ALTON ADVANCES TO SECTIONALS; ROXANA'S BERTOLETTI NABS REGIONAL TITLE — Alton, Civic Memorial, East Alton-Wood River and Roxana all sent their boys' bowling teams to the Taylorville Regional on Saturday. The Redbirds and Shells came away with the most success.
Alton finished third as a team to advance to the Cahokia Sectional on Jan. 22. The top four teams advanced. Individually, Roxana boasted the most success as freshman Christian Bertoletti secured a regional championship in his first try.
The Birds compiled 5,633 pins to finish third, trailing champion Jersey (5,848) and Edwardsville (5,717). Taylorville also advanced, grabbing fourth with 5,528 pins.
Alton was led by senior Matt Fritz, who rolled a 1,189. Tyler Stevenson (1,064), Derek Henderson (959) and Jacob Donahue (919) helped the cause also.
It was a mixed bag of emotions for the Shells, who finished fifth with a total of 5,366 pins to narrowly miss advancing as a team, but secured the individual crown with Bertoletti. Bertoletti gathered 1,372 pins to get the victory. He easily outdistanced second-place finisher Mitch McSparin of Edwardsville (1,277).
Junior Dalton Baggett of the Shells joined Bertoletti as a sectional qualifier with a score of 1,167. He finished third as a bowler on a non-advancing team.
CM pushed juniors Devin Davis (1,125) and Isaac Vancil (1,109) through individually also. As a team the Eagles were seventh (5,129) pins. Unfortunately, the Oilers saw their season end, finishing 10th with 4,235 pins and no advancing individuals.
The Alton team and all the advancing individuals now prepare for the Cahokia Sectional at Bel-Air Lanes in Belleville beginning at 9 a.m.
GRANITE CITY SENDS THREE TO SECTIONALS — The Granite City Warriors were cast in the Collinsville Regional on Saturday, narrowly missing the cut as a team, but moved on three bowlers in the process.
GCHS accumulated 5,774 pins as a unit, becoming the first team out. Salem won the field with 6,326 pins, followed by Collinsville (6,241), Triad (6,163) and Highland (6,055).
Sophomore Ricky Hard (1,267), senior Justin Simpson (1,190) and sophomore Corey Hard (1,165) all qualified individually for sectionals for the Warriors. Salem's Troy Schults (1,409) won the individual regional crown.
Next for the trio of Granite City bowlers is the Cahokia Sectional on Saturday. Advancing teams and individuals from the Collinsville Regional enter the sectional pool with advancers from the Taylorville, Johnston City and Columbia Regionals.
EA-WR GOES UNDEFEATED AT SUPER DUALS AT MEMORIAL GYM — The East Alton-Wood River Oilers put together a pretty good Saturday while playing host to the Super Duals at Memorial Gymnasium.
The Oilers went undefeated in the five-team event. The defeated Pinckneyville 45-24, Civic Memorial 48-24 and the Collinsville JV team 37-32. Carlyle was also on hand, but didn't wrestle EA-WR.
CM pocketed a 34-30 victory over Carlyle, but lost to the Oilers, Pinckneyville 36-24 and Collinsville JV 42-24.
EA-WR is back on the mat at 6 p.m. Tuesday, playing host to Roxana, Carlyle, Sacred Heart-Griffin and Breese Central at Memorial Gym. The Eagles return to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Roxana.
ALTON FINISHES FOURTH IN BATAVIA, PICKS UP NINE MEDALS — The Alton Redbirds competed in the Batavia Tournament on Saturday, finishing fourth as a team, picking up nine medals and two champions.
The Birds compiled 133 points to finish fourth. Wheaton North won the title with 196 points. Batavia (192) was second and Plainfield South (172.5) was third.
Alton was one of three teams with multiple individual champions. Connor Broyles (132) and KeOntay Holmes (182) corralled individual crowns for the Redbirds. Broyles is now 28-3 on the season and Holmes is 23-6.
Other medal winners for Alton were: Nijel Ward (113, 7th), Hunter Hobbs (120, 8th), Jaelyn Watkins (138, 5th), Alejandro Lopez (145, 2nd), Keyondrick Russell (195, 2nd), Alecquan Russell (220, 6th) and Ryan Kane (285, 4th).
AHS next heads to Triad for a triangular at 6 p.m. Wednesday with the host Knights and Quincy.
GRANITE CITY 11TH AT GENESEO — The Granite City Warriors battled to an 11th place finish as a team at the Geneseo Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
The Warriors compiled 68.5 points in the Chicagoland tourney and boasted three medal winners.
Wilyonde Bell was fifth at 145 pounds, while Kyle Thompson (160) and Korinthian Nabors (285) each finished third in their brackets.
GCHS returns to Southwestern Conference action at 7 p.m. Thursday when it plays host to Belleville West.
MARQUETTE OPENS JERSEY TOURNEY WITH WIN OVER HOST PANTHERS — The Marquette Catholic Explorers opened the Mid Winter Classic in Jerseyville with a little better results than they had a season ago.
The Explorers went 0-5 in the Jersey Tourney in '14-15, but opened this year's affair with a 41-35 victory over the host Panthers at Havens Gym on Saturday. It was their seventh straight victory, improving them to 13-3 on the season.
Shandon Boone directed the Marquette offense with 15 points, while Reagan Snider chipped in with 11 and Ben Sebacher added 8 points in the win. Jersey's Zac Ridenhour led all scorers with 19 points.
The Explorers jump right back in the fire at 4 p.m. today in Jersey against Quincy Notre Dame. QND is coming off a tight 59-57 loss to Cahokia to open the tournament. The other opening round game Saturday saw Collinsville dismiss Pittsfield 68-46.
ROXANA FALLS TO VISITING JERSEY — The Jersey Panthers visited Larry Milazzo Gymnasium on Saturday and promptly dished out a 73-43 defeat to the host Roxana Shells.
With the loss, Roxana is now 9-12 on the season. It marked the fourth consecutive loss for the Shells.
On Saturday they trailed the Panthers 12-8 after one quarter and 38-22 at halftime on the way to the lopsided loss.
Hannah Rexford supplied 20 points to lead the Shells in the loss, while Sara Kreutztrager punched in 10 points to make up over half of Roxana's scoring.
The Shells are idle until 7:30 p.m. Thursday when they welcome rival Marquette Catholic.