Alex Singleton and Danny Holtz
Cross country: Alex Singleton, Civic Memorial
Singleton, a junior, has continued where she left off last fall when she was the AdVantage News’ Prep Female Runner of the Year.
Thus far this season, Singleton has posted three top-10 finishes in major meets, including a victory in the Belleville West Invitational on Sept. 13. She also won the race in 2013.
Her winning effort this time was 19 minutes, 15 seconds. Singleton has finished sixth in the Metro East Lutheran Invitational and 10th in the Granite City Invite. She was slated to run this week in the Carrollton Invitational and will go again Saturday in the high-powered Edwardsville Invite on the SIUE course.
CM coach Clint Walters said Singleton has extended her strong outings despite dealing with a recent respiratory infection.
“She was feeling a little better when she ran at Belleville,” he said. “She had a clear lead there and once she got out in front, she was able to relax.”
He added, “She said her legs feel like a million bucks.”
In addition to excelling in cross country, Singleton competes on the CM girls’ soccer team in the spring. She also participates in track during the spring and is a quality long-distance runner.
Football: Danny Holtz, Marquette Catholic
Danny Holtz was a huge catalyst in Marquette’s first football win of the season in Week 3 at Kincaid South Fork.
The senior wide receiver hauled in four catches for 118 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns in a 27-21 victory.
Holtz also guided the defense, compiling 10 tackles from his defensive back position.
The 6-foot-1, 155-pound senior provides tons of experience for the youthful Explorers.
“In my opinion, Danny is the best player in the conference,” Marquette head coach Matt Bucher said in the AdVantage News’ fall sports preview before the season began.
Holtz was a major contributor on the 7-3 Marquette squad in 2013, which won seven consecutive games after dropping its first two nonconference matchups.
The Explorers are trying to do the same in 2014, keeping their unbeaten streak in the Prairie State Conference going and making the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season. Week 2’s win over the Ponies ran it to 15 straight wins in the PSC for Marquette.