ALTON ADVANCES; DONAHUE ROLLS A 300 — It was a great day for the Alton Redbirds on all fronts at the Cahokia Sectional at Bel-Air Lanes in Belleville on Saturday.
The Redbirds qualified for state by finishing in the top six teams and senior Jacob Donahue turned in the high-game for the tournament, rolling a 300 in his fourth game. He accumulated a team-best 1,395 pins on the day.
As a squad, Alton tallied 6,285 pins to finish fifth. Collinsville was the sectional champion with 6,795 pins total. The top six teams rounded out with: the Kahoks, O'Fallon (6,761), Belleville East (6,726), Cahokia (6,345), Alton and Jersey (6,241).
Donahue's stellar day helped stir the AHS attack. He was complemented by junior Tyler Stevenson's 1,381 pins, senior Chris Perkey's 1,249 and senior Matt Fritz's 1,167.
The highest scoring individual was Collinsville's Clayton Hartman with 1,540 pins. O'Fallon's Andrew Orf constructed the best series with an 818.
Granite City qualified one individual with Justin Simpson making it with a total of 1,422 pins. That was good for second best for bowlers on non-advancing teams and fourth best overall.
The advancing teams and individuals will now prepare to for the state tournament, beginning at 9:45 a.m. Friday at St. Clair Bowl in O'Fallon. The two-day tournament will conclude on Saturday.
MARQUETTE LOGS WIN OVER PITTSFIELD IN OT — The Marquette Catholic Explorers battled Pittsfield at the Mid Winter Classic in Jerseyville Saturday, logging a 34-28 victory in overtime.
Marquette improved to 14-6 overall on the season with the win, snapping a three-game skid at the Jersey tournament. The Explorers finished 2-3 in Jersey.
Marquette trailed 12-10 after one quarter and 18-17 at halftime. Pittsfield then expanded its lead to 26-21 after three quarters, but the Explorers were able to claw back, tie it 28-28 at the end of regulation and then outscored Saukees 6-0 in OT.
Shandon Boone of Marquette stirred the Marquette offense with a game-high 24 points. He was the only player in double figure scoring in the game for either team. Ben Sebacher and Reagan Snider netted four points apiece and Chris Hartrich had two to supply the rest of the offense for the Explorers.
They now sit idle until 7:30 p.m. Friday when they travel to Memorial Gymnasium to take on the East Alton-Wood River Oilers in a Prairie State Conference affair. The Oilers are coming off a 58-42 loss to Lebanon to close out the Litchfield Invitational on Friday. The loss dropped them to 5-16 on the season.
GRANITE CITY WALLOPS GATEWAY STEM — The Granite City Warriors put a halt to their five-game losing streak in style on Saturday at the Triad Mid-Winter Classic, walloping Gateway STEM 87-38.
The Warriors led 27-5 after one quarter and never looked back. The win elevated them to 9-10 overall on the season.
Tra' Allen paced GCHS, scoring a game-high 23 points. Kenny Berry punched in 22 points and Ron Allen scored 18 to complete a potent trifecta for Granite City.
It's now back to the Southwestern Conference, as the Warriors head to Alton at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. AHS defeated GCHS 65-59 on Dec. 11 at Memorial Gym in Granite City.
CM OPENS CARROLLTON INVITE IN STYLE — The host Carrollton Hawks were no match for the Civic Memorial Eagles on Saturday at the Carrollton Invite, falling 65-28 in the opening-round match.
CM improved to 14-8 on the season with the win.
The Eagles wasted little team taking control of the game with the Hawks. They led 21-11 after one quarter, 37-15 after two quarters and 54-24 after three on the way to the lopsided victory.
Allie Troeckler's 25 points and 8 rebounds led the way for CM. Kalyn Troxell chipped in with 10 points while Izzy Buckley and Alaira Tyus each netted 7 points. Tyus also contributed a team-high 7 assists and 4 steals.
Next up for the Eagles is Brussels at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The CM JV team is also cast in the tournament field. The younger Eagles also won their opening-round contest, defeating Jacksonville Routt 50-39.
They led 14-7 after one and 21-19 at the break and 34-32 after three before pulling away.
Monica Baker led with 14 points, Tori Pfeifer had 12 points and Hannah Schmidt contributed 9 points for CM JV.
The Eagles now draw top-seeded Calhoun at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
MARQUETTE STUMBLES VS. LEBANON — The Marquette Catholic Explorers ran into No. 2 rated Lebanon at the Carrollton Invite on Saturday, coming away with a 63-33 loss.
With the loss, Marquette is now 8-13 on the season.
The Explorers fell behind 21-12 after one quarter, 39-22 at halftime and 58-28 after three quarters.
Marquette is back in action at 8 p.m. tonight vs. the North Greene JV team in Carrollton.
GRANITE CITY FALLS TO WEST CENTRAL — The Granite City Warriors lost 58-47 to West Central on Saturday to open the Carrollton Invite.
The loss saw the Warriors dip to 4-13 on the season.
They trailed just 13-12 after one quarter and 30-28 at the break, but allowed West Central to race out to a 48-32 lead after three quarters. Despite outscoring the Heat 15-10 in the fourth quarter, GCHS was unable to complete the comeback.
Granite City junior Addaya Moore poured in 19 points to lead the way, while Donyai Garrett poured in 12 points for good measure.
The Warriors now draw Greenfield at 5 p.m. today in Carrollton.
EA-WR FINISHES SEVENTH AT ROCHESTER TOURNEY — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers enjoyed having six medalists on the way to a seventh place finish as a team at the Rochester Tournament on Saturday.
The Oilers watched as Drew Sobol earned the top spot at 106 pounds and Zac Blasioli was the champ at 152 pounds to highlight the tournament. Sobol (29-3) won 11-0 in the finals, while Blasioli (30-1) prevailed 17-5 in his title bout.
Other medalists for EA-WR were: Zach Kincade (195, 2nd place), Jon Wright (285, 3rd place), Gabe Grimes (182, 5th) and Hunter Morales (145, 6th).
ALTON'S ROBERSON COLLECTS 300TH CAREER WIN AT QUAD — The Alton Redbirds traveled to Belleville East on Saturday and enjoyed a special day as head coach Eric Roberson logged the 300th win of his career.
Alton lost to Cahokia 36-29 in the first match of the day, while rebounding to top Jersey 53-18 and get Roberson's benchmark victory. The Lancers and Redbirds didn't meet on the mat, as they will have a Southwestern Conference dual at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Alton High.
Roberson, who revitalized a dormant AHS wrestling program in 1996, is 300-138 in his career as a head coach with the Redbirds. Alton is now 11-5 overall on the season.