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1968-69 North Marshall Jets Baseball

1968-69 North Marshall Jets Baseball

Pictured left to right: Gerald Hill, Ricky Hughes, Barry Faith, Jim Capps, Pat Walker, Herman Harrington, Mitchell Holland, Jim Smith, Jimmy Dale Barrett, Ricky Pershing, Dale Smith, Coach Bill Grizzard, Coach Gene Brooks. Not pictured: Joe Bob Canup.

The 1969 North Marshall Jets were first region champions and a state semifinalist, an achievement unmatched to this day in Marshall County baseball. The Jets won the regional tournament by defeating Mayfield and went on to upset heavily favored Covington Holmes 1-0 in the state quarterfinals that season before falling to eventual champion Ashland in the semifinals.

Coached by Bill Grizzard and assisted by Gene Brooks, team members included Barry Faith, Herman Harrington, Rick Pershing, Dale Smith, Mitchell Holland, Gerald Hill, Ricky Hughes, Pat Walker, Joe Bob Canup, Jim Smith, Jimmy Dale Barrett, Jim Capps, and manager Jeff Foster.


1984 Lady Marshal Basketball

1984 Lady Marshal Basketball

Front row: Beth Karnes, Cindy Stowe, Staci Dick, Penny Barrett, Donna Jackson, Starla Waldrop. Back row: Coach Howard Beth, Maggie Yopp, Jennifer Harrell, Mary Taylor, Carol Parker, Michelle Mathis, Jennifer Coe, Rona Poe, Coach Terri Futrell. Not pictured: Tammy Rounds, Nicole Robichaud, Shanda Reid, Naomi Walker, Mgrs. Tammy Riley, Peggy Cummings, Amy Cunningham, Gwen Riley

State Champions 34-0 The 1984 Lady Marshals achieved perfection by posting an undefeated 34-0 mark on their way to the schoolís second state championship in a three-year period. While local teams were no match for the Lady Marshals, they also won the 1984 Louisville Invitational Tournament, defeating top quality teams such as Atherton and Belfry. At the state tournament, the Lady Marshals defeated Laurel County in the semifinals 39-38 and defeated 15th region powerhouse Belfry for the second time that season by a 55-53 score in the championship game. Coached by Howard Beth and assisted by Terri Futrell, team members included: Staci Dick Averill, Penny Barrett, Maggie Yopp Capen, Jennifer Coe, Naomi Walker Cooper, Mary Taylor-Cowles, Peggy Cummings, Amy Cunningham, Beth Karnes Edwards, Rona Poe English, Nicole Robichaud Fann, Jennifer Harrell, Carol Parker Hensley, Donna Jackson, Michelle Mathis Pepper, Tammy Rounds, Starla Waldrop Solomon, Cindy Stowe, and Shanda Reid Walker.


~ Players ~
Leonas

Leonas "Ty" Goheen

Ty Goheen was a pitcher for Benton in the 1920ís, 30ís and 40ís who was made famous as a pitcher with a tremendous curve ball, which reportedly broke from 12-18 inches. Goheen pitched for over 20 years and played in the Little World Series in 1937. He had numerous offers to play professionally but played on company teams in this area, where he would normally pitch two games a week. It was not unusual for Goheen to pitch both ends of a doubleheader, even in the later stages of his career. When not pitching, he would play shortstop, where he was a consistent .350 hitter. Goheenís talents were shown in 1931 when his Benton team was matched up against a young Dizzy Dean. Benton knocked Dean out of the game with eight hits and six runs in the first inning, while Goheen went on to pitch his normal shutout.


Scott Chambers

Scott Chambers

Scott Chambers, MCHS Class of 1993, led the Marshals baseball team to its first-ever regional championship in 1993. A two-sport star who also was a football standout, Chambers was a star pitcher for the Marshals, with a 6-1 record and a 1.17 earned run average in 1992 and a 7-2 record with a 1.01 earned run average in 1993. Chambers hit .413 in 1992 and .458 in 1993, leading the Marshals to their first 20 win season (20-5) in 1992 and followed with a 22-4 record and the regional title in 1993. Chambers went on to play at John A. Logan College and the University of Kentucky and played Class A minor league ball in the Los Angeles Dodger organization.


Marshall Ray

Marshall Ray

Marshall Ray, MCHS class of 1995, currently serves as the Associate Head Soccer Coach at the University of Evansville. One of the top soccer players in Marshall County history, Ray was the fourth leading scorer on the varsity as an eighth grader. Injuries sidelined him in both his freshman and junior years, but as a sophomore, Ray made both the All-District and All-Region teams. As a senior, Ray was All-District, All-Region, and First Team All-State. He went on to play at the University of Evansville and was honored as a Missouri Valley Conference offensive and defensive player of the week during his collegiate career. He received the Ian Coull Award in 1999 for competitive spirit and teamwork. His 1996 team won the MVC tournament and played in the NCAA tournament that year. Ray also played professionally for the A-League Nashville Metros before beginning his coaching career, which prior to returning to Evansville, included stops at Drury University and Duke University.


Dan Langhi

Dan Langhi

Dan Langhi, a 1996 MCHS graduate, starred on the 1995 state semifinalist basketball team and the 1996 regional runnerup team. He ranks third on the all-time leading scorer list at Marshall county with 1721 career points. He went on to play at Vanderbilt, where he scored 1,502 career points, 10th on the all-time scoring list, and was 7th all-time in 3-point field goals. He was the 2000 SEC Player of the Year and a finalist for the Wooden Award. He was named 2001 Male Amateur Athlete of the Year in Tennessee and is a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. He was drafted in the second round of the 2000 draft by the Dallas Mavericks. He also played for the Phoenix Suns, the Golden State Warriors, and the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA.


Jim Piercefield

Jim Piercefield

Jim Piercefield, a 1979 MCHS graduate, was a three-year starter for the Marshals football team. He was team captain and Defensive Player of the Year in 1978 as a strong safety and offensive guard, and he led the Marshals to a best ever 9-1 record. He also played baseball and was a member of the track team. He went on to Murray State University, where he was a four-year letterman and was 1979 Scout Team Player of the Year. The Racers won the 1979 OVC Championship. He was captain of the 1983 MSU football team and was named first team defensive end in 1983 by the OVC coaches, as well as being named a 1983 first team media defensive end. He was also a 1983 AP Honorable Mention All-American. Piercefield was also honored by having his jersey retired by Murray State University.


~ Coaches ~
James Ernest Fiser

James Ernest Fiser

James Ernest Fiser was an educator (teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent) for 34 years in Western Kentucky. A 1924 graduate of Benton High School, Fiser coached basketball and baseball and was one of the most respected and most successful coaches of his time. His 1934 and 1935 Calvert City teams went to the state tournament, with the 1934 team compiling a 27-2 record and winning its first round game in the tournament. The 1935 team had a 27-4 record. He took the 1943 Benton team to the state tournament and reached the semifinals that season while completing a 27-4 season. Fiserís coaching career spanned a time from 1926-1952 when the region produced state champions from Heath (1929), Sharpe (1938), Brewers (1948), Cuba (1952), as well as runners-up from Brewers, Cuba, and Paducah Tilghman. He coached and taught at Birmingham, Aurora, Brewers, Calvert City, Gilbertsville, and Benton in Marshall County, as well as at other schools in western Kentucky.


~ Contributors ~
Bill Morgan

Bill Morgan

Bill Morgan is one of the founders of the Marshall County High School Athletic Foundation and has been a major supporter and financial contributor for Marshall County athletics for over 50 years. A 1947 graduate of Benton High School, where he played baseball and was manager of the basketball team under Coach Ernest Fiser, Morgan has served as a Director of the foundation since its inception. He also founded and led efforts to gain contributions for the Burnett Holland athletic scholarships. He received the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. He attended Freed Hardeman University and Murray State University and graduated from Murray State in 1950. Morgan has served both Universities in various capacities and has been recognized by inclusion in the Freed Hardeman Athletic Hall of Fame. He also received the MSU Distinguished Graduate award in 1984. Morgan also served his country as a command pilot in the US Air Force, where he retired as a Brigadier General after 35 years of distinguished service, receiving numerous awards throughout his service.