Kahok soccer player Jordan Smith collected three goals and was instrumental in an overtime win against conference rival Alton Thursday, earning this week’s Metro Independent Athlete of the Week award.
All three of Smith’s goals Wednesday and Thursday were key moments in the Collinsville’s third and fourth consecutive victories. In the mud and muck at Belleville East Wednesday, Smith scored the Kahoks’ second goal, which gave them the lead for good. He also scored the team’s fourth goal, which proved to be the decisive goal in Collinsville’s 4-3 victory.
Smith, who will graduate this semester and play for University of Illinois Springfield next year, got the Kahoks on the board Thursday with a header that knotted the match at one goal apiece just 14 minutes from full time. In overtime, Smith mad a deft pass to Grant Bauer to get an assist on Bauer’s game-winning goal.
Smith has 19 points on the season, including a team-high eight goals. The Kahoks open regional play against O’Fallon at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kahok Stadium.
Earning honorable mention this week are the Collinsville Middle School baseball team and Kahok golfer Abbey Burns.
Behind seven innings of two-run pitching from Devon Bovinett, the CMS Trail Blazers defeated Carterville 3-2 Friday to win the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association state championship. CMS finished the season 17-4.
The CMS varsity baseball team members are TJ. Williams, Garrett Morski, Devon Bovinett, Gavin Woods, Jacob Dumstorff, Noah Scrum, Tate Wyatt, Zack Hartman, Logan Whitehead, Zane Baker, Brendan Rasch, Sam Phelps, Logan Jackson, Spencer Vlasik, Kris Modlin. The team is coached by Joshua Hartle
Although the Kahok girls golf team’s season ended at Regionals, Burns, a sophomore, advanced to Sectional play as an individual. She finished in 21st place in Sectionals.