The Marquette Catholic Explorers plan to retire former softball standout Alexis Silkwood’s No. 8 at halftime of the boys’ varsity basketball game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, vs. Jerseyville at Marquette.
Silkwood is going to be a sophomore at Mississippi State University this season. She picked up 14 wins as a freshman for the Bulldogs, second-best on the team. She also had 167 strikeouts in 153.1 innings.
Silkwood owns IHSA state records for wins (124), shutouts (100), no-hitters (54) and strikeouts (1,907). She ranks second in perfect games with 15. Silkwood led Marquette to second (2013 in Class 3A), third (2011 in Class 2A) and fourth (2010 in Class 2A) places at state.
The game will serve as the home opener for the Explorers, as their Tuesday night contest with Madison has been canceled.