EAGLES TOP COLLINSVILLE TO NAB NO. 1 SPOT IN 1A PLAYOFFS — The Bethalto Eagles have enjoyed their time through MVCHA Class 1A pool play. They defeated the Collinsville Kahoks 6-4 on Thursday at the East Alton Ice Arena to go 5-0 in 1A pool play and secure the No. 1 seed in the upcoming 1A playoffs.
Bethalto improved to 12-9 with the win. Collinsville wrapped up the regular season with a 7-14 mark.
The 1A and 2A postseasons will begin on Feb. 4. The Eagles will be the top seed, followed by Alton, Collinsville, East Alton-Wood River, Granite City and Highland.
On Thursday, Bethalto fell behind 2-0 in the first period, but charged back to defeat the Kahoks. Konnar Loewen notched four goals and two assists to spur the offense in the win. Joe Watson chipped in with two goals and an assist, while Jacoby Robinson, Justin Wendle and Anthony Russo each supplied one assist.
Next up for the MVCHA players are the 1A and 2A all-star games. The 1A game is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Monday and the 2A game is set for 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Bethalto coach Derek Kahl will head up the 1A East squad. The Eagles will be represented on the team by: Jayden Kahl, Watson, Russo, Kirklyn Hansen, Gage Wendle, Justin Meyer, Justin Wendle, Alec Hilliard, Robinson and Loewen.
ALTON CLOSES OUT REGULAR SEASON WITH ROUT OF HIGHLAND — The Alton Redbirds charged out to a 6-2 lead after one period Thursday at the East Alton Ice Arena against Highland and cruised to a 10-3 victory.
Alton closed out the regular season with 10-11 record and will be the No. 2 seed when the Class 1A MVCHA playoffs begin on Feb. 4.
Tanner St. Peters directed the offense with a hat trick for the Birds. Bryce Simon and Scott Waldrup punched in two goals for Alton, while Simon also had an assist. Jacob Eppel, Zack Hunter and Brandon Lang all supplied one goal apiece, Joe Boevingloh dished out three assists, Logan Rushing had two and Connor Jones added one in the win. Caleb Currie gobbled up 25 saves in goal.
Alton head coach Abram Henson will guide the 1A West all-star team at 7:15 p.m. Monday in East Alton. The Redbirds will be represented on the team by: Simon, Jake Bohn, Jones, Waldrup, Currie, Boevingloh, Lang, St. Peters, Hunter and Mark Vitali.
ALTON FALLS HARD AT INCARNATE WORD ACADEMY — The Alton Redbirds traveled to Incarnate Word Academy on Thursday, suffering a lopsided 62-16 loss.
With the loss, the Redbirds sank to 3-18 on the season. Incarnate Word improved to 14-4 with the win.
"Tonight was a learning experience for our girls, we have younger players that really grew up from playing that level of competition,” said AHS head coach Bobby Rickman. “Incarnate is one of the top programs in the country and we took a pretty good beating, but our players battled as hard as I have seen."
Jewel Wagner and Deija Carter led the Birds with 4 points apiece, while LaJarvia Brown chipped in 3 points.
"We have played as tough a schedule as I think a young team could endure, and I feel we have come out of this much better, than we were in November," Rickman added.
Alton is idle until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when it travels to Collinsville.
ROXANA LOSES SCC GAME TO VANDALIA — The Roxana Shells played host to the Vandalia Vandals in South Central Conference action on Thursday, losing 51-32.
Roxana slipped to 9-15 overall and 2-6 in the SCC. The Shells are in a rough stretch, losing their seventh straight on Thursday.
The Shells fell behind 15-8 after one quarter Thursday, cut it to 26-22 at halftime, but trailed 39-23 after three quarters.
Sara Kreutztrager scored a team-high 10 points to lead Roxana, while Hannah Rexford added 9 points and Cassie Vanzo scored 7 in the loss.
Next up for the Shells is a SCC trip to Southwestern at 7:30 p.m. Monday.
EA-WR SPLITS WITH JERSEY AND LITCHFIELD — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers played host to a triangular meet Thursday, picking up a split with Jersey and Litchfield.
The Oilers defeated Jersey 45-36, but lost to Litchfield 45-34. Litchfield topped Jersey 45-31 to sweep the triangular.
EA-WR got double wins on the mat from: Drew Sobol (106), Zac Blasioli (152) and Gabe Grimes (182). Sobol picked up a pair of pins.