Drake Boverie | Wrestling
The Civic Memorial junior matman enjoyed a rousing start to the season last Saturday. Boverie, a junior, went 3-0 to win the 132-pound weight class in the 36th annual Civic Memorial High Wrestling Tournament. He shared the tourhonney’s Most Outstanding Wrestler award with 152-pound champion Dalton Blankenship of Vandalia.
Boverie decisioned rival Brandon Critchfield of Jersey, 3-0, in the finals to avenge a loss to Critchfield in last year’s CM tourney. Boverie did defeat Critchfield three times last season at 120 pounds, but Critchfield went on to finish fourth in the Class 2A IHSA finals.
A state qualifier last season, Boverie is intent on going back to Champaign and making a name for himself this season.
“I want to place high at state,” he said. “I feel like I’m a little stronger and have more stamina this season.”
Eagles’ coach Chad Young foresees big things for Boverie, the lone CM grappler to finish first in the 17-team tournament. The Eagles took ninth as a team.
“Drake has improved a lot since last year. He’s nails,” Young said.
Boverie had a first-round bye in the tourney. He then pinned Highland’s Anthony Gallo in 36 seconds and East St. Louis’ Tyler Dunn in 4:44 before besting Critchfield.
Eryka Graham | Girls’ Bowling
The Alton High junior bowler paced the Redbirds at the Abe Lincoln Tournament hosted by Taylorville in Springfield last Saturday.
Graham totaled 1,407 pins to earn herself individual championship honors as well as guiding the Redbirds to the team title. The 2013 AdVantage News Female Bowler of the Year, Graham turned in an average of 234.5 over her six games.
Her best game was a 269. She rolled a 667 during her first series and elevated it to a 740 in her second series.
Graham and the Redbirds battled Piasa Southwestern on Monday at Bowl Haven Lanes in Alton and played host to Southwestern Conference rivals Edwardsville and O’Fallon on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. The Birds are at the Columbia Kegler on Saturday.