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Whitney Sykes-Rogers returns for her second season as Granite City head girls’ basketball coach this winter.
On July 15, tragedy struck the Granite City Warriors hockey team.
One of its former players, Zach Boland, died at age 19 in a forklift accident at Pontoon Beach. Boland, who graduated from GCHS in 2014, played all four years with the hockey squad.
“I’ve coached Zach Boland for three years,” Granite City coach Frank Parker said. “Zach Boland was one of those high-energy guys. He didn’t need motivation.”
This season, the Warriors will dedicate their season to Boland. The Warriors have scheduled a Zach Boland night at 6:50 p.m. Nov. 24 against Freeburg/Waterloo at Wilson Park Ice Rink. Also, the Warriors are selling T-shirts bearing the inscription “In Memory of Zach Boland.”
“It’s going to be a special night,” said Parker, who is in his fourth season as Granite City head coach.
The Warriors will look to get back on the winning track this winter. Last year, Granite City won just one game.
The Warriors return several players from last year’s team, including junior Riley Brown and senior Darian Glenn. Glenn is the Warriors’ top returning scorer with six goals and six assists.
Austin Loyd, Brandon Merz and Troy Glendening are the other seniors for the Warriors, who were scheduled to start their season Monday against Alton at East Alton Ice Arena.
Granite City has a total of 16 games on its schedule; eight of them will be played at Wilson Park Ice Rink.
The Granite City boys’ bowling season begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, when the team competes in the Collinsville Tournament at Camelot Bowl. The Warriors also will compete in the Abe Lincoln Bowling Invitational in Springfield on Dec. 5, the Alton Invitational on Dec. 23 at Bowl Haven, the Boylan Catholic Invitational on Dec. 28 and the PBA Experience High School Shootout on Dec. 29 at Rockford and the O’Fallon Team Challenge on Jan. 2.
The Warriors’ first home match will be on Nov. 19 against Alton at Airport Bowl in Bethalto.
The girls’ bowling season starts on Nov. 28 at the Collinsville Invitational. The Warriors will compete in the Abe Lincoln Invitational on Dec. 5 and Alton Invitational on Dec. 23 and the O’Fallon Girls’ Team Challenge on Jan. 9. Granite City’s first home match will be on Dec. 2 against Belleville East at Airport Bowl.
Melanie Williams returns for her fourth season as head coach for both the boys’ and girls’ bowling teams. Last year, her boys’ bowling team had three sectional qualifiers.
The Granite City wrestling team starts its season on Nov. 21 in the Challenge Tournament at Memorial Gymnasium. The Warriors’ Holiday Wrestling Tournament is scheduled for Dec. 28-29. Granite City also has the Kansas City Stampede (Dec. 18-19) and Geneseo Tournament (Jan. 15-16) on its schedule.
George Kirgan returns for his fourth season as Granite City head coach. Last year, the Warriors finished 22-4 overall and 5-2 in Southwestern Conference play. They qualified six wrestlers to sectionals and one to state.
The Granite City boys’ basketball team begins its season on Nov. 23 against Triad in the opening game of the Stove Top Stuffing Classic at Memorial Gymnasium. The Warriors also play at Taylorville on Nov. 24, Nokomis on Nov. 25 and Civic Memorial on Nov. 28.
Steve Roustio returns for his eighth season as Granite City head coach. Last year, the Warriors finished 11-17 overall and 1-13 in Southwestern Conference play.
The Warriors’ girls’ basketball team starts its season on Nov. 30 at the Orchard Farm Tournament. Granite City’s first home game is Dec. 10 against Alton.
Whitney Sykes-Rogers returns for her second season as Granite City head coach. The Warriors won just three games in her first season last winter.
Practices for the basketball, bowling and wrestling teams began on Monday.