Marion’s girls basketball team won a state title in 2010 and a Section 5 title in 2011; the girls soccer team won a state title in 2010; the boys soccer team won a Section 5 soccer title in 2010; and the boys basketball team won a Section 5 basketball title in 2011. The boys indoor track team came within two points of a Section 5 title in 2011.

Marion High School’s class of 2011 is a competitive group of young men and women. They want to win badly in interscholastic athletic events, gym class and even board games.

The students believe their competitive nature and devotion are the reasons for the class of 2011’s amazing success on the field, court and track.

“Everybody has been really determined to just win,” said senior Brittani Bove, the point guard on the basketball team and midfielder for the soccer team. “We’ve always just competed against each other no matter what. Most little girls will hang out and do their nails, but when we got together it was playing basketball and soccer, whatever we could do to get outside.”

Marion’s girls basketball team won a state title in 2010 and a Section 5 title in 2011; the girls soccer team won a state title in 2010; the boys soccer team won a Section 5 soccer title in 2010; and the boys basketball team won a Section 5 basketball title in 2011. The boys indoor track team came within two points of a Section 5 title in 2011.

District athletic director and girls soccer coach Lori DeLyser feels the class of 2011 has earned bragging rights for being Marion’s most successful athletic class.

“To win four sectional titles, two in soccer and two in basketball, and to have seven kids in indoor track that were sectional winners, that just doesn’t happen in a small school,” DeLyser said.

Marion’s graduating class consists of just 62 students, but they’ve been playing sports together since they were young, often
kicking a ball around as they watched their older siblings play.

DeLyser credited the parents for bringing their children to tournaments, games, camps and clinics. Nearly the whole town of Marion is supportive of the school’s teams.

“When we were walking out at the state title game, Brittani looks at me and says, ‘Mrs. D, the whole damn town is here,’” De-Lyser said. “We have a very good following; a lot of schools want us to come to their tournaments because we bring a big fan base for concessions and ticket sales.”

The boys and girls teams are extremely supportive of one another as well, always going to each other’s games.

“We’re pretty competitive with each other,” said Alison Campbell, a guard on the basketball team and forward on the soccer team. “The boys and girls go back and forth. I think we push each other to win more.”

Brad LeFevre, a center on the basketball team and goalie on the soccer team, said the players on the various teams are close since most of them are three-sport athletes.

“It’s not only winning sectional titles (I’ll remember), but hanging out with all the teams on the weekends, going to camps and on trips,” he said. “It’s not just the players that make it fun, but the coaches make it fun too.”

Travis DeLyser, a forward on the soccer team and point guard on the basketball team, said he’ll remember the soccer title, which was even sweeter after being on the losing end in the finals the previous two years.

Brad, Alison and Travis are all taking part in track and field this season, while Brittani is going to miss the softball season with an injury. All of the students are coming to grips with the fact that their high school athletic careers are coming to a close.

“I think looking back as I get older, I’ll know that I was able to leave a legacy here in Marion,” Brittani said. “Nobody has accomplished what we accomplished in girls sports.”

Brad is going to continue to play basketball at either St. John Fisher College in Pittsford or Cazenovia College. Alison, Travis and Brittani are all going to play soccer and basketball at Monroe Community College.

“It’s definitely going to be hard to leave, but every one of us is competitive in what we do and we’re going to go to the next level and give everything we have and hopefully we’ll be just as successful as we were here,” Travis said.

While the senior class has certainly built a legacy at Marion, they are also helping the future Black Knights, by serving as role models and coaching fourth and fifth graders.

“I’ve heard parents say they want their kids to be just like me or Travis,” Brad said. “The younger girls’ parents say they want their daughters to be just like Alison or Brittani. I think it means a lot when they tell you or your parents that their son or daughter looks up to you.”

The four teens are proud to be held in such a light by their fellow community members. However, the good-natured competition between the  seniors still comes out, even when discussing the young athletes they coach.

“Those boys are going to be good,” Travis said with a grin.