As the calendar quickly approaches May, we are around the halfway mark for the spring sports season. It won’t be too long and the postseason will be upon us.
I figured we could take a quick glance at where our Greater Alton prep teams will be headed when the playoffs get percolating in May.
Let’s start with boys’ tennis. All the Greater Alton tennis teams will be at the same place — Edwardsville. Alton, Civic Memorial, Marquette Catholic, East Alton-Wood River and Roxana all find themselves in the pool at the EHS Tennis Center on May 20-21.
Unfortunately, the Tigers have won the sectional 15 straight years and are angling for No. 16. This will be the final year for the IHSA to have a one-class system in tennis. It will expand to two classes in the fall with the girls.
Boys’ volleyball is also a one-class system in the IHSA. Alton is in the Lincoln-Way East Sectional, sub-sectional A, which will either land the Birds in the Metro East Lutheran or O’Fallon Regional when seeds are released.
Moving on to track and field, Marquette is cast in the 1A Gillespie Sectional for boys and the 1A Carlinville Sectional for the girls. The 2A Springfield Lanphier Sectional for the boys will feature CM, EA-WR and Roxana, while the three schools’ girls’ teams will head to the 2A Rochester Sectional.
Alton’s boys stay close in the 3A Collinsville Sectional, while the girls hit the road, traveling to the 3A Rock Island Sectional.
Roxana thrower Jordan Hawkins will be looking to make some noise. He already set the school record for the Shells in the discus. Zach Llewellyn of the Redbirds is having a nice throwing season, too. Hawkins and Llewellyn will both look to push through the sectional round of the playoffs.
On the girls’ side, LaJarvia Brown is looking for her third straight 3A state title in the triple jump. She is also making waves in the long jump and 300-meter hurdles. She leads the charge for the ladies.
Alton’s Katie Mans (high jump) and Jewel Wagner (shot put) also were state medalists last season and are angling for more success. CM distance runner Alex Singleton is healthy this spring and hopes to make some noise as a senior, as do Roxana runner Kyrston Scifres and EA-WR’s Haley Kerpan, who were strong in cross country during the fall.
Girls’ soccer sees the Explorers, Shells and Oilers all together, likely at Gordon Moore Park in a 1A Marquette Regional. They are in sub-sectional A of the Althoff Sectional.
Marquette has fallen to Rochester the last two years in the super sectionals. The Explorers were third in 2013 and state champs in 2011.
CM is in sub-sectional A of the 2A Triad Sectional. The Eagles will hit the road for either Chatham Glenwood or Springfield High for regional action.
The Redbirds are cast in sub-sectional A of the 3A Normal Community Sectional and will either be placed in the Collinsville or Granite City Regional. Alton entered the week 9-3-2 overall, but 0-2-1 in the Southwestern Conference, where its playoff foes will come from.
In softball, Roxana and EA-WR are together in 2A, while CM and Marquette are cast in 3A and Alton is perched in 4A.
The Shells and Oilers are part of the Gillespie Sectional in sub-sectional B, which will land them either in Gillespie or Southwestern for regional action.
CM and Marquette will head to either a Columbia or Triad Regional as part of sub-sectional A of the Herrin Sectional.
AHS is in sub-sectional A of the Normal Community Sectional, which will send it to either Edwardsville or Collinsville for a regional. The Birds entered Wednesday with a 13-3 record overall and 6-1 mark in the SWC, so they working on bagging a high seed.
Glancing at baseball, teams are paired the same, with Roxana and EA-WR in 2A, the Eagles and Explorers in 3A and the Redbirds in 4A.
Sub-Sectional B of the Teutopolis Sectional is where you will find the Shells and Oilers. They will either be in a Althoff or Gillespie Regional.
Roxana entered Wednesday with just a 7-11 overall mark, but were 6-0 in the South Central Conference, so seeding could get interesting for the Shells. EA-WR was riding a six-game winning streak through Monday, so the Oilers are making their push, too.
Marquette and CM are cast in sub-sectional A of the Triad Sectional and will either travel to defending 3A state champion Highland or Mascoutah for regional play. The Eagles just beat Highland 5-3 on Monday.
Alton gets the best scenario, playing host to a regional on its pristine new field on its Godfrey campus. The Birds are in sub-sectional A of the Illinois Wesleyan Sectional. The other regional will be located at Belleville West.
If you get a chance step away from the prep scene and head out to Lewis and Clark Community College and enjoy some of their spring success, too.
The LCCC women’s tennis team just earned their fifth consecutive trip to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament, while the men’s tennis team just defeated Kaskaskia in the first round of the Region 24 Tournament on April 15. The men’s team features sophomore Adam Ruckman, an Alton grad.
The Trailblazer softball team entered the week on a six-game winning streak and a 26-12 overall record. The team features three sophomore standouts from Alton High — Jordyn Roady, Morgan Butler and Amanda Palen.
The LCCC baseball team entered the week with a 17-19 mark. It features freshmen Drake Hampton, Jacob Skrabacz and Will Lewis and sophomore Clint Cress from Alton, sophomore Nelson Martz from Roxana and freshmen Max Goeppel and Jacob Eggering from Marquette.