At the Metro Cup in Edwardsville yesterday, the Edwardsville Tigers Shutout Belleville West's Maroons 2-0 to take the Championship of the Nike bracket. This is the Tiger's 4th Metro Cup Championship. The Alton Redbirds (1-2-1) finished in a 0-0 tie with Waterloo in the Nike Division seventh-place match, Civic Memorial (2-2) defeated Mount Vernon 8-2 in the Puma Division fifth-place match and Father McGivney (1-3) topped Jersey 2-0 in the Puma Division seventh-place match. Marquette Catholic (3-1) knocked off Roxana (1-2-1) 3-0 in the third-place match of the Adidas Division finals at Althoff High.
In Boy's basketball the Belleville West Maroons got a big come from behind win over the Whitney Young Dolphins 60-56 yesterday in the Class 4A state championship game at Carver Arena in Peoria. Not only did Belleville West trail in the first half, it trailed by double digits. With 5 and a half minutes to go in the first half, the Dolphins held a 13 point lead. The Maroons went on a 14-1 run late in the second quarter to take a 26-24 lead into the break. The game saw 13 ties and nine lead changes. West finishes the season 32-2.
College baseball yesterday saw Tennessee Tech take down SIUE 4-1 to take the first two games of a three game series. The Cougars fall to 5-11 overall and 1-4 in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Golden Eagles improve to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in the OVC.
Elsewhere in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament Florida fell Texas Tech 66-69, it was Michigan over Houston 64-63, Villanova topped Alabama 81-58, Duke beat Rhode Island 87-62, Buffalo fell to Kentucky 75-95, Loyola snuck past Tennessee 63-62, Kansas topped Seton Hall 83-79 and Gonzaga beat Ohio State 90-84. March Madness continues today with Butler versus Purdue at 11:10, Syracuse takes on Michigan state at 1:40, Texas A & M plays UNC at 4:15, Nevada is up against Cincinnati at 5:10, Clemson plays Auburn at 6:10, its UMBC versus Kansas State at 6:45, Florida State takes on Xavier at 7:40, and it is Marshall and West Virginia at 8:40.
The St. Louis Cardinals shut out the Atlanta Braves 3-0 yesterday. The win leaves the Redbirds at 11-10 with only a handful of games left in spring training. Cards starter Luke Weaver struck out six and walked three, throwing 43 strikes in 74 pitches. The Cardinals are set to take on the Nationals today with first pitch set for 12:05.
The St. Louis Blues got a much needed 4-3 overtime win against the Rangers last night on a goal by Brayden Schenn after playing the final two periods without leading scorer Vladimir Tarasenko, who suffered a possible concussion after an elbow to the mouth on the first shift of the game from New York’s Neal Pionk. The much needed win puts the Blues three points out of the second wild-card spot, with a chance to make it one point with a win over Chicago tonight, though three of the four teams with 84 points — Colorado and Dallas, who hold wildcard spots, and Anaheim, which is out on a tiebreaker, are all in action today as well. The Blues take on the Blackhawks tonight in Chicago at 6:30.
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