THE ELECTRIC START FOR ALTON CONTINUES — The Alton Redbirds improved to 18-1 Thursday at Alton High School, defeating the East St. Louis Flyers 25-22, 25-20.
The win elevated the Redbirds to 2-0 in the Southwestern Conference after only winning one league game in 2013.
Jada Green directed the offense with a team-high five kills and three aces. Jordan Nolan picked up 13 assists to lead the way, while Kailin Haug and Rachel Cauley each led with eight service points and Megan Paulda was tops with 16 digs.
Alton is closing in on the school record of 24 wins set in 2008.
Next up for AHS is Southwestern at 5:30 p.m. Monday at home.
MARQUETTE GETS BY BUNKER HILL IN THREE — The Marquette Catholic Explorers kicked off Prairie State Conference action Thursday on the road.
The Explorers dismissed the Bunker Hill Minutemaids 24-26, 25-18, 25-22 in Bunker Hill to improve to 8-7 and 1-0.
Alyssa Herzing paced Marquette with 18 assists, while Anna Daugherty compiled nine kills, Andria Pace had four aces, Taylor Rook picked up six blocks and Katie Gierer had a team-high 18 digs. Kalie Buecker chipped in with 11 digs while not making a digging error.
The Explorers continue PSC play at 5 p.m. Tuesday at East Alton-Wood River.
ROXANA TAKES CARE OF LITCHFIELD — The Roxana Shells took care of business in Litchfield on Thursday.
The Shells swept the Purple Panthers 25-15, 25-10 to improve to 10-6 overall and 2-2 in the South Central Conference.
Roxana is back on the court at 6 p.m. on Monday, playing host to Mount Olive.
CM STUMBLES VS. WATERLOO — The Civic Memorial Eagles welcomed Waterloo on Thursday in Bethalto for Mississippi Valley Conference with unsuccessful results.
The Bulldogs topped the Eagles 25-12, 25-10 in the MVC showdown. The loss dropped CM to 2-8 on the and 0-1 currently on the season. A reschedule date is still trying to be found for Tuesday's match with Highland, which was canceled due to the teacher's strike. If no date can be found, the Eagles will add a forfeit victory toward their overall and league records.
Thursday's statistical leaders for CM were: Kaity Kappler with two kills, two solo blocks and four assisted blocks, Alaina Trosley had four digs and two service points and Kennedy Carnes chipped in four assisted blocks. Saige Gehrs, Baieigh Gehrs, Carnes and Trosley all contributed one kill apiece, too.
Next up for the Eagles is the Granite City Tournament on Saturday. They face Highland at 1:30 p.m.
EAGLES SOAR PAST PANTHERS — The Civic Memorial Eagles visited Tamarack Country Club in O'Fallon on Thursday and came away with a win.
The Eagles carded a 154 to best the host Panthers who shot 164 in the dual.
J. Ryan Waters fired a par 36 to earn medalist honors for CM. The rest of the lineup rounded out with: Alec Hilliard (38), Eric Howes (39) and Parker Calvin (41).
The win improved the Eagles to 13-1 on the season.
EXPLORERS REMAIN FLAWLESS ON SEASON — The Marquette Catholic Explorers are perfect in 2014 and they made sure that didn't change on Thursday.
The Explorers welcomed Columbia and Carrollton to Rolling Hills Golf Course on Thursday, firing a 151 to Columbia's 172 and Carrollton's 206. With the win Marquette is now 16-0 on the year.
Nick Messinger shot a whopping 3-under 33 to garner medalist honors. The rest of the contributing Marquette lineup included: Michael Holtz (38), Andrew McCluskey (40) an Steve Elliott (40). Duncan McLain (42) and Max Goepel (44) also played on Thursday.
ALTON FINISHES IN SECOND AT TOURNEY — The Alton Redbirds competed in the Yorktown Par 3 Tournament in Belleville on Thursday and grabbed second place.
The Redbirds shot a 246 to finish 10 strokes off of champion Belleville Althoff (236). O'Fallon was third with a 251.
Natalie Long took third overall for AHS with a 4-over 58 to lead the squad. Tori Hays was 10th with a 60.
Other contributing Redbirds were: Ashley Orr (62) and Courtney Hachmann (66).
Althoff's Abigal Irwin was medalist with a 1-over 55.
CM COMPETES AT YORKTOWN TOURNEY — Civic Memorial competed in the Yorktown Par 3 Tournament in Belleville on Thursday with some exciting results.
The Eagles shot a 271 as a team to finish in the middle of the pack, but were highlighted by a hole-in-one by Angie Bailey on Hole No. 12 using her pitching wedge. Bailey fired a 72 overall for CM.
Allison Hemingway led the Eagles with a 61, while Sara Gwillim (63), Bailey's 72 and Kayla Slavens (75) contributed to the team score. Lisa Logterman and Isabella Roberts both played and shot 76s, too.
MARQUETTE BLANKS GRANITE CITY ON THE ROAD — The Marquette Catholic Explorers went to Granite City Thursday, blanking the Warriors 9-0.
Shelby Jones, Laura Moore, Elena Gable, Adri Ventimiglia, Claire Snider and Abbi Simonds picked up singles wins for Marquette. In doubles, Moore and Gable, Jones and Ventimiglia and Snider and Simonds were winners.
The Explorers are now 4-2 on the season and will compete in the River Bend Tournament in Alton on Saturday.
ROXANA CRUISES BY HILLSBORO — The Shells improved to 7-3 with an 8-1 win over Hillsboro at home on Thursday.
In singles action Sydney Owsley, Anna Ballard, Georgia Ballard, Haley Milazzo and Sara Kreutztrager earned victories. The Ballards, Owlsey and Milazzo and Ashley Alexander and Kreuttrager won at doubles.