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Linn-Mar High School - Marion, Iowa

Sioux look for big contributions from Garman

Jer Garman set 12 school records running the football at Linn-Mar.  He holds the school record for career, single season and single game rushing yards. He also broke two Mississippi Valley Conference records set by Tim Dwight.

Not only that, but Garman three times was named to the MVC all-conference first team and twice was first team all-state.

Garman has a long list of accomplishments on the gridiron, but his short stature – he’s generously listed at 5-foot-9, 170 pounds -- may have scared away some colleges when it came time to recruit him.

“I feel like I do get bagged because of my size,” Garman said Thursday at a ceremony at Linn-Mar that included six other athletes that signed national letters of intent.  “I get criticized a lot more than someone else who is a little bit bigger. But I’m proud of what I’ve done and I’m glad that I got a scholarship.”

Last Updated on Friday, 04 February 2011 20:14



Lion girls bowlers roll past Washington

Mckenzie Routhe and Abbey Stenersen had the hot hands for Linn-Mar and led the Lions past Washington, 2563-2282, Friday in a girls Mississippi Valley Conference bowling meet at Lancer Lanes.

Routhe rolled high game of 226 for Linn-Mar (6-6, 5-4 MVC). Stenersen had a 192 high game and rolled high series with a 376.

Washington (5-9, 2-7) was led by Keely Pernicka. She rolled a high game of 217 and a 398 series.

LINN-MAR (2563): Valerie Loudenback 163-322, Abbey Stenersen 192-376, Nicole McMahon 169-289, Mckenzie Routhe 226-354, Stacey Schwarzenstein 172-306.

WASHINGTON (2282): Ashley Duffy 156-305, Olivia LaGrange 152-302, Bryttanie Huff 148-285, Rachel Spencer 157-282, Keely Pernicka 217-398.

First round -- Linn-Mar 1647, Washington 1572. Baker round -- Linn-Mar 916, Washington 710.



Washington rally stuns Lions boys bowlers

Washington spotted Linn-Mar a 65-pin lead after the first round, rallied in the final two games of the Baker round, and eked out a 2878-2875 win over the Lions Friday in a Mississippi Valley Conference boys bowling meet at Lancer Lanes.

Quincy Bruce led Washington (7-7, 4-5 MVC) with a high game of 267 and 437 series.

Tristan Stevens rolled a 245 high game and 447 series for Linn-Mar (7-5, 6-3). Corey Prokop also had the hot hand, rolling a 222 game and 432 series.

Linn-Mar held a 65-pin lead with two games remaining in the Baker round. Washington cut the margin to 44 heading into the final game. The Warriors won the final game 224-177 to pull out the win.

LINN-MAR (2875): Tristan Stevens 245-447, Dreyson Robe 180-352, Tyler Lemon 200-380, Matt Wheaton 181-350, Corey Prokop 222-432.

WASHINGTON (2878): Zach Christensen 198-377, Jay Niblick 187-354, Quincy Bruce 267-437, Nick Seng 204-353, Ryan Bundy 194-375.

First round -- Linn-Mar 1961, Washington 1896. Baker round -- Washington 982, Linn-Mar 914.


Stokes leads state in scoring

Linn-Mar senior Kiah Stokes leads the state in scoring, but Virginia Johnson of Iowa City High is nipping at her heels.

Stokes, a 6-foot-3 center who has signed with UConn, is averaging 24.9 points for the second-ranked Lions. Johnson, who has signed with Iowa, is averaging 23.4 points.

Stokes also ranks third in the state in rebounding (14.7) and fourth in blocked shots (4.8), according to the IGHSAU.

As you might expect, Stokes is blowing away the competition in the Metro area in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots by wide margins. She also leads the Metro in field goal shooting at 72.0 percent.

Courtney Strait is having a strong year for Kennedy. She leads the Metro in free throw shooting, is tied for the lead in steals, ranks second in scoring, third in rebounding, tied for fourth in 3-pointers, sixth in blocked shots and 10th in assists.



1. Stokes, Linn-Mar, 24.9; 2. Strait, Kennedy, 15.3; 3. Dellamuth, Prairie, 11.4; 4. Jacobson, Jefferson, 11.4; 5. Dawson, Washington, 11.0; 6. Peyton, Marion, 10.3; 7. Saxen, Xavier, 10.3; 8. Steffeny, Jefferson, 9.9; 9. Royster, Washington, 9.7; 10. Meier, Kennedy, 9.6.


1. Stokes, Linn-Mar, 264 (14.7); 2. Dawson, Washington, 169 (9.9); 3. Strait, Kennedy, 116 (6.8); 4. Broghammer, Xavier, 108 (6.4); 5. Meier, Kennedy, 105 (6.2); 6. Steffeny, Jefferson, 100 (5.9); 7. Walvoord, Xavier, 99 (5.5); 8. Carver, Prairie, 84 (5.6); 9. Royster, Washington, 80 (4.7); 10. Piper, Washington, 79 (4.6).

Last Updated on Monday, 31 January 2011 21:10



Linn-Mar boys still No. 1

Linn-Mar continued its stranglehold on the top spot in the Class 4A prep boys basketball.

The unbeaten Lions (15-0) received all 11 first-place votes in the Associated Press poll released Monday.

Kennedy (13-2) moved up one spot to fourth and Jefferson (12-2) remained in sixth.

Cedar Falls (10-2) moved up to No. 2. The Tigers, who were third last week, play at Jefferson Tuesday night at 7:30.

Sioux City Heelan (14-2) is No. 1 in 3A, PCM Monroe (17-0) moved up to No. 1 in 2A and Iowa Mennonite (16-0) is No. 1 in 1A.


1. Linn-Mar (15-0), 2. Cedar Falls (10-2), 3. Sioux City East (11-2), 4. Kennedy (13-2), 5. Ankeny (13-2), 6. Jefferson (12-2), 7. Des Moines Hoover (13-2), 8. Davenport West (12-2), 9. Davenport Central (10-3), 10. Waukee (12-4).

Others receiving votes -- Iowa City West 6, West Des Moines Valley 4, Johnston 2, CR Washington 1, Urbandale 1.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 January 2011 21:09

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