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Track: Nate Billings of East Alton-Wood River
The multi-talented senior won three events and figured prominently as a fourth as EA-WR easily won the Prairie State boys track title at Memorial Stadium. The Oilers also won the small-school division of the Madison County Meet.
In the Prairie State competition, Billings won the discus (132 feet), the triple jump (40-0) and the 100-meters (11.3) seconds). He also finished second in the 200-meters. EA-WR scored 211 points, well in front of runner-up Mount Olive, which had 119 points.
“Nate has been our team leader in scoring points this season for the team, plus being a valuable team leader through his hard work and examples working with the younger teammates,” EA-WR coach Russ Colona said.
This season, Billings has established personal bests in the discus (152-0), triple jump (41-3), 100-meters (11.2) and the 200-meters (23.3). The Oilers have enjoyed a successful season, one of the best in school history. Their Prairie State title assured it.
Colona said, “We have a good group of kids and we are deep and solid. We compete hard. And I don’t think we have ever won a conference track championship. I’ve been here 29 years and as far as I can tell, it’s our first one.”
Softball: Jordyn Roady of Alton High School
The senior first baseman is one of the reasons the Redbirds are making a late-season run.
Alton won its own tournament the past weekend to stretch its record to 22-8 and extend its winning streak to eight games. Five of those victories came the past week, including Southwestern Conference victories over Collinsville and Granite City.
Roady played a pivotal part in all of them, including two hits and two RBIs in a 7-1 walloping of the Kahoks.
“It was a good win for us and we played really well,” Roady said. “We were able to string some hits together.”
Roady was hitting .378 with two home runs and a team-best 30 RBIs. In addition, she’s 8-0 with a 2.42 ERA on the mound and has served a lifesaver for the Redbirds since pitchers Morgan Butler and Brittany Roach have battled injuries. Jordyn pitched a five-inning perfect game Tuesday against East St. Louis.