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Week 1 prep football picks

Football Fridays are back! The Gazette's Jeff Johnson, Jeff Linder and K.J. Pilcher make their picks for 10 area Week 1 games.


Pick and Roll: Best prep basketball postseason format?

With the high school basketball playoffs underway across the state of Iowa, The Gazette's Jeff Linder and Jeff Johnson discuss the latest storylines, including a few upsets, on this edition of the Pick and Roll Podcast. And with the girls and boys using different philosophies to separate and seed teams, what's the best way to format the postseason?


Pinning Combination: Sectionals recap, Districts preview

The state wrestling tournament is getting closer and closer. The Gazette's K.J. Pilcher, The Predicament's Wyatt Schultz and former Cedar Rapids Jefferson coach Dick Briggs discuss what stood out at sectionals and regional duals last week and what to watch for at sectionals this week in this episode of the Pinning Combination.


Pick and Roll: More postponements ... and some basketball

As the postseason gets closer, postponements and cancellations continue to pile up. The Gazette's Jeff Linder and Jeff Johnson brave the icy weather for a new Pick and Roll Podcast to discuss the crazy winter and the conference championship races and answer your questions.


Pinning Combination: Recapping the conference tournaments

What better way to avoid the brutally cold weather than to curl up with the Pinning Combination podcast? Join The Gazette’s K.J. Pilcher, The Predicament’s Wyatt Schultz and former Cedar Rapids Jefferson coach Dick Briggs as they recap the notable area and Iowa high school wrestling conference tournaments from last weekend and preview this Saturday's sectionals.


Pick and Roll Q&A: Favorite high school gym? One rule change? And more

There haven't been many games to watch lately, but The Gazette's Jeff Linder and Jeff Johnson still have plenty of prep basketball topics to discuss on the Pick and Roll Podcast. From favorite high school gyms, to rule changes we'd like to see, and more, we try to cover a lot of ground while we're snowed in.


Pick and Roll: Which teams look like state title contenders?

Now that we're past the midway point of the regular season, which Iowa high school basketball teams around the state look like title contenders in each class? The Gazette's Jeff Linder and Jeff Johnson discuss on the latest Pick and Roll podcast. Plus, how many classes should there be? Should every team qualify for the postseason? And a rundown of last week's games and what's coming up this weekend, including the Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout.


Pinning Combination: J-Hawk Invitational recap

On this edition of the Pinning Combination, The Gazette's K.J. Pilcher, The Predicament's Wyatt Schultz and former Cedar Rapids Jefferson coach Dick Briggs look back at January 12 tournaments, including the J-Hawk Invitational, and look ahead to upcoming competitions, including the first girls' state tournament Saturday in Waverly.


Pick And Roll: Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout preview

With 14 boys' basketball games over the next two Saturdays, the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids will be the place to be. The Gazette's Jeff Johnson and Jeff Linder preview the Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout on the latest edition of the Pick and Roll Podcast, run over the most noteworthy results in the area last week and take your questions.


Pick and Roll: Time for a shot clock?

The Pick and Roll podcast with Jeff Linder and Jeff Johnson is back from the holiday break. On this episode, we dive into Linder's piece on the pros and cons of Iowa high school basketball adding a shot clock. Check it out on and let us know what you think by tweeting @jtlinder and @jeje66


Triple Play: Pirates VP of Business and General Counsel Bryan Stroh, a Cedar Rapids Washington grad

Bryan Stroh was part of Cedar Rapids Washington's 1994 state championship baseball team, and today he's working in an MLB front office. The Pittsburgh Pirates Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel joins the Triple Play Podcast to talk about how he got his job, working in baseball, memories of winning a state title, and baseball in Iowa with The Gazette's Jeff Johnson and K.J. Pilcher.


Cedar Rapids Jefferson Coach Kyle Rodenkirk

Cedar Rapids Jefferson baseball coach Kyle Rodenkirk joins the Triple Play Podcast to talk about the J-Hawks' big week, including a sweep of No. 7 Cedar Rapids Washington. The Gazette's K.J. Pilcher and Jeff Johnson also evaluate the 1A and 2A district pairings released Wednesday.


Triple Play: Marion Coach Steve Fish

Steve Fish, coach of the Class 3A No. 5-ranked Marion Indians, joins the Triple Play Podcast to discuss his team's 2017 success, coaching his children, a special event coming up for legendary Dyersville Beckman Coach Tom Jenk and more. In the second segment, The Gazette's Jeff Johnson and K.J. Pilcher discuss the latest in Eastern Iowa prep baseball and predict where 3A and 4A teams could be placed when substate assignments are announced Friday.