Wrestling | Jarod Foiles
Foiles, a senior wrestler for the Roxana Shells, is beginning to peak at the right time of the season.
On Jan. 30, Foiles secured the individual championship at 132 pounds at the two-day Rich Lovellette Panther Tournament in Litchfield. Foiles earned a first-round bye and won via pins in his next two matches to earn his spot in the finals. He won the title when his opponent injury defaulted.
Foiles was the lone individual champion for the Shells, which finished 7th as a team with 106 points. He is ranked third at 132 pounds at Class 1A in the state. He has double-digit losses but has faced a grueling schedule.
“We’ve been working with Jarod. He went through a lull about midseason, but I think we’ve got him back on track,” Roxana head coach Rob Milazzo said after a dual match at Alton High School on Jan. 28.
Ice Hockey | Konnar Loewen
A junior for the Bethalto ice hockey team, Loewen was a major contributor to the Eagles earning the top seed in the MVCHA Class 1A playoffs.
The Eagles went 5-0 in the 1A portion of the regular season, securing the No. 1 playoff seed. Loewen went off in the final two games, notching eight goals — four in each contest. He finished the regular season with six hat tricks.
On Jan. 24 his four goals helped lead Bethalto past Granite City 11-1. On Jan. 28 Loewen punched in four more goals accompanied by two assists in a 6-4 victory over Collinsville.
Overall, he had 15 goals in five 1A games. He has 27 goals and 14 assists on the season.
“It’s just about getting to the net and being in position,” Loewen said after the win over Granite City. “The defense did a good job of getting close to the net and getting rebounds.”