Lady Owls spend busy week on links

Friday, September 15, 2017
Sophomore Brylee Dierking picked up her second medal of the season in the California Tournament. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

The Marshall girls' golf team played 54 holes over four straight days this week, and it showed in the lower scores posted by its two most experienced players.

Sophomore Hannah Hartwig had an especially strong stretch, her performance improving by the day -- winning three medals in the process.

The week didn't begin in a cheery manner for the Lady Owls, who finished 17th out of 18 teams Monday with a team score of 454 points at the power-packed Smith-Cotton Classic. However, therein was some promise in the tallies posted by Marshall's two returning starters, as sophomore Brylee Dierking improved her score by 13 strokes from last year on the Sedalia Country Club course with a 99 and Hartwig was nine shots better than a year ago with a 101. That put both of them in the top half of the 93-entry field -- won by Notre Dame de Sion of Kansas City at 309, with freshman Megan Propeck's five-under-par 66 a dominating nine strokes lower than that of her closest competitor.

Rounding out the Lady Owls' scoring were senior Chastity Stephenson at 119 and sophomore Mckenlie Bethel at 135, with junior Lauren McComas posting a 139.

Marshall was sixth out of 12 teams at the California Tournament with 445 points, but both Hartwig and Dierking medaled. Hartwig knocked 12 stokes off her prior score on the California Country Club links with a 96 to tie for ninth place and Dierking shared 11th place with a 101, a 15-shot gain.

Bethel came in at 123 and Stephenson shot 125 to account for Marshall's team total, with junior Makenzie Mills close behind at 139.

Senior Alexandra Morningstar led New Bloomfield (383 points) to the team title with an 85, tying Sacred Heart senior Claire Sobaski for the gold medal.

Hartwig shot her best nine-hole score on Indian Foothills Golf Course on Wednesday, tying Smith-Cotton senior Taylor Fisher for medalist honors with a 49 during a dual match won by the Lady Tigers, 209 to 222 points.

Dierking was two strokes off the lead with a 51, matching her low score, with Bethel carding a 58 and Stephenson notching a 64.

Capping off the golf marathon, the Lady Owls shot 215 for second place at a home quadrangular meet won by Sacred Heart (206). St. Paul (232) and Green Ridge (236) were third and fourth respectively.

Hartwig smashed her previous low scores by nine shots with a 40, winning by eight strokes. She had her most consistent round to date, with six pars -- including on the final three holes -- and three bogeys.

Dierking kept her score down with a 52, Bethel had a 60 and McComas finished at 63 to round out Marshall's scoring. Stephenson (66) and Mills (67) had scores that were roughly their average.

The Lady Owls (2-4) are scheduled to compete Wednesday in the NCMC Tournament at Moberly.

Boys' Soccer: Marshall 5, Kirksville 0

After a pair of tough 1-0 losses to strong competition, the Marshall boys' soccer team returned to its quest at defending its NCMC championship Thursday with a 5-0 home win over Kirksville.

Sophomore Noe Medrano had the hat trick for the Owls, scoring the first of his three goals in the 14th minute on a free kick. Midway through the first half, senior Brandon Aguilar set up a scoring shot for senior Juan Hernandez.

Aguilar also played facilitator for a goal by junior Marcos Rodriguez two minutes into the second period, with Medrano converting a penalty kick a minute later. Medrano capped the scoring off a pass from Hernandez in the 19th minute.

Marshall out-shot the Tigers (4-4, 3-3 NCMC), 16-3, with sophomore Diego Umana making three saves for his fourth shutout of the season.

The Owls (6-5, 5-0) will take a 30-match conference win streak into Saturday's contest at Hannibal.

Softball: Fulton 6, Marshall 4

FULTON -- Sophomore Taylor Kettle smashed a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday to give Fulton a walk-off 6-4 NCMC win over the Marshall softball team.

Kettle also threw three innings of hitless relief to give the Lady Hornets a shot at the come-from-behind victory.

After giving up a run on a non-traditional double play in the first inning, the Lady Owls took the lead with three runs in the top of the third. Two walks and an error loaded the bases, with junior Avery Brooks delivering a two-run, two-out single and freshman Abbie Marshall following that up with an RBI single.

Fulton got a run on two hits and a bases-loaded grounder in the bottom of the third and went in front with two runs in the fifth, senior Emma Abbott coming in on a throw after a one-out single and senior Sarah Weber singled in the go-ahead run.

Marshall tied the score in the sixth when senior Lyssa Agcalon got to third base on an error, coming in on freshman Kailei Allen's infield bouncer. Senior Kendalyn Roesner led off the seventh with a single ahead of Kettle's game-winner dinger for the Lady Hornets (7-2, 6-1 NCMC).

Marshall had two hits for the Lady Owls (8-7, 2-6), who lost an 11-2 contest against Fulton three weeks earlier. They will head to Boonville on Monday.

Girls' Tennis: Marshall 8, Smith-Cotton 1

A Marshall girls' tennis player posted her first varsity singles win Wednesday during an 8-1 non-conference home victory over Smith-Cotton.

Sophomore Jeweliana Beayon won 8-4 during her first singles appearance. The Lady Owls won four other singles matches -- by an 8-4 score for sophomore Carlie Aldredge and 8-0 counts for sophomore Hannah Aldredge, junior Maggie Sherman and senior Emma Mizer.

The only win for the Lady Tigers (2-7) was a close one, sophomore Anna Slipych getting a 9-8 (7-4) overtime decision over sophomore K.K. Elfrink at No. 5.

The Marshall doubles combos of Aldredge-Pomerenke (8-3) and Sherman-Mizer (8-1) won easily, while Beayon and freshman Maricela Cruz -- the No. 4 pair in conference matches -- took an 8-5 contest at No. 3.

The Lady Owls (10-3) will return to NCMC action Friday at Fulton.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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