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Marion High School - Marion, Iowa

Turnovers doom Marion against Mustangs

The turnover bug is bugging Tony Perkins again.

The Marion Indians committed five turnovers Saturday night in a 37-14 loss to Mount Vernon in the season opener at Thomas Park.

Turnovers hurt the Indians during their 1-and-8 campaign last year and haunted them again Saturday.

"I just don't understand the bug that we have right now. We just give things away," said Perkins.

"We had I don't know how many opportunities to stop them and we jump off-sides. We're going in for a touchdown and we drop the ball. We had turnover after turnover. It's just frustrating."

Mount Vernon, which has a talented ballclub, was happy to take advantage of the home team's generosity.



Xavier cancels game; 3 others postponed

None of the high school football games that were scheduled for the Metro area were played Friday night due to the heavy thunderstorms and lightning that passed through the area.

Xavier High School canceled its home game against Dowling Catholic. The game will not be rescheduled. Dowling is unable to make another round trip from West Des Moines on Saturday for a possible makeup date.

The other three games in the Metro area were postponed until Saturday.

Washington will face Jefferson at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kingston Stadium.

Prairie will play Linn-Mar at 5 p.m. Saturday at Linn-Mar Stadium.

Marion will host Mount Vernon at 7 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Park.


Marion ranked No. 2 in 4A volleyball

The Marion Indians have been ranked No. 2 in the first Class 4A volleyball poll for the 2015 season by the IGHSAU.

The Indians reached the semifinals of the state tournament last year and finished with a 34-8 record. West Delaware is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A heading into the first week of the regular season.

Three Metro teams are ranked in the top-15 in Class 5A with Linn-Mar No. 3, Kennedy No. 5 and Prairie No. 12. Linn-Mar has been bolstered by Amanda Ollinger, an all-state hitter who transferred from Jefferson last year.

Bettendorf and Iowa City High are ranked 1-2 in Class 5A.


1. West Delaware, 2. Marion, 3. Sioux City Heelan, 4. Clear Creek-Amana, 5. Waverly-Shell Rock, 6. Carroll, 7. Dallas Center-Grimes, 8. Harlan, 9. Clinton, 10. Lewis Central, 11. Charles City, 12. ADM, 13. Fort Madison, 14. Dubuque Wahlert, 15. Pella.


1. Bettendorf, 2. Iowa City High, 3. Linn-Mar, 4. Dowling, 5. Kennedy, 6. Johnston, 7. Iowa City West, 8. Ankeny Centennial, 9. Cedar Falls, 10. West Des Moines Valley, 11. Ankeny, 12. Prairie, 13. Southeast Polk, 14. Pleasant Valley, 15. Dubuque Hempstead.


Marion looks to rebound after tough year

The Marion Indians got off to a good start last year when they whipped Mount Vernon, 28-6, in the first game of the regular season, but they never won another ballgame and finished with a 1-and-8 record.

It was a tough season to swallow for a program that's accustomed to winning records and trips to the Class 3A playoffs.

"It was horrible," Coach Tony Perkins said Thursday before practice. "The worst thing about it, you do everything the same as you have in every other year, and then you have one of those years where everything that could go wrong ..."

Perkins did not finish the season, but you know the ending.

"That's the way the season went last year," he said. "The biggest thing we're doing, we're not talking about it. It didn't happen. Move on."



Thomas commits to Crookston volleyball

Marion High School senior Alyssa Thomas has decided to continue her volleyball career at the University of Minnesota-Crookston, which is an NCAA Division II school.

Thomas, a 5-foot-10 hitter, helped Marion compile a 34-8 record last season and reach the semifinals of the Class 4A state tournament. She led the Indians with 367 kills and contributed 53 blocks.

Thomas was named first team all-state in Class 4A.

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