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Linn-Mar High School - Marion, Iowa

Garcia 'Outstanding;' Lions finish 3rd at MVC

Amid all the grim-faced and tight-lipped wrestlers at the Mississippi Valley Conference tournament Saturday stood A.J. Garcia, the 215-pounder from Linn-Mar.

He was all smiles.

Garcia upset top-ranked Conner Herman of Cedar Rapids Jefferson to win the 215-pound crown and was named the Outstanding Wrestler in the 14-team field at Xavier.

"I was ready to go for that match," he said. "It's a real big accomplishment for me."

Garcia dominated Herman, 9-3, in the biggest upset of the day, handing Herman his only loss of the season to a fellow 215-pounder.

"I'm building my way up toward state," said Garcia. "This is going to motivate me."

Garcia, ranked No. 8, raised his record to 38-4 and led seven Metro wrestlers to the top of the victory stand at Ron Thillen Gymnasium.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 January 2011 21:03



Stokes outscores Prairie; Lions romp

Linn-Mar’s Kiah Stokes, the state’s leading scorer, single-handedly outscored the entire Prairie team Friday night with a 30-point performance as the No. 2 Lions trounced the Hawks, 54-28.

In a face-off between the Metro’s top and bottom teams, Prairie (4-12, 3-10) remained within striking distance at the half, trailing Linn-Mar 25-20. But the Hawks were hamstrung in the second half and Lions charged ahead, outscoring them 29-8.

Prairie senior Mackenzie Blaha hit three treys to lead the Hawks with nine points. Talented  freshman Madison Dellamuth, who leads the team in scoring, assists and field goal percentage, managed only a single bucket.

Mykaela Brandt and Kailee Karr each scored six points for the Lions (17-1, 12-1).

Linn-Mar takes on Xavier at home next Friday.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 January 2011 02:34



No. 1 Lions pound Prairie, 70-40

  A focused Linn-Mar remained unbeaten handing Prairie a 70-40 loss on the Hawks home court Friday night in a Mississippi Valley Conference boys basketball game.

It was a lesson learned from a slow first half the last time the No. 1 Lions (15-0, 10-0 MVC) played.

“We weren’t ready to at Waterloo East last Tuesday night and since we saw that they (the Hawks) gave Kennedy a tough game, we knew we couldn’t start off without focus in tonight’s game,” said Linn-Mar Coach Chris Robertson.  “Prairie works hard and they have improved a lot through the season.  We took advantage of our size, our experience, and aggressive defense to control the game.”

The Lions had balanced scoring.  Marcus Paige and Matt Bohannon each hit six field goals and scored 17 and 16 points, respectively. Ian McBrayer used his size inside to score 10 and Shane Benton added nine.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 January 2011 02:35



Robe rolls 456; Lions stroll

Dreyson Robe was hot Friday, rolling games of 233 and 223 for a 456 series, to lead Linn-Mar to a 3103-2492 pasting of Cedar Falls in a Mississippi Valley Conference boys bowling match at Cedar Rapids Bowl.

Justin Wyant rolled a 226 game and 417 series for Linn-Mar (7-4, 6-2 MVC). Tristan Stevens, Corey Prokop and Matt Wheaton rolled high games of 204, 202 and 200, respectively.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 January 2011 02:35



Lion girls roll behind Schwarzenstein

Stacey Schwarzenstein had the hot hand Friday with a two-game series of 219-198--417 as Linn-Mar topped Cedar Falls 2464-1839 in a Mississippi Valley Conference meet at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center.

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 January 2011 02:36



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