Area Sports

Kahok Boys Push SWC Leader East To The Limit

By Mark Jurgena Belleville East 45 Collinsville 38 “In our conference taking charges is very important,” Collinsville coach Darin Lee said two weeks ago after his team took two during a 61-40 win at Alton. This past Saturday at Belleville East the Lancers turned the trick on consecutive possessions in the 4th quarter while they…

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Knights Fall To Mascoutah, Down Marquette And Highland, Now 3-2

By Anthony Jones After kicking off the season at 1-1, Mississippi Valley Conference play began this past week for the Knights. Triad opened their conference schedule with the Mascoutah Indians and the Highland Bulldogs. The team also hosted the Marquette Explorers in a non-conference contest. They played their first conference game at home against Highland…

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Longtime Kahok Mentor John Ostanik Passes

By Mark Jurgena On February 17, 2021, Collinsville lost the dynamic John Ostanik, a retired teacher and coach in the Collinsville school district. Ostanik, 74, died after a long illness. A 1964 graduate of Collinsville High School, Ostanik graduated from Eastern Illinois University. He returned in the fall of 1968 to teach business and be…

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Lady Knights Kick Season Off With Dominant Wins, Start 2-0

By Anthony Jones Triad’s Lady Knights basketball team opened last year slow with a 3-10 start, but they look to kick this season off in much stronger fashion. The team has started their season after a long wait and have already taken on two teams. Their first game of the season was a Wednesday night…

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Kahoks Beat O’Fallon; Fall to West, East St. Louis

By Mark Jurgena Collinsville 49 O’Fallon 40 A patient offense, good shot selection, and great team defense is often a winning formula. Last Saturday’s road win at O’Fallon was no exception as Collinsville came up with a nine-point win. “We definitely moved the basketball and did some things we wanted to do,” said coach Darin…

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Kahok Girls Basketball Team Battles SWC Heavyweights

By Mark Jurgena O’Fallon 68 Collinsville 38 O‘Fallon’s press kicked into gear and forced eight turnovers in the 2nd quarter to pull away from Collinsville at Fletcher Gym last Saturday. “In the second quarter we started off doing a decent job with the full court pressure but we just weren’t scoring on the backside when…

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Triad Hoopers Fall In Season Opener, Win First Home Game

By Anthony Jones After a long delay to their season, the Triad Knights basketball team kicked off their season this past week. The squad’s first game of the year was on the road against the Granite City Warriors. The game got off to a slow, but tight start. At the end of the first quarter,…

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Kahok, Knight Dance Units State Qualifiers For IDTA Competition

By Anthony Jones Perhaps more than any other sports teams, dance squads in Illinois have had to face a slew of challenges in the age of COVID. The Illinois High School Association has added several rule changes to competitions which includes disallowing lifts, stunts, partner lifts, and dancer to dancer contact. Competitions are also being…

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Kahok Defense Stifles Redbirds in Opener

By Mark Jurgena Great defense prevents baskets and changes momentum. Collinsville had several outstanding defensive plays to either begin big runs or prevent Alton from gaining momentum and secured a 61-40 road win to begin the 2021 season. “I think we can guard, we’ve got some length,” began Collinsville coach Darin Lee. “It’s a group…

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2021 High School Basketball Schedules

Triad’s Girls Basketball Schedule Tuesday, Feb. 16 vs Highland HS Away 6:00 PM Thursday, Feb. 18 vs Mascoutah HS Home 6:00 PM Monday, Feb. 22 vs Waterloo HS Home 6:00 PM Tuesday, Feb. 23 vs Civic Memorial HS Away 6:00 PM Thursday, Feb. 25 vs Jersey Community HS Home 6:00 PM Tuesday, Mar. 2 vs Highland HS…

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