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Linn-Mar High School - Marion, Iowa

Saints drop thriller to Lions

The Xavier boys soccer team was short-handed Tuesday night with two of its top players unable to play against Linn-Mar, but there was nothing short-handed about their spirit and determination.

The Saints fell to the Lions, 2-1, in a marathon PK shootout that took nine players to decide at Linn-Mar Stadium.

Xavier is ranked No. 2 in Class 2A and Linn-Mar is ranked No. 16 in  Class 3A, but there wasn't much difference between the two Mississippi Valley Conference powers on a drizzly night in Marion.

Thomas Bean, who leads the Saints in scoring, had to serve a one-game suspension after receiving a red card in Xavier's last match against Cedar Rapids Washington when he said something to a friend on the Washington team that apparently was misinterpreted by an official.

Will Hannigan, the No. 3 scorer for the Saints, missed the match with an injury suffered last week against Iowa City West, taking another top player off the field.

The Saints simply shuffled a few players around and came within a whisker of winning the match.

"We stretched as much as we could in the game," said Xaiver Coach Amir Hadzic. "We had as many open looks as Linn-Mar had. Too bad those  shots - Luke's particularly - didn't go in. That's a hard deal."



No. 12 Xavier girls kick No. 12 Lions

The Xavier Saints won the battle of 12th-ranked girls soccer teams Tuesday at Xavier.

The Saints trimmed Linn-Mar, 2-1, on a goal by Elena Minor with three minutes left in the match.

Xavier is ranked No. 12 in Class 2A and Linn-Mar is ranked No. 12 in Class 3A.

Linn-Mar took a 1-0 lead with about 10 minutes left in the first half and it stayed that way at halftime.

Peyton Sadilek tied the game for the Saints, 1-1, in the 60th minute and Minor provided the game-winner in the latter stages of the match.


Xavier boys downed by L-M netters

Junior Ben Hediger of Linn-Mar clipped Jon Lansing, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 1  singles Tuesday as the Lions defeated the Xavier Saints, 8-1, in a  Mississippi Valley Conference tennis meet at Xavier.

Calvin Ford of Xavier rallied for a 0-6, 7-6, 10-7 verdict over Jackson Eells at No. 5 singles.


1. Ben Hediger (LM) def. Jon Lansing, 6-3, 6-3
2. Lucas Huffman (LM) def. Alex Hinrichs, 6-2, 6-0
3. Zach Glanz (LM) def. Charlie Esker, 6-3, 6-0
4. Jack Gertsen (LM) def. Blake Magill, 6-3, 6-3
5. Calvin Ford (XAV) def. Jackson Eells, 0-6, 7-6, 10-7
6. Michael McGrew (LM) def. Curt Lengemann, 6-1, 7-5


1. Hediger/Huffman (LM) def. Lansing/Esker, 6-3, 6-4
2. Glanz/Gertsen (LM) def. Hinrichs/Ryan Jasper, 6-2, 6-0
3. Eells/McGrew (LM) def. Ford/Wes Johnson, 6-1, 6-1


Xavier girls topped by Linn-Mar

Ellie Anderson of Linn-Mar blanked Emily Jasper, 10-0, at No. 1  singles Tuesday as the Lions defeated the Xavier Saints, 8-1, in a  Mississippi Valley Conference tennis meet at Linn-Mar.

Sarah Schirm of Xavier trimmed Megan Burr, 10-8, at No. 2 singles.


1. Ellie Anderson (LM) def. Emily Jasper, 10-0
2. Sarah Schirm (XAV) def. Megan Burr, 10-8
3. Lauren Resewehr (LM) def. Camryn McPherson, 10-3
4. Katie Nowak (LM) def. Macy Lembeck, 10-3
5. Whitney Gurthrie (LM) def. Megan Korbel, 10-0
6. Piper Boysen (LM) def. Nadia Karl, 10-0


1. Resewehr/Boysen (LM) def. Jasper/Schirm, 11-10
2. Guthrie/Niharika Annira (LM) def. McPherson/Lembeck, 10-6
3. Holly Langenstein/Macy Maas (LM) def. Korbel/Karl, 10-2


Casebolt resigns as L-M football coach

Matt Casebolt has resigned as an assistant football coach at Linn-Mar High School for personal reasons, according to the minutes of the Linn-Mar school board meeting from Feb. 20.

Casebolt was embroiled in a controversy last year and did not coach the Lions during the 2016 campaign, although he was still employed as a member of the football coaching staff and was paid for the season.

Linn-Mar families accused Casebolt of improper conduct in recent years, including verbal and physical abuse. The Iowa Board of  Educational Examiners looked into the complaints last year, but did not file charges.

The Linn-Mar school district conducted two probes of the football program. All charges were dismissed following the first investigation, but the second investigation may have contributed to head coach Bob Forsyth retiring after the 2016 season and now to Casebolt resigning.

Former Cedar Rapids Washington coach Paul James has succeeded Forsyth as Linn-Mar's new head coach.

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