Marquette Catholic is on its way to a girls soccer sectional. Again.
The Explorers, third in last year’s IHSA Class 1A, walloped Civic Memorial, 9-0, Saturday in the championship match of their regional. Marquette won the small-school state title in 2011 and finished second in 2009.
A goal by Maggie Roche gave the Explorers a 1-0 lead two minutes into their match with CM. She had three goals in all.
Keeping the lead throughout, the Explorers cruised to the lopsided victory at Moore Park. Marquette, now 16-5-1, plays Waterloo Gibault at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a semifinal of the Columbia Sectional . The winner of that match advances to Friday’s 6 p.m. title match.
The Explorers already own a 2-0 victory over the Hawks earlier this season. Host Columbia meets Breese Mater Dei at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the first semifinal.
Roche’s initial goal was followed by one from Kate Sanfilippo two minutes later. Caroline Hoefert added the next two goals, with another from Sanfilippo, the next two from Madeline Kane, the next from Elissa Seno, one from Annabelle Copeland and the last goal was another from Roche.
CM finished the season 13-8, coming into Saturday’s match after beating Roxana. The Explorers outshot CM 18-3, making it their 15th shutout of the season.
Alex Singleton of CM and Sydney Jones of Jersey both won events in the rugged Springfield SHG Girls Track Sectional at Memorial Stadium.
Singleton, a sophomore, finished first in the 3,200-meters at 11 minutes, 38.55 seconds. Jones, a junior, was tops in the triple jump at 36 feet, 10 inches and also advanced to state by finishing third in the long jump at 17-0.
Jersey’s Mary Davis was runner-up in the high jump at 5-4 and also qualified for state.
Springfield scored 99 points to shade Springfield Southeast, second with 97 points, for the team title, in the 14-team field. Chatham Glenwood placed third with 58 points.
CM wound up sixth with 35 points and Jersey was eighth with 30 points. Roxana was fourth with six points. East Alton-Wood River didn’t score.
The IHSA three-class state finals run next Thursday through Saturday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Class 2A-3A competitors start Friday.
Alton 14, Tuscola 1 – The Redbirds made it a fun afternoon at Busch Stadium as they routed Tuscola in five innings.
Alton, now 18-13, scored in every inning, including six runs in the fourth. They had 14 hits, including two each from Drake Hampton, Clint Cress and Bryan Hudson. Jacob Mancewicz and Jacob Kanallakan both drove in two runs.
Alton is scheduled to play Monday ay Triad and then welcome O’Fallon on Tuesday. The Redbirds will play host to a five-team Class 4A regional later this month. AHS, the second seed behind Edwardsville, meets Quincy in semifinal game.
Pekin tangles with Danville in the regional opener and Edwardsville gets that winner in a semifinal. All games, except the Danville at Pekin one on May 26, are slated for Hopkins Field in Moore Park.
New Athens 5-3, Roxana 2-8 – The 13-15 Shells divided a doubleheader with New Athens in nonconference play.
In Roxana’s victory, the Shells used a five-run sixth to snap a 3-3 tie. Levi Wallace and Jake Palen collected two hits and three RBIs. Randy Skiff contributed two hits and Logan Reardon pitched in with a pair of RBIs.
Reardon pitched four innings to get the victory.
The Shells had just two hits in the first game and scored both of their runs in the sixth inning.
Gillespie 9, EA-WR 3 – Freshman Carly Campbell stroked two hits and had a RBI, but the 13-17 Oilers fell to Gillespie. The Miners scored three in the third and fourth in the fifth to erase EA-WR’s three-run first inning. Four errors doomed the Oilers.
Carrollton 10-5, Southwestern 7-8 -- The Piasa Birds divided a doubleheader with the Hawks and pushed their record to 14-13. Southwestern had scored an 18-1, five-inning SCC victory over Vandalia on Friday.
A 10-run first inning highlighted that conference triumph.Hannah Wilfong hit a home run, while Ashlyn Ringhausen went 3-for-4 with two singles and a double.
Lindsey Snyder belted two doubles and Kelsey Rhoades was 2-for-4 in the first game with Carrollton.Katie Wooldridge also had two hits.
Redbirds third in SWC -- Alton scored 50 points to secure third during the SWC Boys Tournament. Edwardsville won it with 70 points and Belleville East placed second with 64 points.
Jackson Scheiter paced the Redbirds by finishing second in No. 6 singles. Allan Bower was third in No. 1 singles, as was Carl Stradal in No. 2 singles, Adam Ruckman in No. 4 singles and Kain Henson in No. 5 singles.
Henson and Ruckman took third in No. 3 doubles.
Edwardsville won four of the singles bouts and swept the three doubles categories.
Next up is the nine-team Edwardsville Sectional. Alton, Marquette Catholic, CM, Jersey, Roxana and EA-WR are among the teams in the field. Triad, Metro East Lutheran and the host Tigers complete the field.
SIUE in OVC – The Cougars defeated Austin Peay, 4-3 on Saturday at Lee Field and secured the No. 4 seed for the upcoming Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in Jackson, Tenn.
Devin Caldwell, a senior outfielder, went 2-for-2 and drove in a run for the Cougars. He also stole two bases.
SIUE, which finished 16-14 in the league and is 21-31, meets fifth-seeded Morehead State at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the tourney opener. The OVC extravaganza runs Wednesday through Saturday at The Ballpark. The champion advances to the NCAA Tournament.
Southeast Missouri is the top seed, followed by Tennessee Tech and Jacksonville State. SEMO, which garnered a first-round bye, 36-18 overall, finished 23-7 in the OVC. Eastern Illinois, the sixth and final seed, takes on Jacksonville State at 7 p.m. Wednesday,
Cougars ousted -- SIUE bowed to South Alabama 5-1 in the NCAA Division I Tuscaloosa Regional and closed its season with a 30-23 record. The Cougars lost both of their games in the regional at Alabama.
Chloe Rathburn's three-run home run in the seventh inning spurred South Alabama, which had dropped its regional opener to USC Upstate. The winners improved to 41-13.
Rachel Coonrod's RBI single in the sixth provided the lone SIUE run. The Edwardsville High graduate had three RBIs in two tourney games.
"We've been here now," SIUE coach Sandy Montgomery said of the Cougars first appearance in the NCAA tourney. "That was certainly a good experience for our kids."