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Hawks fall despite Bohannon's double-double
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · March 23rd, 2017
The University of Iowa men's basketball team's season ended on Sunday at the hands of Texas Christian University. The Horned Frogs edged the Hawkeyes in overtime by a final score of 94-92 in front of a raucous crowd inside of Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The loss was a sad one as it was the last game for senior star Peter Jok, but on a positive note, the future is extremely bright due in large part to Linn-Mar alum Jordan Bohannon.

Indians return plethora of talent
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · March 23rd, 2017
Sheala Rael led the Marion girls' soccer team in 2016 with 17 goals in 15 games of action but don't expect the Indians to struggle to score goals. The team returns Saige Trca, who finished with 10 goals just a season ago, along with Madeline Chambers, who had nine goals of her own in 2016. The two of them were second and third respectively in goals scored for Marion last year and will have a friendly competition along with the rest of the team as they aim for double-digit wins in 2017.

Marion boys dominate at WaMaC Indoor
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · March 23rd, 2017
The Marion boys' track and field team raked in gold medals left and right at the WaMaC Indoor Conference Track Meet as they combined to win six events against their Western Division foes.

Simons leads Lions into 2017 season
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · March 23rd, 2017
In 2016 as a junior, Jaclyn Simons led the Linn-Mar girls' soccer team with 11 goals. In 2017, Simons will look to improve on that number and help the Lions improve on their record of 11-8 they finished with last season. Simons is one of eight seniors on this year's team hungry to get back on the field and compete against yet another tough schedule.

Coe set to host Iowa Science Olympiad competition
by Report submitted · March 23rd, 2017
More than 450 middle and high school students from 30 schools across the state will compete in the 2017 Iowa Science Olympiad on Saturday, March 25, at Coe College. The contests will be held throughout the day in Peterson Hall of Science, Stuart Hall and Eby Fieldhouse. At the end of the competition, an awards ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Eby Fieldhouse. The public is invited to all of the day's activities in Eby Fieldhouse, which will feature competition in math, science, and engineering.

Bohannon, Hawks earn #1 seed for NIT
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · March 16th, 2017
Making the NCAA Tournament is not only a goal but a dream to the student-athletes that step onto the floor for Division I Men's College Basketball. For this year's Iowa Hawkeye men's basketball team, they came up just a little short as the Selection Committee decided they were one of the first four teams left out of this year's field. However, for Linn-Mar alum Jordan Bohannon and the Hawks, a number one seed in the NIT is a pretty solid consolation prize. It means that Iowa will have another chance to play in front of the Carver-Hawkeye Arena faithful and could host up to three games should they continue to win.

Linn-Mar boys look to reload
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · March 16th, 2017
2016 was somewhat of a down year by traditional Linn-Mar boys' track and field expectations. The team managed to score 16 points at the Iowa High School State Track and Field Meet, but they only placed 17th out of 31 teams that scored points in Class 4A. The foursome of Gavren Docterman, Nick House, Zeal Baker, and Danny Gorsich set the track on fire in the prelims of the Shuttle Hurdle Relay but only managed to place sixth in the finals as Gorsich was unable to compete in the finals. The team is less than a year removed after a slower season, but everyone in the program is excited to rebound in 2017.

Marion girls return four State Qualifiers
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · March 16th, 2017
The Marion girls' track program lost four key members to graduation last season, but they still managed to return four state qualifiers from the 2016 Iowa High School State Track and Field Meet. Seniors Lauren Lee and Sydney Brase are the veterans on this year's Indian team while sophomores Chloe Trca and Livvy Draves have their eyes on a breakout 2017 campaign after getting a taste of Drake Stadium last year.

Marion speedsters eye big season
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · March 16th, 2017
After placing eighth in Class 3A at the 2016 Iowa High School State Track and Field Meet, the Marion Indians boys' squad is hungry to make some noise among the top talent in the state of Iowa in 2017. Led by a terrific trio of juniors, Myles Bach, Jeremy Fopma and Blair Brooks, the Indians are poised to be contenders in not only the WaMaC Conference but also in Class 3A.

Wensel leads Lions into 2017
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · March 16th, 2017
The chance for a three-peat will have to wait until May for Linn-Mar junior Payton Wensel, but her first gold medal in the 400-meter dash came last week at the Dickinson Relays at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls. Wensel reigned supreme over 192 other entrants in her signature event and also showed off her skills in the 800 meter run, finishing eighth behind Waukee star Logan Akason by just .47 seconds. Wensel finished with a time of 2:20.54 to go along with her winning 400-meter dash time of 57.25 seconds.

Bohannon named to Big 10 All-Freshman team
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · March 9th, 2017
University of Iowa freshman and Linn-Mar alum Jordan Bohannon had to adapt quick and grow up in a hurry for the Hawkeyes men's basketball team. His hard work and performance on the court earned him Big 10 All-Freshman team honors this past week along with fellow freshman

Coates excels at State Archery meet
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · March 9th, 2017
It was a deep field loaded with competition from all over the state of Iowa at the 2017 Iowa State Archery meet, but that didn't stop Marion freshman Reid Coates from finishing towards the top of the leaderboard last week. Coates finished with a score of 282 to place 38th out of 814 competitors on the boys' side of the field. The freshman showed great poise with 16 Tens, also having the seventh best score out of freshmen at the state meet.

Indians finish second in Class 4A
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · March 9th, 2017
With just one quarter remaining in the Class 4A State Championship game last Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, the Marion Indians led by four points and were looking to hold on to reach their season-long goal: win the state title. After fighting off comeback attempts from Boone in their opening round contest and Pella in the semifinals, the Indians were unable to prevent a comeback from North Scott as the Lancers ultimately prevailed in overtime by a final score of 50-42. The game ended the Indians' season with a record of 24-2 overall and a second-place finish in Class 4A.

L-M alum Parry arrested in Arizona
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · March 9th, 2017
Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman and Linn-Mar alum David Parry was recently arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 25-year-old was arrested on suspicion of robbery, auto theft, criminal damage, resisting arrest, and DUI charges after the Stanford graduate allegedly stole a transportation cart.

Rice, Laube earn INA All-State honors
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · March 9th, 2017
Marion basketball standouts Chloe Rice and Kayba Laube were recognized by the Iowa Newspaper Association as All-State student-athletes for their accomplishments on the court this winter. Rice, a junior, was selected to the Class 4A First Team while Laube, a freshman, was selected to the Class 4A Second Team. This is Rice's third time being selected as a Class 4A All-Stater and her second consecutive year as a First Team selection. Laube was one of just three freshman to earn All-State honors this season.
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