MARION -- Marion lost 48-32 to McBain Northern Michigan Christian on March 1 in girls basketball district action.

"It's been a really good season and enjoyable run, yet challenging at the same time," Eagles coach Matt Lagrow said. "We had an overall record 15-6, and a second-place finish in the conference, and we were literally just a play away from a conference championship. The kids have so much to be proud of and I hope they have enjoyed the ride this year. Isabell Bontekoe, Aspen LaGrow, and Lexi Salisbury, our three senior captains, have been with me all four years, that I have been here, and all have taught me so much, each in their own way."

Marion had 18 student-athletes in the 9-12 program this year.

"This included new students, as well as some that came back after sitting out the last few seasons," Lagrow said. "With the addition and influx of new players came a few challenges that we were able to learn from. Higher expectations, playing time, different roles from last year, and a different mix of personalities, all presented some hurdles we were able to work through. I was glad to see we improved as the season went on, which is credit to the kids' hard work.

"Next season, a lot of teams are returning a lot of talented athletes once again, including conference champion, Walkerville, which returns everyone. Marion is losing a lot of productivity, but if the kids step up and commit to improving over the off-season, these girls should be able to contend to once again be at the top of the conference."