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Linn-Mar High School - Marion, Iowa

Dynamic duo lead Lions past J-Hawks

Linn-Mar senior Matt Bohannon knows how to lighten the mood before a big game.

The top-ranked Lions, crippled and missing their two tallest starters, were about to play Jarrod Uthoff and the Jefferson J-Hawks Tuesday night when Bohannon said something on the bench that had everybody laughing.

The Lions were still smiling after the game.

Bohannon and Marcus Paige poured in 30 points apiece as Linn-Mar topped the 10th-ranked J-Hawks, 70-64, in a Mississippi Valley Conference game at Jefferson.

The 30 points were career highs for both players and lifted the Lions to their 20th straight win.

Bohannon and Paige couldn't remember what Bohannon said before the game, or perhaps they didn't want to share a secret.

"We just had to stay loose and make the guys feel comfortable," claimed Paige.

"I said we have to play bigger than ourselves tonight, we have to play taller tonight," countered Bohannon. "We did a good job of that."

Maybe Bohannon said something like this to Paige to draw a few guffaws before the game: "Marcus, I know you're a great point guard and you'll be going to North Carolina and all that, but just for fun, why don't you move to forward in our 2-3 zone and help us keep Uthoff under control. And we'll both score 30."

Or something like that.

The Lions (20-0, 15-0 MVC) played without 6-foot-6 center Ian McBrayer (groin injury) and 6-7 forward Josh Montague (knee), so Coach Chris Robertson got creative and put five guards in the starting lineup and moved Paige to forward in their zone defense.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 02:20



Lion matmen host North Scott in dual tourney

Waverly-Shell Rock and Iowa City West could have the two strongest wrestling teams in the state this year, so guess who Prairie and Jefferson drew in the Regional Dual Team Tournamament?

Exactly right.

Prairie will visit Waverly-Shell Rock and Jefferson will visit Iowa City West in the opening round of the Regional Dual Team Tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Both Metro teams will be heavy underdogs in those meets.

Linn-Mar will host North Scott in the opening round Feb. 22 with a shot at making the state tournament Feb. 26 at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids.

Prairie and Jefferson finished second in the team standings at their district tournaments this past Saturday, which is why they were paired with district champions for the dual team tournament. Linn-Mar won its district and drew a district runnerup in North Scott.

Sixteen teams qualified for the regional tournament. The assignments are Burlington at Bettendorf, Jefferson at Iowa City West, Spencer at Lewis Central, North Scott at Linn-Mar, Ankeny at Mason City, Urbandale at Southeast Polk, Indiana at West Des Moines Valley and Prairie at Waverly-Shell Rock.


Lions' last-game rally trips Prairie

Trailing by one pin heading into the last game of the Baker round, Linn-Mar bested Prairie 199-180 and beat the Hawks, 3168-3150, Monday in a Mississippi Valley Conference boys bowling meet at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center.

Linn-Mar (8-6, 7-4 MVC) clinched second place in the Mississippi Division in its regular-season finale. Corey Prokop led the Lions with games of 222 and 258 for a meet-high 480 series. Justin Wyant had games of 224 and 235 for a 459 series.

Prairie's Brogan Fiala had the ball rolling in his first game, rolling a 279, and finished with a 469 series. The Hawks (13-3, 8-3) dropped into third place in the Valley Division.

Linn-Mar will compete in the Class 2A substate tournament Saturday at May City Bowl. Prairie is in the Marshalltown substate.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 February 2011 22:16



Lions head into tourney with win over Prairie

Abbey Stenersen had the hot hand, rolling a 263 high game and a 393 series, and teammate McKenzie Routhe fired a 399 series to lead Linn-Mar past Prairie, 2670-2513, Monday in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls bowling meet at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center.

The meet was the regular-season finale for both teams.

Routhe had a 229 game, Nicole McMahon a 221 and Stacey Schwarzenstein a 212 for Linn-Mar (7-7, 6-5 MVC).

Jamie Kadolph rolled a high game of 256 and series of 449 for Prairie (5-9, 4-7). Brittany Meyers had a 204 high game.

Linn-Mar will compete in the Class 2A regional tournament Saturday at May City Bowl. Prairie is in the Marshalltown regional.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 February 2011 22:41



Lions win district mat title

EPWORTH -- They held a demolition derby at Western Dubuque High School Saturday and called it a Class 3A district wrestling tournament.

Linn-Mar survived a day of bloody noses to trim Prairie, 223-207.5, for the district title on a day that had a little of something for everyone.

A little happiness, a little sadness.

Prairie and Kennedy crowned four individual champions apiece, Linn-Mar captured three titles and Xavier notched one as Metro wrestlers nabbed 12 of the 14 individual crowns.

On the unhappy side, quality individuals like Prairie 103-pounder Trey Blaha, Xavier 171-pounder Peter Ickes and Linn-Mar 189-pounder Mark Atwater did not qualify for the state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines Feb. 17-19.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 February 2011 22:16



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