Coaches tell Kiwanis about state events

Marion High School baseball coach Roger Schroeder and track and field coach Grant Thierolf told Kiwanis on Tuesday about their teams’ upcoming trips to state competition.

Schroeder said this year’s baseball team, which is 22-1 so far, has broken the school records for wins, runs, and fewest runs allowed. Facing two of the best teams they’ve seen all year in regionals helped prepare them for state, which is Thursday and Friday in Topeka.

Schroeder added that Taylor Heidebrecht at first base and Grif Case in the outfield were named to the 3A all-state first team, and Bret Voth at pitcher and Zach Robson at second base were named to the second team. Heidebrecht was also third in Player of the Year voting.

Thierolf said the girls’ track team has a chance of bringing home one of the top three spots in 3A. Alicia Maloney in pole vault, Marissa Jacobson in triple jump, and the 4x400-meter relay team all had the best qualifying results in their events.

He said freshman Mason Pedersen, competing in the 110-meter high hurdles, is one of the top freshmen boys in the state. However, the boys’ division is dominated by juniors and seniors. Thierolf also said Jacobson is one of the top freshmen girls, but freshmen and sophomores typically do better in the girls’ division.

Principal Tod Gordon advised anyone going to state track and field Friday and Saturday in Wichita to allow plenty of time to find parking and walk to the stadium.

Al Ash said turnout was good for the Memorial Day reception provided by Kiwanis. Club President Macky Taylor read a thank-you note the club received for setting up for a blood drive. Sign-ups to help with the Kiwanis pancake feed at Chingawassa Days continued.

There were 19 people at the meeting.

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