In boy's basketball at the annual SWC @ the E, the Alton Redbirds nearly doubled up the Granite City Warriors 85-44. The Redbirds netted 13 points on their first 5 possessions and took off from there. Alton improves to 4-1 with the win. The Warriors, in their final season in the SWC fall to 1-4. This was the 18th SWC loss in a row for Granite. Next up for the Redbirds is a home game on Friday versus East St. Louis. 

Other match-ups at the Vadalabene Center yesterday saw O'Fallon top Collinsville 59-52, Belleville East fell to East St. Louis 62-52 and Belleville West beat Edwardsville 67-43.

In girls basketball the undefeated Civic Memorial Eagles will host the Triad Knights tomorrow night and you can catch that game right here on the Big Z at 7:30.

At the 39th Annual Civic Memorial Wrestling Tournament yesterday the Eagles fell just shy of a team trophy, but two CM freshman did take home individual championships. Caleb Tyus took home the trophy in the 113-pound championship match, finishing 2-0 in the tournament and bringing his season record to 5-0. CM's Dillon Dublo won the 138-pound title match and finished the tournament with a 3-0 record. The team trophies went to Mattoon in first with 173 points, Vandalia took second with 168 and East St. Louis was third with 148. The Eagles just missed out on third place with 137 points. The East Alton Wood River Oilers were the only other local team competing at CM yesterday. They finished in 10th with 77 points.

The Fighting Illini Volleyball team earned a trip to the NCAA sweet 16 with a win over number 8 seed Washington yesterday at the Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle. The come from behind victory, earns the Illini their 17th Sweet 16 appearance. Illinois will next face off against Big 10 opponent Michigan State in the NCAA Regional semifinals on Friday. 

Coming off their tough 72-68 loss to Northwestern on Friday, the Fighting Illini Men's Basketball team is set to take on Maryland tonight at 7 in the Big 10 home opener and you can catch that game right here on the Big Z with pre-game coverage starting tonight at 6. 

The St. Louis Blues lost to the Minnesota Wild 2-1 last night in overtime. Although the Blues have lost their third game in a row, they did pick up a point by taking the Wild to overtime. For the second game in a row, the Blues got their only goal from Patrik Berglund, who has two goals in three games since returning from a dislocated shoulder. The Blues out-shot the Wild 42-25, but are now 17-8-2 on the season. St. Louis now continues their road trip on Tuesday at 6:30, facing off against the 13-12 Montreal Canadiens.


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