High School Sports

Metro-east’s top performers in last week’s games

AP

ALEX DIEL

Althoff •  Bowling

The Althoff Junior rolled a 219 against Cahokia at the South Seven Conference match at St. Clair Bowl Jan. 5. The next day, during the second game, he knocked down 243 pins against New Baden.

DONOVAN FRANKLIN

O’Fallon •  Boys Basketball

Franklin continued his assault against opposing defenses Friday when he pumped in a game-high 26 points in the Panthers’ 58-40 triumph over host Edwardsville. Franklin, showing off shifty moves in the lane, moved in and around Tigers defenders and connected on nine of his 14 shots from the field. Franklin also was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.

BRYAN HUDSON

Alton •  Boys Basketball

Baseball will be his future, but the Redbirds’ 6-8 senior continues to excel on the basketball court as he scored 35 points in the Redbirds’ easy Southwestern Conference wins this week over Belleville East and Belleville West. Hudson scored 21 points in Alton’s 77-30 win over Belleville East, then totaled 14 points in a 69-42 win over Belleville West. Hudson is considered one of the top pitching prospects in the St. Louis region and will likely be considered for the Major League Draft.

DREW HUEBNER

Columbia •  Boys Basketball

Huebner, a 6-3 junior, piled up 18 points and 11 rebounds Friday as the Columbia Eagles handed Central its first Cahokia Conference loss this season. Huebner is averaging 11.1 points and a team-leading 8.8 rebounds for the Eagles (11-3), who have won their last six games.

OLIVIA LAPORTA and AMANDA PONCE

Highland •  Girls Basketball

This dynamic duo combined for 45 points as Highland (16-1) defeated Mater Dei (46-34) then upset the top ranked Class 2A team in the state, Central, 50-47 on Thursday. A junior, Ponce scored 13 points in the win over Central, while LaPorta added 12. LaPoorta will attend Fordham University next year on a volleyball scholarship. Ranked 11th in the Class 3A state poll, Highland defeated Mississippi Valley Conference rival Jerseyville on Saturday.

BRODE PORTELL

Highland Boys •  Basketball

Portell was fouled trying to fire up a 3-pointer with 0.5 seconds left Saturday, then sank three free throws to beat Fort Zumwalt North 53-52 at the Highland Optimist Shootout. The junior guard also had 14 points Friday in a 45-36 Mississippi Valley Conference victory over Jerseyville that gave the Bulldogs (6-10) a three-game winning streak.

KARON RANDOLPH

East St. Louis •  Boys Basketball

Randolph, not known as a jump shooter, shocked Edwardsville by draining back-to-back 3-pointers in a critical stretch in the third quarter. The shots helped the Flyers rout the Tigers 57-40 and move into first place in the Southwestern Conference. Randolph finished with a game-best 14 points, all of them in the second half.

CHASE SCHNEIDER

Central •  Boys Basketball

The junior guard fired in six 3-pointers and scored 21 points Tuesday in a 65-45 Cahokia Conference win over Wesclin. Schneider is Central’s second-leading scorer at 10.9 points per game and leads the team with 34 3-pointers.

MAKENZIE SILVEY

Edwardsville •  Girls Basketball

The Edwardsville sophomore had 24 points Tuesday in a 56-49 win over East St. Louis, then added 24 more Thusday in a 65-25 victory over O’Fallon as the state-ranked Tigers (14-0) improved to 6-0 in the Southwestern Conference. Silvey averages 14 points per game for a Tigers team that has won 81 straight conference games and 62 in a row at home.

DANIEL THORSON

Nashville •  Boys Basketball

Thorson led the way for Nashville (15-1) with 22 points and five 3-pointers Saturday as the state’s top-ranked Class 2A team held off rival Okawville 49-47. Dylan Mueller added 18 points as he and Thorson combined to hit nine of 16 3-point shots.

DENAE WHITE and ALINA LANCE

New Athens •  Girls Basketball

White had a season-high 30 points to lead unbeaten New Athens to a 56-21 victory over Trico to win the Chester Mid-Winter Classic, giving the Yellow Jackets (16-0) their third tournament championship this season. Lance had 10 points and was named to the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, while White also made the all-tournament team along with Dupo’s Leia Campbell.

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