EXPLORERS CRUISE BY PANTHERS — The Marquette Catholic Explorers have had highs and lows to start to the 2015 season; Wednesday was one of the highs.
The Explorers welcomed the Jersey Panthers to Marquette on Thursday and promptly beat them in straight sets, 25-17, 25-13.
With the win, the Explorers improved to 5-5 on the season. In 10 matches they have traded wins and losses each time, unable to string together a win streak as of yet.
Against Jersey, the service game was working well for Marquette. Marissa Nosco led with 11 service points, including the first nine to kick start Game 2. Andria Pace chipped in with nine service points and three aces also.
Anna Daugherty paced the offense with six kills, while Nosco had 15 assists, Michelle Cameron had a team-high five blocks and Laura Hamilton and Katie Gierer stirred the defense with nine digs apeice.
The Explorers hope to begin a win streak now as they head into the East Alton-Wood River/Marquette Tournament at 8 a.m. Saturday against Litchfield. Marquette already bested the Purple Panthers in straight sets on the road on Sept. 1.
GRANITE CITY PICKS UP WIN OVER MELHS — The Granite City Warriors played host to the Metro East Lutheran Knights Wednesday and came away with their second win of 2015.
In three games the Warriors defeated the Knights, 25-18, 17-25, 25-17. With the triumph GCHS improved to 2-6 on the young season. The Warriors have now won two of their last three games, after defeating Gillespie in their final match at the Redbird Classic. They sandwiched a three-game loss to Civic Memorial in between on Tuesday.
Granite City begins Southwestern Conference play at 6 p.m. tonight at home against the Collinsville Kahoks (2-7, 0-1).
ALTON FALLS TO BELLEVILLE EAST TO OPEN SWC SLATE — The Alton Redbirds opened the Southwestern Conference portion of their season Wednesday at home with a loss to Belleville East.
The Lancers bested the Birds 25-22, 25-18 to start the SWC slate. AHS dipped to 7-2 and 0-1 with the loss, snapping a seven-game win streak which was highlighted by the championship of the Redbird Classic on Sept. 5.
The Redbirds received seven kills from senior Jada Green on Wednesday and 16 assists from Sydney Schmidt to direct the offense. Savannah Fisher collected 15 serve receives and 10 digs in the loss also.
Alton now prepares for the Alton Invitational, its second tournament in two weeks at AHS, on Friday and Saturday. The Redbirds open with Carrollton at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
GCHS' ANDREW O'KEEFE WINS BOYS' RACE AT E'VILLE FALL CLASSIC; ROXANA, EA-WR PARTICIPATE, TOO — The Granite City Warriors, Roxana Shells and East Alton-Wood River all competed in the Edwardsville Fall Classic at SIUE on Wednesday with good results.
Granite City freshman Andrew O'Keefe secured the championship in the boys' race, turning in a time of 16:55.03. As a team, the Warriors placed ninth with 209 points. Leo Nikonowicz, Joshua Royce, Tyler Tindall and Aiden Sampson joined into the team scoring for GCHS.
The Roxana Shells finished 12th in the boys' race with 254 points. James Henseler paced the Shells with a 34th place finish in 19:54.42. Other Roxana runners to score were: Brandon Isom, Nathan Lowe, Dakota Stumpf and Cree Stumpf.
Brendon Springman was the lone participant in the boys' race for EA-WR, taking sixth individually in 17:55.61.
Edwardsville won the team title with 54 team points.
In the girls' race, Roxana finished seventh in the team standings, led by Kyrston Scifres who finished 17th individually in 22:27.84. Scifres was joined in the team scoring for the Shells by: Shalyn Edwards, Victoria Tarpley, Alexis Stumpf and Lette Palen.
Granite City entered three individuals in the race, led by Alyssa Comer who placed 47th in 24:52.34. Alexandra McLaren and Mariah Vaughn also participated for the Warriors.
The Oilers entered Haley Kerpan individually. Kerpan was 26th in 23:14.83.
ALTON TOPS HIGHLAND — The Alton Redbirds continued their torrid start on Wednesday, defeating Highland 5-3 on the road.
The Redbirds are now 4-0 on the season following the win. Alton won three of six singles bouts and two doubles flights against the Bulldogs.
Shannon Willis won at No. 1 for AHS by the score of 6-1, 6-3. Katie Cronin also won at No. 5, 6-2, 6-2 and Sami Clayton prevailed 3-6, 6-4, 10-5 at No. 6.
Doubles winners for Alton were: Mary McDaniel and Hannah Macias coming out on top 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 and Cronin and Clayton triumphant at No. 3, 6-2, 6-4.
The Redbirds get a giant test at 4 p.m. today at home when Edwardsville visits AHS for a Southwestern Conference dual which was rescheduled from Tuesday when it was rained out.
EA-WR COMES UP SHORT AT FREEBURG — The nomadic lifestyle of the East Alton-Wood River Oilers continued on Wednesday with a 4-2 loss to the Freeburg Midgets in Freeburg.
The Oilers have played seven games in 2015 — all on the road — and have compiled a 4-2-1 mark. EA-WR is ready for its home opener when it faces Valmeyer at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
On Wednesday, the Oilers scored twice in the first half, but trailed 3-2 at the break to the Midgets. Freeburg tacked on second half insurance goal to earn the win.
EA-WR got scoring from Zac Lafferty and Luke Sims, each with a goal and an assist in the loss.
ALTON FALLS TO E'VILLE IN SWC DUAL — The Alton Redbirds welcomed the Edwardsville Tigers to Rolling Hills Golf Course on Wednesday, but unfortunately came away with a loss.
The Tigers carded a 154 to outdistance Alton's 204. Edwardsville's Kayla Weinacht was medalsist with a 36.
AHS was led by Morgan Bemis' 43. Other Redbirds to join the scoring were: Annie Maynard (52), Addison Gregory (54) and Katie Keller (55).
Alton returns to action today, playing host to O'Fallon in SWC play.
EXPLORERS, SHELLS LOSE TO COLLINSVILLE — The Roxana Shells, Marquette Catholic Explorers and Collinsville Kahoks met for a triangular at Belk Park Golf Course on Wednesday with the Kahoks coming away with bragging rights.
Collinsville fired a 173 to defeat Marquette (179) and Roxana (212) on the Shells' home course. Sydney Bost of the Kahoks was medalist with a 42.