After the Lions upset the Iowa City Liberty Lightning last week in the Class 4A, Substate 4 First Round, the Lions competed against the top-seeded Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars on July 19 in the second round at Kennedy High School. The upsets continued as the Lions were victorious over the Co…

Marion Baseball

The Marion baseball team began its postseason journey with a Class 3A Substate 6 First Round game at home against the Nevada Cubs Friday, July 16. The Marion bats were hot and the Cubs struggled trying to stop/slow the hitting prowess of the Marion team. The game ended in five innings and Ma…


Linn-Mar opened the 2021 Class 4A baseball postseason with a 3-2 upset of Liberty High School Friday, July 16 at Liberty. The Lightning entered the contest as the No. 2 seed in Substate 4 with a 24-12-1 record while the Lions were the No. 5 seed at 16-22.


Marion’s varsity softball team opened their season with a 2-1 and 17-7 sweep of Clear Creek-Amana (CCA), and had hoped to bookend the 2021 campaign with another win over the Clippers; one which would send them to the State Softball Tournament in Fort Dodge.

Linn-Mar baseball The Linn-Mar Lions baseball team was in action at home Monday, July 5, and Tuesday, July 6. The Lions were against Dubuque Senior on Monday for a doubleheader on senior night when the team recognized 15 seniors. The Lions spread out the runs and scored in every inning excep…

The Linn-Mar softball team played a tough opening round in the Class 5A, Region 6 semifinal Saturday, July 10, against conference foe, the Cedar Rapids Prairie Hawk at Prairie. The teams were evenly matched and entered the softball postseason with Prairie ranked third and Linn-Mar ranked fou…

A 3-for-3 performance with a home run by junior Peyton Johnson helped Marion get one step closer to state.

MARION — Senior Night: the final home game of the regular season, is always a bittersweet affair, and was made doubly so as Linn-Mar’s varsity softball team was dealt a pair of losses by Iowa City Liberty High Monday, July 5. The Lightning flashed for 2-1 and 8-2 wins, souring the evening fo…

When you think of Marion baseball you can’t help but think of Steve Fish, who has spent over 37 years coaching and over 20 of those years have been at Marion. It’s one of the most successful programs in the state and stands atop the Class 3A rankings as of press time.

Marion shortstop Myles Davis makes a play at second.

Marion's Seth Blackford fires a pitch during the first game of a doubleheader with Solon Thursday, July 1, in Marion. 

Trey Franck took a turn on the mound in the nightcap.

The Marion softball team started a full week of action with a tough doubleheader against West Delaware Monday, June 28. In the first game, Marion had 7 hits, one RBI, and Megan Kessens had 5 strikeouts but Marion fell to West Delaware 3-1. Then, in the second game, the Marion team struggled …

Linn-Mar’s softball team went 3-1 at the West Delaware Tournament Friday and Saturday, downing Cedar Rapids Washington 12-0, Edgewood-Colesburg 10-0 and Dyersville Beckman 9-1. The team lost to Clear Creek-Amana 7-2.


The Linn-Mar Lions dipped to 8-13 on the season after tangling with the Liberty High School Lightning in a Mississippi Valley Conference varsity baseball doubleheader Friday, June 18 at home. The Bolts took the opener 3-2 and won the nightcap 11-8.

Nearly 120 runners took part in the Robins Roundup Twilight 5K which started and finished at East Knoll Park Friday, June 11.

It was an impressive week for Linn-Mar’s softball team which went 7-1, improving its record to 10-4 on the season. The Lions shut out Dubuque in both ends of a doubleheader, swept Cedar Falls, split with Cedar Rapids Jefferson, and swept Xavier.

Linn-Mar’s baseball team improved to 8-7 overall with a doubleheader sweep of Cedar Rapids Washington, a non-conference loss to Solon and a split with Dubuque Wahlert. The Lions are in contention in the Mississippi Valley Conference — Mississippi Division with a 7-3 division record.

As the weather has heated up, so has the competition with Marion’s baseball team taking on a couple Class 4A opponents this past Friday at Waterloo Riverfront Stadium. The squad fell 8-7 to North Scott then rebounded with a 3-2 win over Bettendorf to improve their record to 14-2 on the season.

Marion pitcher Megan Kessens warms up before the team’s game at Springville Friday, June 11. Kessens pitched a shut-out.

Linn-Mar’s girls’ soccer team was upset in the region finals. Muscatine downed the top-seeded Lions 4-1 in the Class 3A, Region 7 championship game held Friday, June 4, at Lions Stadium in Marion.

Marion’s girls’ soccer team found a roadblock to the state tournament in the form a Mount Vernon. Marion fell to the Mustangs 8-2, Wednesday, June 2, in the second round of the Class 2A, Region 7 tournament. Xavier beat Mount Vernon 4-1 in the region finals for a berth at state.

Though Marion, went out in the first round, the boys’ soccer squad went toe-to-toe with one of the state’s most storied programs. Marion fell 1-0 to eventual state champion Xavier Tuesday, June 1, in the first round of the Class 3A state soccer tournament at Cownie Soccer Complex in Des Moines.

MARION — The varsity softball season opened Monday, May 24 with the Wolves (the school board of education voted to approve the new mascot the evening of the 24th) entertaining fellow WaMaC squad Clear Creek Amana (CCA). Marion entered the season ranked No.15 in Class 4A in the Iowa Girls Hig…

Cedar Rapids Prairie successfully defended its home field and knocked Linn-Mar out of the Class 3A Substate 5 boys’ soccer tournament. The Lions fell 1-0 to top-seeded Prairie Monday, May 24.

Linn-Mar senior Tatum Depuydt cleared the field by five strokes to earn medalist honors at the Class 4A, Region 4 meet held Monday, May 24 at Brown Deer Golf Club in Coralville. Depuydt shot a one-under par 70 to lead Linn-Mar to a second-place team finish and a state berth.

Marion’s boys soccer team came roaring out of the gates to post a 3-2 upset of Nevada in Class 2A substate action. Nevada was the top seed, but Marion took a 2-0 first-half lead and held on for the win.

Girls soccer Marion improved to 10-3 on the season with a pair of wins this past week. The squad downed Williamsburg 4-1 Tuesday, May 11, at home and South Tama 11-1 Friday, May 14 on the road to picked up its eighth and ninth consecutive wins.

Linn-Mar’s varsity soccer girls improved to 12-2 on the season with a 6-0 shelling of the Liberty High Lightning Friday, May 14 at Liberty High School in North Liberty. The Lions rolled into the contest ranked sixth in Class 3A by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union while the “Bolts” w…

Marion’s girls’ tennis team fell 5-0 to Cedar Rapids Xavier in the first round of the Class 1A Region 4 team tournament. The players will compete in the individual regional, scheduled for Wednesday, May 19.

Boys soccer Linn-Mar was tagged with a pair of one-goal losses in the final few games of the regular season. The Lions fell 3-2 to Cedar Rapids Prairie May 11 and 4-3 to Iowa City Liberty Friday May 14.

Linn-Mar’s Lauren Steigerwaldt competes at No. 3 singles in the Lions’ Class 2A Region 3 first round match held May 15 at Linn-Mar High School. Linn-Mar defeated Liberty High School 5-3 to advance to the next round, where the Lions are scheduled to play Dubuque Hempstead Saturday, May 22 in …

Marion’s Tanner Shindelar and Seth Blackford play a team from Davenport Assumption in Marion Saturday, May 15. Assumption won the substate matchup 5-2. The team Shindelar and Blackford was second at the District meet held Wednesday, May 12 in Dubuque. The full tennis team was second there as well.

While it is unknown if the varsity girls players for Dubuque Wahlert Catholic High School’s Golden Eagles are superstitious or not, after their encounter with the Linn-Mar Lions on Friday, May 7 they may have developed triskaidekaphobia (hatred or fear of the Number 13) after Linn-Mar sophom…

Linn-Mar’s Special Education Level 2 class had a rare opportunity Friday, April 30. Teacher Mary Melchert arranged a live interview with Loretta Claiborne, 65, a multi-sport athlete who continues to compete in the Special Olympics. Claiborne was diagnosed with intellectual challenges in chil…