The Junior Aces boys track team finished first and the girls second at a meet Tuesday against their two county rivals and Parkview.
Mt. Carmel scored 79 points to edge Parkview (76) for the boys crown. St. Mary’s (18) was third and Allendale (13) fourth. Parkview took the girls meet with 61 points to Mt. Carmel’s 56. St. Mary’s finished a strong third (42) followed by Allendale (17).
Zach Whittler won twice and Stone Patberg once to lead the Junior Aces in the boys meet. Haley Maguire of MCMS won twice in the girls meet as did Morgan York of St. Mary’s. Addie Drone of St. Mary’s won one event.
Don’t be surprised if Wabash Valley and Lake Land meet again in May for the Region 24 softball championship. But for today (Thursday), when the two meet for a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Paul Schnarre Field, the Great Rivers Athletic Conference championship may be on the line.
WVC (24-2 in GRAC, 34-7 overall) knows that, barring an unforseen upset, it must sweep the 2 p.m. twinbill to overtake Lake Land (21-1, 43-7 overall) and grab the lead in the league race. A split, which happened Sunday in Mattoon, will probably not be good enough with just four GRAC games left after today.
The Lady Warriors readied for the showdown with a 7-3 and 12-3 sweep of Lincoln Trail Wednesday. In the opener, Kalyn Chapman got the win. In the second game, Amanda Gilliland hit a 3-run homer and Cortney Norris added a long 2-run shot.
The latest chapter in Alex Rosignol’s athletic career has been lifted straight from a Hollywood fairy tale.
Dreams dashed. Then perseverance overcomes hardship, with the dream ultimately realized.
“It’s a true Cinderella story,” is how Mt. Carmel volleyball coach Beth Bunting describes Rosignol’s emergence from the throes of a knee injury all the way back to what transpired Wednesday at the Hilltop: Signing to play Division I volleyball at the school of her choice, SIU-Carbondale.
“Alex deserves this. She’s worked hard for this.”
Olney, after getting a home run in the top of the eighth inning to take the lead, threw the tying run out at the plate to end the game for a 13-12 non-conference softball win over Mt. Carmel Tuesday.
The Lady Aces, trailing after Olney’s Barnick hit a one-out solo blast in the top of the eighth, created a scoring opportunity in the home half when Ashley Coleman opened with a walk. Carmen Deisher moved her to second on a sacrifice. A walk to Emily Emmons and a wild pitch put runners on the corners with one out.
Eryn Gould lofted a fly ball to right. Coleman tagged at third, but was cut down at home plate trying to score for the final out.