Saturday, October 25, 2014
FRIDAY'S SCOREBOARD: HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL - Linn-Mar 42, Jefferson 21 .... Kennedy 48, Waterloo West 28 .... Xavier 37, Marion 6 .... Washington 63, Burlington 19 .... Prairie 48, Ottumwa 0 .... Springville 58, Cedar Valley Christian 13 .... USHL - RoughRiders 2, Chicago 1 .... COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL - Coe 3, Wisconsin-Whitewater 2 .... Coe 3, North Central 0 .... Kirkwood 3, Carl Sandberg 0 .... Kirkwood 3, Neosho 0
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Marion High School - Marion, Iowa

Saints knock off proud Indians

Marion’s hard-luck football season came to a merciful end Friday night with another tough defeat, this time a fiercely fought 37-6 loss to Xavier on the Saints home turf.

But at least Indians senior Dontavious Young closed out his career with a bang.

Down 16-0 at halftime, Marion kicker Carter Stigge opened the second half with a boot that bounced around the near the goal line. Running pell-mell downfield, Young pounced on the loose ball at the 1 yard line.

“Astonished, that’s what I was,” Young said of his fortuitous fumble recovery. “It hit one of their players, and then I think he thought it was going to go out of bounds or in the end zone.

“It was kind of amazing, but it shows you should never give up on a play ‘til the whistle blows.”

The lead was whittled two plays later when Hayden Meister made a sliding catch of a short pass from hard-nosed quarterback Gage Kray.



Cougars ranked 9th in volleyball poll

The Kennedy Cougars will enter the postseason volleyball playoffs next week as the highest ranked Class 5A team from the Metro area.

Kennedy climbed one spot to No. 9 in the final poll of the season Thursday after reaching the championship round of the Mississippi Valley Conference tournament last Saturday.

The Marion Indians remained third in the Class 4A rankings despite losing two matches in the tough Wamac Conference tournament Tuesday.

The Prairie Hawks dropped out of the Class 5A poll Thursday.


1. Bettendorf (34-0), 2. Ankeny Centennial (36-3), 3. Dowling (35-5), 4. Johnston (34-5), 5. Ankeny (33-6), 6. West Des Moines Valley (35-10), 7. Council Bluffs Lincoln (35-13), 8. Iowa City High (22-9), 9. Kennedy (26-11), 10. Southeast Polk (30-9).


1. Harlan (35-2), 2. West Delaware (41-2), 3. Marion (30-7), 4. Sioux City Heelan (28-11), 5. Clear Creek-Amana (24-9), 6. Charles City (39-4), 7. Indianola (30-9), 8. LeMars (29-9), 9. Waverly-Shell Rock (31-19), 10. Boone (31-6), 11. Dallas Center-Grimes (23-13), 12. Davenport Assumption (18-13), 13. Fort Madison (28-10), 14. Glenwood (16-13), 15. ADM (21-12).


Marion upsets City High in volleyball

The Marion Indians had a tough night at the Wamac Conference volleyball tournament Tuesday, but they bounced back in a big way Thursday night.

The Indians knocked off Iowa City High, 15-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-23, 15-6, in a five-set thriller at the Marion gym.

Marion lost both of its matches at the Wamac tournament Tuesday after reaching the quarterfinals, but the Indians regrouped and beat the City High club that just won the Mississippi Valley Conference tournament.

Marion (31-7) is ranked No. 3 in Class 4A. Iowa City High (22-10) is ranked No. 8 in Class 5A.

Alyssa Thomas, who recently became only the third player in school history with more than 1,000 kills, collected 20 more kills Thursday and was 18 for 18 on serves.

Olivia Frazier contributed 15 kills and five blocks. Isabella Sade also had 15 kills.

Caitlyn Smith finished with 32 assists and was 14 for 14 on serves. Amanda Sahm had 26 assists, 12 digs and was 24 for 25 on serves.

Johanna Steggall and Haley Dullea pitched in with 16 digs.


Marion boys, Bach reach state meet

SOLON - Thursday was a good day for the Marion High School cross country program at the Class 3A district meet in Solon.

The Marion boys placed second in their race to qualify their entire team for the state meet in Fort Dodge Nov. 1. Colton Forster finished second for the Indians and Jeremy Fopma was fourth.

In addition, Madison Bach from the Marion girls team finished second in her race to qualify for state as an individual.




Team Standings

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 22:11



3 Metro teams seek playoff berths

It will be interesting to see how many high school football teams with 2-and-7 records make the Class 4A playoffs this year.

The Kennedy Cougars will make the 32-team field with a 2-7 mark if they defeat Waterloo West at Kingston Stadium Friday night, but they're not the only ones who could advance with a 2-7 record.

Iowa City High, Clinton and Mason City also could "earn" spots in the Class 4A tournament with 2-7 marks. That would be an improvement for Mason City, which qualified a few years ago with a 1-8 record.

We can thank - or blame - the district format for all this. The only results that count are district games. The non-district games are simply exhibitions, as far as making the playoffs, so it's a lot easier to make the playoffs now.

You can lose all of your non-district games, finish fourth in your district with a wobbly record and march into the playoffs at 2-7 (and sometimes even 1-8).

Under the old conference format, it normally took at least four victories to make the playoffs, although occasionally a team would slip through with a 3-6 mark. The schools voted for this system, so now everyone has to live with it.

Washington, Linn-Mar and Xavier have clinched playoff berths. The top-ranked Warriors are 8-0 and rolling along. The sixth-ranked Lions are 7-1, with the only loss to Washington. The Saints are 5-3, but have struggled on offense in their losses to Dowling (24-2), Western Dubuque (7-6) and Iowa City Regina (21-7) with only one touchdown on offense.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 18:58


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