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Linn-Mar High School - Marion, Iowa

Lions win MVC title

Shane Benton led his team in floor burns and hustle Friday night. And that was saying something.

Benton’s top-ranked Linn-Mar Lions used precision passing and a blue collar work ethic to break the game wide open in the second half and easily defeat Washington, 62-41, to clinch a Mississippi Valley Conference division championship at Linn-Mar.

“We just have got to go after everything,” Benton said. “I like to go after every loose ball.”

Benton scored 11 points and brought a boat load of passion and defensive intensity. At one stage in the third quarter he dove for a ball near the baseline, which brought the entire Linn-Mar bench to its feet.

Benton also had several strong moves inside and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line. He said the team enjoys playing together.

“It is just so much fun. I feel really good about this team. We have a great group of seniors and a lot of good juniors. It is a special group of guys,” the 6-foot-3 senior said.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 February 2011 23:54



Lions tripped by No. 6 Wash, share MVC title

Frank Howell entered the Washington locker room Thursday night and got an ear-piercing ovation from his players.

A few minutes later, seniors Tia Dawson, Alissa Oney and Ashley Piper popped out of the visitors locker room with big, happy smiles and plenty of emotion.

The sixth-ranked Warriors upset No.2 Linn-Mar in overtime, 53-46, to grab a share of the Mississippi Valley Conference title and hand the Lions a rare loss on their home court on Senior Night.

"Just amazing," said Oney, whose long 3-pointer gave Washington the lead for good in overtime. "We feel so happy about this. We found out they hadn't been beaten here in three years, so it's obviously a great accomplishment for us."

Washington tied Linn-Mar for the Mississippi Division title in the MVC with 14-2 records in the final game of the regular season. Waterloo West (14-2) also grabbed a piece of the Mississippi crown with a victory over Cedar Falls Friday night.

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 February 2011 02:42



Kiah Stokes named McDonald's All-American

Linn-Mar senior Kiah Stokes has been named a McDonald's All-American and will play in the prestigious all-star game March 30 at the United Center in Chicago.

Stokes also has been selected for the WBCA Nike All-Star Game in Indianapolis April 2.

Stokes, a 6-foot-3 center, was averaging 24.6 points, 14.7 rebounds and 5.1 blocked shots heading into Thursday night's game against Cedar Rapids Washington. She holds the Linn-Mar career records for points, rebounds and blocks.

Stokes has signed with the University of Connecticut and will be joining the Huskies next season.

Stokes was named to the West team for the McDonald's All-American game with with future UConn teammates Brianna Banks (Fayetteville, Ga.) and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (Santa Ana, Calif.).

Last Updated on Friday, 11 February 2011 00:03



Robe has the hot hand, but Jefferson prevails

James Bruce had the hot hand for Jefferson, rolling games of 265 and 213 for a 478 series that led the J-Hawks past Linn-Mar, 3164-2999, Friday in a Mississippi Valley Conference boys bowling meet at May City Bowl.

Dan Healy fired games of 246 and 217 for a 463 and Will James 234 and 209 for a 443 for Jefferson (10-6, 6-4 MVC). Michael Kilts shot a 237.

Linn-Mar (7-6, 6-4) had four bowlers crack the series 400 mark. Dreyson Robe shot games of 242 and 238 for a 480 series. Tyler Lemon added games of 204 and 235 for a 439 and Matt Wheaton 226 and 191 for a 417.

LINN-MAR (2999): Justin Wyant 207-392, Tristan Stevens 200-370, Dreyson Robe 242-480, Tyler Lemon 235-439, Matt Wheaton 226-417.

JEFFERSON (3164): Michael Kilts 237-388, Will James 234-443, Dan Britton 217-388, James Bruce 265-478, Dan Healy 246-463.

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 April 2012 20:03

Jeff buzzsaw overwhelms Lions

Allie Trcka rolled a high game of 254 and Courtney Moore a 454 series to power Jefferson past Linn-Mar, 2899-2503, Friday in a Mississippi Valley Conference girls bowling meet at May City Bowl.

The J-Hawks (11-3, 9-1 MVC) had three bowlers torch the lanes with 400-plus series. Trcka rolled a 435 and Nicole Werling a 405. They also had five 200-plus games. Nicole Werling shot a 215, Jenna Alff a 210.

Valerie Loudenback fired a 241 high game and 399 series to lead Linn-Mar (6-7, 5-5).

LINN-MAR (2503): Nicole McMahon 153-285, Stacey Schwarzenstein 165-312, Mckenzie Routhe 180-335, Valerie Loudenback 241-399, Amy Pickering 189-356.

JEFFERSON (2899): Nicole Werling 215-405, Jenna Alff 210-360, Courtney Moore 253-454, Allie Trcka 254-435, Nicole Petersen 189-344.

First round -- Jefferson 1998, Linn-Mar 1687. Baker round -- Jefferson 901, Linn-Mar 816.


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