On Oct. 23, the Marysville High School football team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 37-7 dismantling of Westerville North.

On Oct. 23, the Marysville High School football team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 37-7 dismantling of Westerville North.

The Monarchs played well in the 30-point victory, but the team had an assist from Mother Nature.

"For whatever reason, we've been good in the mud this year," coach Jeff Gafford said. "We just didn't let anything bother us. We just played."

Despite wet and muddy conditions, the Monarchs seemed to enjoy playing in the less than desirable conditions.

"The kids did a good job in a heavy downpour in the first quarter," Gafford said. "After the rain, the field was a mess and we just didn't let it bother us."

Rain was again in the forecast for last Friday's season finale at home against Dublin Scioto. Marysville won its opener 39-6 at home Aug. 28 over Marion Harding after thunderstorms forced a two-hour delay.

Unfortunately, the Monarchs could not continue their winning ways. They lost their next four games. Before last Friday, Marysville was 3-6 overall and tied with Westerville Central for fifth at 2-4 in the OCC-Cardinal Division, behind Westerville South at 6-0, Olentangy Liberty at 5-1, Dublin Jerome and Dublin Scioto at 4-2 and ahead of Olentangy at 1-5 and Westerville North at 0-6.

Regardless of the results against Scioto last Friday, the Monarchs will finish below .500 for the first time since they were 3-7 in 2002.

Against North, Marysville did not have any passing yards. The Monarchs rushed for 230 yards on 45 attempts, led by Nathan Weeks with 105 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries, and Chris Coburn with 75 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Meanwhile, the Monarchs defense limited North's offense to 93 yards of offense and forced two turnovers.

"When we forced turnovers we seemed to take advantage of it," Gafford said. "I know North is struggling, but a win is a win and a win in the OCC is always good."

Through nine games, Weeks continues to lead Marysville's offense with 902 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 158 carries. Coburn has 690 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on 113 carries. Coburn is also Marys-ville's leading receiver with 108 yards and four touchdowns on seven catches.

•Leslie Boey had measured her expectations for her volleyball team. With only four letterwinners returning from last season's Division I district championship team, she expected a little regression.

The Monarchs finished 7-16 overall after losing to seventh-seeded Thomas Worthington 25-15, 25-27, 25-18, 25-23 in the first round of the district tournament Oct. 22. In the OCC-Cardinal Division, Marysville tied with Olentangy for fifth at 5-9, behind Olentangy Liberty at 13-1, Westerville Central at 12-2, Dublin Scioto at 11-3 and Westerville North at 8-6 and ahead of Dublin Jerome at 2-12 and Westerville South at 0-14.

"The skill level was there," Boey said. "We competed with every team we played this year, but the mental aspect of our game was lacking. It never quite clicked and it's an area that's hard to work on."

Marysville will lose six seniors in Shelby Allmon, Chelsea Burns, McKenzie Fordyce, Jessica Haas, Alyssa Iden and Paige Thompson. Among those expected to return include three-year letterwinner Jenny Jordan.

"She'll be our only senior in the program," Boey said. "She was one of the biggest leaders on the team. She showed a lot of leadership on the floor, even though she wasn't an official captain"

While this year's team had the physical skills, Boey is expecting a return to teaching the fundamentals next season.

"Our j.v. team struggled this year," Boey said. "We'll have a whole new group of girls and some of those girls will only have a year of j.v. before bumping up to varsity. It'll be a tough transition and we'll have to start at square one with basic skills."

Also among those expected to return are junior Halie House (setter), sophomores Ally Ratliff (setter) and Janelle Yunker (middle hitter) and freshman Hannah Stanley (setter).