ROXANA, EA-WR SPLIT AT AIRPORT BOWL — The Roxana Shells and East Alton-Wood River Oilers bowling teams met at Airport Bowl in Bethalto for a rivalry match ending in a split.
The Roxana boys prevailed with 2,733 pins to EA-WR's 2,289. In the girls' competition, the Oilers compiled 2,009 pins to outdistance the Shells at 1,656 total pins.
For the boys, Roxana was paced by Christian Bertoletti with a 659 series. Bertoletti's high game was a 258. EA-WR was directed by Brandon Yarborough with a 498 series. Yarborough's rolled a 199 for his best game.
On the girls' side, the Oilers received a 506 series from Shelby Yarborough to steer the attack. She had a high game of 186. For the Shells, Andrea Mellenthin rolled a 434 series, led by a high game of 177 to stir the squad.
EA-WR is back in action at 3:30 p.m. today at Metro East Lutheran, while Roxana heads to Triad at 3:45 p.m. today.
The Oilers and Shells boys will be a part of the Taylorville Regional at 9 a.m. Saturday at Spare Time Lanes in Decatur.
BETHALTO PICKS UP 8-4 WIN OVER HIGHLAND — The next step toward the MVCHA playoffs began Monday and the Bethalto Eagles got off on the right foot.
The Eagles defeated Highland 8-4 to open the 1A portion of the season at the East Alton Ice Arena. The top 6 teams of the 12-team MVCHA were split into a 2A division starting Monday, while the bottom 6 went into the 1A bracket. The next series of games will decipher the seedings for the 1A and 2A playoffs.
With the win on Monday Bethalto lifted its record to 8-9 on the season.
The Eagles and Bulldogs were knotted at 1-1 after one period and Bethalto clung to a 5-4 advantage after two periods before erupting score three unanswered goals in the third period to log the win.
Konnar Loewen drove the offensive attack for the Eagles with three goals and three assists.
Bethalto is now idle until meeting local rival East Alton-Wood River at 8:45 p.m. next Monday.
MATER DEI TOO MUCH FOR EXPLORERS — The Marquette Explorers ran into a roadblock on Monday, losing 71-43 on the road at Mater Dei.
Marquette had won five of its previous six contests entering Monday. The loss dropped the Explorers to 7-11 on the season. Mater Dei is now 10-7.
The Knights thumped Marquette early, taking a 26-8 lead out of the first quarter. They then owned a commanding 40-19 lead at the break and a 58-30 advantage after three quarters.
Andria Pace and Lila Snider paced the Explorers with 9 points apiece. Allison Hoefert chipped in 8 and Peyton Kline netted 7 to complement them.
Next up for Marquette is a Prairie State Conference contest vs. Mount Olive at 6 p.m. Thursday at home.
ROXANA FALLS TO GILLESPIE AT HOME — The Roxana Shells played host to the Gillespie Miners for a South Central Conference affair Monday, falling 61-36.
It was the second straight loss for the Shells and their fourth loss in their last five games. They are now 9-10 on the season and 2-4 in the SCC. Gillespie elevated to 10-6 and 4-2 on the league slate.
Roxana drew even at 9-9 after one quarter, but trailed 25-20 entering the locker room and 38-26 after three. The Miners then erupted to outscore the Shells 23-10 over the final eight minutes.
Roxana got 13 points each out of Abby Palen and Hannah Rexford to lead the way, while Sara Kreutztrager punched in 9 points for good measure.
The Shells return at action at 7:30 p.m. Thursday when they welcome Hillsboro to Larry Milazzo Gymnasium.
GRANITE CITY LOSES AT O'FALLON — The Granite City Warriors trekked to O'Fallon for a Southwestern Conference contest Monday and came away with a 46-31 loss.
The Warriors sank to 3-11 and 1-6 in the SWC with the loss. It was their third consecutive setback. O'Fallon improved to 10-6 and 5-3 with the win.
The Panthers outscored GCHS 23-9 in the first half, but only 23-22 in the second half.
Donyai Garrett stirred the Warriors with 21 points. Haley Crider, 6 points, and Khadija Helms and Maya Ware were the only other Granite City players to score.
The Warriors go to Belleville East at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for their next game.
ALTON VS. EAST SIDE GAME POSTPONED IN WAKE OF SHOOTING — Out of respect of the shooting death of an 11-year-old Alton boy tonight's boys' basketball game between the Redbirds and East St. Louis Flyers at AHS has been postponed.
Athletics director Jeff Alderman released a statement Monday morning announcing the postponement. It read, “Out of respect of the loss of a young Alton School District student's life, the boys' basketball game that was scheduled tonight between East St. Louis and Alton High School at Alton High School has been postponed.”
The Southwestern Conference contest was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tonight, directly following the junior varsity game which was also canceled. No makeup date has been set as of yet.
The Redbirds return to action at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Edwardsville.