High School Sports

Cahokia has won six straight state titles. Now they want seven.

Cahokia’s Steven Harris (1,in foreground) and his Comanches teammates hope to be off and running to a seventh straight state championship.
Cahokia’s Steven Harris (1,in foreground) and his Comanches teammates hope to be off and running to a seventh straight state championship. tvizer@bnd.com

Six-time defending Class 2A state champion Cahokia has its eyes on another state crown when it competes at the Mascoutah Sectional beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Led by senior Chris Stanley in the 800 meters and Andre Ward in the triple jump along with four state-ranked relay teams, the Comanches are expected to battle Mascoutah for the team title.

But for Comanches coach Leroy Millsap, winning a sectional title is way down on his list of things to do.

“We don’t have the depth we’ve had in the past and so we’re concentrating on getting our top kids ready in eight or nine events and see how many we can advance to the state finals,” Millsap said. “I think we’re ready. We’re as healthy as we’ve been all year and we’re looking forward to another good finish at state.”

Other local teams competing at Mascoutah include the host school, Central, Columbia, Freeburg, Triad and Waterloo. Highland and Civic Memorial are competing in the Springfield Lanphier Sectional, which begins at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Dean Criddle: 618-239-2661, @CriddleDean

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