Alumni Spotlight – Marley (Powers) Apsey
As a prep standout athlete for the Trojans, Marley Powers’ name is still admired, as her name is plastered all over the OHS Softball record book. As an educator, Mrs. Apsey’s name is known and respected all over Owosso Middle School and Owosso Public Schools as one of our physical education instructors. Marley has returned home to Trojan-Town to mentor young students and athletes as a teacher and coach in our system.
The 2007 OHS Female Athlete of the Year, the graduating Marley capped off an extremely impressive softball career for the Trojans as she continued her playing career at the University of Michigan. Marley played outfield and designated hitter for the Wolverines long-time, legendary coach, Carol Hutchins. As a senior at U of M, Marley earned the distinguished, “Maize and Blue Award”, honoring the athlete that best represents the values and honor of the Block “M” both on and off the field. Her award, presented to her by the U of M coaching staff, is still displayed in the team’s locker room in Ann Arbor. As a senior, she also was the recipient of the Leo & Edna Drewett Academic Award, the O of M Athletic Academic Achievement Award, and was named a Big 10 Distinguished Scholar. Marley graduated from U of M in 2011 with a degree in physical education / health, hoping to make her career mentoring young people.
While a prep for the Trojans, Marley broke many softball records, both offensively and defensively; eight of which still remain today. Among her OHS school records:
- Season Batting Average – .626
- Season Home Runs – 9
- Season RBI – 54
- Season Pitching Strikeouts – 281
- Career Singles – 210
- Career Triples – 16
- Career RBI – 154
- Career Pitching Strikeouts – 600
Following graduation, Marley returned home beginning her post-collegiate career, working for Main Beverage of Owosso before taking a job at Young Chevrolet/Cadillac. In 2015, Marley joined the faculty of OMS, teaching physical education and coaching basketball, volleyball, and softball. In short order, Marley has climbed the coaching ranks for the Trojans, serving as an assistant softball coach for her former prep coach, JoEllen Smith, and most recently the head varsity volleyball coach at OHS.
In August 2016, Marley made yet another big stride in her life, marrying Tyler Apsey. The Apseys reside locally, and are the proud aunt/uncle of twin nephews, Zayn and Enzo, and a niece Kayliyah. When not mentoring student athletes, Marley enjoys Detroit Tigers baseball, University of Michigan Football, and playing slow-pitch softball with her husband. She also enjoys cooking, attempting to golf, and is teaching herself to crochet. Marley laughingly admits that a little-known fact about her is that she currently is a member of three different fantasy football leagues.
Clearly, Marley has chosen a path that connects her two passions: sports and young people. She states, “It is an amazing opportunity to be back in my hometown, giving back to the community that shaped me. Owosso is a community with so much potential and it is a privilege to contribute to all of the great things happening”. Her chosen path has taken her from Owosso Blue to Maize and Blue, and now back to Owosso Blue. On behalf of the current and future Trojans, we say, “Welcome home, Marley, and GO BLUE”!