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High school sports talk in Eastern Iowa

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High school sports talk in Eastern Iowa

    Iowa high schools will play baseball and softball: Initial reactions + questions we still have

    Iowa high schools will play baseball and softball: Initial reactions + questions we still have

    Wednesday morning, Gov. Kim Reynolds gave the green light for high school summer sports in Iowa.

    Within hours, the state’s governing bodies for interscholastic athletics proceeded. As a result, high school baseball and softball are all systems go.

    According to the Iowa Department of Education, team-organized practices for baseball and softball may begin June 1 “unless circumstances dictate a change in date.” Games may begin June 15.

    In both cases, a long list of mitigation efforts are required — in the words of the Department of Education — “to help ensure player, coach, and spectator safety during games.”

    After Reynolds’ announcement, the IGHSAU board of directors and IHSAA board of control met, and both voted to approve resuming the 2020 summer seasons under Department of Education guidelines.

    In this podcast, The Gazette's Jeff Linder, K.J. Pilcher and Jeff Johnson react to the news and discuss ongoing questions about what this season will look like.

    Read more:

    Jean Berger, Tom Keating and the aftermath of the decision to open up Iowa high school sports https://www.thegazette.com/subject/sp...

    It's 'PLAY BALL' for Iowa high school summer sports https://www.thegazette.com/subject/sp...

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    • 46 min
    First reactions to 2020 Iowa high school football schedules

    First reactions to 2020 Iowa high school football schedules

    We got a glimpse of fall Thursday when the Iowa High School Athletic Association released teams’ schedules for the 2020 prep football season.

    Here to discuss their initial reactions on the Iowa Prep Sports Podcast and takeaways are The Gazette’s Jeff Johnson and K.J. Pilcher.

    From Class 4A to 8-Player, it’s a look at the most notable games and overall schedules.

    • 29 min
    State basketball rewind, IHSAA's decision to finish tournament, all-area teams

    State basketball rewind, IHSAA's decision to finish tournament, all-area teams

    It was a surreal scene on Friday, March 13 at Wells Fargo Arena as the Iowa high school boys' state basketball championship games were played with limited fans in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has now suspended spring sports. On the latest edition of Call It Both Ways, The Gazette's Jeff Johnson and Jeff Linder discuss how the IHSAA made the decision to finish the tournament while other states postponed or canceled. They also talk basketball, recapping both the boys' and girls' 2020 state tournaments and discussing The Gazette's all-area teams. Hopefully this helps pass some time as we commit to social distancing!

    • 32 min
    Girls' state basketball tournament preview

    Girls' state basketball tournament preview

    The field for the 2020 Iowa high school girls' state basketball tournament is set, with 40 teams advancing to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The Gazette's Jeff Linder and Jeff Johnson preview the tournament on the latest episode of Call It Both Ways and break down how Clear Creek Amana upset No. 2 Marion in a Class 4A regional final. There are more regional recaps, plus an update on the boys' basketball postseason, with substate finals coming up shortly.

    • 25 min
    Examining the IHSAA's 2020 football setup

    Examining the IHSAA's 2020 football setup

    Now that we’ve had a week to digest the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s plans for the 2020 football season, The Gazette’s Jeff Johnson and Jeff Linder talk about what it all means on the latest Call It Both Ways podcast.

    The basketball postseason tips off for Class 1A girls Thursday night and will soon be underway for teams around the state. There are a few seeding scenarios to discuss there, namely Cedar Rapids Prairie being ranked No. 9 and thus drawing a 2-seed.

    The final segment looks at some of the top upcoming regular-season games this weekend.

    • 27 min
    Latest on IHSAA's football decision + WFA Shootout shot clock reviews

    Latest on IHSAA's football decision + WFA Shootout shot clock reviews

    We'll have to keep waiting for the next Iowa high school football classification, district and playoff formats. The Gazette's Jeff Linder and Jeff Johnson discuss the latest they've heard on the latest Call It Both Ways podcast.

    There's basketball talk, too, including a look back at the use of a shot clock at the Wells Fargo Advisors Shootout, the City High-Dowling and Marion-CPU girls' games and examining the area conference races.

    • 24 min

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