Soccer | Kara Crutchley
Just a freshman for the East Alton-Wood River Oilers, Crutchley is emerging as the big threat for the program.
Crutchley garners Athlete of the Week honors after pacing EA-WR in its first win of the season. The struggling Oilers finally notched a victory on April 22, 5-1 over visiting Southwestern.
Crutchley tallied all five of the goals in the win. The feat not only handed EA-WR its first win of the season, but tied a school record for most goals in a game in school history. She matched Tiffany Disher, who set the record in 1998 against Litchfield.
For the season Crutchley is the leading scorer for the Oilers. Crutchley has scored 8 goals to go with 2 assists, for a team-leading 18 points.
EA-WR entered this week with a 1-11-1 record.
Track and Field | Katie Mans
Mans, a sophomore for the Alton Redbird girls’ track and field team, burst onto the scene as a freshman and is continuing her ascension in 2016.
On April 21 the sophomore high jumper set a new school record with a leap of 5 feet, 7 inches, eclipsing her previous school benchmark of 5-6 in the high jump. The jump came at the Alton Invitational and it set a record for that event, too.
“I have no idea what the difference was today,” Mans said following the Alton Invite. “I felt like I was in a hole until last week. Then something clicked. And it was good to get the school record here. It’s the highlight of my career so far.”
As a freshman, Mans nabbed an eighth-place medal in the high jump at the Class 3A state meet at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium in Charleston.