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Marion High School - Marion, Iowa

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.


Young Indians stun Harlan at state

DES MOINES - It's not true that the Marion Indians have a bunch of sixth graders on the girls varsity basketball team who need a baby-sitter when their parents go to the movies.

The Indians are young, but they're not quite that young. And best of all, they have absolutely no fear.

Marion stunned Harlan, 46-38, in the opening round of the Class 4A girls state basketball tournament Wednesday in one of the biggest upsets in recent history.

Harlan, the two-time defending state champions, had four seniors in the starting lineup who helped them compile a phenomenal 95-6 record the last four years with four straight trips to state.

Marion, meanwhile, countered with three sophomores and two freshmen in its lineup and none of them had ever been on a stage this big in their lives.

"Any team can beat anybody in a tournament, so that's what we came out here to do," said Chloe Rice, one of the sophomores. "We knew we had nothing to lose, so we came out with a lot of energy.

"We wanted to prove people wrong and show what we can do."

Mission accomplished.

Marion (20-4) will face Pella (22-2) in the semiifnals Friday at 11:45 a.m. at Wells Fargo Arena.

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2016 07:05



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