An astute band of Marion Middle School students recently posted a perfect 4-0 record at a Scholars Bowl meet in Canton-Galva and captured first place.
“We’re having a lot of fun,” coach Doug Vogel said. “We’ve received a lot of compliments from other coaches, especially about the speed and accuracy of our math ability.”
The seventh grade team took first at Marion and placed second at Inman while eighth graders placed first at both Marion and Inman meets, Vogel said.
It was the second consecutive first-place finish for seventh graders Kennedy Fahey, Maggie Vinduska, Cassie Meyer, Luke Lanning, Hunter Helmer, and Peyton Ensey.
The Wildcats defeated Bennington 70-40, Canton-Galva 60-30, Berean Academy 70-40, and Sedgwick 70-10.
Fahey led scoring with 170 points, followed by Vinduska with 40 points, Helmer scored 30 points, and Meyer marked 10 points.
The eighth grade team of Larry Zieammermann, Hap Waddell, Charlie Nordquist, Drew Helmer, and Michaela Regnier also placed third with a record of 2-2.
Marion sunk Canton-Galva 60-30 and edged out Berean Academy 80-70, but fell to Bennington 20-15 and Sedgwick 75-40.
Zieammermann led the Wildcats with 115 points, followed by Helmer with 40, Waddell with 20 points, while and Nordquist and Regnier with 10 points each.
8th grade wins HOA while 7th nabs 3rd
The Wildcats finished their season by ripping up competition Tuesday at Berean.
The eighth grade team went 9-0 in the tournament to become undisputed Heart of America league champions.
Posting out at 7-2 for the tournament, Marion’s seventh grade team placed third.
“When things got close both teams stuck with it and kept their cool,” Vogel said. “They performed well under pressure and that is a reflection of our school.”
Marion’s top scorers per grade level were Zieammermann with 380 points, and Fahey with 260 points.