CM AND ALTON ARE STATE BOUND — The Alton Redbirds and Civic Memorial Eagles earned state berths on Saturday at the Herrin Sectional, conducted at S.I. Bowl in Carterville.
The top six teams advanced from the 12-team field. The Redbirds finished fourth, while the Eagles nabbed fifth to qualify for state which will take place at St. Clair Bowl in O'Fallon beginning this Friday and concluding on Saturday.
Alton compiled 5,831 pins at the Herrin Sectional, while CM accumulated 5,808. The top six included: Collinsville (6,048), O'Fallon (5,999), Cahokia (5,959), Alton, CM and Salem (5,741).
The sectional was doubly good to the Eagles, who qualified for state for the first time and were led by senior Ryan Hayes' perfect game. Hayes bowled a 300 in his third game. He put together a 1,296 series, which was good for fourth individually.
Hayes was joined in scoring by teammates, Jacob Troeckler (1,173), Phillip Ramos (1,163), Dalton Harshbarger (1,149), Alex Zukas (1,027).
AHS was paced by Lucas Pejakovich, who turned in a 1,278 series. The rest of the Redbirds competing on Saturday were: Mat Gorman (1,220), Jacob Donahue (1,131), Matt Fritz (999), Justin Amistadi (905) and Tyler Stevenson (298).
ALTON DEFEATS QUINCY ON THE ROAD — The Alton Redbirds cruised to a 57-38 victory over the Quincy Blue Devils on the road Saturday.
Alton improved to 18-4 with the victory, while the Blue Devils — who will join the Redbirds in the Class 4A Edwardsville Regional later this season — dropped to 11-7.
Darrius Edwards guided the AHS attack with 13 points, while Carlos Anderson chipped in with 11 points, Demonte Wigfall netted 10, Lavonte Hobbs scored nine and Bryan Hudson added eight.
The Birds sit idle until 7:30 p.m. Friday when they travel to Granite City to take on the Warriors at 7:30 p.m.
PANTHERS TOP MARQUETTE IN DOUBLE OT TO CLOSE JERSEY INVITE — The Marquette Catholic Explorers made a valiant effort to finally win a game at the Jersey Invite, but came up short in a 54-52 double overtime defeat at the hands of the host Panthers.
The loss left the Explorers 0-5 at the tournament and sank their season record to 13-9.
Jersey's Luke Shively had the putback in the waning seconds of the second OT to give the Panthers the triumph in a game that should have seeding implications for two teams who will later meet in the Class 3A Jersey Regional.
Marquette was directed by Shandon Boone with 17 points in the loss. He was complemented by Max Goepel with 15 points and Jacob Fischer with 11.
Jersey's Zac Ridenhour led all scorers with 21 points.
The Explorers are back in action at 7:30 p.m. Friday playing host to the East Alton-Wood River Oilers in a Prairie State Conference matchup
CM CRUISES PAST GREENFIELD IN CARROLLTON — The Civic Memorial Eagles opened the Carrollton Hawks Invitational with a bang on Saturday, defeating Greenfield 64-28.
The Eagles raced out to a 48-15 lead at halftime on their way to the lopsided victory. CM improved to 17-5 with the win.
Allie Troeckler paced the Eagles with a double double, scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Katelyn Turbyfill added eight points and 12 rebounds and Journey Coffman scored eight points in the win for good measure.
Next on the docket for CM is a 6:30 p.m. Wednesday quarterfinal showdown with the Jersey Panthers in Carrollton.
MARQUETTE ROLLS PAST MADISON IN CARROLLTON — The Marquette Catholic Explorers got off on the good foot at the Carrollton Hawks Invitational on Saturday, besting Madison 70-49.
Marquette led 19-11 after one quarter and 36-15 at the break on the way to the win. The Explorers are now 6-16 on the season following the victory.
Andria Pace sparked Marquette with a game-high 19 points. She was 7 of 8 from the free throw line in the win. Emily Holden, 10 points and Brittany Pace, 10 points, joined her in double figures.
It won't get easier for the Explorers, who draw the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Calhoun, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Carrollton. The Warriors beat Metro East Lutheran 59-22 in their opening round game.