MARQUETTE RUNS BY MELHS 8-0 — The Marquette Catholic Explorers found little resistance in picking up a lopsided 8-0 win on Saturday at Metro East Lutheran High School in Edwardsville.
The win propelled Marquette to 8-5-3 on the season. It was the Explorers' second straight win and their fifth in their last six contests.
Chris Hartrich and Adam Hammond each scored three goals to lead the charge in Marquette's offensive onslaught. Zach Weiman and Jiggy Velloff contributed the other goals, while Weinman added a pair of assists and Hartrich, Hammond, Velloff, Brendan Nickloy, Tony Vitale and Collin Dunn all contributed one assist in the win.
The Explorers outshot MELHS 16-6 in the contest and beat the Knights on corners 7-2.
Marquette is back in action at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wood River Soccer and Skate Park against the Roxana Shells.
GRANITE CITY BLANKS ROCKTON (HONONEGAH) — The Granite City Warriors secured a 6-0 shutout of Rockton (Hononegah) on Saturday at Summit High School in Missouri as part of the Gateway Classic.
The Warriors, now 3-11-3 on the season, recovered after a 3-0 loss to Jefferson City and a 4-0 loss to Bishop O'Hara in the Gateway Classic on Thursday and Friday.
Zach Druhe of GCHS guided the offensive outburst with two goals and two assists. Kaleb Chism, Clayton Jakul, Sam Ortiz and Eli Succarotte also scored goals for the Warriors. Lucas Rainwater joined Druhe with two assists, while Jose Rios and Nathan Tanthavong supplied single assists in the victory.
Granite City is back in action in Southwestern Conference action at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Belleville East.
EXPLORERS STUMBLE IN PAWNEE — The Marquette Catholic Explorers traveled to Pawnee on Saturday with the likelihood of the Prairie State Conference title on the line. Unfortunately, the Explorers came away with a 30-7 loss.
The loss snapped Marquette's three-game winning streak, dropping the Explorers to 3-3 on the season and 3-1 in the PSC. The Indians rose to 5-1 overall and 4-0 on the league slate. Pawnee is searching for its second consecutive conference championship.
The Indians nabbed a 6-0 lead entering halftime and led 14-0 after three quarters, but though the Explorers stayed close, they couldn't get over the hump.
The lone touchdown for Marquette came on a 21-yard run by Jesse Simmons in the fourth quarter.
The Explorers will look to bounce back into the win column at Bunker Hill on Friday. The Minutemen are 4-4 and 2-2 on the season.
Marquette needs to win its final three games of the season to lockdown a playoff berth. Two wins in the last three weeks can get the Explorers in, but will leave them at the mercy of their playoff points with only five wins.
CM BOYS WIN TITLE AT SOUTHWESTERN INVITE — The Civic Memorial boys' cross country team ran to victory Saturday at Schneider Park in Brighton during the Southwestern Invite.
The format is different for the Southwestern Invite, with flighted races and the CM boys won three of the five flights and were second in the other two flights.
Frank Trost of the Eagles was second in the No. 1 flight with a time of 18 minutes, 2 seconds.
Wins for CM came from Cohl Callies (18:20) in the second flight, Weihua Li (18:58) in the third flight, and Jarrett Lacquement (19:41) in No. 4. Parker Borth of the Eagles was second in the No. 5 flight with a time of 20:19.
CM had six points to outdistance second-place New Athens (10 points).
In the girls' race, New Athens won with five points. Marquette Catholic's Natalie Halliday finished second as an individual in the No. 1 girls' flight with a time of 21:36.
The Explorers did not field a full team.
Both the Eagles and Marquette will return to action at 4 p.m. Tuesday at SIUE for the annual Madison County Meet for bragging rights in the county. Greater Alton schools, Roxana, East Alton-Wood River and Alton will join CM and Marquette, along with Metro East Lutheran, Granite City, Edwardsville, Father McGivney and Collinsville.
ROXANA FINISHES SECOND IN MORRISONVILLE — The Roxana Shells went 4-1 at the Morrisonville Tournament, but ended up second overall after losing in the title tilt 25-13, 25-9 to Raymond Lincolnwood.
After the loss the Shells are now 11-12 on the season. They are back in action in the South Central Conference at 6 p.m. tonight at Pana.