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FEATURED PHOTO · Marion basketball players rush to celebrate with teammates after advancing to the 2018 Iowa Class 4A State Tournament following a 68-49 win over Dubuque Wahlert on Tuesday, February 20. | Ken Gilchrist
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Balanced Lions thump J-Hawks
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 22nd, 2018
With their season on the line on Monday night, the Linn-Mar boys' basketball team proved, yet again, they are capable of getting hot on any given night and will be a tough out in postseason play. With the beginning of the Class 4A boys' basketball playoffs starting across the state of Iowa on Monday, the Lions cruised to an 80-60 win over conference foe Cedar Rapids Jefferson. The win was due in large part to the team executing with great pass and flow offensively, resulting in their largest scoring output of the season.

Indians bounce Cardinals
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 22nd, 2018
After taking down WaMaC rival Clear Creek-Amana to cap off an up-and-down regular season, the Marion boys' basketball team and the rest of the state received a fresh slate as the beginning of postseason play started last week in Iowa. The Indians landed in Class 3A Substate 4 and drew Maquoketa for their first round game, which just so happened to be their opponent in the season opener contest. For the Cardinals, their season would come full circle as Marion edged Maquoketa with a 45-42 win.

Linn-Mar falls to IC West
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 22nd, 2018
The Linn-Mar girls' basketball team needed to be on their "A" game and then some on Saturday night in order to secure an upset victory over Iowa City West. When the dust settled, the Women of Troy proved to be too much for the Lions as Iowa City West used a big third quarter push to pull away from Linn-Mar and win by a final score of 61-44.

Marion girls raise money for EIAA
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 22nd, 2018
The Marion girls' basketball program took some time out of their busy schedules recently to help fight a bigger battle than any they will face on the court. Coach Corby Laube and his team hosted their annual Alzheimer's Awareness Night to raise awareness and money for the Eastern Iowa Alzheimer's Association.

Wempen fifth at Class 3A 170
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 22nd, 2018
The weekend that wrestlers and wrestling enthusiasts all over the state of Iowa waited all year for has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Last weekend, the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines played host to the annual Iowa High School State Wrestling Dual and Individual Tournaments to hundreds of schools from across the state of Iowa. Dreams were shattered and fulfilled all within seconds throughout the four-day period and for the Linn-Mar Lions, they were not an exception. The Lions left with some sour tastes in their mouths after having just one of their five qualifiers make the podium on Saturday night.

Lionesses look for revenge
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 15th, 2018
The Linn-Mar girls' basketball team will be out for blood at 7 p.m. this Saturday when the girls begin Class 5A postseason play against heavily-favored Iowa City West on West's home court. On Tuesday, February 6, the Women of Troy dismantled Linn-Mar by a 72-40 final tally. Once Saturday rolls around, both teams know you can throw the record book out the window as everyone's goal is about going 1-0 on game day from here on out.

Lions snap losing skid
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 15th, 2018
The Linn-Mar boys' basketball team has been struggling to close out contests and play complete games over the past couple of weeks. On the wrong side of a five-game streak, the Lions traveled north on Monday night for an out-of-conference matchup with perennial Class 3A power Waverly-Shell Rock. Behind a balanced scoring effort, Linn-Mar cruised to victory over the Go-Hawks by a 65-51 final score.

Marion girls finish perfect regular season
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 15th, 2018
The wins just keep on coming for Coach Corby Laube's bunch. The Marion girls' basketball team picked up wins number 20 and 21 last week with a 40-point home victory over Clear Creek-Amana and a 57-27 road win over West Delaware in Manchester. The win over West Delaware completed a perfect regular season for the top-ranked Indians.

MHS Indians fall to Hawks
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 15th, 2018
In a game where they managed to score just nine points in the second half, the Marion boys' basketball team squandered away a chance at a victory last Friday in Manchester. The Indians fell to 10-10 on the season with a loss to West Delaware in WaMaC Conference action.

Five Lions advance to State Wrestling
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 15th, 2018
Dreams were partially fulfilled state-wide over the weekend at district wrestling tournaments across the state of Iowa. Some student-athletes will look for multiple State titles this week at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Some will be on the big stage for the first time and have new dreams of standing on top of the podium. For five Linn-Mar wrestlers, the road has just begun as they search for State titles at their respective weights.

Lions 10th at State Swimming Meet
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 15th, 2018
The Linn-Mar swimming team capped on an incredible season over the weekend, ending its campaign with a top 10 finish as a team, tying for 10th in the team race with 104.5 points. Coach Tom Belin's team made strides consistently throughout the year, and it all came together when it mattered the most.

Several Indians fall short at Districts
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 15th, 2018
The day definitely did not go as planned for Coach Jason Haag's Marion wrestling squad over the weekend. The Indians took to the mat on Saturday at Cedar Rapids Prairie for their Class 3A District Meet, needing their wrestlers to place first or second at their respective weights to advance to the Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Unfortunately for the Indians, the best result they had were with three wrestlers placing third and coming up just short of qualifying.

Marion improves to 10-9
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 8th, 2018
The Marion boys' basketball team is riding a three game winning streak and appear to be hitting their stride at the right time. The Indians are now back above .500 with home wins over Vinton-Shellsburg and South Tama last week. Marion kept the pace slow and played efficient basketball with a 47-24 win over Vinton-Shellsburg and grinded out a 56-44 win over the Trojans last Friday night.

Peng named Divisional SOY
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 8th, 2018
Linn-Mar senior Matt Peng has received the highest individual honor presented by the Mississippi Valley Conference, being named the Mississippi Division's Swimmer of the Year for his outstanding efforts over the course of the 2017-2018 swimming season.

Von Lehmden provides spark, Lions win
by Brandon Leonard Correspondent · February 8th, 2018
Linn-Mar senior Sydney Von Lehmden has spent most of her career in a reserve role for the Lions' basketball program. Von Lehmden, who had just six points on the season before Friday night's game against rival Cedar Rapids Jefferson, got the start anyway for the Lions. The shortest player on the court arguably had the biggest impact for Linn-Mar on Friday evening, hitting the team's first shot of the game with a jumper off of a fast break pass from junior Macey Miller. The efforts of Von Lehmden got the squad fired up as the Lions went on to record their third win of the season by a 61-58 overtime final.
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