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2B | The Marshfield Mail | May 23, 2012

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Lady ‘Cats shut out in championship bout Moles finishes near By Brady Brite the top at state golf tournament sports@ccheadliner.com

From here out, Republic coach Mike Hines said, it’s all icing. Lady Tiger Sara Marcotte scored the game’s only goal in the 16th minute and helped the team’s smothering defense secure Republic girls soccer’s first district title over Logan-Rogersville last Saturday. “We knew we had a shot,” Hines said. “Nothing in districts is ever guaranteed. You’ve got to have a little luck, you’ve got to have good goalkeeping and you’ve got to have a goal scorer, and we had three of those this tournament, and that’s what pushed us through.” The No. 2-seeded Lady Tigers, in just the program’s second season after going 6-14 the kickoff year, bested No. 1 Rogersville with constantly aggressive play. The defending district-champion Rogersville squad split possession with Republic but was often fighting

for progress as the Lady Tigers shot often, keeping Lady Wildcats goalie Linessa Campbell busy. The sophomore showed her usual ability to stop anything that came her way, coach Brett Wubbena said, aside from the goal no one expected. “She’s been a rock all year, and it’s hard to let that one beat us,” Wubbena said. “I’d rather it be a great shot, but that’s the game.” Marcotte was the first to admit the shot was a prayer. Gaining possession about the 30-yard line, Marcotte cut in to about the 18 and saw all her teammates covered but the goal’s right side open. Seizing the moment, she kicked with just enough power to inch the ball past Campbell’s reach and watch it stroll into the net’s corner. “I was just putting it in since I had the chance,” a still-bewildered Marcotte said. “I didn’t think I had it.” But what she did have

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Rogersville’s Haley Rust, left, and Republic’s Haley Willis fight for possession. turned out to be the decider, as Rogersville’s offense struggled for shots in the second half and gave Republic goalie Amanda Snider little trouble en route to the 1-0 final. Wubbena credited the Lady Tigers’ quick program progress and noted his Lady Wildcats still had plenty to boast from the district runner-up campaign.

“We were pretty young. We didn’t lose a whole lot of seniors last year, but we had a lot of new kids this year and they all really stepped up,” Wubbena said. “We ended up with four freshmen that contributed on varsity.” The Lady ‘Cats finish 2012 with a 15-9 record and lose just five seniors, setting the stage for another run in 2013.

Marshfield golf’s lone state qualifier Clayton Moles completed his junior campaign last week with a nice finish at the state tournament at Rivercut Country Club in Springfield. The junior finished in a three-way tie for 20th place, shooting a 154 over the two-day event, falling just short of allstate qualification. Moles opened up with a 4-over-par 76 during the first day of the state tournament, and followed it up with a 6-over 78 in the second day. The 154 finish put him just 14 strokes off the leader and state champion Dylan Bekemeir of Republic. Despite finishing in the upper echelon of the field, Moles couldn’t help but feel disappointed. “I’m just sick about it,” he said. “I played terrible, and I’m definitely not happy about it.” A series of putting woes plagued the junior golfer throughout the two-day event, making it hard to recover.

“I hit the ball off the tee pretty well the two days,” he said. “But I didn’t putt very well, because the greens were slow and bumpy. I don’t putt well on slow greens to begin with, so that was part of it. I just didn’t hit my irons as well as I should’ve either.” Having finished as all-state last season, and having finished near the top in every event this year, only to fall short at the state meet made it all the more bitter for Moles. “It’s just one of those things,” he said. “It’s disappointing because you work hard all year, and you just can’t figure it out (at state).” Despite his disappointment, however, Moles remains hopeful for the future, and believes good things are on his horizon. “I’m just going to work hard,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me. I’m going to be playing a lot of tournaments this summer. I already figured out what I was doing wrong, and I’m playing a lot better than I did at state. It’s not going to be that big of a deal. I’ll be alright.”

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Wallace’s baseball career set to continue at Fontbonne University By Clint Mitchell clintm@marshfieldmail.com

Marshfield’s standout catcher’s playing days behind the plate are just getting started. In front of a large group of friends and family, senior Sean Wallace signed his national letter of intent to play baseball next year at Fontbonne University in St. Louis. “It’s pretty nice,” Wallace said. “It relieves a lot of stress.” Wallace helped the Jays to a 12-13 record this year, including finishing second at the Branson Invitational, and finishing as runners up in the Class 4, District 10 tournament. The senior was able to visit the St. Louis campus in the fall and said he knew it’s where he wanted to play. “I got to visit the campus,” he said. “It’s really nice, and it’s in a big town, so I like that. My friend Jared (Greenlee) is going too, so that was kind of a big deal.” Greenlee signed his letter of intent to play basketball for the Griffins May 11. The pair were also all-conference and all-district selections on the gridiron — Wallace as a cornerback, Greenlee as a receiver. Having managed the pitching

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Senior catcher Sean Wallace signs his letter of intent to play baseball next year at Fontbonne University in St. Louis. staff from behind the plate all season long, Wallace said he hopes to come in and have the same affect with the Griffins — who posted a 20-23 record in 2012. “I hope so,” he said. “They want a good catcher.” But before he reports to campus in the fall, Wallace said he still has work to do. “I need to fix my swing a little bit and start hitting the ball a little better,” he said. “I just need to spend a lot of time in the cages and work on it.”

Wallace also batted leadoff for the Jays, who rode a No. 7 seed all the way to the district championship game — something that had not been done at the Class 4 level in school history — falling just short in a 10-0 loss to Helias Catholic. “I’m really proud,” Wallace said. “We’re the first 4A district championship team. We didn’t win, but we’re the first team to make it to the Class 4 district championship game, so that’s pretty exciting.”

Wildcats’ golf takes fourth at state By Clint Mitchell clintm@marshfieldmail.com

The Logan-Rogersville golf team put the finishing touches on its season last week with a fourth-place finish at the state tournament at Rivercut Country Club in Springfield. The Wildcats, as a team, shot a collective 624 over the two-day tournament, finishing just 15 strokes behind state champions St. Francis Borgia, and 14 and 12 strokes behind MICDS and Westminister Christian Academy, respectively.

“We were the best public school there,” joked athletic director Rod Gorman of the Wildcats’ finish behind three private schools. The Wildcats’ 624 was eight strokes better than fifth-place finishers Notre Dame — another private school. Alec Palen led the way for Rogersville with a fourth-place finish in the overall standings, shooting a cool 146 during the tournament, just six strokes off the leader. That score included a clutch, par 72 performance on the pressurefilled final day.

Teammate Robert Mahaffey finished just three strokes back of Palen, good enough for a three-way tie for 12th place, good enough for an all-state finish. Mahaffey showed little to no nerves as he shot a 1-under 71 on the final day of the tournament, propelling him to the top 15. Brenan Rigby scored a 160 for the tournament, and Wyatt Humble finished with a 169. Preston Thomas rounded out the remaining Wildcats, finishing the state tournament with a 178.

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