Lady Owls win seventh straight district title

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Sophomore Karsyn King's singles win clinch the Lady Owls' seventh straight district championship. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

For the seventh year in a row, and 32nd time in the last 33 seasons, the Marshall girls' tennis team has made the playoffs.

The top-seeded Lady Owls wrapped up the Class 1, Team District 13 Tournament championship on their home court Monday with a 5-0 decision over No. 2 seed Warrensburg.

Two days after sweeping in singles during the Individual District 13 Tournament at Warrensburg, seniors Carlie Aldredge and Hannah Pomerenke got the Birds off to a strong start with an 8-0 victory over seniors Rachel Beymer and Brooke Barker, the district doubles winners.

Senior K.K. Elfrink and junior Maricela Cruz enjoyed a moment of satisfaction with an 8-6 victory against senior Sadie Misner and sophomore Jessica Snare, the Lady Tiger (10-2) duo which knocked them out of contention in the district semifinals -- relegating the Marshall pair of third place. The Lady Owls completed the doubles sweep behind sophomore Karsyn King and junior Lakeshia Thomas with an 8-5 decision.

Aldredge got the first of the Lady Owls' two needed singles win with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Beymer. King concluded the match by beating senior Morgan Starbuck, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 5, barely beating Thomas to the punch. Marshall's No. 6 player was at match point with a 6-1, 5-4 (40-15) lead when play was stopped.

The Lady Owls (14-1) will head to Kansas City on Saturday for the Section 4 meet, with their first opponent being Chillicothe -- which they beat 9-0 two weeks ago.

Meanwhile, Marshall's two entries return to Warrensburg on Wednesday for the individual sectional, with the winners of the rounds between they and two Chillicothe girls advancing to the MSHSAA Championships at Springfield on Oct. 25.

Girls' Golf

KIRKSVILLE -- Two of the three Marshall girls' golfers entered in the Cass 1, Section 3 Tournament on Monday medaled to qualify for the state tournament next week.

Senior Hannah Hartwig finished sixth with a score of 100 on the Kirksville Country Club course, making the state cut for the third year in a row. Senior Brylee Dierking will be making her first appearance at state after tying for 11th place with a 106.

The third Lady Owl in the field, senior Mckinlie Bethel, was playing in the sectional for the first time. She shot 116 to finish in a tie for 25th place, missing the cut by six strokes.

Kirksville senior Abigail Boyer, the NCMC Tournament champion, fired an 80 to win the meet by four shots as her team placed second to Palymyra, 424 to 443 points.

Hartwig and Dierking will play Monday and Tuesday in the MSHSAA Class 1 Championships at Fremont Hills Golf Course in Nixa.

Softball

The Marshall softball team closed the regular season Monday with a 4-1 NCMC home loss to Moberly.

Senior Lauren Koenig, who shut out the Lady Owls during the previous meeting Sept. 19, came close to doing it again, allowing only five hits and striking out five. However, through five innings, freshman Makenna Parker was her match -- holding the Lady Spartans scoreless.

That all ended in the top of the sixth, when Moberly (7-15, 2-8 NCMC) got a leadoff single from Koenig and triple by freshman Kennedy Messer to crack the goose egg on the scoreboard. That may have been it, but Marshall's defense faltered -- with errors allowing three runs to score without an additional hit.

The Lady Owls got a solo homer from junior Abbie Marshall with two outs in the sixth, but were unable to pull closer. Junior Anna Bergstrom -- who had doubled in the second before being thrown out at the plate on a grounder -- singled with two outs in the seventh, only to be stranded.

Marshall (10-13, 3-7) heads to Moberly for the Class 3, District 15 Tournament. The Lady Owls are seeded third, with a semifinal contest Wednesday against No. 2 seed Chillicothe.

Boys' Swimming

KEARNEY -- Two of the three Marshall boys swimming Tuesday in the Blue Springs South quadrangular meet set personal records.

Freshman Charlie Guthrey lowered his time in the 60-yard freestyle (29.22 seconds) by .70 seconds while placing 16th and freshman Nick Shireman (31.66) took .87 seconds off his best time in the same event, coming in 20th.

Guthrey also improved nearly two second during a 19th-place showing in the 100 free (1:07.49) and Shireman was sixth in the 100 backstroke (1:32.41).

Sophomore Jack Chamberlin placed 20th in the 100 free (1:14.13) and 21st in the 50 free (31.74).

The Owls travel to Sedalia on Saturday for the Joe Arbisi Invitational.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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