Top high school sports performances for the week of Jan. 18 to Jan. 25
IMANI BERRY and SHAY FLUKER
Belleville West • Basketball
Perhaps the top guard combination in the St. Louis area, Fluker and Berry combined for 134 points in three games as Belleville West won its first Scott Credit Union/Highland Girls Invitational title on Saturday. Fluker was named the tournament Most Valuable Player.
Granite City • Basketball
Berry helped Granite City win the Triad Mid-Winter Classic title by scoring 18 points and hitting all nine of his free-throw attempts Saturday in a 56-50 victory over Highland. Berry also burned Columbia for 27 points on Thursday in a 64-61 win for the Warriors.
MONTEZ CRUMBLE JR.
Cahokia • Basketball
Crumble helped the Cahokia Comanches to a 3-1 finish at the Jerseyville Tournament and was named to the all-tournament team. His 22 points in a win over Alton-Marquette represented the game-high. Also reached double figures in a loss to Collinsville and wins over Pittsfield and Quincy-Notre Dame.
Gibault • Basketball
Gibault sophomore Trevor Davis helped the Hawks win the first Okawville Invitational by tossing in 31 points on a 15-of-17 shooting effort against Vandalia. Davis also had the game-winning basket to defeat Wesclin at the buzzer and added 15 points in the Hawks’ tourney-clinching victory over Okawville.
Gibault • Basketball
The junior forward had quite a week for the Hawks, helping them win the first Okawville Invitational with some of his top performances this season. His top game of the week was a 29-point, 10-rebound explosion in a 69-55 win over Madison that saw him hit 14-of-15 shots. Deterding also had 20 points Saturday against Okawville and 21 points and nine rebounds in a victory over Vandalia. Making a lot of the offense happen for Gibault was guard Jacob Rueter, who had 49 assists in four games. He also had 18 points against Wesclin and 13 against Madison.
Edwardsville • Basketball
One of the nation’s top sophomore defensive line recruits with numerous Division I scholarship offers to his credit, Epenesa is a force on the basketball court as well for the Tigers. He was named Most Valuable Player after helping lead Edwardsville to its fourth straight championship at the Salem Invitational, scoring seven straight points down the stretch of the title game victory over Centralia. Epenesa piled up 24 points and 10 rebounds Friday in a 58-51 semifinal victory over Mount Vernon and also had 14 points in a 54-33 first-round win over Salem.
Althoff • basketball
The 6-6 Gooch, a junior, scored 23 points and corralled nine rebounds Saturday to lead the Crusaders past St. Louis University High. The win gave Althoff a 3-0 record and the championship in the Chick-fil-A Classic at Belleville East.
Althoff • Basketball
One of the state’s top sophomore prospects, Goodwin registered a career-high 35 points along with 16 rebounds, five steals and four assists Friday in Althoff’s 69-55 victory over McCluer at the Belleville East Chick-fil-A Classic. He also had 13 points Saturday in the Crusaders’ championship game win over St. Louis University High.
O’Fallon • Bowling
A junior, Hess averaged 228, finished with a total of 1,369 pins and won the individual title at the Herrin Bowling Sectional at Southern Illinois Bowl in Carterville on Saturday, Hess helped O'Fallon earn its sixth straight trip to the state finals.
Central • Basketball
Central junior guard Logan Kohrmann continued his dominant scoring this season at the Nashville Invitational, including a 25-point outing Saturday in the Cougars’ 57-47 upset win over Class 2A second-ranked Teutopolis. Kohrmann also had 21 points Friday in a loss to Mater Dei and 18 in a 61-48 tourney win over Mascoutah. He’s among the area scoring leaders at 17.8 points per game.
RONNIE MIDGETT and ANFIRNEE WILKINSON
Collinsville • Basketball
The Kahok duo was named to the Jerseyville All-Tournament team, in helping Collinsville to a 5-0 record and the tournament title. Midgett averaged 13 points per game during the tournament, including a game-high 25 in a win over Jerseyville. Wilkinson averaged 11.2 points, including a 14-point game against Marquette and 15 points against Pittsfield.
Collinsville • Basketball
The 6-8 senior put on a display of defensive dominance in leading the Kahoks to the championship of the Jerseyville Tournament, Collinsville’s first tournament title since 2011. Rickman averaged 8.2 rebounds over five games — including 14 in a win over Cahokia — even though his playing time was abbreviated during lop-sided wins over Marquette and Pittsfield. He also had 21 blocked shots during the tournament to go with 44 points. For his play, Rickman was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
Wesclin • Basketball
Steenbergen fired in seven 3-pointers Friday and finished with 21 points in a 64-62 loss to Gibault at the Okawville Invitational. The 5-10 junior guard also had 18 points in a tournament victory over the host Okawville Rockets and leads the Warriors in scoring at 12 points per game.
Triad • Basketball
Triad girls basketball player Sophie Thompson: Averaged 23 points for a Knights team which defeated Nokomis, Althoff and Wesclin to win the consolation title at the Scott Credit Union/Highland Girls Tournament this week. Thompson is a big reason why Triad is 14-7 this season after winning just 11 games the previous three years.