ALTON TAKES TOP HONORS AT ABE LINCOLN TOURNAMENT — The Alton Redbird girls' bowling team had a stellar weekend at the Abe Linclon Tournament at King Pin Lanes in Springfield Saturday, bringing home tournament gold.
Alton totaled 5,843 pins over six games to win the championship of the annual tourney hosted by Taylorville. The Birds outdistanced Collinsville (5,791) and Mascoutah (5,452) to secure the title. The rest of the 12-team field rounded out with: Highland (5,312), O'Fallon (5,287), Decatur Eisenhower (4,726), Pana (4,709), Taylorville (4,641), Jerseyville (4,625), Abingdon (4,188), Granite City (3,374) and West Central (3,249).
Individually, Eryka Graham and Ashley Heistand went first and second to pace the Redbirds. Graham's championship day included a total of 1,407 pins and a 234.5 average. During Round 1 she bowled a 667 series and Round 2 she turned in a 740 series. Her best game was a 269.
Heistand totaled 1,299 pins and a 216.5 average for second overall. She had an opening series of 614 and in Round 2 rolled a 685 series. Her best game was a 287, which was the best game of any girls' bowler on the day.
Becca McBride (1,073) also finished in the top 36 for the varsity team. Elizabeth Hanke (1,074) and Clarie Gorman (1,005) paced the Alton JV squad, which finished first out of the six-team, field of the JV division.
ALTON ROLLS TO THIRD AT ABE LINCOLN TOURNEY — The Alton boys' bowlers picked up 6,192 pins to roll to third place at the Abe Lincoln Tournament in Springfield on Saturday.
Jerseyville secured the crown in the boys' division with 6,423 total pins, while O'Fallon took second with 6,412 pins. Following Alton, the rest of the field rounded out with: Triad (5,910), Hihgland (5,890), Collinsville (5,809), Taylorville (5,720), Granite City (5,321), Abingdon (5,039) and West Central (3,776).
Justin Amistadi guided the Redbirds with a total of 1,306 pins. His first series was 617, while his second series was a 689. Amistadi's best game was 246. He was sixth overall.
Mat Gorman (1,289) also finished in the top 10 for Alton, while Lucas Pejakovich (1,269) and Jacob Donahue (1,243) also finishing in the top 36.
Tyler Stevenson (1,146) paced the JV team for AHS, which finished third in the JV division.
ALTON PICKS UP THREE WINS AT MORTON QUAD — The Alton Redbirds traveled to the Morton Quadrangular on Saturday and kept their flawless record on the season intact.
Alton defeated Bloomington 34-30, New Lennox Providence Catholic 36-32 and host Morton 51-12 to improve to 6-0 on the young season.
Six Redbirds posted perfect 3-0 records in the quadrangular. Alejandro Lopez (138), Phyllip DeLoach (145), Nicholas DeLoach (152), Q'iante Wagner (160), Cameron Cauley (170) and Keontay Holmes (182) all had flawless weekends for the Birds.
Next up for AHS is a home triangular with Granite City and Civic Memorial at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
EA-WR PICKS UP WIN OVER CARLINVILLE — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers improved to 2-3 on Friday with a non-conference 68-59 victory over Carlinville.
Blake Marks led the charge for the Oilers with 25 points in the home-opening win. Dillon Buck joined him in double figures with 11 points, while Zach Butkovich scored nine points and Nic Daily netted eight points and 11 rebounds.
Next up for EA-WR is a home matchup with Staunton at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
MARQUETTE TOPS NOKOMIS IN PSC OPENER — The Marquette Catholic Explorers started Prairie State Conference play in style on Friday.
The Explorers improved to 6-1 overall and 1-0 in the PSC with a 44-38 win over Nokomis. The Redskins plummeted to 0-6 and 0-1 with the loss.
Marquette now visits Metro East Lutheran at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in a PSC game.
ROXANA STUMBLES VS. CARROLLTON — The Roxana Shells stumbled on the road at Carrollton on Friday, losing 63-49.
The loss dropped the Shells to 4-2 on the young season.
They were led by Trace Gentry with 22 points in the loss. Zach Golenor, nine points, Randy Skiff, eight points, Jordan Hawkins seven points, and Chance Foss, three points, rounded out the scoring for Roxana. Golenor dished out a team-high five assists, while Gentry and Skiff each picked up three steals for the Shells.
Roxana now sits idle until 7:30 p.m. Friday when it plays host to local rival East Alton-Wood River.