GWILLIM MAKES ALL-STATE WITH TOP 10 FINISH — Civic Memorial senior Sara Gwillim wrapped up her final season and her career in style on Saturday at the Class A state tournament at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur.
Gwillim finished in a three-way tie for 10th place overall, garnering all-state accolades. Gwillim became the first state medalist in girls' golf in CM's history.
Her two-day total at state was 165, tying her with Althoff's Tia Kimbrough and Natalie Hooper of Rockford Lutheran. She was just two strokes off of eighth place.
Gwillim shot 82 on Friday and 83 on Saturday for a consistent weekend. Altogether she posted 18 pars over the 36 holes in two days. She moved from 11th to 10th from Friday to Saturday.
Maddie Hurt of Elmhurst (IC Catholic) was the state champion with a 152. Hurt bested Morgan Savage of Rochester in a playoff to earn the honors.
Roxana senior Andrea Mellenthin and Marquette Catholic senior Carlee Cronin also competed at the Class A state tournament.
Mellenthin finished in a two-way tie for 42nd overall. She recorded a two-day score of 180. Mellenthin climbed from 59th place on Friday. She shot 94 on Day 1, but buckled down and shot 86 on Saturday. After hitting just three pars on Friday, Mellenthin had four pars and a birdie on Saturday.
Cronin ended in a five-way tie for 55th place. Cronin had a two-day total of 186. She shot 97 on Saturday after carding an 89 on Friday.
Rochester won the Class A team title with a 675, or plus-99 score. Hinsdale Central won the Class AA title with a 617, or plus-41. Madasyn Pettersen of Rockford (Guilford) won the AA individual title with a 144.
EA-WR COMES UP SHORT IN REGIONAL FINALE VS. ALTHOFF — The Althoff Crusaders posted three first-half goals to halt East Alton-Wood River's bid for a second straight regional title on Friday in the Class 1A Greenville Regional finals, winning 3-0.
The Oilers complete the season with a very respectable 16-5-1 record. Althoff improved to 10-10-3 with the win and will advance to meet Mater Dei at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Oerter Park in Columbia for the Gibault Sectional semifinals.
The Crusaders got the game winner from Stephen Waltrip on Friday. Waltrip also dished out an assist in the first-half offensive outburst from Althoff. Jimmy Monken and Justin Robinson tacked on first-half goals.
EA-WR now says goodbye to eight talented seniors in, David Barrett, Nick Barrett, Cameron Foust, Josh Turner, Austin Nailor, Dalton Miller, Roger Garrison and Vincent Baldaino.
David Barrett, who shared the 2014 AdVantage News Boys' Soccer Player of the Year honors with brother Nick Barrett, led the squad with 16 goals and six assists for a total of 38 points. David Barrett also led the way with five game-winning goals.
Nick Barrett finished up with a 16-4-1 mark in goal, posting 116 saves and an .817 save percentage. He had nine shutouts.
Junior Zac Lafferty also reached double figures in scoring with 10 goals and 10 assists for 30 points. Other Oilers to post good numbers were: junior Luke Sims (9 goals, 12 assists), Turner (9 goals, 5 assists) and junior Jordan Schmigdall (8 goals, 3 assists).
CM SEES SEASON END WITH LOSS IN PKS TO TAYLORVILLE — The Civic Memorial Eagles made it close, but couldn't advance in the Class 2A Jacksonville Regional on Saturday.
The Eagles lost 3-2 on penalty kicks to Taylorville in the play-in game of the regional. CM ends its season at 2-17 with the loss.
The Eagles had three shots clang off the goal post during regulation, including Trevor Panyik's with just 20 seconds remaining. They outshot the Tornadoes in the game.
Panyik led CM in scoring for the season with five goals and two assists for 12 assists.
The Eagles saw goodbye to six seniors, including: Drake Boverie, Zach Finegan, Dillon Kallal, Ryan Little, Andy Mathews and Jake Webb.
Taylorville now advances to face Chatham Glenwood at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Jacksonville Regional prior to Marquette Catholic taking on the host Crimson at 7 p.m.
WILL O'KEEFE OF GCHS PULLS OUT SWC MEET VICTORY — Granite City's Will O'Keefe continues to compile an impressive junior campaign.
On Friday, Will O'Keefe won the individual title of the Southwestern Conference meet in Belleville. He turned in a time of 15 minutes, 25.19 seconds to outrun O'Fallon's Kyle Dismukes (15:29.39), who finished second.
As a team GCHS finished third with 93 points. O'Fallon won the boys' race with 28 points, while Edwardsville was second with 61 points. The rest of the field in the boys' race rounded out with: Belleville East (100), Belleville West (104), Alton (141) and Collinsville (172).
Will O'Keefe was joined in the team scoring by freshman brother Andrew O'Keefe, who finished seventh, and juniors Leo Nikonowicz, 22nd, Jake Roustio, 26th and Kariem Ali, 37th.
Alton was paced by junior Arie Macias, who turned in a time of 15:41.08 to finish 11th overall. Macias was joined in the team scoring by senior Jett Durr, 27th, sophomore Kelvin Cummings, 30th and juniors Sam Gentelin, 35th and James Steinman, 38th.
In the girls' race, Granite City was sixth with 148 points, while the Redbirds only entered three runners and didn't figure into the team scoring.
Edwardsville won the title with 30 points, inching out O'Fallon which accrued 31 points. The rest of the field finished with: Belleville East (89), Belleville West (115), Collinsville (130) and Granite City.
The Warriors were led by junior Alyssa Comer, who finished in 20:47.16 and took 20th place overall. The rest of the team scoring was contributed to by: senior Kori Nesbit, 26th, sophomores Alexandra McLaren, 30th and Tara Khounsana, 34th, and freshman Emily Johnson, 38th.
AHS' three runners were: junior Tayton Kuebli (22:40.30), senior Savanna Durr (23:15.92) and sophomore Madeline Croxford (26:07.06).
CM FINISHES SECOND AT JERSEY TOURNAMENT — The Civic Memorial Eagles won their pool at the Jersey Tournament on Saturday, but couldn't get over the hump against the host Panthers, losing 25-21, 25-23 in the championship match.
CM went 3-1 in the tournament and is now 11-12-3 on the season, its best record since 2010. Jersey is 14-13 after going 4-0 in its own tourney. It's the third straight season the Panthers have won their own tournament.
The championship match on Saturday was a precursor to Thursday's Mississippi Valley Conference showdown between the Eagles and Panthers in Jerseyville.
CM got pool wins over Greenville, 25-22, 25-15, Carrollton, 25-7, 25-14 and East Alton-Wood River, 25-16, 25-13.
CM's Kennedy Carnes and McKenna Geist were awarded all-tournament honors.
The Oilers ended up finishing sixth overall with Brittany Grayson named to the all-tournament team. EA-WR lost 25-10, 23-25, 15-11 to Staunton in the fifth place match.
The Oilers went 1-3 overall in the tournament, beating Carrollton, 25-20, 25-10, but losing to Greenville 25-18, 25-19 and finally the Eagles in pool play.