PREP SPORTS ROUNDUP: Marshall girls place third, boys eighth at Section 2AA meet
MINNETRISTA — The Marshall boys and girls cross country teams wrapped up their seasons at the Section 2AA meet on Tuesday at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista. Both teams were able to end the season with a Top 8 finish in the 17-team section, with the girls team placing third and the boys team taking eighth.
On the girls side, Marshall took third with a team score of 85. Waconia took first with a score of 48, followed by Chanhassen in second (74) and Mankato East in fourth (108).
Marshall was led by Miracle Tucker with a 10th-place time of 20:04.8, followed by Allyson Sample in 11th with a time of 20:07.7 and Bellamy Sukalski in 15th with a time of 20:21.3. Taleigha Bigler took 19th (20:40.5), Cameen McFarquhar took 30th (21:23.3), Anna DeGroot took 39th (21:49.1) and Gracelyn Foster took 52nd (22:22.1) to round out their times.
Marshall girls coach Marie Sample said their team was a little disappointed with their finish, but added she was extremely proud of the way they competed all season.
“The girls were a little disappointed with their finish but it was a great season and they gave a wonderful effort and I’m super proud of them,” coach Sample said. “We usually are able to prep and get into larger meets during the season but because of COVID-19 couldn’t do that, which we understand. We’re super thankful for the meets we did have this year. It’s been a lot of fun to watch them grow all season long.”
A bright spot for Marshall on the girls side is that they are returning all of their runners. Coach Sample said they were already getting excited thinking about next season and is looking forward to having her team come back and make another strong push.
“It’s going to be great. They were already talking after meet and they said ‘We’re going to knock this out of the park next year.’ They’re a hardworking group and are so coachable; they execute their plan and did that here to the best of their ability, I just think they were running on tired legs,” coach Sample said. “This group really made the most of this season and the older kids have done a great job of mentoring the younger group. Hopefully we’ll be able to have a track season and then next fall really go after it.”
On the boys side, Marshall took eighth with a team score of 211. Buffalo took first with a score of 45, followed by Chanhassen in second (118), Delano in third (132), Mankato East in fourth (152), Worthington in fifth (158), Chaska in sixth (169) and Shakopee in seventh (210).
Marshall was led by Owen Holmberg with a 15th-place time of 17:28.5, followed by Zach Leibfried in 16th with a time of 17:29.5 and Sam Deutz took 39th with a time of 18:19.4. Josh Leibfried took 60th (18:49.9), Ethan Bly took 81st (19:14.7), Ashton Schnaser took 99th (19:52.3) and Landon Wherry took 104th (20:10.6) to round out their times.
Marshall boys coach Brian Leibfried said they knew after competing in the Big South Conference championships on Saturday that it would be a challenging task to compete at sections, but was proud of their overall effort as a group against the top teams.
“With the short turnaround from Saturday’s BSC meet, we knew it was going to add an extra level of concern and we couldn’t be more proud of the effort of the team,” coach Leibfried said. “Everyone gave it their all and it was nice to see us battle for spots down the final stretch.”
Marshall graduates four seniors on the boys side, including Wherry, Brett Regnier, Schnaser and Holmberg. Coach Leibfried said all of them had a huge impact on their program and their leadership will be missed.”
“We are going to miss our seniors and we thank them for not only what they provided in our results, but also for the leadership they provided throughout their time in the program,” coach Leibfried said. “We are also thankful that we were able to complete our season and give a ton of credit to the boys for the extra efforts they made to keep us healthy throughout.”
Prep girls soccer
WASECA — The Marshall girls soccer team fell to Waseca 4-0 in the Section 2A tournament on Tuesday.
Waseca jumped out to an early lead with a goal in the 8th minute before pushing its advantage to 2-0 with 28 minutes left in the first half. The Bluejays then made it 3-0 with 17:17 to go in the opening frame, which held until halftime.
Waseca then added a goal with a couple of minutes to go to bring it to the 4-0 final.
With the loss, Marshall’s season comes to an end. Marshall finished with an overall record of 3-6.
RTR 3, RCW 0
RENVILLE — The Russell-Tyler-Ruthton volleyball team defeated Renville County West 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-16) on Tuesday.
Abby Carr led the way for RTR with 10 kills while Ella Hesse added seven. Hesse led in digs with nine while Maddi Wendland added eight and McKinley Schreurs led in set assists with 14 while Kyah Ellefson added eight.
RTR will face CMCS on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.
A/E 3, WWG 0
ADRIAN — The Westbrook-Walnut Grove volleyball team fell to Adrian/Ellsworth 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-14) on Tuesday.
Bethany Byers led the way for WWG with five kills while Olivia Klumper and Kelsey DeSmith each added four. Emma Wahl led in digs with 36 while DeSmith added eight and Lexi Herding led in set assists with seven.
WWG will face HLO/Fulda on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.
YME 3, DB 1
DAWSON — The Dawson-Boyd volleyball team fell to Yellow Medicine East 3-1 (15-25, 20-25, 26-24, 11-25) on Tuesday.
Ella Johnson led the way for DB with 12 kills while Ayiana Hastad added seven. Hastad also led in digs with 14 while Tarah Johnson added 11 and Kyndall Franzky had 10. Chelsie Husby led in set assists with 14 while Franzky added 13.
Alli Steffen and Ruby Bones led the way for YME with nine kills each while Shelby Mortenson added eight. Yansi Flores led in digs with 22 while Steffen and Kiara Sakry each added 20. Aria Peters led in set assists with 16 while Alexis Smith added 15.
DB will face TMB on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. while YME will face KMS on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.
RRC 3, HBC 1
HILLS — The Red Rock Central volleyball team defeated Hills-Beaver Creek 3-1 (25-19, 20-25, 25-19, 25-15) on Tuesday.
Karli Arkell led the way for RRC with 18 kills while Nicole Schroepfer added 17. Bianca Weis led in digs with 42 while Nora Hemmingsen led in set assists with 21 and Schroepfer added 19.
RRC will face SWC on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.
KMS 3, Canby 1
KERKHOVEN — The Canby volleyball team fell to Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-27) on Tuesday.
Gabby Harding led the way for Canby with 14 kills while Maya Wente added 11. Kyla Rangaard led in digs with 21 while Paige Nelson led in set assists with 22 and Rachel Harding added 19.
Canby will face LQPV on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.
HLO/Fulda 3, MCC 0
SLAYTON — The Murray County Central volleyball team fell to Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-18) on Tuesday.
Bryn Hoekman led the way for MCC with six kills while Emily Rohrer added five. Kylie Frisk led in digs with eight while Camdyn Kluis and Sophie Larson each added two aces.
MCC will face MLA/Comfrey on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.
TMB 3, CMCS 0
PRINSBURG — The Tracy-Milroy-Balaton volleyball team defeated CMCS 3-0 (25-10, 25-7, 25-15) on Tuesday.
Jadyn Lessman led the way for TMB with seven kills while Kylie Hensch added six and Camille Dolan had four. Margaret Dolan led in digs with 17 while Maddi Langerock led in set assists with 31.
TMB will face Dawson-Boyd on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.