Wrestling | Brandon Carpenter
Carpenter, a junior on the Civic Memorial wrestling squad, supplied the best performance of his prep career thus far on Feb. 6 at the Class 2A Triad Regional.
Carpenter snared the regional title via three pins in Troy. He picked up pins in 3:13 and 5:39 in his first two matches and then stuck Waterloo’s Kory Shaefer in 3:24 in the title bout to garner the regional crown.
“It feels good,” Carpenter said of his first regional title. “I wrestled pretty well and it’s the highlight of my season so far.
“I tried my hardest. That’s what I’m going to do next week in the sectional and see where it takes me.”
Carpenter improved to 27-6 on the season with the trio of pins.
Bowling | Eryka Graham
A senior for the Alton girls’ bowling team, Graham is no stranger to success on the alley, but on Feb. 6 she accomplished a first in her career — winning an individual regional championship.
Graham rolled a 1,302 to distance herself from second-place finisher, Lainey Snow of Triad, by 17 pins.
“It’s nice to be the regional champion,” said Graham, snaring her first regional title.
Graham opened with a 160 at the Collinsville Regional, but turned around to bowl a 277 and got heated up. She sports a 225 average this season.
“Sometimes Eryka doesn’t have a strong start, but she always picks it up and today she bowled the way she usually bowls,” AHS coach Jeff Woszczynski said.
Graham’s stellar performance sparked her Redbird teammates too, as the Birds raced to second place with a total of 5,645 pins and advanced them to the Johnston City Sectional on Saturday.