Category Archives: Marshall Redhawks

RECAP: Luciani Hat-Trick Pushes Marshall Over Charlotte 4-1

Digital CameraThe Marshall Redhawks downed the Charlotte Orioles 4-1 Tuesday in a rematch from last season’s district finals.   Honorable mention All-State forward Jeremy Luciani scored three of his team’s goals, including the first two of the contest.   The junior put in the game’s first score midway through the first half, then struck again with 5:12 remaining.  Three minutes later, sophomore forward Brett Swaton gave Marshall a 3-0 lead heading into halftime.

88 seconds into the second half, the Orioles scored their lone goal off the foot of Jesus Ochoa.  Marshall limited further opportunities from there and iced things with Luciani’s third goal in the 70th minute.  That puts him at five goals already through three games.

Marshall moves to 3-0 on the young season and returns to action Thursday at home against Grand Ledge.   Charlotte sits at 0-2 and faces Parma Western at home Thursday.

Listen back to Tuesday’s contest here:

PREVIEW: Marshall Plays Charlotte in District Final Rematch

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Listen live Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to high school boys soccer with the Marshall Redhawks hosting the Charlotte Orioles.  Marshall ended Charlotte’s 2016 season with a 3-1 victory in their district final at Charlotte.  The Redhawks, who went 17-4-2 overall, were eliminated in the regional semifinal by eventual Division 2 champion Mattawan.   The Orioles finished 13-6.

Marshall graduated All-State Second Team midfielder Cody Clapper as well as honorable mention defender Jeremy Quick, but do return a honorable mention selection in junior forward Jeremy Luciani.  Charlotte didn’t have any All-State selections, but put together a strong season as an independent.

The Orioles had a brief two-season tenure (2014-15, 15-16) in the Interstate 8 Conference along with Marshall, but have returned to their original home in the Capital Area Activities Conference for 2017-18.    As conference foes, Marshall beat Charlotte in all four of their meetings, including a 4-2 win in the 2014 district tournament.

Listen to Tuesday’s game live on the Slocum Sports Network from Marshall High School.   Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

RECAP: Marshall Earns Shutout, Three Rivers Wins in Extras

The Marshall Redhawks and Three Rivers Wildcats split a baseball doubleheader Tuesday at Marshall High School.   Marshall took game one in a 1-0 pitchers duel, with Three Rivers getting revenge in an eight-inning 4-2 game two victory.

The first game’s lone run came in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Redhawk catcher Patrick Draper got on via a one-out single and used aggressive baserunning to turn a fly out and error into a run.  Mason Griffith pitched a complete game shutout, allowing four hits and one walk with eight strikeouts.   Carson Charvat was strong in defeat for the Wildcats, allowing only three hits and an unearned run over six innings with three strikeouts.

In the second game, Three Rivers got a run in the first and one in the fourth, with Marshall striking in the third and fourth.  Wildcat starter Ryan Levandoski was perfect in the final four innings to keep the Redhawks at two, he finished with two hits and two walks allowed with six strikeouts over an eight-inning win.  Logan Austin went seven innings for Marshall, giving up two runs and five hits with eight strikeouts.   The Wildcats got two runs in the eighth off the bullpen on scores by Sam Hawkins and Zach Ludwick.  Hawkins finished with three hits and two runs, Carson Charvat had two RBI, one coming from a solo bomb in the fourth.

Marshall moves to 23-12 overall and ends their regular season Wednesday at Charlotte.   They begin District 48 at Coldwater on Tuesday at 5 p.m. against Harper Creek.   Three Rivers sits at 17-13 and finishes the regular season Saturday in the St. Joe County tournament at Centreville.   They host District 47 and begin the postseason Tuesday against Sturgis, which you can hear live on Michigan Sports Radio.

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PREVIEW: Marshall Hosts Three Rivers

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Listen live Tuesday on the Slocum Sports Network to high school baseball as the Marshall Redhawks host the Three Rivers Wildcats.   The doubleheader is set for a 4 p.m. start and serves as solid late-season competition for these squads ahead of postseason play in challenging districts.

Marshall enters at 22-11 overall, with an 8-2 mark in their last ten contests.   Three Rivers enters at 16-12 and will look to avenge their 9-0 defeat from when they hosted Marshall last year.    Listen to the action live on the Slocum Sports Network Tuesday starting at 4 p.m. from Marshall High School.

RECAP: Country Day Ends Marshall’s Repeat Bid

The Country Day Yellowjackets advanced to the Class B girls basketball state championship by eliminating the defending champion Marshall Redhawks 46-42 Friday evening at the Breslin Center.  The win moves Country Day to 25-1 overall and to their 16th championship appearance with chance to add a 12th title.   Marshall finishes at 23-3, ending the high school basketball careers of five tremendous seniors.

The first quarter saw eight lead changes with Marshall finishing the frame ahead, 19-17.  They had the game’s largest lead of six-points in the second and didn’t trail until Destiny Pitts sank a three-pointer at the buzzer for a 27-25 Yellowjacket halftime lead.  Country Day stayed ahead in a defensive 6-5 third quarter as both teams dealt with players in foul trouble.  The Redhawks briefly took the lead twice in the fourth quarter, but Country Day finished at the free throw line for the win.

Pitts topped the Yellowjackets with 13 points, followed by Tylar Bennett with 10.  Marshall’s Nikki Tucker and Jill Konkle scored 13 each.  They, along with fellow seniors Georgianna Pratley and sisters Carlee and Taryn Long, finish their high school basketball careers with a championship and semifinal appearance.

For Country Day to win their 12th title, they’ll have to knock off another defending state champion, as last year’s Class C winner Arbor Prep moved to 27-0 by defeating Freeland 54-47.   The Class B final is Saturday evening at 6 p.m.

Listen back to the semifinal contest below

PREVIEW: Marshall Battles Country Day in Semifinal

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Listen live Friday evening on Michigan Sports Radio to the first Class B MHSAA girls basketball state semifinal between the Marshall Redhawks and Detroit Country Day Yellowjackets.   The game is set for 6 p.m. from the Breslin Center at Michigan State University with the winner advancing to the championship Saturday at 6 p.m.

Marshall is the defending class B champion and sits at 23-2 overall.  Their 2017 postseason has mirrored their 2016 run to this point, defeating the same five teams to start; Comstock, Harper Creek, Lakeshore, Otsego, and Grand Rapids Catholic Central.  Tuesday’s 49-27 over GRCC avenged one of their two regular season losses.

For Country Day, they’re 24-1 overall with postseason victories over Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, Macomb Lutheran North, Clawson, Croswell-Lexington, Goodrich, and Detroit Mumford.  No girls basketball coach in Michigan has seen more success than Frank Orlando, who has a state-record 760 victories and 11 championships since taking over the program in 1981.   The Yellowjackets fell to Grand Rapids South Christian in the semifinals last season.  Two seasons ago, they claimed their most recent title.

Both teams have an average margin-of-victory around 28 points per game, although they’ve taken different paths to get there.   Country Day’s offense is averaging a stellar 68.1 points per game while allowing 40.2.   Marshall’s defense is holding teams to 30.5 per contest, while scoring 58.1 on average.    The Redhawk offense is led by first-team all state senior Nikki Tucker, averaging 15.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.    Country Day has two first-team all state players, led by the Class B player-of-the-year in senior Destiny Pitts and her 22.7 points per game.  The other, junior Kaela Webb, scores 14.6 per game.

Listen to the semifinal contest live on Michigan Sports Radio with tip off scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday.   The winner plays in the championship Saturday at 6 p.m. against Freeland or Arbor Prep, who meet in their semifinal at 7:50 p.m. Friday.   Both squads enter their semi at 26-0.  Arbor Prep is the defending Class C state champion, while Freeland is looking for their first ever title, having made it to the final once in 1998.

RECAP: Marshall Shuts Down GRCC 49-27, Advances to Final Four

The defending Class B girls basketball state champion Marshall Redhawks are heading back to the semifinals after defeating Grand Rapids Catholic Central 49-27 in Tuesday’s quarterfinal game at Otsego High School.  The Redhawks never trailed in the contest and started the game on a 10-4 run.   Their lead jumped to 14-6 by the end of the first quarter, 23-9 by halftime, and 39-20 for the end of the third quarter.

Marshall senior Nikki Tucker had a stellar performance, nearly outscoring the Cougars on her own with a 26 point performance.

“She was pretty darn good, wasn’t she?” said coach Sal Konkle after the game.  “She was a coach’s dream tonight.   She’s been so focused the last couple weeks.   We talked about shot fakes and she sure as heck shot-faked the heck out of them and created space for herself to score.”

Younger sister Natalie Tucker and Carlee Long each had eight points for Marshall.  Topping GRCC with eight was Shaniya Huggins.

For the second straight season, the Redhawks end the Cougars’ season in the quarterfinals.   Marshall also avenges one of their two regular season losses, as GRCC beat them in January.   The Cougars finish the year at 24-2 with Marshall moving to 23-2.    The Redhawks move to the semifinal Friday at 6 p.m. at the Breslin Center at Michigan State University.    They’ll meet second-ranked Detroit Country Day (24-1), who was a semifinalist last season.   That game is scheduled for broadcast via Michigan Sports Radio.

NOTE:  Due to unsolvable technical issues at Otsego, the broadcast of the Marshall/GRCC game has been cancelled. I am incredibly sorry and can’t apologize enough to all of those who wanted to hear this game.

It’s unbelievably frustrating to have this occur in a state quarterfinal, of all games. I strive to provide high-quality content and this is simply unacceptable. I will do everything in my power to make sure this never happens again and plan to provide great broadcasts in the future, including the semifinal on Friday.

PREVIEW: Marshall Meets GRCC in Quarterfinal Rematch

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Listen live Tuesday at 7 p.m. on Michigan Sports Radio as the Marshall Redhawks and Grand Rapids Catholic Central Cougars meet at Otsego High School in the quarterfinals of the MHSAA Class B girls basketball state tournament.  These squads met in last year’s quarterfinals with Marshall winning 41-30, en route to the program’s first state championship.

This time around, the Redhawks enter at 22-2 and were ranked sixth in the final Associated Press poll.   Marshall’s only losses came to #3 Williamston in their season opener (37-31), and to GRCC (42-34) in the East Grand Rapids Showcase on January 28.    Since that defeat, the Redhawks have won eleven consecutive games, with each victory by 20 or more points.    This includes their four postseason wins against teams with a combined 68-25 record, the same four teams they defeated to start last season’s title run.

For the Cougars, they’re 24-1 overall with the only loss coming to Muskegon Mona Shores (59-52) in their season opener.   They’ve featured stellar defense all season, allowing 30.8 points per game and only 22.8 per game in the postseason.   Since 2009, GRCC has made it to the quarterfinals seven times, winning the state title in 2010 and taking second in 2012 and 2009.

Many players from both sides are back from last season’s quarterfinal game.  Embry-Riddle commit Nikki Tucker topped all players last season with 17 points for the Redhawks.   In this season’s meeting, Marshall’s Carlee Long and GRCC’s Kyra Bussell each had 13 points.   The Cougars also had 12 points from Central Michigan commit Sophia Karasinski, who they won’t have Tuesday because of a torn ACL suffered in their regular season finale.

Listen to Tuesday’s quarterfinal live online via Michigan Sports Radio with tip set for 7 p.m. from Otsego.   The winner advances to the Breslin Center at Michigan State to play either #2 Detroit Country Day (23-1) or Detroit Mumford (18-7) in the semifinal Friday at 6 p.m.

RECAP: Marshall Downs Otsego 47-25, Sets Up Quarterfinal Rematch with #4 GRCC

The Marshall Redhawks girls basketball team defeated the Otsego Bulldogs 47-25 Thursday evening in the Regional 9 final from Three Rivers.   The defending Class B state champions led the entire way thanks to a quick start.   They began the game on a 12-2 run and took a 20-6 lead into the first quarter break.   They extended it to 29-11 by halftime.    Otsego played even with the Redhawks in the second half and even outscored them 9-6 in the third quarter, but they could never get closer than 14 points away.

“I thought the first half was outstanding,” said Marshall coach Sal Konkle.   “The second half was probably not our best performance.   I feel like we kind of played that way in the districts too.   Once we got a big lead, we didn’t really finish the second half like we played the first half, but a lot of that has to do with Otsego.  They played very physical and very hard.”

Nikki Tucker led Marshall with 13 points, closely followed by younger sister Natalie with 11.

“We got some looks, especially early on, that were great looks and looks that we’ll knock down a decent amount of the time,” said Otsego coach Tony Koshar.  “Tonight, they didn’t fall for us.  You can’t spot a team like that an 18-point lead.”
Otsego finishes 20-4 and was led by senior Erica Drobny, scoring 13 in her final varsity game.   The Bulldogs have reason for optimism though, as Drobny and Cayla Koshar are the only graduating seniors from the lineup.

“Drobny was phenomenal tonight,” said coach Koshar.  “My daughter played hard.  They’ve left a nice legacy for us.  We’re not going away.”

The Redhawks move to 22-2 on the year with their 2017 postseason run mirroring their 2016 run, defeating the same first four opponents.   They have a chance to make it five-for-five in Tuesday’s quarterfinal, facing 4th-ranked Grand Rapids Catholic Central at 7 p.m. in Otsego.  They knocked off GRCC 41-30 last season, but lost to them earlier this season 42-34 in the East Grand Rapids Showcase back on January 28.

“We didn’t have as much time to prepare for them as I would’ve liked,” said Konkle of their January meeting.   “We had a big league game (against Coldwater) the night before.   They played very, very well and we didn’t play very well.   And a lot of it was them dictating how we played.”

You can listen to the quarterfinal Tuesday at 7 p.m. live on Michigan Sports Radio.    You can listen back to Marshall vs Otsego below

RECAP: Marshall, Otsego Set For Regional Final Rematch

The Marshall Redhawks and Otsgeo Bulldogs girls basketball teams will be meeting again for the Regional 9 championship, advancing to Thursday’s final with semifinal wins Tuesday.   Marshall downed Lakeshore 71-44 with Otsego defeating Three Rivers 49-38.

Lakeshore had the game’s first basket against sixth-ranked Marshall, but their lead was very short lived.  The Redhawks roared to a 26-12 lead after the first quarter and a 44-16 advantage by halftime.   Nikki Tucker finished with 23 points for Marshall, followed by her younger sister Natalie with 10.   Sarah Dubbert topped the Lancers with 13 points, followed by 11 from Cassie Pallett and 10 from Taylor Wagner.  Lakeshore finishes the year at 18-7 while Marshall improves to 21-2.

In the second game, Three Rivers started ahead, but like Lakeshore, had the lead for a short time.   Otsego led 12-6 after the first quarter, 25-12 at halftime, and 39-24 after three.   The Wildcats made it back within nine points in the fourth quarter, but no closer.   Three Rivers freshman Hadley Miller led all players with 18 points, her team finishes 10-14.   Otsego’s top scorer was Grace VerHage, who had 12 of her 14 in the first half.   Mattison Rayman added 13 and Jaycie Callaway scored 12, all in the second half.   The Bulldogs move to 20-3 for their second consecutive 20-win season.

“On their home court, we didn’t want to fall down early,” said Otsego coach Tony Koshar.  “Early in the second half, Callaway was really good for us.  And then down the stretch, Matti really took over from the high post.”

The Regional Final rematch is set for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Three Rivers and can be heard live on Michigan Sports Radio.   Marshall won last year’s meeting 57-37 en route to their state championship.  They also met this season, with the Redhawks grabbing a road win 61-36 on December 29.

“Obviously, they’re going to be favored,” said coach Koshar of Marshall.  “We’ve got to rebound the basketball, we’ve got to take care of the basketball.  If you do those two things, you have an opportunity to be in the game.”

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