EAST ALTON-WOOD RIVER
BY JACK BULLOCK
Head coach Kyle Duncan leads the East Alton-Wood River Oilers, a team that plays in the Prairie State Conference along with ABV teams Alton Marquette and Metro-East Lutheran.
His first order of business is to replace a prolific scorer.
Senior Blake Marks was on the 'mark' a lot for EA-WR last season, including his final game of his prep career.
He torched Dupo for 51-points in a 89-75 loss to the host Tigers at the Dupo 2A Regional opener.
His 22.4 points a game average will be missed for certain as the Oilers try to improve on a 7-23 season in 2015-16.
Coach Duncan (41-77) mentioned four returning players that he will count on.
Six-foot-four senior Joel Biesk is a post player for EA-WR who averaged just 3.2 points a game as a junior.
Justin Englar, a 5-foot-9 junior point guard, added 5.2 points a game to the offense while 6-foot-4 junior forward Hunter Hall contributed 3.3 point per game.
Junior Zach Wells, a 6-foot shooting forward, added 1.9 p.p.g.
None of those returning offensive numbers added up to half of what Marks averaged a night.
Two transfer's into the program may help out in a hurry.
Jake Roustio, a 6-foot senior, and twin brother Jamie Roustio, a 6-foot-3 senior, were at Granite City last season.
Both of them played varsity at Granite City last season
They are the sons of former Granite City coach Steve Roustio (EA-WR assistant now) and grandsons of legendary Jacksonville mentor Mel Roustio.
Coach Duncan mention one incoming freshman that could help; 6-foot shooting guard Daron Hearn
“I think with the added experience, we should be a competitive team every night,” said Coach Duncan. “Our PG Justin Englar is one of the best around and is only a junior. Our transfers look to help with all the experience playing a 4A schedule last year. We'll start 3 players over 6-3, so should give some match up problems. Overall, the season has high expectations, but putting it all together early on is the key question mark.”
2017-18 VARSITY SCHEDULE
20-25 Metro-East Lutheran Turkey Tournament J14-21 Litchfield Invitational Tournament

D1

@ Carlinville J26 Alton Marquette
D5 @ Staunton J27 Nokomis
D8 Roxana J30 Piasa Southwestern
D12 Red Bud F2 Brussels
D15 Glen Carbon Father McGivney F6 Mt. Olive
D26-29 Carlinville Holiday Tournament F9 @ Bunker Hill
J5 @ Vandalia F13 @ Metro-East Lutheran
J9 Litchfield F16 Greenville
J12 Dupo F19-23 IHSA Regional TBD