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Lately, there have been some outstanding performances by Marion County High School athletes. Recently, some teams have been competing in conference tournaments and have performed very well. Two teams in particular that I am talking about are the tennis and track teams. The boys and girls tennis teams participated in the Heartland Athletic Conference tournament late last month, and came away with multiple titles. During the tournament, Marion County easily handled their opposition in nearly all matches and came away with the overall girls' doubles championship, boys' singles championship, and boys' doubles championship and runner-up.
This may sound familiar because it is. Last year, Alex Spalding entered the tournament as the overall No. 1 singles seed and ran through the competition to capture the title, as an eighth grader. This year, as a freshman, Spalding was able to repeat this performance and take the title once again. Not bad, taking the conference title twice before your sophomore year.
The duo of Noah Swencki and Jacob Burdette has turned into a perennial powerhouse. Last year they easily handled their opponents to take the conference title, and once again repeated their winning ways to take the title again. Congratulations to Burdette and Swencki on their great run. The doubles team of Ryker Cassidy and Michael Spalding made it all the way to the finals of the doubles portion of the tournament before falling to teammates Burdette and Swencki.
Madison Cassidy and Elyssa Farmer once again took the conference title, for the third year in a row. The duo worked their way through all opponents, and capped off an impressive tournament with a championship.
The Marion County High School track teams also competed in their Heartland Athletic Conference tournament, held at the high school. Several individuals on both the boys and girls teams were able to finish in the first place in their events.
One participant in particular set a new conference record with an impressive jump that was still under his personal best. Brooks Divine cleared 12'6" to eclipse the conference tournament record, but was unable to clear any higher.
The two teams made impressive runs throughout their respective tournaments. All of their hard work throughout the season has paid off. Now each team will look to take the next step and advance into the postseason. Hopefully, each one can accumulate some more milestones, and potentially set some more records.
Baseball and softball are in the home stretch of their seasons as well. The softball team has already locked up the number one overall seed in the upcoming district tournament, and the baseball team is playing very well right now. Hopefully these two teams can make some noise come postseason time.
As you can see, Marion County athletics is on what I would call a bit of an upswing. After the successes of the basketball teams back in March, these teams can keep the mojo flowing and make some noise of their own. Good luck to all Marion County teams and athletes as postseason time rolls around.