Top high school sports performances from the week of Jan. 30-Feb. 1:
CELESTE AKORO and MARTA DURK
O’Fallon • Girls Basketball
Akoro had 27 points and seven rebounds while Durk had 26 points and seven rebounds last Wednesday in a 68-63 Southwestern Conference win over Alton. Akoro also had 21 points Saturday in a win over Normal and 14 in a 49-37 victory over Normal West. Durk (13.4 points per game) leads the Panthers in scoring.
Central Boys • Boys Basketball
The talented junior guard had back-to-back 24-point outings over the weekend as Central beat Freeburg (67-47) and Highland (60-57). Kohrmann had five 3-pointers Friday against Freeburg.
O’Fallon • Boys Basketball
Franklin scored a career-high 36 points, hit four 3-pointers and was 16-for-18 from the free-throw line Friday as the Panthers pasted host Collinsville 70-52 in a Southwestern Conference game. The 6-foot-5 senior was 8-for-11 from the field.
Okawville • Boys Basketball
Frederking isn’t even finished with his sophomore season and went past the 1,000-point mark Friday when he scored 27 points and had 10 rebounds in a 53-51 victory at Columbia. He also hit 13-of-16 free throws to help the Rockets hold off the Eagles.
FLETCHER HOPKINS JR.
Mascoutah • Wheelchair Bowling
Hopkins saved what otherwise was a subpar weekend at the State Bowling Tournament at St. Clair Bowl when he won his third straight state title in the wheelchair division. Hopkins had games of 159, 122, 134 and 143.
East St. Louis • Boys Basketball
Johnson connected on six 3-point field goals and scored 23 points Friday as the Flyers remained undefeated in the Southwestern Conference with a 96-66 win over visiting Belleville East.
New Athens • Girls Basketball
Lance scored 13 points in the Yellow Jackets’ 51-39 win over Lebanon on Monday, then scored 10 points in a 51-15 win over Marissa as New Athens wrapped up the Cahokia Conference-Kaskaskia Division title. New Athens is 22-0 for the season.
Civic Memorial • Boys Basketball
Lowrance had 31 points and five 3-pointers Friday in a Mississippi Valley Conference win over Waterloo. The Central Missouri recruit then poured in 34 points and grabbed 15 rebounds Saturday in a 71-60 win over Cairo at the Pinckneyville Showcase while hitting 12-of-13 field goals and 9-of-11 free throws.
Nashville • Boys Basketball
Pedtke has become more of a scoring threat for Nashville recently and he tossed in a season-high 25 points Friday in a 65-41 Southern Illinois River-to-River Conference win over Anna-Jonesboro.
JAVON PICKETT and RICO SYLVESTER
Belleville East • Boys Basketball
Pickett, a talented sophomore continued his superb season Tuesday when he scored 21 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and handed our four assists in a 65-53 victory over visiting Belleville West in a Southwestern Conference game. The win avenged an earlier loss to the Maroons. Sylvester, also a sophomore, continued to make strides as he scored 20 points in the win.
Highland • Girls Basketball
Ponce fired in 23 points Saturday in Highland’s 63-41 victory over Collinsville as the Class 3A state-ranked Bulldogs (23-2) continue to set a torrid pace this season by winning for the 12th time in 13 games. Ponce is the Bulldogs’ top scorer at 13.5 points per game.
Edwardsville • Girls Basketball
Silvey, a sophomore, scored 24 points as the Tigers moved another step closer to a sixth straight undefeated Southwestern Conference title with a 60-53 overtime win at Belleville West. Ranked fifth in the Class 4A state poll, Edwardsville (21-0) has won 85 straight SWC games and needed to wipe out a 12-point deficit to force overtime and beat the Maroons.
OLIVER STEPHEN and A.J. EPENESA
Edwardsville • Boys Basketball
Stephen, a sophomore guard, went 6-for-9 from 3-point range and collected 24 points Friday in a 64-57 Southwestern Conference victory over Belleville West. With Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel on hand to watch Epenesa, one of the nation’s top sophomore defensive end recruits, Epenesa piled up 13 points and 17 rebounds along with three monster dunks.
Freeburg • Girls Basketball
Vahlkamp tossed in 26 points Saturday as Freeburg pounded Herculaneum, Mo., 57-37, also adding eight rebounds. She leads the Midgets in scoring at 13.2 points per game.
Waterloo • Boys Basketball
Wiegand, a senior guard, had 28 points Friday in Waterloo’s 58-55 Mississippi Valley Conference loss at Civic Memorial. Wiegand is the team’s top scorer at 10.6 points per game and also was an All-Area pick in football as a running back.
Triad • Wrestling
Wysocki won his fourth straight individual Mississippi Valley Conference wrestling title on Saturday at Waterloo High School. Wysocki captured the 145-pound championship to help Triad win the team championship.