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Marion High School - Marion, Iowa

Marion looks to replace 8 seniors

All basketball coaches like to have a big senior class on their team for the experience and expertise, but there's a flip side to the equation.

Once they graduate, they leave big holes to fill.

That's the case at Marion High School, where Coach Mike Manderscheid is trying to replace eight seniors who helped them fashion a 14-8 record last season.

So how do things look in practice without the eight seniors?

"It looks like we lost eight seniors," Manderscheid replied quickly, laughing.

It's not like the Indians are bumping into each other while they learn how to dribble and chew gum at the same time, but there have been a few growing pains at Marion. The first task is trying to replace all-star guard Craig Engle, who is now starting at Cornell College as a freshman.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 November 2015 18:10



Fluent, Sade top all-state volleyball

Anna Fluent of Cedar Rapids Kennedy and Isabella Sade of Marion have been named to the top units on the all-state volleyball teams by the Iowa Girls Coaches Association.

Fluent was named first team all-state in Class 5A and Sade was named first team all-state in Class 4A. Both players helped their teams reach the state tournament this season.

Kate Busswitz of Prairie and Amanda Ollinger of Linn-Mar were named second team all-state in Class 5A. Macy Anderson and Brinley Milbrath of Kennedy received honorable mention.

Olivia Frazier of Marion was named second team all-state in Class 4A.

Caitlyn Smith of Marion received honorable mention.


Young Indians think the future is now

The Marion High School girls basketball team has a bunch of talented freshmen and sophomores on the squad, but they don't want to wait until they are juniors and seniors to compete for a state title.

They think the future is now.

The Indians fashioned a 17-6 record last season with several freshmen playing prominent roles. Now they've been joined by another talented rookie class heading into the 2015-16 campaign.

Coach Corby Laube lists a total of 12 freshmen and sophomores on his 16-girl outfit and he agrees with his players: The Indians have the ingredients to become a state contender this season.

"I think our goal right now is to be at that level," he said Wednesday. "We feel like we've put in the work and we've got the players that we can compete and beat anybody.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 November 2015 19:55



Sade wins Metro Spotlight Award

Isabella Sade of Marion is the winner of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school girls this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

Sade, a 6-foot-2 junior, was one of the top players for the Marion High School volleyball team this season. The Indians compiled a 31-9 record and reached the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state tournament before losing a tough five-set match to Lewis Central.

Sade led fourth-ranked Marion with 20 kills against Lewis Central and had seven blocks in that match. She paced the Indians this season with 322 kills and also led them with 110 blocks.



Marion bumped off by Lewis Central

As Marion senior Olivia Frazier put it, the Indians’ volleyball state tournament first round match with Lewis Central on Tuesday night was a “roller coaster.”

First up, then down. Up and down.

But it ended on the downside.

The Class 4A sixth-ranked Titans of Council Bluffs peaked when it mattered, prevailing 15-10 in the fifth set, to oust fourth-ranked Marion in the last match of opening day at the U.S. Cellular Center.

It started out so well, too.

With big twin hitters Frazier and junior Isabella Sade pounding down kills almost at will (six and four, respectively), the Indians took the first game with relative ease 25-13.

"We came out really pumped up,” senior Kaela Halvorson said. “We definitely had all of our adrenaline.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 22:50


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