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NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Columbia rolls into first state semifinal since 2008 BY JIM FAASEN


COLUMBIA, ILL. — The Columbia High girls soccer team suffered a gut-wrenching super-sectional loss to eventual Class 1A state champion Quincy Notre Dame two seasons ago. The second time around proved to be much sweeter for those Eagles who played in both games with an 8-1 victory Tuesday against Decatur St. Teresa to earn a trip to the 1A state semifinals. “It’s not something we really expected going in,” said junior midfielder Reagan Mauch, who was a freshman player on the Columbia team that lost in the 2017 supersectional. “The last time we were here it was super close, but unfortunately we lost. That one wasn’t fun. This one turned out a lot better. It was much more fun.” Columbia (25-2-1, No. 2 in the STLhighschoolsports.com smallschools rankings) will play Lisle at 5 p.m. Friday at North Central College in Naperville. It’s Columbia’s first state semifinal appearance since 2008 and just the third in program history. Senior midfielder Chloe Graff scored just four minutes in for the Eagles to begin a parade of goals. Fae Harrell scored three goals, Graff had two goals and one assist and Mauch had two goals and one assist to lead the offensive outburst. Haley Glover also scored for Columbia, Kennedy Jones had two assists and Sophia Bonaldi had one assist. “We came out ready even though we were limited in what we knew of them,” Eagles coach Jamey Bridges said. “After the first couple of minutes, it was apparent how they were playing defensively. We came out with an urgency. They were definitely ready.” Columbia outshot St. Teresa 28-1 and held the advantage in corner kicks by a 13-0 count. The Eagles led 5-0 at halftime. “This was great because we just played simple and played as a team,” Harrell said. “It was really fun going out there and working hard to get each other good looks. This feels great.” Senior Rylee Iorio played most of the 62 minutes to earn the win without facing a shot. St. Teresa (22-3-2) broke up the shutout bid when senior forward Camryn Wagner scored off of senior


Columbia’s Chloe Graff (left) celebrates a goal with teammate Fae Harrell in the Class 1A girls soccer super-sectional game Tuesday in Columbia. backup goalkeeper Mattea Baumann with seven minutes left. The winner of the Columbia-Lisle semifinal will play in the 1A state final at 5 p.m. Saturday against either North Shore Country Day or Herscher, which play in the second 1A semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday.

“This is a good feeling,” Harrell said. “It was an enjoyable game today. We’re ready to go out, work and do more. Since freshman year, this has been the dream of the seven seniors. We’re ready to see what we can do now.”


Borgia beats Lutheran South BY PAUL HALFACRE


AFFTON — In a game with six home runs, a triple worked just fine Tuesday afternoon to help Borgia rally for a 7-6 victory at Lutheran South in a Class 4 baseball sectional. Jack Czeschin said he thought he got enough of the ball in the bottom of the sixth inning for his second home run, but his two-run triple did the damage needed for the Knights (20-7). “We’re down by one and I just wanted to get a good swing on the ball,” Czeschin said. “Not going to lie, I thought that one was going out, too. To hit it where I did and to get two runs in to take the lead, there is nothing better than that.” Borgia did not lead before Czeschin’s two-run triple and entered the bottom of the sixth trailing 6-4. The Knights snapped an eightgame losing streak to Lutheran South (22-10) dating to the 2011 season, including a loss in a district final last season. With its first sectional victory since 2005, Borgia advanced to play host to Sikeston (16-7) on Thursday in a Class 4 quarterfinal. Sikeston beat Ste. Genevieve in another sectional Tuesday, 6-0. “It feels awesome,” Borgia coach Rob Struckhoff said. “Lutheran South is a great team. We’ve had some bad luck against them. (Lutheran South coach Steve Pfund) has had our number for a while, it’s just good to get over the hump with these guys and I’m just very proud of the guys because they just keep battling.” The Knights had to keep battling after the Lancers went ahead 2-0 in the first inning. Richie Minda and Jacob Hager got the home run derby started in the first inning for Lutheran South by hitting home runs on consecutive pitches by Borgia starter Joe Schmidt. “Those back-to-back home runs on back-to-back pitches, that kind of puts you down, but we stuck with it,” Czeschin said. “We stuck with the game plan and our approach at the plate and put some good swings on the ball.”



Borgia’s Bryce Mayer (left) and Adam Molitor (12) celebrate after beating Lutheran South in a Class 4 baseball sectional Tuesday at Lutheran High. Schmidt helped his own cause with a two-run homer in the bottom half of the first for a 2-2 tie. But the Lancers went back ahead 3-2 in the top of the second and extended the lead to 5-2 in the fourth on Minda’s second homer of the game. Louis Eckelkamp hit a solo home run in the fourth to keep Borgia within 5-3 and Czeschin crushed a two-strike fastball nearly over the scoreboard in left field for a solo home run in the fifth to trim South’s edge to 5-4. “I saw that fastball up and my eyes just lit up,” Czeschin said. “That’s the farthest ball I’ve ever hit in my life.” The Lancers pushed their edge out to 6-4 heading into the bottom of the sixth, and the Knights closed the gap to 6-5 off an error. Then with Adam Molitor waiting at third base and speedy senior Tyler Glosemeyer at first base, Czeschin took a 2-1 pitch to the gap in left-center to score the go-ahead run and give the Knights a 7-6 lead.

After Lutheran South chased Schmidt from the game in the fourth inning, junior Bryce Mayer came in for Borgia and limited the Lancers to just one run on three hits over the final 3 1-3 innings. “They knew that we can hit the fastball, so he just kept us off-balance with his off-speed stuff and he did a good job,” Lutheran South coach Steve Pfund said. Schmidt had to get out of a jam in the top of the seventh. He allowed two one-out singles before recording the final two outs. Czeschin collected three RBI in a 2-for-4 day, while Schmidt went 1-for-2 with two RBI. For Lutheran South, Minda hit two home runs, going 2-for-3 with four RBI. How his team responded in the first told Struckhoff all he needed to know. “To only give up the two runs and to put two right back on them, I think that turned the game around,” Struckhoff said. “That made everyone know that it’s going to be a game and not just some of the same.”

MISSOURI BASEBALL —CLASS 5 STATE TOURNAMENT Sectional round Vianney 9. Hillsboro 1 Willard 10, Webb City 1 De Smet 8, McCluer North 0 Rock Bridge 5, Francis Howell 0 Rockhurst 11, Blue Springs South 1 Wednesday’s games CBC 1, Marquette 1 (game suspended in 7th inning, will resume at 4 p.m. at Vianney) Glendale (21-7) at Camdenton (17-9), 5:30 p.m. Staley (25-5) at Liberty (KC) (28-6), 5 p.m. —CLASS 4 STATE TOURNAMENT Sectional round Sikeston 6, Ste. Genevieve 0 Borgia 7, Lutheran South 6 Monett 5, Springfield Catholic 4 Westminster 12, Jennings 0 St. Dominic 10, Orchard Farm 0 Wednesday’s games Marshfield (15-6) at Helias (21-4), 5 p.m. Pembroke Hill (19-6) at Odessa (15-8), 6 p.m. Savannah (23-1) at St. Pius X KC (16-4), 3 p.m. —CLASS 3 STATE TOURNAMENT Sectional round Saxony Lutheran 9, Malden 8 West County 11, Valley Park 10 Fatima 2, Houston 1 Ava 1, Clever 0 Montgomery County 13, Whitfield 1 South Callaway 1, Palmyra 0 Blair Oaks 15, Lamar 3 Lawson 7, Summit Christian 6 Quarterfinals, Wednesday West County (21-6) at Saxony Lutheran (21-3), 4:30 p.m. Ava (18-5) at Fatima (13-14), 5 p.m. South Callaway (24-8) at Montgomery County (16-8), 4:30 p.m. Lawson vs at Blair Oaks —CLASS 2 STATE TOURNAMENT Sectional round Ellington 5, Portageville 4 Chaffee 9, Valle Catholic 2 Skyline 6, Russellville 5 Lone Jack at Adrian, 5 p.m. Wednesday. Seymour 3, Purdy 2 Marion C Early at Liberal, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Silex 11, Northeast (Cairo) 1 St. Joseph LeBlond 14, Scotland County 5 Quarterfinals, Wednesday Chaffee (22-5) at Ellington (26-1), 4 p.m. St. Joseph LeBlond (8-12) at Silex (11-4), 4:30 p.m. —CLASS 1 STATE TOURNAMENT Sectional round Cooter 10, Oran 0 Dora 12, Eminence 3 St. Elizabeth 5, Northwest (Hughesville) 4 Wellsville 4, Concordia 1 Walnut Grove 6, Verona 4 Weaubleau 12, Sheldon 5 La Plata 11, Green City 1 Northeast Nodaway at North Harrison, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Quarterfinals Dora at Cooter, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Wellsville at St. Elizabeth, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Weaubleau at Walnut Grove, 5 p.m. Wednesday. La Plata vs TBD ILLINOIS BASEBALL —CLASS 4A ALTON REGIONAL Semifinals Quincy vs Edwardsville (30-5), 4 p.m. Wednesday. Alton (13-18) vs Belleville East (18-17) 4 p.m. Thursday. Championship Semifinal winners, 11 a.m. Saturday. —CLASS 4A GRANITE CITY REGIONAL Semifinals, Thursday Granite City (15-18) vs Belleville West (25-7), 4 p.m. Collinsville (13-16) vs O’Fallon (24-8), 6 p.m. Thursday. Championship Semifinal winners, 11 a.m. Saturday. —CLASS 3A COLUMBIA REGIONAL Semifinals Cahokia (3-14) at Columbia (23-8), 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Freeburg (18-14) vs Waterloo (18-12), 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Championship Semifinal winners, 11 a.m. Saturday —CLASS 3A CENTRALIA REGIONAL Semifinals, Wednesday Salem vs Marion, 4 p.m. Olney Richland County vs Mount Vernon, 6 p.m. Championship Semifinal winners, 11 a.m. Saturday —CLASS 3A TRIAD REGIONAL Semifinals Jerseyville (15-17) vs Mascoutah (28-3), 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. Highland (20-13) at Triad (13-22), 4:15 p.m. Thursday. Championship Semifinal winners, 11 a.m. Saturday. —CLASS 2A BENTON SECTIONAL Semifinals, Wednesday Nashville vs. Fairfield, 4 p.m. Harrisburg vs. Ziegler-Royalton, 6:30 p.m. Championship Semifinal winners, 11 a.m. Saturday. —2A PLEASANT PLAINS SECTIONAL Semifinals, Wednesday New Berlin vs. Beardstown, 4:30 p.m. Carlinville vs. Pleasant Plains, 6:30 p.m. Championship Semifinal winners, 11 a.m. Saturday. —CLASS 2A TEUTOPOLIS SECTIONAL Semifinals, Wednesday Gillespie vs. Teutopolis, 4 p.m. Mater Dei vs. Robinson, 7 p.m. Championship Semifinal winners, 10 a.m. Saturday. —CLASS 1A GREENVILLE SECTIONAL At Greenville University Semifinals, Wednesday Valmeyer vs. Carrollton, 4:30 p.m. Greenfield vs. Gibault, 6:30 p.m. Championship Semifinal winners, 11 a.m. Saturday. SOFTBALL —CLASS 4A EDWARDSVILLE REGIONAL Semifinal, Wednesday Granite City (4-16) at Collinsville (9-17), 4:30 p.m. Championship Semifinal winner at Edwardsville (23-4), 10 a.m. Saturday. —CLASS 4A BELLEVILLE EAST REGIONAL Semifinals Belleville West (14-11) vs Alton (23-9), 4:30 p.m. Thursday. O’Fallon (22-9) at Belleville East (18-16), 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Championship Semifinal winners, 11 a.m. Saturday. —CLASS 3A CIVIC MEMORIAL REGIONAL Semifinals, Wednesday Civic Memorial (14-12) vs. Triad (22-7), 4:30 p.m. Waterloo (14-13) vs. Freeburg (14-11), 6:30 p.m. Championship Semifinal winners, 4:30 p.m. Friday. —CLASS 3A JERSEYVILLE REGIONAL Semifinals, Wednesday East St. Louis (1-13) vs. Columbia (18-8), 4:30 p.m. Highland (12-11) at Jerseyville (20-11), 6:30 p.m. Championship Semifinal winners, 4:30 p.m. Friday. —CLASS 3A HERRIN REGIONAL First round Salem 6,Herrin 5 Mount Vernon 12, Richland County 0 Semifinals Salem vs Centralia, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Mount Vernon vs Breese Central (16-7), 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Championship Semifinal winners, 4:30 p.m. Friday. —CLASS 3A CARBONDALE REGIONAL Semifinals, Tuesday Massac County 7, Marion 6 (9) Carbondale 9, Murphysboro 4 Championship Massac County at Carbondale, 4:30 p.m. Friday —CLASS 2A NEWTON SECTIONAL Semifinals, Wednesday Mater Dei vs. Arthur, 4:30 p.m. Teutopolis vs. Mount Carmel, 6:30 p.m. Championship Semifinal winners, 4:30 p.m. Friday —CLASS 1A SOUTH CENTRAL SECTIONAL Semifinals, Wednesday Christ Our Rock vs Oblong, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Marissa (15-5) vs Bridgeport Red Hill, 5 p.m. Championship Semifinal winners, 11 a.m. Saturday —CLASS 1A STEELEVILLE SECTIONAL Semifinals, Wednesday

Goreville at Steeleville (18-12), 3 p.m. Pope County vs Elverado, 4:30 p.m. Championship Semifinal winners, 4:30 p.m. Friday. —CLASS 1A JACKSONVILLE REGIONAL Semifinals Jacksonville Routt 8, White Hall North Greene 4 Payson Seymour vs Hardin Calhoun (274), 4:30 p.m. Wednesday Championship Routt vs. TBD, 4:30 p.m. Friday MISSOURI GIRLS SOCCER —CLASS 4 STATE TOURNAMENT Sectional round Lindbergh 2, Jackson 1 Eureka (10-7-3) at Nerinx Hall (16-3-2), 4 p.m. Wednesday. Springfield Central at Kickapoo (1-2-1), 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Lee’s Summit West 7, Jefferson City 0 Francis Howell Central 5, McCluer North 1 Francis Howell 4, Hickman 0 Lee’s Summit North 4, Blue Springs 0 Liberty (KC) 2, Staley 1 Quarterfinal TBD at Lindbergh (16-9), Saturday. Lee’s Summit West at TBD, Saturday. Francis Howell (12-8-1) at Francis Howell Central (14-8-1), noon Saturday. Liberty at Lee’s Summit North, Semifinals TBD at Swope Soccer Village, 12 p.m. 5/31. TBD at Swope Soccer Village, 2 p.m. 5/31. Third place TBD at Swope Soccer Village, 10 a.m. 6/1. Championship TBD at Swope Soccer Village, 2 p.m. 6/1. —CLASS 3 STATE TOURNAMENT Sectional round Cape Girardeau Central 2, Windsor 1 Summit 1, St. Joseph’s 0 Union 2, Rolla 0 Glendale 5, Carl Junction 1 Incarnate Word 3, Westminster 0 Liberty (10-10-1) at St. Dominic (22-3-1), 4 p.m. Wednesday; game tied 2-2 going into overtime Notre Dame de Sion 5, Bolivar 0 Kearney 4, Grain Valley 0 Quarterfinals Summit (17-3-3) at Cape Girardeau Central, noon Saturday. Glendale at Union (25-1-1), 1 p.m. Saturday. TBD at Incarnate Word (18-5-3), Saturday. Kearney vs. Notre Dame de Sion, TBD Semifinals TBD at Swope Soccer Village, 4 p.m. 5/31. TBD at Swope Soccer Village, 6 p.m. 5/31. Third place TBD at Swope Soccer Village, 12 p.m. 6/1. Championship TBD at Swope Soccer Village, 4 p.m. 6/1. —CLASS 2 STATE TOURNAMENT Sectional round Cape Notre Dame 5, Lutheran South 1 Rosati-Kain 10, Roosevelt 0 St. Clair 4, Logan-Rogersville 1 Pleasant Hill 2, Springfield Catholic 0 Visitation 3, Trinity 2 Southern Boone 2, St. Charles West 1 Pembroke Hill 1, St. Pius X (Kansas City) 0 Maryville 2, Chillicothe 0 Quarterfinals, Wednesday Cape Notre Dame (23-1-1) vs Rosati-Kain (17-7) at SLUH, 5 p.m. St. Clair (15-7-1) at Pleasant Hill (22-1), 5 p.m. Southern Boone (24-3) at Visitation (16-4), 5 p.m. Pembroke Hill vs. Maryville (13-7), TBD Semifinal TBD at Swope Soccer Village, 12 p.m. 5/29. TBD at Swope Soccer Village, 2 p.m. 5/29. Third place TBD at Swope Soccer Village, 10 a.m. 5/30. Championship TBD at Swope Soccer Village, 2 p.m. 5/30. —CLASS 1 STATE TOURNAMENT Quarterfinals, Wednesday Maplewood-RH (15-6-1) at St. Vincent (14-7), 6 p.m. Crocker (13-5-1) vs. New Covenant (12-7) at Waynesville, 5 p.m. Duchesne (10-8) vs. Crossroads College Prep (10-4) at Forest Park, 4 p.m. St. Michael the Archangel (17-5) at Lone Jack (16-4), 6 p.m. ILLINOIS GIRLS SOCCER —CLASS 3A MOLINE SECTIONAL Semifinals Edwardsville 3, O’Fallon 1 Minooka 1, Bradley-Bourbonnais 0 Championship At Moline Minooka vs Edwardsville (15-8), 6 p.m. Friday. —CLASS 2A CIVIC MEMORIAL SECTIONAL At Bethalto Sports Complex Semifinals, Wednesday Mattoon vs. Triad (16-3-2), 4 p.m. Chatham vs. Marion (15-5), 6 p.m. Championship TBD, 10 a.m. Saturday. —CLASS 1A COLUMBIA SUPER-SECTIONAL Tuesday Columbia 8, Decatur St. Teresa 1 MISSOURI BOYS VOLLEYBALL —CLASS 4 STATE TOURNAMENT Semifinals, Tuesday Pattonville (31-5) vs SLUH (29-1) at Webster Groves, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Vianney def. Francis Howell North, 25-18, 25-20 Championship, Thursday Vianney (26-6) vs Pattonville-SLUH winner at Webster Groves, 5:30 p.m. —CLASS 3 STATE TOURNAMENT Semifinals Mehlville (27-4) at Webster Groves (20-11) , 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. Chaminade def. Lutheran South, 25-17, 25-18 Championship, Thursday Chaminade (27-6) vs Mehlville-Webster Groves winner at Webster Groves, 7:30 p.m. ILLINOIS BOYS VOLLEYBALL —GRANITE CITY REGIONAL Semifinals Edwardsville def. Father McGivney, 25-21, 25-18 Belleville East def. Granite City, 25-21, 25-23 Championship, Wednesday Belleville East (17-12) vs Edwardsville (18-8), 6 p.m. —O’FALLON REGIONAL Semifinals, Tuesday O’Fallon def. Belleville West, 25-16, 25-14 Althoff def. Metro-East Lutheran, 25-18, 25-23 Championship, Wednesday Althoff (5-8) at O’Fallon (21-8), 6 p.m. Wednesday. BOYS LACROSSE —MSLA STATE TOURNAMENT Semifinals MICDS leads SLUH 15-2 at halftime; game to be resumed at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at MICDS De Smet leads Eureka 7-3 in second quarter; game to be resumed at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Lindenwood Championship, Friday Semifinal winners at Lindenwood, 7:30 p.m.

—MSLA SHOW ME CUP Semifinals Parkway West 9, O’Fallon 7 Westminster 13, Holt 12 Final, Friday Westminster (9-8) vs Parkway West (9-7) at Lindenwood, 5 p.m. MISSOURI GIRLS LACROSSE —MSLA STATE TOURNAMENT Quarterfinals Lafayette 14, Marquette 8 Summit 15, John Burroughs 8 St. Joseph’s 9, Kirkwood 7 MICDS leads Cor Jesu 6-4 at halftime; game to be resumed at 4 p.m. Wednesday at MICDS Semifinals, Thursday Summit (16-1) at Lafayette (20-0) , 4 p.m. St. Joseph’s (12-5) vs. TBD ILLINOIS GIRLS LACROSSE —WASHINGTON (ILL.) SECTIONAL Semifinals Belleville Township (5-8) vs O’Fallon (131), 5:30 p.m. Thursday Washington vs. Lincoln-Way Central, 7 p.m. Wednesday Championship, Friday Semifinal winners, 7 p.m. at Washingto