Kyle Hogan | Golf
Hogan, an East Alton resident and 2005 graduate of Roxana High School, had a pretty good weekend on the links on June 20-21. Hogan won the championship of the 11th annual Godfrey Open at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Godfrey.
Hogan carded a 141 in two days of golf in the annual tournament. He fired a 73 on Day 1 and turned in a 68 for Day 2. It led him to end in a tie with Godfrey’s Scott Redman and cause a playoff for the title.
In 2014 Redman bested Hogan in a playoff for the tourney title, but the tides were changed this year. Both Hogan and Redman parred hole No. 8 to start the playoff, but Hogan parred No. 9 also to pull out the victory.
It was Hogan’s second A-flight championship at the Godfrey Open in three years.
Josh Lovings | Football
Lovings will be taking his football skills to Division II McKendree University in Lebanon in the fall, but he had one more hurrah on the prep gridiron to add to his resumé first.
Lovings, a 2015 Alton High School graduate, was named the Defensive MVP for the West squad in the 41st ICA Illinois Shrine All-Star football game on June 20 at Illinois Wesleyan University’s Tucci Stadium in Bloomington. The game helps raise money for the Shriners Hospital for Children. Lovings earned defensive MVP honors for the West squad by logging a pair of interceptions from his corner back position.
The 5-foot-7, 170-pound defensive back tied for the lead in interceptions for the Redbirds in 2015 with two. He was also tied for third on the team with 33 total tackles, but 31 of those tackles were solo, good for third on the team, too.