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RECAP: Free Throws Fuel Otsego Boys, Marshall Girls Roll

The Otsego boys basketball team won at Marshall 80-60 and the Marshall girls earned a 54-24 victory Thursday.   The Bulldog boys were an outstanding 39-44 from the free throw line, allowing them to pull away in a foul-infested fourth quarter and give Marshall its first loss.   Meanwhile, the Redhawk girls were dominant throughout.

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Otsego huddles during a timeout.

Neither team had a decisive advantage in the first half, with the largest lead staying within two possessions.   The explosive Otsego offense, averaging 72.6 points per game coming in, had to find other scorers as they were without leading-scorer Zak Lukas.  Marshall held a 14-13 lead entering the second quarter and were ahead by five entering the final three minutes of the second.  However, the Bulldogs took a 31-28 lead into halftime, getting a three-pointer from Will Eldred in the closing seconds after the shot bounced high off the rim.

Otsego never surrendered the lead in the second half, although a tight third quarter only pushed the lead to 49-43.  Fouls picked up significantly in the fourth quarter, including four Marshall technical fouls.   The turning point came midway through the frame as a shooting foul on Jack Luciani also prompted technicals after the play from his brother Jeremy and Marshall head coach Doug Riegel.

Charles Woodhams would make all six free throw attempts, pushing the Bulldogs ahead by double-digits.  He would make four more on later technicals and finish with a 14-14 mark at the line, getting 23 total points.   Eldred was also flawless at the foul line, his 12-12 pushed him to 18 points.    Jack Luciani topped Marshall with 18.

Both boys squads move to 5-1 following the game.   It was the first time in their three late-December meetings that the road team was the victor.   The Bulldogs return to play on January 9 at Edwardsburg, while Marshall travels to Jackson Lumen Christi on January 5.

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Marshall led almost all of the girls game.  Otsego’s girls were also missing a key cog with an injury to Grace VerHage.   The Redhawks started with a 4-0 run, which Otsego matched.  From there, Marshall finished the first quarter with a 13-3 advantage and built up a 39-17 score by halftime.  Morgan Tatrow topped Marshall with 16 points.   Nine players scored for the Redhawks.   Mattison Rayman was Otsego’s top scorer with six.

The Marshall girls move to 3-4 with the win and drop Otsego to 5-3.   The Redhawks have now beaten the Bulldogs five times in three seasons.   Marshall travels to Jackson Lumen Christi on January 5 with Otsego hosting Edwardsburg on January 9.

Listen back to Thursday’s games below:




PREVIEW: Marshall Meets Otsego Thursday

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Listen live Thursday evening on the Slocum Sports Network to boys and girls varsity basketball between the Marshall Redhawks and Otsego Bulldogs.  The girls varsity is set for around 6 p.m. with the boys around 7:30 p.m.  It’s the third consecutive season that these schools will be meeting in late December.

In the boys contest, Marshall enters the boys game at 5-0, scoring 60 points per game and allowing 45.5.  Otsego sits at 4-1 with an impressive 72.6 points per game, while allowing 61.2 per contest.   Last season at Otsego, the Bulldog boys grabbed a 69-50 win.   Two seasons ago at Marshall, the Redhawks won 71-40.

The Otsego girls enter Thursday at 5-2, scoring 51.8 points per game and allowing 35.1.   Marshall is only 2-4, but they’ve had an incredibly strong schedule with a combined record at 34-3.  The Redhawks have scored 35.5 points per game and allowed 41.6 thus far.   Marshall is 4-0 against Otsego over the last two seasons, winning both regular season meetings and two Regional semifinal games.

Listen live to Thursday’s games online on the Slocum Sports Network.   The girls as set for around 6 p.m. with the boys around 7:30 p.m.

RECAP: #7 Coldwater Claims District Title in Overtime Against #6 Marshall 3-2

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The seventh-ranked Coldwater Cardinals defeated the sixth-ranked Marshall Redhawks 3-2 Saturday in overtime for the District 19 boys soccer championship.  It is the first ever district title for Coldwater, flipping the script from last season with Marshall.   In 2016, Coldwater won twice in the regular season, only for the Redhawks to win in the postseason.   This year, the Cardinals took the district match, despite losing twice in the regular season.

Coldwater scored the opening goal after 10:15 of play with Mohamed Nagi scoring on an assist from Jon Brownell.  94 seconds before halftime, the Redhawks found Brett Swaton off a corner kick to even it up.   The game stayed locked at 1-1 until 5:05 remained in the second half.

The Cardinals took the lead on a penalty kick, set up after Marshall goalkeeper Jack Vezmar earned a yellow card on a foul in the box.   Ahmed Saied put the PK to the his left post by Brandon Face to put Coldwater ahead.   However, the Redhawks tied the contest with 57 seconds remaining.    Someone for Marshall was able to tap it just in after a wild exchange at the goal line, including a collision for Coldwater keeper Balal Nasser.  After a delay and arguments from both sides, the goal stood and the game went into overtime at 2-2.

With 5:19 left in the second overtime period, Coldwater scored what would be the game winning goal.  A Nasser Nagi shot hit the post, deflecting to Nasser’s brother Mohamed for his second goal of the game and ninth of the season.

Both Coldwater and Marshall’s overall record moves to 20-3-1 following the match.   Coldwater finishes with a home record of 10-0-1.   It was the final match for Redhawk seniors Brandon Face, Reed Shivley, Ashton DeLong, Trace Reincke, and Ben Woodworth.    Coldwater advances to the Regional Semifinal at Marshall Tuesday at 7 p.m. against top-ranked and unbeaten Dexter.   Check back later to the Slocum Sports Network Sunday evening to see if we’ll be broadcasting that Regional.

Listen back to Saturday’s match below:

PREVIEW: #6 Marshall Heads to #7 Coldwater For District 19 Final

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Listen live online Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to the MHSAA District 19 boys soccer championship with the Coldwater Cardinals hosting the Marshall Redhawks.   The winner advances to the Regional Semifinal round at Marshall Tuesday against either top-ranked Dexter or 13th-ranked Tecumseh.

This will be the third meeting this year between Marshall and Coldwater with the previous two both hosted and won 2-1 by the Redhawks.   The first meeting came on August 31 and the second meeting was October 12 in the Interstate 8 Conference Gold Cup championship.     Last season, Coldwater won twice in the regular season, only for Marshall to grab a 2-1 overtime win in the district semifinal.

Marshall, ranked sixth in the final Division 2 Coaches Association poll, moved to 20-2-1 overall following their district tournament wins over Western (2-1) and Charlotte (6-0).   They are the defending district champions, getting knocked out by eventual state champion Mattawan in the Regional Semifinal last season.

Coldwater, seventh in the Division 2 poll, is 19-3-1 following wins over Jackson Northwest (7-0) and Mason (2-0).   On their home field, they are 9-0-1, the lone draw coming against Mattawan.  Despite numerous winning seasons recently, the Cardinals haven’t won a district championship in the 21st century.

Listen live to Saturday’s match online on the Slocum Sports Network with kickoff scheduled for 11 a.m. at Coldwater High School.

RECAP: #6 Marshall Holds Off Western 2-1

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Jeremy Luciani (#22) scored both Marshall goals Tuesday.

The sixth-ranked Marshall Redhawks downed the Western Panthers 2-1 Tuesday, advancing the semifinals of District 19.  The win kept Marshall’s home record flawless at 10-0-0 and moves them to 12-0-1 in their last 13 matches.

The Redhawks did find themselves in an unfamiliar spot one minute in, trailing at home.   A duffed free kick led to a turnover and quick goal by David Duston only 40 seconds into the match.   Marshall evened the contest in the 13 minute as Jake Lyon perfectly fed Jeremy Luciani into the goal box.  In the 36th minute, Luciani scored his 22nd goal of the season and put Marshall ahead into the break.

The Redhawks dominated possession the second half and gave Western very few chances to reply.  Unofficially. Redhawk goalkeeper Jack Vezmar made five saves while Western’s Gavin Pluta made 10 saves, including a few big ones in the second half to keep the game at 2-1.

Western’s season ends with a record of 10-9-1.   Marshall improves to 19-2-1 and meets Charlotte in the District 19 semifinal Thursday at 5 p.m. from Coldwater High School.   Charlotte survived a late rally and won in overtime 5-4 over Eaton Rapids in their first round match.   On the other side of the bracket, seventh-ranked Coldwater crushed Jackson Northwest 7-0, setting up Coldwater against Mason in the other semifinal.

Listen back to Tuesday’s game below:

PREVIEW: Marshall Hosts Western in First Round Postseason Match

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Listen live online Tuesday at 6 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network as the Marshall Redhawks host the Western Panthers in a District 19 first round boys soccer match.   The winner moves to the semifinal Thursday at Coldwater against either Charlotte or Eaton Rapids, while the loser sees their season end.

Marshall enters at 18-2-1, coming off an Interstate 8 Conference Gold Cup championship win Thursday over seventh-ranked Coldwater, 2-1.  It was their second 2-1 win over the Cardinals this year.    Ranked #6 in last week’s Division 2 Coaches Association poll, the Redhawks are 11-0-1 in their last 12 matches.   Marshall won the District 20 title last season, falling in the regional semifinal to eventual state champion Mattawan.

Western enters at 10-8-1 on the season, going 6-2-0 in their final eight matches.  They ended the regular season in the Interstate 8 Conference tournament third place match, falling in penalty kicks to Hastings, 6-5.  In the previous match, they gave Coldwater a fight.   After getting flattened by the Cardinals in September 8-0, the Panthers battled Coldwater to a 1-0 loss.

When Marshall and Western met in September, the Redhawks won on the road 5-2.  Of note, the Panthers are the only team this season to score multiple goals against Marshall.   Within the district, both squads hold wins over Charlotte and Jackson Northwest.   Marshall has beaten Mason, with Western losing to them.   Neither have met Eaton Rapids.

Listen live to Tuesday’s match online on the Slocum Sports Network with kickoff set for 6 p.m. from Marshall High School.

RECAP: #7 Marshall Downs Allegan 4-1

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The Marshall Redhawks grabbed a non-conference home win Saturday afternoon, defeating the Allegan Tigers 4-1.   After a fairly even first 20 minutes, the Redhawks (ranked seventh in Division 2) took control and dominated possession and opportunities the rest of the match.

Sophomore forward Jake Lyon scored the game’s first goal in the 22nd minute for Marshall.  About five minutes later, junior midfielder Carter Peek found the back of the net, giving Marshall a 2-0 halftime advantage.  In the 49th minute, Reed Shivley pushed the lead to 3-0.  Allegan’s lone score came from senior forward Jake Orr in the 74th minute.  Three minutes later, Lyon struck again for his second of the game and sixth of the season, pushing Marshall to the 4-1 final.

The Redhawks improve to 13-2-0 overall with Allegan dropping to 5-5-1.   Both have league matches ahead; Marshall hosts Hastings Tuesday and travels to Jackson Northwest Thursday for Interstate 8 play.   Allegan heads to Plainwell Monday and Sturgis Wednesday for Wolverine Conference action.

Listen back to Saturday’s game below:

PREVIEW: #7 Marshall Meets Allegan for Saturday Match

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Listen live online Saturday around 11:30 a.m. on the Slocum Sports Network as the Marshall Redhawks host the Allegan Tigers in boys soccer.   When these Division 2 squads met last season, the Redhawks were a 3-1 road victor.   Their last meeting in Marshall back in 2015 was a 1-1 draw.

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.   The Redhawks are 12-2-0 with their only losses coming to ninth-ranked Haslett and Sturgis, both in 1-0 games.  Marshall is also a perfect 4-0-0 against Interstate 8 Conference opponents.    Meanwhile, Allegan sits at 5-4-1 on the season.   They’re 2-1-0 against Wolverine Conference foes, defeating Dowagiac and Vicksburg, while losing to Edwardsburg.

Listen live to Saturday’s match online on the Slocum Sports Network.
  Kickoff is scheduled for around 11:30 a.m., pending the earlier JV game.

RECAP: Coldwater Sweeps Marshall in First Interstate 8 League Match

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The Coldwater Cardinals grabbed a road sweep at Marshall Wednesday, defeating the Redhawks 25-7, 26-24, 25-23.   Coldwater had a balanced attack, led unofficially with 11 kills from Tyler Scheid.  Malorie Rzepka had eight, followed by Jasmine Wellet with seven.  Mackenzie Benham topped Marshall with seven.

Coldwater dominated the first set and held firm throughout a fairly back-and-forth second set.  Marshall rallied from a seven-point hole in the third to even it at 23-23, but ultimately the Cardinals survived to take the first match of Interstate 8 Conference play.

Coldwater moves to 15-2-2 overall and Marshall drops to 15-11.   The Redhawks return to action next Wednesday at Parma Western, with Coldwater heading to Portage Northern Saturday.    Listen back to Wednesday’s match below:

PREVIEW: Marshall Hosts Coldwater to Start Interstate 8 Schedule

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Listen live online Wednesday evening on the Slocum Sports Network to high school volleyball as the Marshall Redhawks host the Coldwater Cardinals.   Last season, Coldwater won their regular season match (3-0) and Interstate 8 tournament match (2-0) against Marshall.  Two seasons ago, the Redhawks won all three meetings against the Cardinals.

It’s the first I-8 league match for both teams, although both hold non-conference tournament wins over league foes.   Marshall knocked off longtime district nemesis Harper Creek last week in the Portage Central mini tournament.  The Redhawks went 6-0 and won the Mason Invitational Saturday, pushing them to 15-10 overall.   Last week’s Class B poll from Michigan High School Volleyball Insider has Marshall ranked 5th, while the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association poll places Marshall 6th.

Coldwater is 14-2-2 overall and listed as a “team to watch” in the loaded Class A field.   Three weeks ago, they took second in the massive Cereal City tournament, only losing to top-ten ranked Bedford in the gold bracket final.   The Cardinals return four All-Region selections from 2016, while Marshall brings back two.

Listen live online to Wednesday’s match on the Slocum Sports Network with first serve scheduled for 6:30 p.m.. pending the earlier JV match.