Owls remain unbeaten in NCMC
The Marshall boys' soccer team knew it would get its biggest test of the NCMC campaign thus far when Boonville visited Thursday.
That was certainly the case. The Owls needed four second-half goals, including junior Zenas Foster's match-winner with seven minutes remaining, to pull out a 5-4 decision. That was a far cry from Marshall's three previous league contests, all 10-0 victories.
The Pirates (3-2, 2-1 NCMC) got two first-half goals from senior Philip Udinyiwe and another by freshman Phil Rehagen after falling behind 15 minutes into the match, Foster setting up senior Walter Montejo's 10th goal of the season. Udinyiwe connected again seventh minutes into the second half to make it 4-1.
Marshall began digging out of its three-goal deficit midway through the second half, senior Diego Umana striking twice within a two-minute span. Foster deflected a loose ball into the net to tie the match in the 72nd minute before striking again seconds later.
Marshall held a 20-11 advantage in shots on goal and 11-1 edge in corner kicks.
The Owls (6-1-1, 4-0) will head to Columbia on Saturday to take on Hickman.
HANNIBAL -- The Marshall girls' tennis team clinched the NCMC regular season dual championship Thursday with an 11-1 victory at Hannibal.
The Lady Pirates did something no other league opponent has done: won a individual contest. After five straight 12-0 wins, the Lady Owls finally surrendered a match, as senior Jaden Epker and freshman Blair Burton secured a 10-7 decision for Hannibal (5-3, 4-1 NCMC) at No. 6 doubles.
By that time, the outcome had been decided. Marshall blew through the singles duels with 10-0 shutouts for seniors Elizabeth Pomerenke and Charlotte Lines in the top two spots. Senior Jani Tobin (10-4), sophomore Maggie Sherman (10-1) and freshmen Carlie Aldredge (10-3) and Hannah Pomerenke (10-2) didn't have much trouble in their matches.
The doublebacks went to the Lady Owls behind Elizabeth Pomerenke and Lines at No. 1 (10-5), Aldredge and Tobin at no. 2 (10-0) and Sherman and Hannah Pomerenke at No. 3 (10-7).
Also winning in doubles for Marshall (8-0, 6-0) were junior Emma Mizer and senior Grace Haug at No. 4 (10-1) and freshman K.K. Elfrink and senior Vivian Buie at no. 5 (10-7).
The Lady Owls will host the Marshall Tournament, a dual triangular against Grain Valley and Palmyra, on Saturday.
The Marshall volleyball team enjoyed a quick night at home Thursday with a 25-13, 25-11 non-conference victory over Carrollton.
The Lady Owls rolled to a 20-10 lead by the end of the first rotation of the opening game, then closed the second set with a 7-0 run after holding 14-8 and 18-10 advantages.
While Marshall wasn't as efficient at the net as it would like, with a .129 attack percentage, it sunk the Lady Trojans (1-5) with its serving. The Lady Owls put 97.3 percent of its serves in play, with 14 aces -- five by sophomore Darrien Davis and three each for junior Anna Hartley and freshman Eliza Hare.
Senior Taylor Bellamy topped Marshall with nine kills, sophomore Kassidy Heying knocked down three shots and pulled up six, Hare had eight digs and Davis provided five. Hartley assisted nine of the team's 13 kills.
The Lady Owls (3-3) is set to host Sweet Springs on Monday.
RICHMOND -- In the toughest field on the toughest course it has seen this season, the Marshall girls' golf team trailed the 15-school field.
What made that palatable for the Lady Owls was the improvement they made from a year ago, taking 28 points off their team score with a 453. The three returning starters are played better, led by senior Kenzie Dunlap in a tie for 31st place with a 101. She avoided blow-up holes, with 10 bogeys and nothing over a triple-bogey with a score 13 strokes lower than last year.
Freshman Brylee Dierking had Marshall's second-best score with a 115, senior Maria Herrera sliced 10 strokes off her last tour of Shirkey Golf Course with a 117 and senior Cassie Farris took off nine shots with 120. Freshman Hannah Hartwig carded a 122.
Warrensburg senior Taylor Black won the gold medal with a two-over-par 72, six strokes ahead of the runner up. Pembroke Hill (337 points) of Kansas City defended its title with an 18-point cushion over Liberty.
The Lady Owls will be in Sedalia on Monday for the Smith-Cotton Classic.
The Marshall softball team added three more NCMC losses to its log this week.
The Lady Owls were swept during Wednesday's doubleheader at Hannibal. Senior Lauren Haye drove in four runs for the Lady Pirates, including three with a bases-loaded double in the fifth inning, for a 10-1 victory in the first game.
Hannibal (8-6, 5-2 NCMC) won the nightcap, 13-3 in five innings, as junior Olivia Pfeifer plated four runs. The Lady Pirates took charge with a six-run rally in the second.
Thursday's tilt at Marshall was tighter, with Moberly coming away with a 4-2 decision. The Lady Spartans scored two unearned runs in the first on a walk, error and sophomore Maddie Finnell's RBI single.
The Lady Owls got back one of the runs on junior Ashley Dawson's second-inning single, then tied the score in the third when sophomore Hannah Marshall doubled and came in on senior Tiara Tindell's single.
However, freshman Lauren Koenig blanked Marshall the rest of the way and the Lady Spartans surged ahead when a walk and error set the stage for a run to score on a grounder in the fourth.
Junior Karrlana Kinder singled in an insurance run for Moberly (2-8, 1-3) in the seventh.
Marshall had a pair of hits for the Lady Owls (2-8, 0-6), who play Saturday in the New Franklin Tournament.
BLUE SPRINGS -- Although the Marshall boys' swim team finished a distant fourth place Tuesday at the Blue Springs South Quad, the young club made some significant gains.
All three Owls who entered the 50-yard freestyle improved their times: sophomore Matthew Huston (32.20 seconds) by .25 second, sophomore Brenden Medcalf (34.11) by .52 seconds and freshman Brayden Medcalf (42.67) by a whopping 3.26 seconds.
Freshman Nicholas Newton was 1.29 seconds faster in the 100 backstroke (1:36.90) and sophomore Garrett Huston sliced 9.13 seconds off his time in the 100 breaststroke (1:39.08), his 11th-place finish the highest for Marshall.
The Owls will take part in a Saturday meet at Truman.