MHS Round-up: Owls second at St. Mary's meet
LIBERTY -- For the second year in a row, Marshall's Michael McCampbell and Jeremy Glassmaker took the top two spots in the St. Mary's Invitational to open the cross country season Saturday at Liberty.
However, the seniors' performances weren't enough for the Owls to repeat as meet champions, Excelsior Springs jumping ahead, 55 to 68 points. Marshall had only three starters back in the lineup from a year ago.
McCampbell (16:52) lowered his previous time on the course by 1:04 and Glassmaker (17:14) beat last year's mark by 45 seconds. Junior Alex Jones (18:02) was the Owls' only other top-10 finisher, placing eighth. Sophomore Jacob Diehm (19:19) in 28th place and senior Nathan Lockhart (19:45) in 36th rounded out the Owls' scoring.
Fourth last year, junior Madison Marshman (21:45) cut a minute off her time to come in sixth for the Marshall girls -- who were fifth out of seven full squads with 94 points. All-state junior Terry Phillips set the course record at 19:46 to lead St. Mary's to the title.
Her first outing in the sport by sophomore Regan Hartley (22:38) produced an 11th-place finish. Sophomore Laura Musick (23:51) came in 24th, junior Chelsea Norman (24:17) was 32nd and senior Brittaney Wade (25:25) placed 50th for the Lady Owls.
Marshall will take part in the Central Missouri State University Invitational Friday at Warrensburg.
Marshall 12, Moberly 0
MOBERLY -- The first NCMC opponent for the Marshall girls' tennis team suffered the same fate as the previous three foes: a shutout loss.
The Lady Owls ran their string of individual victories to 39 matches Tuesday with a 12-0 whitewash at Moberly. In the process, Marshall blanked the Lady Spartans (0-3, 0-2 NCMC) 10-0 in five tilts: sophomores Kelsey Franklin, Amy Durham and Courtney Henley in singles and the combos of Franklin and senior Duyen Van and sophomore Jenny Gilpin and junior Bre Clemens.
Van (10-1) and junior Sydne Parkhurst (10-2) also won their singles matches easily, although sophomore Ali Brandt (10-6) had a tougher time. The teams of Durham-Henley, Parkhurst-Brandt and senior Rebecca Morton and junior Linzi Bedsoe were 10-2 winners -- with sophomore Chere Wright and freshman Kim Van posting a 10-3 doubles decision.
The Lady Owls (4-0, 1-0), who send their junior varsity team to Helias Thursday, will stage a "hit-a-thon" to raise money for the relief of Hurricane Katrina victims from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday at the MHS courts.
Grain Valley 2, Marshall 1
Grain Valley's strong defense at the net frustrated the host Marshall volleyball team Tuesday, which lost for the first time this season, 25-20, 19-25, 30-28.
"Net errors, missed serves and generally 'off' passes combined for a rough night," explained Owls head coach Becky Harrold. "Grain Valley (2-1) had some great blocking, putting several in a row right back in our faces."
While some of Marshall's chief weapons had below-par performances, others stepped up. Sophomore Cortni Ervin had 12 kills and four blocks and junior Megan Austin recorded 13 assists and six digs. Seniors Nikki Cooley and Abby Perkins and juniors Rachel Keller and Becca Richardson each made seven saves.
The Lady Owls (3-1) are off the rest of the week, with a trip to Knob Noster set for Monday.