TRACK AND FIELD
EA-WR BOYS PREVAIL AT PSC TOURNAMENT — For the second consecutive season the East Alton-Wood River boys' track and field team are the Prairie State Conference champs.
The Oilers compiled 149 points to stave off second place and host Mount Olive (110). The rest of the boys' field rounded out with: Bunker Hill (44), Marquette Catholic (32) and Metro East Lutheran (29).
On the girls' side the host Wildcats pulled out the title with 120 points, while MELHS (78), EA-WR (72), Bunker Hill (30) and Marquette (16) rounded out the rest of the teams.
The Oilers watched as Brenden Springman paved the way for their win on the boys' side with titles in the 800-meter run (2:16.00), the 1,600 (5:17.00) and the 3,200 (12:21.25).
Zac Butkovich also came through on three relay champs, the 4x1, 4x4 and 4x8. Hunter O'Brien won the triple jump, going 34 feet, 11 inches and Anthony Lane was tops in the discus with a heave of 113-3.5. Lane was also second in the shot put with a throw of 37-6.
Matthew Shea had a nice day with a third in the 800 (2:25.75) and second place finishes in the 1,600 (5:24.00) and 3,200 runs (12:37.27) to teammate Springman.
Marquette watched as Jon Stewart nabbed the 100-meter dash crown in a time of 11.07 seconds. He was also third in the 200 (23.90). Jesse Simmons of the Explorers won the long jump (18-4.25) and Marquette took second in the 4x1 to the Oilers.
On the girls' side, Carissa Gilreath steered EA-WR as part of the winning 4x1 unit and with individual titles in the long jump (14-8.5), 100 (13.34) and 200 (28.08). Haley Kerpan also stepped up on the victorious 4x1 (55.47) to complement titles in the 400 (1:06.23) and 1,600 runs (6:25.80).
Marquette produced one title with Natalie Halliday winning the 3,200 in 14:01.11.
ALTON BESTS GIBAULT IN A SHOOTOUT — The Alton Redbirds got all they asked for on the road at Gibault on Monday, but ultimately pulled out a lopsided 19-8 victory in six innings.
Alton trailed 1-0 after two and 5-3 after three, but put up 16 runs over the final three innings to tilt the odds in its favor.
The Redbirds improved to 22-4 with the nonconference victory.
Sam Ballard nabbed the win on the hill after working just 0.1 innings in relief. He was sandwiched between Jacob St. Peters and Matt Hopkins on the mound.
Hopkins did his part at the plate, going 4 for 5 with four RBIs and smacked his first home run of the season. Aaron Bonnell also homered in the win and knocked in three RBIs.
Altogether the Birds pounded out 20 hits in the win. Derrick Allen joined Hopkins with a four-hit performance.
Alton returns to action at 4:30 p.m. today at Lloyd Hopkins Field inside Gordon Moore Park, playing host to Southwestern Conference foe Collinsville.
CM TOPS MVC RIVAL HIGHLAND — The sizzling Civic Memorial Eagles picked up a 5-2 win over the Highland Bulldogs in Mississippi Valley Conference action on the road Monday.
The soaring Eagles improved to 14-13 overall and 4-3 in the rugged MVC. They have now won five games in a row and won 10 of their last 12 contests.
In comparison, CM lost 10-1 to the Bulldogs in the two teams' previous MVC meeting in Bethalto.
Zac Cato constructed a masterful complete-game victory, working all seven while surrendering four hits, fanning four, walking two and only allowing two unearned runs.
A four-run first inning sparked the Eagles and proved to be enough. As a team they banged out seven hits and overcame three errors in the field.
Caleb Buhs had a triple and a RBI, while Cato, Conner Bryant and Devin Daniels each had a double and a RBI in the victory.
CM returns to action at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, playing host to MVC rival Waterloo.
CM'S WOES CONTINUE WITH LOSS TO HIGHLAND — Struggles continued for the Civic Memorial Eagles on Monday as they lost 13-5 to Mississippi Valley Conference foe Highland at home.
It marked the ninth loss in a row for CM, which is now 6-15 on the season and 1-6 on the conference slate.
Ryan Allison took the loss in the circle for the Eagles, while senior Chloe Jennings continued her solid season at the plate in the loss. Jennings was 3 for 4 with a double and a home run and drove in two. She also scored three times.
Jennings is now hitting .506 with 10 doubles, six homers and 19 RBIs to go with 22 runs scored, all tops on the team.
Katelyn Turbyfill joined Jennings with a 3 for 4 day and two RBIs on Monday.
CM next takes the field at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday against MVC rival Waterloo on the road.
ROXANA WINS FIFTH STRAIGHT — The Roxana Shells pounded Hillsboro 7-0 in South Central Conference action Monday, grabbing their fifth straight victory.
The Shells are now 11-5-0 overall and 4-3 in the SCC.
Five of Roxana's goals came in the first half. Senior Claire Bollinger paced the Shells with three goals and two assists, while Emma Lucas logged two goals and an assist and Sydney Owsley had two goals.
Brookelyn Trask had a pair of assists in the win and Brittany Alexander added one.
The Shells play host to Staunton at 4:30 p.m. today, returning to SCC action.
MARQUETTE FALLS TO BELLEVILLE EAST — The Marquette Catholic Explorers welcomed Class 3A and Southwestern Conference member Belleville East to Gordon Moore Park on Monday and battled to a 1-0 loss.
The 1A Explorers dipped to 11-5-2 with the loss as they prepare for the 1A CM Regional starting May 12 as the No. 1 seed.
Monday's 1-0 loss came on Senior Night for Marquette, which watched as East scored in the 64th minute off of a goal by Kara Gunter assisted by Rhiannon Brown.
Lauren Fischer took the loss in goal for the Explorers, who outshot the Lancers 15-10 in the game.
Marquette battles Granite City on the road at 11 a.m. Saturday to close out the regular season before delving into the playoffs next week.