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Author: Jeff Linder | November 14, 2013 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS -- The rapid decline of volleyball officials has reached "a critical point," according to Joel Oswald, assistant director for the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union."We've had matches this season in which there was just one official. We've had matches postponed and cancelled ...

Author: Jeff Linder | June 21, 2013 | 4 comments

CEDAR RAPIDS -- Joe Yegge's absence from the dugout with the Cedar Rapids Prairie softball team will be longer than originally believed.Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union assistant director Joel Oswald said Friday that Yegge faces a four-date suspension after being ejected for the second ...

Author: Jeff Linder | February 25, 2013 | No comments

DES MOINES -- Joel Oswald had good news at his fingertips.Weather stations indicated that the brunt of Winter Storm Rocky appeared to be headed well south of Des Moines."We were prepared to bring teams in early," said Oswald, the assistant director of the Iowa Girls ...

Author: Jeff Linder | December 13, 2012 | No comments

They've held serve. They've hit shots.As a result, the Regina Regals are in a familiar place -- first place in the Cedar Valley Conference.The state's most accurate shooting team from the field (52.2 percent) and from 3-point range (53.5 percent), Iowa City Regina is 6-0.And ...

Author: Jeff Linder | July 20, 2011 | 1 comment

FORT DODGE -- Deb Richarz was suffering."I started feeling it in the third inning," said Richarz, 53, who is working her 12th state softball tournament as an umpire."My heart started beating fast. Sometimes, I would get dizzy. My legs and my arms were heavy."Put simply ...

Author: Jeff Linder | December 21, 2010 | No comments

CEDAR RAPIDS -- The 20-year relationship between the state volleyball tournament and the U.S. Cellular Center will be interrupted next fall.Renovation to the arena will force officials from the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union to relocate the tournament, scheduled for Nov. 9-12, 2011."We're not ...

Author: Jeff Linder | September 1, 2010 | No comments

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union is giving teams and conferences the option to play 16-minute halves instead of eight-minute quarters for varsity girls' basketball games this winter."During the 2010-11 varsity basketball season, varsity girls teams may play two 16-minute halves during non-conference games ...

Author: Jeff Linder | May 24, 2010 | No comments

It remains to be seen whether you'll see more offense in high school softball this summer.But there's little debate as to whether there will be more action.Last year, the National Federation of High Schools mandated that all states abide by the 43-foot pitching distance by ...

Author: Jennifer Hemmingsen | October 7, 2009 | 2 comments

One-to-nothing high school softball games are about to become much less common. The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union has announced that the pitching rubber will be moved back 3 feet, to 43 feet, next summer. In July, the National Federation of High Schools mandated the change, ...

Author: Angie Holmes | October 6, 2009 | 1 comment

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union announced Tuesday that the pitching distance for high school and junior high softball will be moved back from 40 to 43 feet for the 2010 season.Jeff Linder reported in July, during the state softball tournament, that the new ...

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