MHS Round-up: Net Owls back on winning track
The Marshall boys' tennis team could breathe a collective sigh of relief Wednesday.
Behind the Owls were three straight losses to large mid-Missouri schools -- Hickman, Helias and defending state champion Rock Bridge -- and tough matches against strong Class 1 programs Kirksville and Duchesne.
Not that visiting Warrensburg didn't pose a challenge, but the level of formidability was a little lower. Marshall won the rain-shortened non-conference contest over the Tigers, 5-0.
Senior Mac Evans didn't have too much difficulty in beating his No. 1 singles counterpart, 8-3, but it was slightly tougher for juniors Ethan Murphy, Jimmy Rector and Brandon Mullins during 8-4 victories.
Nobody had to work harder to win than junior Lucas Hart at No. 4 singles. Down 5-2 to senior Cord Luehrman, Hart reeled off six winning games in a row for an 8-5 decision.
Freshman Reece Evans, in his first varsity singles start, was tied with sophomore Nick Watson, 7-7, at No. 6 when play was halted. The doubles pairs never got onto the court.
The Owls (9-3) will be in action Monday when they host NCMC rivals Boonville and Hannibal in duals postponed from April 2.
Fulton 7, Marshall 0
FULTON -- Junior Wilson Christensen fired a one-hit shutout Wednesday as Fulton swept the NCMC season series against the Marshall baseball team with a 7-0 home win.
Junior Nathan Cato led off the second inning with a single for the Owls' lone hit.
Marshall had a better scoring chance in its previous at-bat, when sophomore John Lozano reached on an error and senior Kaleb Brashears was hit by a pitch to begin the frame. However, Christensen struck out the next two batters and disposed with a comebacker to the mound to get out of trouble.
Junior Cameron Krull doubled in a run in the Hornets' half of the second and senior Darren Jacobs and sophomore Ryan Fritz slapped RBI singles in the third.
Fulton (8-6, 5-5 NCMC) put the game away with three tallies in the fifth on senior Brent Masek's RBI single and Fritz' two-run base hit.
Freshman southpaw Aaron Skinner --with a team-best 1.31 earned-run average -- made his first start for the Owls (1-16, 0-10), tossing a complete game. Only four of the seven runs charged to him were earned.
Track & Field
Owls win three events at home relays
The Owls' sprint relay teams won twice Tuesday during the Marshall Relays, an event where all races were by quartets and field events used combined heights and distances.
Senior Marty Kays, junior Matt Buford and sophomore Tevin Parker were part of both the victorious 400-meter (44.95) and 800-meter (1:37.56) combos -- with junior Evan Johnson in the shorter one and sophomore Jayron Hughes leading off the longer race.
The 3,200 relay (8:52.44) of seniors Matt Bledsoe, Alex Jenkins and Phil Perkins and sophomore Bryson Fergison posted its best time of the season while finishing second and the long jump (51-0) trio of Johnson and sophomores Jacob Teague and Jacob Forester were third.
The Marshall boys were fourth among nine teams with 64 points, the same total as the fifth-place Lady Owls. Warrensburg (122 points) took the boys' title, while Moberly (111) was tops among girls.
The Lady Owls' victory was in the 6,400 (24:31) with a line-up of sophomores Katie Wells, Stormy Morrison and Katie Arends and freshman Arozo Shahabzada. That same group was third in the distance medley (14:33.55).
Marshall was also third in the 800 sprint medley (2:08.63) behind juniors Whitney Kelly and Kristen McCorkle and sophomores Alesha and Mercedes Parker. Although neither group was in the top three, Kelly improved her distance in the long jump (15 feet, 2 inches) and junior Kim Deutsch had her career-best pole vault (8-6).
The Owls will host the NCMC Championships on Friday, May 8.