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New baseball/softball complex for Linn-Mar

Baseball and softball will be taking a big step up at Linn-Mar High School in the next year or two, with construction of a new complex featuring four diamonds and all the related facilities.

The school board voted Monday night to invite bids for the project, which will include competition and practice fields for both sports at Oak Ridge Middle School on Alburnett Road. There will be two baseball fields and two softball fields.

The competition fields will feature lights, press boxes, concession stands, public address systems and everything needed to make a complete package, all in one spot. At present, the softball and baseball fields are about a third of a mile apart on North 10th Street.

Use of the facilities, estimated to cost in the neighborhood of $2 million, will not be limited to the high school.


Washington pressure too much for Lions

The seventh-ranked Washington boys soccer team controlled the action all night, and finally punched in a goal midway through the second half to break a scoreless tie en route to a 2-0 victory over No. 12 Linn-Mar Tuesday night at Kingston Stadium.

“I’m happy,” said Washington Coach J.P. Graham. “I never felt like the game was out of our control, but still, when it is 0-0 most of the time, you are just waiting for that one time when somebody makes a mistake. The soccer gods can be brutal sometimes when you are dominating a game and it is 0-0.”

Washington (9-1, 6-0 MVC) dominated the possession and created chances all night against the Linn-Mar defense. But the Lions (5-3, 3-3) often held Washington to long shots, or no shots at all, for the first 60 minutes of the contest.


Linn-Mar receives national honors and the National Guard made a stop Tuesday at Linn-Mar High School to make presentations honoring the Lions boys basketball team.

The national prep sports website ranked the Lions as the No.8 team in the country in its final ratings and also named Marcus Paige to its 2010-11 Boys Basketball Junior All-American Team.

The Linn-Mar stop is part of's national "Tour of Champions" that is being co-sponsored by the National Guard. Members of the Guard and representatives were on hand for a trophy ceremony.

The Lions won the Class 4A state title this year with a spotless 26-0 record.

Paige averaged 17 points and has been named a fourth-team Junior All-American by The 6-foot-1 point guard has committed to North Carolina.



Kramer kicks her way into Marion record book

Kristin Kramer has been a goal-scoring machine since she joined the Marion High School soccer team last year as a junior.

She collected three more goals Monday in a 5-0 victory at Mount Vernon and smashed the school record for most goals in a career with 39.

She topped the old Marion High School mark of 37 goals, set by Jami Sunderman in 2003.

Kramer played varsity soccer at Xavier as a freshman and sophomore, then transferred to Marion to join relatives and friends there. She broke Marion's single-season record with 30 goals as a junior and has nine goals in just four games this year.

"Honestly, I really just go into each game with the mentality that I'm just going to do whatever I can to help my team," she said. "They made some great passes today and we really work well as a team. It's been a fun year."


Askelson's 36 leads Saints at Cougar Invite

Kimmy Askelson shot a 36 Monday to help Xavier win the Cougar Invitational girls golf meet at Ellis Golf Course.

Xavier nipped Western Dubuque, 183-185, for the title.

Megan Furnish of Jefferson finished second with a 38.

Julie Pople had a 44 that led Linn-Mar to third place.

Ali Lindo's 44 led Kennedy.


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