On the Mats by KJ Pilcher

West Liberty’s Bryce Esmoil commits to wrestle at UNI

Bryce Esmoil was too young to remember the first wrestling meet he attended at the University of Northern Iowa.So, it isn't like the West Liberty seni ...

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Many Iowa high school football playoff fates determined in regular-season finales

The end of the regular season comes with a mad scramble for remaining postseason berths and district titles. A mere victory could be the difference b ...

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No. 2 Mount Vernon rallies to top upset-minded West Liberty

WEST LIBERTY - West Liberty was gunning to knock off a highly-ranked opponent. But, Mount Vernon dodged a bullet that previously top-ranked Williamsb ...

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Jordan Rommes plays key role for Upper Iowa defense

FAYETTE - At one time, Jordan Rommes was ready to choose a batting helmet, catching fly balls and tallying hits over a football helmet, receiving pass ...

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Watch: Week 8 Iowa high school football picks on Iowa Prep Sports Gameday

It's already the penultimate week of the Iowa high school football regular season, which means it's a crucial week in many districts for playoff berth ...

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Marion’s Jeremy Fopma and CPU’s Adrianna Katcher cruise to Wamac cross country crowns

VINTON - Jeremy Fopma prefers company when he's racing on a cross country course. More often than not, the Marion senior finds himself just racing ag ...

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Four Downs: Week 8 Iowa high school football questions

The Gazette's Jeff Linder, Jeff Johnson and K.J. Pilcher tackle prep football questions in Four Downs. 1st and 10 Q: If Class 4A were structured lik ...

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Linn-Mar announces Kyle Rodenkirk will be new head baseball coach

The more Kyle Rodenkirk entertained the idea of a change, the more it grew on him.The more he listened to the pitch from Linn-Mar's administration the ...

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Iowa Prep Sports Gameday: Week 7 high school football picks

Week 7 of the Iowa high school football season brings with it nine matchups of undefeated teams across the state. Jeff Linder, K.J. Pilcher and Jeff J ...

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No. 1 Cedar Rapids Xavier holds off No. 6 Waverly-Shell Rock in battle of unbeatens

CEDAR RAPIDS - For a brief second, a brawl turned into a scoring outburst.After a rain delay and 3 1/2 quarters of pounding away at each other, Cedar ...

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Cedar Rapids Prairie excited for first state golf appearance

Cedar Rapids Prairie's ritual of sending athletic teams to state competition includes an escort of drummers through student-lined halls. The Hawks go ...

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Four Downs: Week 7 Iowa high school football questions

The Gazette's Jeff Linder, Jeff Johnson and K.J. Pilcher tackle Week 7 prep football questions. 1st and 10  Q: Whose postseason hopes are on life su ...

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Victory Bell: Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Kyler Bell has thrived in expanded role

CEDAR RAPIDS - Cedar Rapids Jefferson's Kyler Bell remembers his offseason conversation with head coach Brian Webb. In that talk just two weeks after ...

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Xavier’s Matt Neumeyer comes back and helps Saints to district golf title

CEDAR RAPIDS - Matt Neumeyer came back for Cedar Rapids Xavier.Interestingly, it was his back that kept him out of the Saints' starting lineup.In his ...

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Passion has powered Connor Neighbors to another strong golf season

CEDAR RAPIDS - Connor Neighbors tried numerous sports as a youth. He played soccer, baseball, basketball and football. None of them resonated with th ...

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