Soccer | Lauren Walsh
A sophomore for the Marquette Catholic girls’ soccer program, Walsh helped her squad earn its eighth consecutive regional title on May 13.
Walsh’s goal propelled the Explorers to a 2-1 victory over Roxana in the Class 1A Marquette Regional title tilt at Gordon Moore Park.
The game was knotted 1-1 entering the break, but it was Walsh’s goal in the 69th minute that let the Explorers exhale a sigh of relief. It was just Walsh’s second goal of the season.
“It’s almost gotten to a point where if we don’t win, something’s wrong,” Marquette coach Steve Mitchell said. “It’s a lot of pressure because, player-wise, you don’t want to be part of the first time in eight or nine years that you don’t win a regional because nobody remembers the last seven. They remember that first loss. The kids are playing hard.”
Marquette took an 11-9-3 record into the 1A Althoff Sectional semifinals Wednesday against Gibault.
Track and Field | Haley Kerpan
Kerpan, a senior for the East Alton-Wood River girls’ track and field team and the AdVantage News Girls’ Cross Country Runner of the Year in the fall, had a big day on May 13 for the Oilers.
Kerpan won the 800-meter run at the Class 2A Rochester Sectional to punch her ticket to the 2A state meet, which kicked off Thursday with preliminaries.
Kerpan turned in a time of 2:24.71 to corral the title in the 800. It’s the 22nd-best time out of the 2A state qualifiers. She’s the lone Oiler to move on to state.
Kerpan will have to advance through the preliminaries, which began Thursday, to qualify for the state finals on Saturday at Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium.
“She got out in front fast, had a big lead and then held on at the end,” EA-WR coach Russ Colona said after sectionals. “Her time is a school record and I think Haley has a chance to do something at state.”
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