The all-around student-athlete

Marina's Nick Marshall overcame a serious shoulder injury and juggled AP honors classes and ASB duties to play three sports for the Vikings.

June 15, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Marina's Nick Marshall played football, soccer and baseball at the school, and was on the varsity team for all three since his sophomore year.
Marina's Nick Marshall played football, soccer… (KENT TREPTOW, HB…)

Nick Marshall was thrilled to be part of the action June 7 at the Orange County All-Star Seniors baseball game at Glover Stadium in Anaheim. He also felt humbled to be a part of the spotlight Saturday when he made his final appearance as a high school athlete.

He overcame a nagging injury to finish out his career with a bang. A three-sport athlete at Marina, Marshall capped a standout prep career Saturday by playing in the Ryan Lemmon Senior Showcase at Windrow Park in Irvine. The annual game featured top players from eight leagues in Orange County: Sunset, Trinity, South Coast, Sea View, Pacific Coast, Century, Empire and Freeway.

Marshall, who played catcher, had a single and run batted in as the Sunset League team defeated the South Coast League, 5-4.

He had played two innings at third base for the North during the Orange County All-Star game won by the South, 15-5.


"I am extremely honored and grateful that I got to play alongside and against some of the greatest athletes and players around," the 18-year-old said of his postseason experiences. "It is amazing that I got to play against some of the best and with some of the best."

Marshall excelled in three sports at Marina — football, soccer and baseball — and played key positions in all three (quarterback, goalie, first base/catcher). He has been on varsity in all three sports since his sophomore year and said he had "no doubt" that he was going to play three sports at Marina.

"I chose three sports because I felt I would rather play the sports in high school and focus on one later, and have no regrets later in life," he said. "In order to play three sports and be part of ASB and take AP classes, I had to make many sacrifices in my life. I had to spend a lot of time on my own working on my sports that were in the offseason. Also, I had to give up spending some time with friends or going on vacations in order to study or attend ASB events.

"All of this helped me grow as a person, because I have learned how to make sacrifices in my life and be completely focused on what I need to do."

But Marshall's sports career became altered in his junior year during football season. It was then that he separated the acromioclavicular joint in his right shoulder.

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