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Marion High School - Marion, Iowa

7 Metro girls make all-state hoops

If you'd like to assemble an all-star girls basketball team from the Metro area for the 2015-16 campaign, look no further than the all-state squads that were announced Tuesday by the Iowa Newspaper Association.

You could win a lot of games with the seven Metro girls who were honored by the INA.

Amanda Ollinger of Linn-Mar, Lela Sellers of Kennedy and Chloe Rice of Marion were named first-team selections for their outstanding performances this season. Kennedy Dighton of Jefferson, Joniqua Clark of Washington, Kamryn Finley of Linn-Mar and Mia Laube of Marion garnered third-team laurels on the all-state squad.

Makenzie Meyer, who led Mason City to the Class 4A state title, was named Miss Basketball. She scored 1,590 points during her career and has signed with the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Ollinger and Finley helped Linn-Mar reach the semifinals of the Class 5A state tournament. Ollinger, a senior who has signed with Iowa, averaged 17.8 points and led Class 5A in rebounding at 10.9 per game. Finley, a sophomore, contributed 12.2 points and 3.3 rebounds for the Lions.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 March 2016 00:03



Indians, Lions share Metro Spotlight Award

All of the players on the Marion and Linn-Mar basketball teams are the co-winners of the Metro Spotlight Award for high school girls this week, the Metro Sports Report announced Sunday.

The Indians and Lions both reached the semifinals of the state tournament in Des Moines and finished with identical 20-5 records.

Marion made the semifinals in Class 4A, matching the best performance at the state tournament in school history. Linn-Mar reached the semifinals in Class 5A.



Ollinger, Rice make all-tourney teams

DES MOINES - Amanda Ollinger of Linn-Mar and Chloe Rice of Marion were named to the all-tournament teams at the girls state basketball tournament Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

Ollinger, a 6-foot-1 senior, was named to the Class 5A all-tournament team. She collected 42 points, 38 rebounds, seven blocks, six steals and three assists in two games. Her 38 rebounds set a Class 5A tournament record.

Rice, a 5-10 sophomore, was selected to the Class 4A all-tournament squad. She finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, six assists and five steals in two games.

Linn-Mar and Marion both reached the semifinals of the state tournament.


Laube paid tribute to father at state

DES MOINES - Marion coach Corby Laube was hoping to wear his special purple shirt for one more day at the girls state basketball tournament in Des Moines, but he won't get the chance.

The seventh-ranked Indians saw their historic season end in the semifinals of the Class 4A tournament Friday with a 54-48 loss to No. 8 Pella at Wells Fargo Arena.

Laube has been wearing a purple dress shirt at games in honor of his father, Harlen, who has been battling Alzheimer's disease for several years and is living in a care facility in Cedar Falls.

Mia Laube, one of Marion's top players and the coach's daughter, said her younger sister Kayba selected the shirt around Christmastime for their father to wear in tribute to their grand-father.

"He wore it for the first time to the Alzheimer's game in honor of my grandpa," she said Friday. "It's kind of become his good-luck charm to know that our grand-pa is with us."

Mia Laube remembers her father wearing the shirt when the Indians defeated Center Point-Urbana during the regular season, a victory that helped Marion tie for the West Division title in the Wamac Conference.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 March 2016 17:22



Marion selling tickets to state hoops

Marion High School is selling tickets for Friday's game against Pella in the semifinals of the Class 4A girls state basketball tournament in Des Moines.

Tipoff is scheduled for 11:45 a.m.

Tickets are $10. Make checks payable to Marion High School.

Tickets can be purchased in the high school main office on Thursday from 7 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.

Tickets can also be purchased before the game at the Wells Fargo Arena ticket office.


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