High School Sports: Weaver captures state golf medal (10/20/21)

Senior Leah Weaver rallied on the second day to medal at the MSHSAA Class 2 Championships.Chris Allen/Democrat–NewsCOLUMBIA — Marshall senior Leah Weaver was running out of chances to earn a state medal in golf Tuesday.
This was the third trip to the MSHSAA Class 2 Championships for Weaver, daughter of Lady Owls head coach John Weaver. A year ago, she came close, but out of the running with a tie for 33rd place. After Monday’s first round at the Columbia Country Club, she shared 31st place, needing to move up six spots to reach her goal.
Weaver came through Tuesday with a score of 89, which was the 16th-lowest score in the field and pushed her way up into a share of 22nd place — good enough to medal — with a 186.
Sophomore Marlene Edgeman of Marshfield has the tournament’s low score with a one-over-par 72 in the first round and had the second-best tally of 79 the next day for a 151 to win the gold medal by four strokes.
St. Louis private schools headed the meet, with Visitation Academy notching a 686- to 755-point margin over runner-up Ursuline Academy.
Girls’ Tennis
SPRINGFIELD — Marshall senior Karsyn King opened her first appearance in the MSHSAA Individual Class 1 Tournament at Springfield well, but wasn’t able to string enough wins together to get into the medal rounds.
King started out Friday with a 6-4, 6-3 first-round win over junior Emma Peper of Lutheran South in St. Louis. That out her up against St. Charles-Duchesne junior Mary Kathleen Beckemeier, who was in control of a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
In the elimination match, King battled hard against Bolivar junior Sophia Vestal, but lost a 6-2, 4-6 (10-4) contest which went to overtime.
King finished the season with a 20-8 singles record and was both the District 14 champion and NCMC silver medalist at No. 1 singles.
A pair of St. Louis seniors met for the championship, with Whitfield’s Ellior Rose defeating Maura Quigley of Ursuline Academy.
The MSHSAA Team Championships are being held this week. The Lady Owls made it to the sectional round of the playoffs before falling to Bishop LeBlond of St. Joseph.
Cross Country
KIRKSVILLE — The Marshall cross country team was blanked in the medal count Saturday during the NCMC Championships at Kirksville.
Senior Will Van Vactor gave it his best, improving his personal-best time (19:16.05) by 41 seconds, but missed a medal by one spot and nine seconds with a 15th-place showing. Junior Nicholas Shireman came in 19th, senior Nick Tolliver was 25th, senior Gabriel Reyes placed 31st and freshman Juan Hernandez 36th as the Owls scored 126 points for sixth place.
Leading the Marshall girls, who only had four entries and didn’t qualify for team honors, was freshman Eliza Papreck in 17th place. Junior Jaedyn Borja (25:45.25) cut a second from her career-best time to wind up 23rd, senior Kenya Maqueda was 28th and senior Hayleigh McKinney came in 33rd.
The Owls are competing in the Richmond Invitational on Wednesday, their final event before the district meet.
Boys’ Soccer
The Marshall boys’ soccer team ever closer to the NCMC title with Thursday’s 8-0 home win over Mexico.
Senior Erick Salmeron got the hat trick for the Owls with three goals, to go along with a pair of assists. Junior Allen Argueta and Omar Torres each scored twice, with an attack by freshman Jeison Reyes provided the second of three first-half scores.
Sophomore Emille Scanavino came up with 16 saves for the Bulldogs (3-15, 1-8 NCMC), who were out-shot 24-0.
Marshall wasn’t able to replicate that offensive output Monday at St. Paul, losing the non-conference contest, 3-1, to the Class 1 power.
The Owls struck first, five minutes into the match, when junior Jason Diaz set up Salmeron’s 13th goal of the season. However, the Saints scored twice in the final 10 minutes of the half, on shots from sophomore Luiz Santos Attie and senior Nathanim Philipos.
Junior Lars Nipen gave St. Paul (19-1) an insurance goal in the sixth minute of the second half, but it wasn’t needed.
Marshall returns home Thursday to face Tolton Catholic of Columbia.
Contact Chris Allen at callen@marshallnews.com

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