Owls retain NCMC championship
KIRKSVILLE -- The Marshall boys' tennis team lost a lot of experience from last year's team, but that didn't keep it from winning its third straight league title.
The Owls placed five entries into the finals Friday during the NCMC Tournament at Kirksville, winning three of them, to out-scored Boonville -- which had beaten them in the season-opening dual -- 52 to 49 points.
Marshall's top two players defended their gold medals, although switching positions from a year ago. Senior Jalal Alhamzawi was the second seed at No. 1 singles, but won all three matches -- downing Kirksville senior Rusian Pultz in the finals.
Seeded first at No. 2 singles, senior Isaac Summers got a first-round bye before winning two matches -- including the title tilt against sophomore Bennett Hoshaw of the Tigers.
Senior Hunter Repp was the fifth seed at No. 5, but ran through his opponents three times -- including a 10-7 upset of the No. 1 seed, Kirksville senior Reza Hamidi, in the semifinal round. Repp cruised through the finals with a 10-3 win over Boonville junior Gabe Rumbaoa.
The Owls had two silver medalists: junior Zach Baker won his first two matches before being nipped by Fulton senior Grant Hendricks, 10-8, for the No. 4 singles championship and the No. 2 doubles team of senior Gilberto Tapia and freshman Broderick Crawford took two bouts before dropping a 10-4 decision to the Hannibal duo of freshman Ethan Bross and junior Luke Boyd.
Coming in third for Marshall, and thus earning all-conference recognition, was senior Will Raines at No. 3 singles, senior Luke Jackson at No. 6 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of sophomores Wyatt Repp and Francisco Camacho. The Owls' No. 3 doubles combo of senior Dumas Zecena and freshman Gabe Myers won its first matches -- giving the team an opening-round sweep -- but lost the next two to finish fourth.
Marshall began play in the Class 1, District 13 Tournament on Tuesday with a 5-0 victory over Sacred Heart and will host Higginsville for the title Wednesday. A report on both matches is coming Friday.
NEW BLOOMFIELD -- The third try was the charm for Marshall junior Evan Weaver.
Weaver had reached the sectional round during his first two years on the boys' varsity golf team, but had been stopped short of state. Monday, he punched his ticket during the Class 3, Section 3 meet at New Bloomfield.
Weaver had four pars and a birdie at the par-five No. 7 hole on the front nine and came in with five pars and a birdie on another par-five, No. 11, to finish in a three-way tie for fourth place with a six-over-par 78.
Senior Grant Maupin had five pars on his way to a 92 -- by six strokes his best score during his third tournament of the season on Meadow Lake Acres Golf Course -- for 35th place. Senior Steven Sims was steady, with the same scores going out and coming in, for a 94 and junior Logan Evans had a wild ride to his 96 -- with a team-high three birdies.
Although not factoring in the team tally, senior Grant Mach shot a 99.
Sophomore Jack Rundle won the gold medal by two strokes with a two-over 74 for Helias, which captured the team title, 311 to 319 points over Logan Rogersville. Marshall was fifth with 360 points.
Weaver will compete Monday and Tuesday in the MSHSAA Championships at Sedalia.
MOBERLY -- The Marshall girls' soccer team got a pair of late goals from senior Katie Miles to snap a three-match losing streak with a 4-2 NCMC victory at Moberly.
The teams traded goals through the first 70 minutes, but the Lady Owls never trailed. Sophomore Taylor Bellamy connected off a pass from sophomore Kassidy Heying to put Marshall on the board in the 29th minute, but the Lady Spartans tied it two minutes later on a shot by sophomore Karime Castillo.
Heying struck for her team-high 25th goal in the 21st minute of the season half, but again the Lady Owls were only ahead eight minutes before freshman Sydney Cleavinger got the equalizer for Moberly (1-18, 0-12 NCMC).
This time, Marshall answered quickly, taking only two minutes before Miles -- the school's career scoring leader -- found the mark. Just for insurance, Miles got her 18th goal of the season with three mnutes remaining, sophomore Susana Zelaya with the assist.
Junior Rileigh Massey had eight saves for the Lady Owls (10-11, 6-5), who held a 25-10 advantage in shots on goal. They will be on the road Wednesday for a non-conference contest at Warrensburg.
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