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Marion High School - Marion, Iowa

Indians face tough schedule in 2014

Tony Perkins has been a football coach for more than three decades and he's never seen a rugged schedule like the one Marion has this season.

"From top to bottom, I've never seen anything like it in 31 years," Marion's head coach said last week. "It's a nightmare schedule, and you're going to have to be ready for every game or you're going to get blown off the field."

The schedule got tougher this season when the Xavier Saints moved from Class 4A to 3A and were put in the same district with the Indians after playing for the Class 4A title.

Marion has a non-district game with the Washington Demons, who finished second in the Class 3A playoffs last year with a 12-2 record. And they have a district contest with Solon, which reached the Class 3A semifinals and finished 11-2.

Marion also will face Class 3A playoff teams in its own district with DeWitt Central, Western Dubuque and Maquoketa. There's also a district game against Dubuque Wahlert, which dropped from Class 4A to 3A this year, and non-district dates with Mount Vernon and Cascade.

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 August 2014 21:20



3 Metro players named IHSBCA all-stars

Derek Jacobus of Kennedy, Bryce Grimm of Xavier and Quinn Cannoy of Marion have been selected to play for the Large Schools East team in the IHSBCA all-star games at the University of Iowa this Thursday through Sunday.

Grimm, a center fielder, plans to continue his baseball career at Kirkwood Community College. Cannoy, a pitcher and outfielder, plans to play at Rochester (Minn.) Community College. Jacobus, a shortstop, will run track at the University of Northern Iowa.

Cannoy originally committed to Coe College for football and track, but changed his mind and will play ball at Rochester.

There will be four teams in the all-star series with Large Schools East, Large Schools West, Small Schools East and Small Schools West.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 20:12

8 Indians make All-Wamac baseball

Marion High School seniors Quinn Cannoy and Christian Stekl have received first-team honors on the All-Wamac Conference baseball squad in the West Division.

Cannoy made the team as a pitcher and Stekl was selected as an infielder.

David Kuhn (pitcher), Logan Fuller (infielder), Trevor Hardman (outfielder) and Maverick Miller (utility) from Marion were named second team all-conference.

Caleb Stekl and John Carstensen of Marion received honorable mention.




Marion belted by Assumption, 10-0

MAQUOKETA - Marion High School seniors Quinn Cannoy and Logan Fuller were ready to scrap their planned vacation to Mexico next week so they could play in the Class 3A state tournament, but that won't be necessary now.

Davenport Assumption crushed the Indians, 10-0, in five innings in the substate finals in Maquoketa Wednesday night to make the state meet and send the Indians home for the summer.

Cannoy and Fuller are glad they won't have to eat the $1,300 they invested in plane fare and lodging in Cabo San Lucas, but they're sad they won't be going to Des Moines with their teammates instead.

It would have been expensive state tournament for the two buddies.

"Yes, it would have, but going to state would have been the better thing," said Cannoy. "You can take a vacation anytime you want, but a state tournament only comes around once in a lifetime."

Cannoy and Fuller made their vacation plans early in the season, when it appeared the Indians might be in for a tough year with a young club. At the time, they did not expect Marion to reach the substate finals and come within one victory of the state tournament.

"This team definitely exceeded our expectations this year," said Cannoy.

Marion (24-16) got off to a promising start in the top of the first inning Wednesday when it loaded the bases with one out, but John Carstensen bounced into a twin-killing on a smart play by Assumption third baseman Ryan Belk to end the threat.

Belk gloved the grounder, tagged the runner coming to third and wisely tossed to second base for the double-play. That was the beginning of the end for the Indians.

Davenport Assumption began hitting in the bottom of the first inning and never stopped. The Knights (23-15) scored two runs in the first inning, two more in the third, two more in the fourth and four more in the fifth to win by the mercy rule.

Cannoy, who had allowed only 13 earned runs in 67.2 innings coming into the game, was charged with 10 runs in five innings Wednesday.

"That is by far the best team we've played this year," said Cannoy. "Their bats, 1 through 9 ... Normally in a lineup you're going to have one or two guys down there that have been struggling.

"But these guys, everyone you pitch to is going to put the bat on the ball. In my eyes, they're a contender for the state championship this year. There's no doubt about it."

Assumption collected 13 hits with eight singles, four doubles and a triple. All of the balls were hit hard as Cannoy got smacked around.

"If there's a better team in 3A, I'd like to see them. Holy smokes," said Marion Coach Steve Fish. "What do you say?"

The Indians were struggling with an 8-and-9 record a month ago, but they caught fire and enjoyed a good season.

"If you had told me at the beginning of the year we'd win 24 games and make a run like we did at the end of the year ...," Fish said, not needing to finish the sentence.

He praised his guys for their good work this year and complimented them for reaching the substate finals.

"Out of the last nine years, we've been in seven substate final games. Seven," he noted. "I said (to the players), not a lot of teams do that."

Marion reached the state tournament in 2006 and 2011 for the only two trips in school history.

Jay Campbell (7-2) pitched a six-hit shutout for Davenport Assumption. The Knights will face Harlan in the opening round of the state tournament Tuesday.

Marion       000 00 - 0 6 2
Assumption   202 24 - 10 13 0

W - Campbell (7-2). L - Cannoy (7-3).


Kuhn pitches Marion into substate finals

EPWORTH - David Kuhn pitched an eight-hit shutout Monday night as the Marion Indians blanked Western Dubuque, 2-0, to win the Class 3A district title in Epworth.

Marion (24-15) will face Davenport Assumption (22-15) in the Class 3A substate finals Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Maquoketa, with the winner advancing to the state tournament.

Kuhn (7-2) tossed a complete game with six strikeouts and only one walk. The Indians escaped several jams with good defense and timely pitching.

Marion took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Kuhn reached on a fielder's choice, courtesy runner Owen Carstensen stole second and scored on a single by Maverick Miller.

Marion made it 2-0 in the sixth inning. Logan Fuller singled and Christian Stekl drew a walk. They advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Quinn Cannoy. John Carstenson hit a hard grounder up the middle with then infield in, driving in Fuller.

Western Dubuque put runners on second and third in the top of the seventh, but Kuhn pitched out of the jam and ended the game by striking out clean-up hitter Tyler Johnson.

Miller had two hits for Marion, which had only three hits in the game.


Western Dubuque   000 000 0 - 0 8 0

Marion            001 001 x - 2 3 1


W - Kuhn (7-2). L - Baumhover.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 22:35
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