Small School Sports Program Finalist | Post Dispatch

Program of the year: 2019-20 small schools finalists

From the program of the year: 2019-20series

Alton Marquette

Soccer win
Alton Marquette's Noah McClintock celebrates with Luke Atkinson after a Class 1A semifinal game on Friday, November 1, 2019 at Eastside Centre in Peoria, Ill. Paul Halfacre,
Paul Halfacre

Boys soccer: Explorers finished as the Class 1A state runner-up with a 19-4-5 record in coach Tim Gould’s lone season with the program. Won in penalty kicks in the semifinals against defending state champ Quincy Notre Dame before falling by a goal in the final to Chicago University High.

Boys basketball: Advanced to a Class 2A sectional final for the second successive season and third time in four years before losing to eventual state semifinalist Mater Dei. Won 15 consecutive games, finished 26-7.

Girls basketball: Lost to Mater Dei in Class 2A regional final to cap a 24-7 season, which represented the program’s best campaign since winning 32 games in 2000.

Football: Fell in opening round of Class 3A playoffs and finished 5-5 after winning Prairie State Conference crown. Fourth playoff appearance in five seasons.

Girls volleyball: Went unbeaten in Prairie State Conference and posted 20-13 season, the program’s most victories since 2006. Fell in Class 2A regional semifinals to Columbia.

Girls golf: Qualified as a team for Class 1A state tournament and missed cut to final 18 holes, but Gracie Piar finished 17th individually and Audrey Cain was 37th.

Girls cross country: Riley Vickrey finished 30th in Class 1A.

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