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Bobcat boys to face Linn-Mar in state opener

February 28, 2008
The pairings for the Iowa High School State Boys Basketball Tournament have been released and Marshalltown will be seeing a familiar foe in the opening round.

The Bobcats are the No. 4 seed in the Class 4A field and take a 19-4 record into their opening round matchup with fifth-seeded Linn-Mar (18-4). Tip-off time is scheduled for Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines.

Marshalltown met the Lions in their last trip to state in the 2004 opening round at state. Linn-Mar defeated the Bobcats 80-45 on its way to the state title.

While the ninth-ranked Bobcats defeated fourth-ranked Ames 51-50 in Wednesday substate final at Ankeny, sixth-ranked Linn-Mar was a 62-59 winner over Cedar Rapids Jefferson at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.

Marshalltown is making the school’s 24th trip to the state tournament. Linn-Mar — last year’s champion — has been to six state tournaments, including the last five seasons.

Fact Box

First Round
Wednesday, March 5
Iowa City High (22-1) vs. Sioux City North (17-6), 1:45 p.m.
Marshalltown (19-4) vs. Linn-Mar (18-4), 3:30 p.m.
Cedar Rapids Kennedy (21-2) vs. Southeast Polk (18-5), 6:35 p.m.
Davenport Central (21-2) vs. Waukee (18-5), 8:15 p.m.
Friday, March 7
1:35 p.m., 3:20 p.m.
Saturday, March 8
Semifinal winners, 8 p.m.



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