GRANITE CITY 63, BELLEVILLE EAST 49 — So far, Saturday night has been kind to the Warriors.
The Warriors won their second straight Saturday night game after knocking off the Lancers in their Southwestern Conference opener on Saturday at Belleville East.
Granite City improved to 2-1. Last Saturday, the Warriors beat Carbondale 33-14 in a contest that was postponed the day before due to a water main break in Carbondale.
The Warriors and Lancers were scheduled to play on Friday, but the contest was pushed to Saturday because of lightning in the area.
With Saturday’s win, Granite City snapped a 19-game Southwestern Conference losing streak. It was the Warriors’ first victory in SWC play since Sept. 20, 2013, when they beat Collinsville 21-20. They finished 0-7 in 2014 and 2015.
The Warriors also beat Belleville East for the first time since 2007 and only the second time in 20 years.
Granite City quarterback Kendrick Williba rushed for 103 yards and scored three touchdowns and threw for 133 yards with two TDs before being taken from the field in an ambulance after suffering a leg injury early in the second half. Williba is out for at least three weeks.
Freddie Edwards rushed for 177 yards on 11 carries with two touchdowns, Richard Graham scored two touchdowns and Torrey Deal had nine tackles for the Warriors, who will play the East St. Louis Flyers on Friday in their home opener at Kevin Greene Field.
EDWARDSVILLE 49, COLLINSVILLE 0 — The Tigers led the Kahoks 21-0 with 1:37 to play in the first quarter when play was suspended on Friday due to lightning in Collinsville.
They returned Saturday morning without missing a beat. EHS led 42-0 at halftime, starting a running clock for the second half and cruised to victory. Edwardsville is now 3-0 and 1-0 in the Southwestern Conference.
Dionte Rodgers scored two rushing TDs and Chris McCartney scored one on Friday to give the Tigers the big first-quarter lead.
On Saturday, they tacked on two passing hookups from Brenden Dickmann to Reginald Wilson and a Cyress Ahart rushing TD in the second quarter and a 13-yard run from Kendall Abdur-Rahman in the fourth quarter.
EHS limited the Kahoks to 143 yards of total offense in the game. Ahart picked up a sack and an interception on defense for the Tigers, too.
Edwardsville returns home in Week 4 against O'Fallon (1-2).
MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 44, NOKOMIS 15 — The Explorers celebrated their first win of the season after knocking off the Nokomis Redskins in their Prairie State Conference opener on Saturday at Public School Stadium.
Marquette, which lost its first two games to Civic Memorial and Mater Dei, scored 44 second-half points, including 31 in the fourth quarter.
Treven Swingler finished with 229 yards rushing on 16 carries with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns and D’Avion Peebles rushed for 97 yards on 17 carries and two TDs for the Explorers, who ran for 391 yards as a team.
Jayce Maag and Jeremy Strebel also scored touchdowns and Liam Maher kicked a 35-yard field goal for Marquette, which travels to East Alton-Wood River on Friday.
EAST ST. LOUIS 58, ALTON 13 — Lightning postponed the Southwestern Conference opener between the Flyers and Redbirds from Friday night to Saturday afternoon.
East Side built a 22-0 lead after one quarter and led 36-7 at halftime. The Flyers outscored the Redbirds 22-6 in the second half on the way to the victory.
The Birds are now 0-3 after suffering the loss and will welcome Belleville East (0-3) to Public School Stadium for Week 4.
MARQUETTE THIRD AT MATTOON INVITE — The Marquette Catholic Explorers and Edwardsville Tigers both competed in the Mattoon Invite on Friday and Saturday with some good success.
The Explorers (614) finished third, while the Tigers (635) were eighth in the 35-team tournament.
Barrington (597) won the grueling tournament, while Morton (608) finished second.
Michael Holtz of Marquette garnered fourth place individually, carding a two-day score of 146. He shot 73 on both days.
The rest of the Explorer scoring lineup rounded out with: Kolten Bauer (153), Nick Messinger (157) and Duncan McLain (159). The scoring format for the tourney was play six, score top four. Jack Patterson (161) and Sam Cogan (170) also played in the tournament.
EHS got its scoring from: Ben Tyrrell (155), Luke Babington (160), Spencer Patterson (164) and Tanner White (165). Jon Ratterman (166) and Blake Burris (166) also competed in Mattoon.
Tommy Kuhl of Morton carded a two-day score of 140 to earn medalist honors for the tournament.
HICKORY INVITATIONAL — The Granite City Warriors placed 12th out of 16 teams with a 229 in the Hickory Invitational on Friday at Hickory Ridge Golf Course in Carbondale.
The tournament is played under a two-player format. Riley Brown and Drew Wielgus led the Warriors with a 69. Cameron Rubenacker and Grant Beanland finished with a 77 and Sam Stegemeier and Sam Wielgus shot an 83.
The Warriors (2-5 overall, 1-1 in Southwestern Conference play) play O’Fallon and Mascoutah on Tuesday at Tamarack Golf Course.
EDWARDSVILLE 7, BLOOMINGTON CENTRAL CATHOLIC 1; EDWARDSVILLE 1, AURORA WEST 1 — The Tigers competed in the Morton Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
The defending champs, EHS had the tourney cut short due to inclement weather on Friday night. One of the three fields at the complex was unusable from heavy rains.
The Tigers opened play on Friday winning by a rout over Bloomington Central Catholic. Bayne Noll had two goals and two assists to pace the powerful offense. Mohammad Hamad also scored twice, while Michael Glisson had a goal and an assist and Alec Mills and Michael Picchiotti each scored once.
On Saturday vs. Aurora West, Hamad had the lone goal off of a penalty kick early in the game, as the Tigers finished in a tie.
Edwardsville returns to Southwestern Conference action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, welcoming Collinsville to the District 7 Sports Complex.
GRANITE CITY 3, SACRED HEART-GRIFFIN 0 — Jacob Propes, Lucas Rainwater and Nathan Tanthavong each scored goals to help the Warriors pick up their first win of the season on Saturday against Sacred Heart-Griffin at home.
Matt Woods picked up the win in goal for Granite City. He recorded just one save.
Granite City improved to 1-2-4 and will play Marquette Catholic on Monday at Gordon Moore Park.
MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 4, BELLEVILLE WEST 3 — The Explorers improved to 6-1 with a road victory over the Maroons on Saturday.
Marquette is 3-0 against Southwestern Conference schools this season. The Explorers beat Collinsville on Aug. 22 and Belleville East on Thursday.
Marquette will play another Southwestern Conference opponent — Granite City — at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
EDWARDSVILLE DEF. DAVIESS COUNTY (KY.) 25-10, 25-9; EDWARDSVILLE DEF. MOLINE 25-23, 23-25, 25-10; ST. PIUS DEF. EDWARDSVILLE 26-24, 17-25, 25-18; GLENBARD WEST DEF. EDWARDSVILLE 25-19, 27-25; EDWARDSVILLE DEF. MCCRACKEN COUNTY (KY.) 25-18, 26-28, 25-14 — The Tigers finished seventh with a 3-2 record in the Crossroads Classic over the Effingham.
After winning its first two matches, Edwardsville lost back-to-back matches to St. Pius and Glenbard West. The Tigers beat McCracken County (Ky.) in the seventh-place match.
Junior libero Megan Woll was Edwardsville’s lone representative on the all-tournament team. She finished with 90 digs in the tournament.
Junior Rachel Pranger had 58 kills and junior Rachel Verdun had 105 assists.
The Tigers are now 9-3 and will travel to Triad to take on the Knights on Monday.
MARQUETTE DEF. CAHOKIA 25-13, 27-25; MARQUETTE DEF. WESCLIN 27-26, 25-14; MARQUETTE DEF. EA-WR 25-13, 25-18 — The Explorers finished third in the East Alton-Wood River Tournament after getting wins over Cahokia and EA-WR and losing to eventual tournament champion Wesclin.
Marquette improved to 7-5 on the season. The Explorers will travel to Bunker Hill on Wednesday to play the Minutemaids — who finished second in the EA-WR tourney — in their Prairie State Conference opener.
Laura Hamilton and Regina Guehlstorf were the Explorers’ representatives on the all-tournament team. Hamilton had 32 digs and Guehlstorf finished with 17 kills and 16 service points in the three tournament matches.
Also for Marquette, Marissa Nosco had 46 assists, 4 aces, 12 service points and 13 digs, Kate Cogan had 12 service points, Carly Creel had 14 digs and Brooklyn Taylor had 16 kills and 5 blocks.
MURPHYSBORO DEF. METRO EAST LUTHERAN 25-13, 25-23; COLUMBIA DEF. METRO EAST LUTHERAN 25-5, 25-11; METRO EAST LUTHERAN DEF. CENTRALIA 25-18, 25-19; HARRISBURG DEF. METRO EAST LUTHERAN 25-10, 25-11 — The Metro East Lutheran Knights finished with a 1-3 mark in the Mascoutah Tournament on Saturday.
Courtney Fenelon had 24 kills, Lydia Flaherty finished with 42 assists and 29 digs and Danielle Timmerman recorded 17 service points and 43 digs.
Fenelon had a team-high 10 kills in MELHS’ win over Centralia.
The Knights are 3-9. They’ll play a home match against Gibault on Wednesday.
FIRST TO THE FINISH INVITATIONAL — The Edwardsville girls team placed 10th out of 38 teams with 279 points in the Class 3A race of the First To The Finish Invitational on Saturday in Peoria.
Freshman Abby Korak, who placed second in the Granite City Invitational and the Tiger Classic, was the Tigers’ top finisher, placing 21st with an 18:42.
Edwardsville placed 24th with 649 points in the boys division. Frankie Romano finished 67th with a 16:17 to lead the Tigers.
Granite City sophomore Andrew O’Keefe placed 50th with a 16:10 in the boys race. His brother, Will, competed in his first race of the season and finished 170th with a 16:56.
The Roxana boys placed 18th with 546 points in the Class 1A race. James Henseler finished 69th with a 17:59 to lead the Shells.
Metro-East Lutheran junior Javon Watkins finished 53rd with a 17:36 in the Class 1A boys race.
BELLEVILLE WEST INVITATIONAL — The Alton Redbirds placed fourth in the girls division and fifth in the boys division at the Belleville West Invitational on Saturday.
Freshmen Jessica Markel placed 20th, freshman Emma Voumard was 21st and senior Tayton Kuebli finished 22nd for Alton in the girls race.
Junior Kelvin Cummings finished sixth, freshman Cassius Havis placed 16th and senior Sam Gentelin was 21st in the boys race.
Sam Hurst and Cohl Callies finished fifth and seventh, respectively, for Civic Memorial in the boys race. The Eagles placed fifth.
CM freshman Zoey Lewis was 12th in the girls race.
EDWARDSVILLE 8, ROCK BRIDGE (MO.) 7; EDWARDSVILLE 13, JEFF CITY 1 — Edwardsville competed in the Rock Bridge Duals in Columbia, Mo. on Saturday and came away with a pair of wins.
Rain pushed the duals from Friday to Saturday.
The Tigers edged host Rock Bridge in its first match. EHS won four of five doubles matches and four singles matches at the backend of the singles flight to inch out the victory.
Morgan Colbert and Grace Desse earned an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles, while Mackenzie Cadigan/Maria Mezo won at No. 3, 8-5, Annie McGinnis/Noni Updyke prevailed 8-4 at No. 4 and Grace Trimpe/Emily Greer were 8-2 winners at No. 5.
In singles, Abby Cimarolli won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 6, Trimpe was triumphant 6-0, 6-1 at No. 8, Updyke prevailed 6-0, 6-1 at No. 9 and Greer won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 10.
Against Jeff City the Tigers swept four doubles matches and won nine of 10 singles showdowns. Colbert, Natalie Karibian, Desse, Cadigan, Cimarolli, Trimpe, Greer, McGinnis and Updyke all picked up singles victories. Colbert/Desse, Karibian/Cimarolli, Cadigan/Mezo and McGinnis/Updyke were winners in doubles.
Edwardsville returns to Southwestern Conference play at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Belleville West.
ALTON FOURTH AT TRIAD INVITE — The Redbirds were fourth out of the eight-team field at the Triad Invite over the weekend.
Alton bested Mascoutah, but fell to Carbondale and Triad. The Redbirds also entered a JV team, which took eighth with losses to Quincy Notre Dame, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin and Mascoutah.
AHS will now play host to Southwestern Conference rival Belleville East at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
MARQUETTE-ST. LOUIS 2, EDWARDSVILLE 1 — The Tigers dropped to 5-2-1 with a loss to the Mustangs on Friday at home.
Ansley Dorsey scored Edwardsville’s lone goal. Tigers’ goalie Sarah Blume finished with two saves.
Edwardsville lost its first game since Aug. 31, when it fell 1-0 to Visitation.
The Tigers travel to John Burroughs on Tuesday.