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Marion falls to No.1 Solon in semifinals

DES MOINES - No excuses, no apologies, no serious regrets.

The Marion Indians made it all the way to the semifinals of the Class 3A state baseball tournament this season before running into one of the best clubs in Iowa.

The top-ranked Solon Spartans collected 17 hits and squashed the Indians, 11-2, Friday afternoon to end Marion's season on an overcast day at Principal Park in Des Moines.

Solon (38-4) won the Class 2A state title last year and will be aiming for the 3A crown Saturday night with a lineup filled with college-bound athletes.

The Marion Indians (27-17) fell short, but they went further in the state tournament than any team in school history and posted the only win at the state tourney in MHS annals.

It didn't look good for Marion in May when two of their top pitchers decided not to play baseball this year and another got hurt, but the Indians rallied and had a strong season.

"It's kind of a storybook year, really. Quite incredible," said Coach Steve Fish. "It's been a fantastic year."

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Galbraith, Hammond miss sweep at Iowa Open

They go to different high schools, but Katie Hammond and Riley Galbraith have been the best of friends since they were little kids.

They started out in club soccer together years ago.

Now 17-year-old seniors-to-be, Hammond has been a lynchpin on the Washington team while Galbraith has starred for Kennedy.

They’re also tennis phenoms who have been tournament doubles partners since the age of 9 or so.

Hammond took third in singles in this spring's high school state tournament, Galbraith fourth.

Riley’s dad, Tom, is Katie’s tennis coach at the Cedar Rapids Country Club. Katie is dating Riley’s best friend.

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Three Metro preps selected for all-star series

Three Metro baseball players have been selected to play in the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Series that will be held Aug. 4-7 at Council Bluffs.

Games will take place at Lewis Central High School and Iowa Western Community College.

Players selected from the Metro were Prairie pitcher/outfielder Anthony Gagliardi and first baseman DJ Utley, and Marion second baseman Kasey Semler. All three will be playing for the Large School East team.

The game is open to graduated seniors. Players had to be nominated by their coach, and players selected must raise a minimum sponsorship fee of $225 to offset the cost of putting on the All-Star Series.

Players were chosen for four squads.

 

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Cougars stumped by Kenny, Dodgers

DES MOINES - Griffin Michael leaned against a railing at Principal Park in Des Moines Wednesday night, a look of frustration and disbelief on his face.

"I just can't believe it's over," he said. "It's just a shock right now."

Kennedy's bid for immortality ended in the opening round of the Class 4A state baseball tournament, the victim of the extreme heat, humidity and a hot pitcher from Fort Dodge.

Will Kenny came within one out of pitching a no-hitter and the Dodgers trimmed the Cougars, 2-1, to end Kennedy's dream of winning back-to-back state titles.

Cedar Rapids Wilson, now a junior high school, is the only Metro school to win consecutive state titles with crowns in 1947 and 1948. Kennedy was trying to break the 63-year drought and become the second Metro team to pull it off, but Kenny was too tough.

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Prospect Meadows takes another step forward

Proponents of a state-the-art, $9.4 million baseball and softball complex north of Marion appeared to hit a home run Wednesday with the Linn County Board of Supervisors.

The proposed 17-field facility would be located on 120 acres of county-owned farm land just south of the Abbe Center at the intersection of Highway 13 and County Home Road.

The local non-profit group pitching the project is asking the supervisors to donate the land, and board members indicated they are likely to buy into the plan.

Board Member Linda Langston said a decision will be made by the end of August, when the contract ends with the farmer now renting the land.

After a presentation Wednesday morning on the design and a positive feasibility study, however, it was clear board members are excited about the Prospect Meadows Ball Fields proposal.

“I can see that this has real economic development and quality of life benefits,” said Board President Ben Rogers, “for Linn county and for the state to have something like this in our own backyard.”

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