ALTON KEEPS ROLLING — The Alton Redbirds continued their torrid run in 2014, improving to 24-3-1 on Thursday and tying the school record in wins.
The Redbirds defeated Hazelwood Central 25-21, 25-23 at AHS. With the win, Alton tied the school record in victories of 24-9 set in 2008 in head coach Dan Carter's last season at the helm of the Redbirds. Current coach Stacey Ferguson came on board the following season.
Alton will go for the new record at 6 p.m. on Tuesday when it travels to Granite City for a Southwestern Conference showdown.
On Thursday, the Birds were led statistically by Jada Green with seven kills and seven service points. Megan Paulda also logged seven service points and six kills, while Jordan Nolan paced the team by dishing out 11 assists.
CM COMES UP SHORT VS. HIGHLAND — Civic Memorial played host to Highland on Thursday, but came up short.
The Bulldogs clipped the Eagles in straight games, 25-15, 25-18. With the loss, CM slipped to 4-15 and 0-5 in the Mississippi Valley Conference.
The Eagles made a valiant effort in Game 2, leading 13-6 and 15-7, before Highland took off. CM clung to a 16-13 lead before the Bulldogs reeled off seven straight points to go up 20-16 and on to the win.
Summer Standefer sparked the Eagles with a team-high eight digs, while Baleigh Gehrs picked up three kills, Saige Gehrs and Cara Melton each had two kills and Sydney Marshall led with six assists.
REDBIRDS TAKE SECOND AT GARY BAIR TOURNEY — Despite Mother Nature's best efforts, she couldn't cancel the Gary Bair Tournament at Oak Brook Golf Club in Edwardsville on Thursday.
All 18 holes of the tournament were not finished, so scores were determined by how many strokes over par each golfer was on the day. Edwardsville was able to edge past the Alton Redbirds in the tourney. EHS carded a plus-36, while Alton turned in a plus-37.
AHS' Tori Hays shot 2-over-par to finish second individually. Courtney Hachmann was plus-5 to finish seventh, Natalie Long was at plus-7 to take 12th, while Ashley Orr was at plus-10 and Samantha Patton finished 13-over-par.
Next up for the Redbirds is the Class AA Springfield Regional at Lincoln Greens Golf Course in Springfield on Wednesday, Oct. 8.