Lady Owls win ninth straight district title

Friday, October 8, 2021
Celebrating the Lady Owls’ ninth straight team district title are (from left) assistant coach Dustin Blankenship, Fawna Hopson, Karsyn King, Avery Evans, Holly Huston, Alizah Russell, Bailey Kueker and head coach Haley Tietz.
Photo contributed by Haley Tietz

A season of growing for a Marshall girls’ tennis team which returned only one starter from last year has been rewarded with the program’s 34th playoff appearance.

The Lady Owls beat Higginsville on its own courts Wednesday to earn the Class 1, Team District 14 Tournament by a 5-1 margin, their ninth consecutive championship. That may salve their wounds at seeing a string of NCMC titles end at 11.

Marshall won two of three doubles, with the only pair with a prior match together was freshman Avery Evans and sophomore Alizah Russell, which won the Individual District 14 gold medal Saturday. They blanked the Lady Huskers, 8-0, while senior Karsyn King and sophomore Holly Huston won by an 8-1 count.

Higginsville (11-4) kept its hopes alive with a win at No. 3, 8-6, behind sophomore Alyssa Hoefer and junior Elizabeth Ratliff, but King (6-1, 6-1), Evans (6-2, 6-1) and Huston (6-1, 6-2) swiftly swept through singles to claim the crown.

The Lady Owls (9-6) remain at home Saturday to host the Individual Section 8 Tournament, four matches with the winners advancing to the MSHSAA Championships at Springfield on Oct. 23. The Team Section 3 meet will be Monday at Marshall, which faces Bishop LeBlond of St. Joseph in the first round.

Cross Country

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS — The Marshall cross country team claimed five medals Tuesday at the Excelsior Springs Invitational.

The Lady Owls placed eighth as a team with three girls medaling, led by freshman Eliza Papreck in 30th place. Junior Jaedyn Borja, only one second shy of her personal record, and senior Courtney Holland arrived together — both medaling in 36th and 37th place.

Seniors A-Quila Thomas and Kenya Maqueda also finished in order in 55th and 56th place.

The Marshall boys didn’t have enough entries for a team score, but two medaled: senior Will Van Vactor (26th) and junior Nicholas Shireman (39th). Seniors Nick Toliver (45th) and Gabe Reyes (50th) were close behind.

The Owls have a long layoff before the NCMC Championships, Oct. 16 at Kirksville.

Girls’ Golf

The Marshall girls’ golf team closed out the regular season Monday with a narrow 197 to 199 home loss to Salisbury.

Senior Leah Weaver led the Lady Owls with a 45, finishing in second place four strokes behind senior Gwen Wilkey. Junior Karsyn Fuchs was only two shots behind at 47, with sophomore Carlee McGraw (50) and junior Jada Lance (57) rounding out the team score. Sophomore Adriana Hammer matched her best nine-hole score at Indian Foothills Golf Course with a 58.

Marshall heads to Moberly on Monday for the Class 2, District 2 Tournament.

Volleyball

The young Marshall volleyball team achieved a measure of progress Tuesday during a 25-22, 25-13, 13-25, 25-10 NCMC home loss to Fulton.

The third game was the first time this season the Lady Owls have won a game in seven NCMC matches. Sophomore Ella Verts and senior Bella Brandt combined for 13 of the team’s 21 kills.

Marshall dropped 10 aces in on the Lady Hornets (6-8, 4-1 NCMC), five from junior Jazzy Williams. Brandt and sophomores Linzi Boedeker and Ava Shepad each blocked a pair of shots.

The Lady Owls (1-16, 0-7) played a non-conference match Thursday at Boonville.

Softball

Freshman Riley Wilkinson pitched a three-hitter, allowing only one earned run and striking out eight, but it wasn’t good enough for the Marshall softball team Thursday during a 3-2, eight-inning NCMC home loss to Moberly.

That Lady Spartans also got a strong performance in the circle from senior Madysson Klostermann. Neither of the runs she surrendered were earned ad she fanned seven. Moberly had beaten the Lady Owls, 2-1, earlier in the season.

Junior Kennedy Messer singled to lead off the game and scored on a dropped fly ball to put the Lady Spartans in front, but Marshall tied the score in the second when sophomore Makenna Parker doubled and came in on a passed ball.

A walk, error and bunt let Moberly regain the lead in the sixth. Two errors and a sacrifice bunt by junior Kylie Dickinson let the Lady Owls extend the contest with a run in the seventh.

A walk set up junior Macy White for a go-ahead double in the top of the eighth and Klostermann pitched around a lead-off single by senior Paige Klinge in the bottom half to nail down the win for Moberly (12-11, 5-5 NCMC).

Marshall (6-17, 2-8) will try to snap a seven-game skid when they conclude the regular season Monday at Carrollton.

Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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