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Owl freshman gets first win in pool

Friday, October 19, 2012

Freshman Jesse Corkill won two events for the Marshall boys' swim team Tuesday during the Belton Quad Duals.

Those followed up his first victory, which came Saturday in the Joe Arbisi Invitational at Sedalia. In that 50-yard freestyle race, he nipped Hannibal freshman Elliot Gieseke by a mere .20 seconds to set a personal record with a time of 23.55 seconds -- only .56 seconds from reaching the state qualifying mark.

At Belton, Corkill again won the 50 free (23.68) and followed that up with a victory in the 100 free (54.72), the first time he's entered that event during his rookie campaign.

Junior Wathal Kays had a personal-best time in the 200 free (2:19.57) and came in seventh in the 100 backstroke (1:21.31).

The Owls relay team of Corkill, Kays, junior Ben Corkill and freshman Seth Layton was sixth in the 200 medley (2:31.00) and seventh in the 200 free (2:08.94).

Marshall competed in two meets last week hosted by Smith-Cotton, for which the information became available Thursday.

During an Oct. 9 triangular against Blue Springs and the host Tigers, Jesse Corkill placed second in the 50 free (24.24) and 100 breast (1:13.61) and Kays was fourth in the 50 free (26.88) and fifth in the 100 back (1:19.86) -- knocking .28 seconds off his previous best time.

The Owls weren't at full strength for the Arbisi invite, for which the program holds all but one of the individual records -- either by Mason Weber or Tyler Nichols, both all-Americans.

Besides his win, Corkill dropped his time over a second while placing fourth in the 100 back (1:03.44), while Kays sliced his personal record 2.95 seconds during an eight-place run in the 100 free (59.65).

Marshall has an 11-day hiatus before traveling to Hannibal for an Oct. 27 meet.

Girls' Golf: Sullivan earns all-NCMC medal

MOBERLY -- All five members of the Marshall girls' golf team improved their scores on Moberly's Heritage Hills course to close the season Oct. 11 with the NCMC Tournament.

Junior Lindsey Sullivan had her best career round with a 97 for fifth place to claim an all-conference medal. She birdied the par-four No. 7 hole, hit par four times and shot four bogies to lower her score from nine days earlier by nine strokes with a 97.

Freshman Margaret Miles parred at No. 5 and knocked off seven strokes with a 121. Junior Kalie Cowart also gained seven strokes at 139, while junior Caitlin Crawford's 131 showed the greatest improvement -- by 34 strokes. Freshman Sarah Bentley shaved off 11 strokes for a 158.

The Lady Owls' team score of 488 put them in fourth place in the meet, won by Moberly (383 points) behind the winning 14-over-par 84 turned in by sophomore Nichole Marquis -- who had previous won the Class 1, District 5 and Section 3 championships and would go on to place 10th at the MSHSAA Championships held Tuesday at Jefferson City.

Football: Hannibal JV 35, Marshall 21

HANNIBAL -- The Marshall junior varsity football team found itself quickly down by two touchdowns Monday at Hannibal, but played evenly the rest of the way during a 35-21 loss.

The Owls cut the home team's lead in half when junior Chris Stevenson returned a fumble 60 yards. They nearly went into the break down by only one score, thanks to an interception by sophomore Lance "Bro" Thomas, but on the final play of the half an official overruled a call of an incomplete pass in the end zone and awarded the Pirates a touchdown.

A pair of picks helped Hannibal score twice during the third period. Marshall sent in the freshman during the final frame, with Garrett Clouse following his 51-yard run with a 2-yard TD plunge and Zach Maupin firing a 10-yard scoring strike to Alex Green.

The Owls closed out the game on defense with a pair of sacks by freshman Zander Richardson.

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