Tennis | Michael Mmoh
Mmoh, 17, turned in a championship performance July 26 at Lewis and Clark Community College.
Mmoh became the singles champion of the 18th edition of the LCCC Futures tennis tournament by defeating Jared Hiltzik of the University of Illinois 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 in the finals.
Mmoh was born in Saudi Arabia but moved to the United States at the age of 11. He trains at the prestigious IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., and is ranked No. 3 on the junior circuit.
In singles competition, Mmoh has advanced to the semifinals of the French Open Junior Championships. In doubles he’s reached the semis at the Wimbledon Junior Championships and the Australian Open Junior Championships. This was Mmoh’s second Futures championship.
Baseball | Jordan Hovey
Hovey is a 2015 graduate of Edwardsville High School and will play college baseball at Missouri State University next spring. In between that time, Hovey has been hanging his cleats in Alton playing for the Metro East Bears.
Hovey, a shortstop, second baseman and pitcher for the Bears, was a key cog in their recent Fifth Division Tournament title. Metro East completed the Fifth Division run on July 24 with Hovey capping a stellar tourney by being named the MVP.
As a team the Bears outscored their opponents 28-12 in the Fifth Division Tournament, including a 12-0 seven-inning victory over
Teutopolis in the finals.
Hovey’s biggest impact came in a 7-5 win over Murphysboro in the semifinals when he blasted two solo homers and narrowly missed a third.
Metro East competes in the state tournament this week before returning home to play host to the Great Lakes Valley Regional beginning Aug. 5.