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Marion High School - Marion, Iowa

Saints win historic volleyball match

Xavier High School should just go ahead and cancel all of its classes on Thursday and declare it a sports holiday.

Lots of students will have trouble concentrating on school Thursday with the volleyball and football teams participating in the semifinals of their state tournaments that day.

Get some rest and get ready to cheer.

The Xavier volleyball players carved their names into the record books Tuesday night when they clipped the Marion Indians, 27-25, 25-18, 22-25, 26-24, at the U.S. Cellular Center for the first victory at the state tournament in school history.

The Saints (32-9) will face Dubuque Wahlert (26-6) in the semifinals of the Class 4A tournament at noon Thursday.

And in a rare day-night doubleheader, the Xavier football team will play Pella in the semifinals of the Class 3A tournament at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls Thursday at 8:21 p.m.

"They are giving us a half-day off," said Xavier kill-shot artist Charlotte Richards, who rolled up 29 kills against Marion. "I think they are dismissing us at 11."

Richards would like to see the Xavier football team play top-ranked Pella Thursday night, but not if she and her teammates upset Wahlert and reach the state finals Friday at 12:15 p.m.

"If we have a match on Friday I will not be going to the game," she announced. "I've got to get some sleep."



Indians win 5 events at Wartburg track

WAVERLY - The Marion Indians won five events at an indoor track meet hosted by Wartburg College Tuesday.

Blair Brooks was a double-winner for Marion, taking the high jump (5-10) and the long jump (20-1 1/2).

Myles Bach captured the 1600 (4:43.08) and Jeremy Fopma took the 3200 (10:13.05).

Madison Bach won the 1500 for the Marion girls (4:58.40).

Mahlia Brown finished second in the shot put (35-11). Skylar Miller-Baker took third in the 200 (28.27) and the Marion girls placed third in the 4x800 relay (10:18.01).

The Marion boys finished third in the 4x400 relay (3:39.69).


Smith will sign with Saint Ambrose

Marion senior Bre Smith will sign a letter of intent to continue her bowling career at Saint Ambrose University in Davenport.

Smith finished second in the Class 2A state bowling meet this year, leading Marion to a third-place team finish. She finished fourth as a sophomore and ninth as a junior.

She will sign her letter on Thursday at 3:05 p.m. in the school district board room.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 March 2016 14:31

7 Metro girls make all-state hoops

If you'd like to assemble an all-star girls basketball team from the Metro area for the 2015-16 campaign, look no further than the all-state squads that were announced Tuesday by the Iowa Newspaper Association.

You could win a lot of games with the seven Metro girls who were honored by the INA.

Amanda Ollinger of Linn-Mar, Lela Sellers of Kennedy and Chloe Rice of Marion were named first-team selections for their outstanding performances this season. Kennedy Dighton of Jefferson, Joniqua Clark of Washington, Kamryn Finley of Linn-Mar and Mia Laube of Marion garnered third-team laurels on the all-state squad.

Makenzie Meyer, who led Mason City to the Class 4A state title, was named Miss Basketball. She scored 1,590 points during her career and has signed with the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Ollinger and Finley helped Linn-Mar reach the semifinals of the Class 5A state tournament. Ollinger, a senior who has signed with Iowa, averaged 17.8 points and led Class 5A in rebounding at 10.9 per game. Finley, a sophomore, contributed 12.2 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Lions.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 March 2016 00:03



Indians, Lions share Metro Spotlight Award

All of the players on the Marion and Linn-Mar basketball teams are the co-winners of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school girls this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

The Indians and Lions both reached the semifinals of the state tournament in Des Moines and finished with identical 20-5 records.

Marion made the semifinals in Class 4A, matching the best performance at the state tournament in school history. Linn-Mar reached the semifinals in Class 5A.


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