Game Balls: Top high school sports performances

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Jordan Augustine

Althoff Football

Augustine tossed two touchdown passes and completed 20-of-30 passes for 238 yards in the 12-0 Crusaders 46-42 victory over Rochester on Saturday in the Class 4A state football semifinals. He is Althoff’s all-time single-season passing yardage leader with 3,280 yards. He also has thrown 38 TD passes this season.

Jaylon Bester

Althoff Football

The junior running back had a game for the ages on Saturday, running for 199 yards and two TDs in Althoff’s Class 4A semifinal win over Rochester. Bester had a 60-yard TD run in the first half and added a 2-yard run with 9:35 remaining that gave the Crusaders their first lead. He’s Althoff’s leading rusher with 1,156 yards along with a team-leading 20 touchdowns.

Jordan Goodwin

Althoff Football

Far better known for his basketball exploits as one of the Midwest region’s top junior recruits, Goodwin had his best day in a football uniform Saturday in Althoff’s playoff win over Rochester. He set new career-highs for receptions (11) and receiving yards (111), repeatedly making himself available over the middle and then dragging tacklers along with him after making the catch.

Amanda Jung

Mascoutah volleyball

The 6-foot senior recorded 13 kills this weekend to lead the Indians to a third place finish at the Class 3A State Volleyball Tournament at Redbird Arena in Normal. Jung had eight kills in the Indians win over LaSalle-Peru in the third place match on Saturday.

Jordan Kampwerth

Mater Dei Football

Five different receivers caught passes for Mater Dei against Taylorville Saturday. Kampwerth, a senior wide receiver, caught three for 97 total yards and two touchdowns. His 77-yard touchdown catch in the second play of the second half put the Knights ahead 35-14 and put them in command en route to a class 4A quarterfinal victory.

Andrew Kash

Nashville Football

The Nashville High quarterback helped the Hornets reach the Class 2A semifinals in their 35-14 quarterfinal victory over Athens. Kash was 9-for-15 Saturday for 221 yards and two passing TDs.

Maddie Nekola and Kamrynn Voypick

Mascoutah Volleyball

This Indians pair dished out 13 assists each in Mascoutah’s third place win over LaSalle-Peru on Saturday at the Class 3A State Volleyball Tournament.

Royce Newman and Hunter Schultze

Nashville Football

Newman, a 6-foot-7 senior headed to Missouri on a football scholarship, helped nail down Nashvill’s 2A quarterfinal win over Athens on Saturday by catching an 88-yard TD pass from Andrew Kash. Schultze, a senior runing back, had 72 yards rushing and 79 yards receiving and became Nashville’s all-time leader in total offense with 3,906 yards.

Colin Schuetz

Mater Dei Football

The junior quarterback wasn’t quite as efficient a passer against a strong Taylorville defense, which had allowed just 10 points per game entering Saturday’s 4A quarterfinal game against the Knights. But he was close. Schuetz was key to keeping the Knights’ attack multiple, spreading the ball to five different ball carriers including himself. He also used five different receivers, three of which caught passes for touchdowns. In all, Schuetz completed 14 of 27 passs attempts for 204 yards and four touchdowns to lead Mater Dei to the state semifinals.

Bryson Strong

Althoff Football

The junior linebacker was a tackling machine Saturday in Althoff’s 4A semifinal win over Rochester, racking up 18 tackles against one of the state’s top offenses. He leads the Crusader defense with 144 tackles and nine sacks.

Brendan Timmermann

Mater Dei Football

The Knights’ versatile senior did a little bit of everything in the team’s quarterfinal victory over Taylorville Saturday. Timmermann caught four passes for 44 yards, rushed 12 times for 93 yards and his 25-yard touchdown run to opened the scoring. With Taylorville knocking on the door of the endzone at the end of the first half, Timmermann intercepted a pass to stop the drive and, both coaches said, kill a potential game-changing shift in momentum.