East Alton-Wood River senior Blake Marks has done a lot with his time as an Oiler and that time is coming to an end now.
Marks is wrapping up his senior season with the EA-WR baseball team and on Thursday he announced where he will take his talents next year. Marks had a short ceremony inside the EA-WR Auditorium to announce he will play baseball at Lewis and Clark Community College next season.
As a junior Marks led the Oilers in almost every offensive category, batting average (.479), home runs (2), RBIs (29), doubles (12) and triples (3). He's off to a torrid start as a senior, too.
Thus far on the short season, he's hitting just .267 but has swatted 3 homers, hit a triple and has a team-leading 6 RBIs for the 2-2 EA-WR baseball squad.
He's also been good on the mound, going 2-0 in two starts with a 0.75 ERA. He's fanned 16 batters in 9.1 innings pitched.
Marks' baseball season comes on the heels of a boys' basketball campaign where he climbed the ladder all the way to second place on the all-time scoring list with 1,445 points. Dan Coddington is the all-time leader for the Oilers with 1,582.
His biggest performance came in his final game when he netted 51 points in the Class 2A Dupo Regional, a school benchmark for points in a game. Unfortunately, EA-WR fell to host Dupo 89-75.
Now he's chosen baseball though and he'll go on to play for long-time LCCC head coach Randy Martz and the Trailblazers. LCCC is 11-9 so far in '16.