Bowling | Christian Bertoletti
A freshman at Roxana High School, Bertoletti notched a pretty nice highlight to his resumé on Jan. 16 at Spare Time Lanes in Decatur.
Bertoletti earned the Taylorville Regional individual championship in the first regional appearance of his prep career. The freshman bowler compiled 1,372 pins to easily nab the top spot. Edwardsville’s Mitch McSparin was second with 1,277 pins.
Bertoletti overcame a slow start with a strong finish at regionals. He opened his day with a 160 in his first game, but followed it up with a 222, 234, 246 and 244 to cruise to victory.
Unfortunately, Roxana missed the cut as a team, finishing fifth with the top four teams qualifying for sectionals. Bertoletti and teammate Dalton Baggett both advance to the Cahokia Sectional at Bel-Air Lanes in Belleville.
Basketball | LaJarvia Brown
Brown, a senior for the Alton girls’ basketball team, enjoyed a stellar day on the court at the inaugural Atrium Hotel Great Rivers Shootout at Alton High on Jan. 16.
The event showcased five games for hoops fans at AHS, with the Redbirds battling Jennings and winning 48-45. Brown led all scorers with 27 points in the win. She helped spur the Birds to an early lead, scoring 11 first-quarter points to give them an 11-9 lead at the end of the frame.
The win snapped a five-game losing streak for Alton and proved to be only their third win of the season.
“After the losing streak we’ve been on, it felt good to finally pull one off,” Brown said following the win over Jennings. “I think we could have played a little better. It was a little too close, but a win is a win and I’ll take it.”
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