GWILLIM TAKES TOP SPOT, EAGLES FINISH FIFTH AT MVC TOURNEY — Civic Memorial's Sara Gwillim enjoyed a great day on the links after a dramatic finish Wednesday in the Mississippi Valley Conference Tournament at Belk Park Golf Course.
Gwillim garnered medalist honors for the conference tourney after winning a playoff with Haley Faus of Waterloo. Both girls shot 75, but Gwillim parred No. 18 at Belk to win the playoff hole with Faus, who bogeyed the hole.
Waterloo took home the conference champion on the team front, carding a 378. The rest of the field rounded out with: Triad (392), Highland (402), Mascoutah (417) and CM (420). Jersey had two entries in the tournament and didn't figure into the team tallies.
The rest of the Eagles scoring lineup included: Isabella Roberts (93), Carmen Phillips (102) and Reagan Walters (124). Roberts finished eighth overall individually. Gwillim and Roberts both earned all-MVC honors finishing in the top 10.
CM returns to action at 3:30 p.m. today at Cloverleaf Golf Course against Marquette Catholic, Roxana and Jersey for a quadrangular match. The Eagles then delve into the postseason at the Class A Roxana Regional at Belk Park on Oct. 7.
EA-WR EDGES HILLSBORO — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers secured their fifth straight win and eighth out of their last nine matches on Wednesday, topping Hillsboro 2-1 on the road.
The surging Oilers improved to 12-3-1 on the season with the victory.
Goals came off the feet of Jordan Schmigdall and Zac Lafferty. Lafferty was tagged with the game winner. David Barrett picked up an assist in the triumph.
Nick Barrett logged five saves in the net.
EA-WR is back in action at 5 p.m. today at Carlinville for the program's fourth game in four days.
ALTON TIES MATER DEI — The Alton Redbirds welcomed the Mater Dei Knights to Gordon Moore Park on Wednesday and finished in a 1-1 stalemate.
The Birds nabbed a 1-0 lead in the first half, but couldn't make it hold up as the Knights tallied a second-half goal to tie it. Alton is now 8-4-3 on the season.
Skylar Funk booted the goal for the Redbirds. He was assisted by Alton's Adam Kane. Devin Colley made six saves in goal.
The Birds face Edwardsville at 6:45 p.m. tonight at home in a rescheduled Southwestern Conference game from Tuesday when it was washed out.
ROXANA BLANKS GILLESPIE — The Roxana Shells rushed to a 6-0 win over South Central Conference rival Gillespie Wednesday at the Wood River Soccer Park.
The Shells tallied three goals in each half to grab the lopsided league win. With the triumph, Roxana is now 6-8-1 overall and 3-4 in the SCC.
The Shells now prepare for their big crosstown showdown with rival East Alton-Wood River at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wood River Soccer Park.
CM AND GRANITE CITY COMPETE AT TRIAD INVITE — The Civic Memorial Eagles and Granite City Warriors ran at the Triad Invite Wednesday, watching Highland take home the girls' title and Carbondale snare the boys' crown.
Marion's Shelby Kallem earned the top spot of the girls' race in a time of 19:11.24. CM's Alex Singleton ended up in 18th place with a time of 21:07.16 to be the Eagles' top finisher.
As a team, CM finished 15th. Sophomores Monica Baker and Alexis Enke, junior Lydia Peal and freshman Sonny Dickerson figured into the team scoring for the Eagles.
Granite City had two entries in the girls' race, freshman Emily Johnson and junior Savanah Tyler.
In the boys' race, CM finished 12th, while the Warriors were 16th.
The Eagles were paced by senior Frank Trost and sophomore Cohl Callies. Trost finished 20th in 17:48.67, while Callies was right on his heels in 21st with a time of 17:51.86.
The rest of the CM scoring lineup rounded out with: seniors Weihua Li and Jarrett Lacquement and freshman Parker Borth.
Granite City ran without brothers Will and Andrew O'Keefe on Wednesday. The Warriors were led by freshman Eri Neri, who finished in 19:22.55. The rest of the scoring lineup included: sophomore Aiden Sampson, freshman Donald James, sophomore Jack Blomme and freshman Tramel Ellis.
ROXANA PERFECT ON FIRST DAY IN MORRISONVILLE — The Roxana Shells won all three of their matches on the first day of the Mohawk Tournament in Morrisonville on Wednesday.
The Shells defeated the Taylorville JV team 25-13, 25-14, then Edinburg 25-12, 25-23 and finally Bunker Hill 25-17, 25-17.
Niah Bevolo had a team-high 35 assists and tied with Braeden Lackey for second in service points with 18. Abby Palen guided the service game with 21 points, while Lackey supplied a Roxana-high seven aces and was second with 14 kills. Taylor Westfall led with 16 kills and was second on the team with 16 digs. Kara Meyer directed the defense with 24 digs and was third in the offense with 13 kills.
Roxana returns to Morrisonville to battle Mulberry Grove Saturday morning. The championship match is on the docket for 2:30 p.m. Saturday.