »

MVC golf divisional races intensify after two rounds

Linn-Mar and Cedar Rapids Xavier have pulled away from the rest of the field in their division.

The gap between the two has closed a little bit with one round remaining.

The Saints captured the first Mississippi Valley Conference Mississ ... »

Tino Green helps Coe run over Cornell

CEDAR RAPIDS - Happy birthday, Tino Green!

The Coe sophomore turned 20 on Saturday and he started the celebration with a breakthrough performance.

As part of a three-headed backfield monster, Green amassed 192 rushing yards and scored th ... »

Mount Vernon native Robbie Peters is right at home at Coe

CEDAR RAPIDS - Robbie Peters sent out a few texts this week.

He wanted to wish some of the players from his hometown good luck. Peters will have a different message for his fellow Mount Vernon alumni and Cornell offensive starters Chris Chapman an ... »

Bettendorf blasts Cedar Rapids Washington, 56-0

CEDAR RAPIDS - Bettendorf produced the fast start it wanted.

Cedar Rapids Washington didn't respond the way it needed.

The result was a lopsided victory for the Bulldogs.

Bettendorf's Carter Bell dashed 71 yards on Bettendorf's first o ... »

Short-handed Cedar Rapids Kennedy tops Dubuque Hempstead, 24-7

CEDAR RAPIDS - The extra day of rest couldn't come at a better time for Cedar Rapids Kennedy.

The Cougars are going to need a little extra rest and recovery. Especially after seeing eight defensive starters sidelined during the second half Thursda ... »

Conrado Chozas-Martinez pursues golf dream at Cedar Rapids Kennedy

CEDAR RAPIDS - Conrado Chozas-Martinez is chasing a dream and the path has led him a long way from home.

Actually, he's traveled more than 4,300 miles from his hometown in Spain to Cedar Rapids Kennedy.

The foreign exchange student has b ... »