KENDRA BASS and KARA KOESTER
Lebanon Girls • Basketball
Bass, a freshman, and Koester, a senior, led the Greyhounds to the championship of the Class 1A Gibault Regional. Bass came off the bench and scored 24 points in the semifinals as Lebanon thrashed Gibault 44-29 on Wednesday. Koester had 20 points in the title game Thursday as Lebanon bounced Valmeyer 67-31.
IMANI BERRY and SHAY FLUKER
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Belleville West • Girls Basketball
It was a game of follow-the-leader for two of the area’s top guards. Berry tossed in 35 points and nailed six of her eight 3-point tries Thursday in a 58-39 win over Collinsville, the same game in which Fluker had 31 points and five 3-pointers. In West’s 60-45 win Tuesday over Alton, Berry had 23 points and Fluker had 21.
PHYLLIP and NICHOLAS DELOACH
Alton • Wrestling
This tandem of brothers improved to a combined 90-0 for the season by winning titles at the Class 3A Normal Sectional. Phyllip is now 40-0 after winning the 145-pound crown while Nicholas is 50-0 after taking the 152-pound crown.
Edwardsville • Basketball
If he wasn’t such a highly-touted football recruit — he’s considered one of the nation’s top defensive end recruits as a freakishly talented 6-foot-5 sophomore — Epenesa might be attracting more basketball recruiting attention as well. Epenesa exploded for 30 points and 16 rebounds in the Tigers’ win over DeSmet last Wednesday, hitting 13 of his 16 shots. Epenesa tacked on another 17 points and 12 rebounds Friday in a Southwestern Conference win over Granite City.
TARKUS FERGUSON and JORDAN GOODWIN
Althoff • Basketball
Ferguson continues to become more of an offensive force for the Crusaders (22-3) while earning style points for his increased dunk total in recent game. The junior guard led Althoff with 19 points Saturday in a 71-53 win over Belleville West, throwing down four dunks in the process and scoring nine straight points during a red-hot stretch of the second quarter. Ferguson also had 17 points Friday in the 69-56 South Seven Conference win over Cahokia. Goodwin continues to pace the Althoff offense, scoring 21 points Friday against Cahokia and 18 on Saturday vs. Belleville West.
O’Fallon • Basketball
A regular on the Top Performers list, Franklin continued his assault on area defenses when he poured in 18 points in a lopsided triumph over Belleville East on Friday. The 6-foot-5 Franklin, a senior, became O’Fallon’s career scoring leader when he canned a 3-pointer late in the first half.
Okawville • Basketball
The talented sophomore guard continued his assault on area defenses with a 32-point outing Friday in the Okawville Rockets’ 71-41 victory over Red Bud. Frederking is the metro-east scoring leader and ranks among the top scorers in the entire St. Louis area at 21.6 points per game. He surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career earlier this season.
Mater Dei • Basketball
The 6-foot-8 senior had a big hand in Class 2A state-ranked Mater Dei’s 83-72 win over Class 4A Belleville West on Tuesday with 24 points, hitting 12 of his 13 shots. Gerling is Mater Dei’s top scorer at 16 points per game.
Central • Basketball
Kohrmann has been among the area scoring leaders all season and continues to light it up, scoring 28 points Friday in the Cougars’ 74-59 win over Greenville (25-3). Kohrmann also had 22 points Tuesday in Central’s Cahokia Conference championship-clinching 56-51 victory over Wesclin on Tuesday.
Civic Memorial • Basketball
The senior and University of Central Missouri recruit had 30 points and 13 rebounds Tuesday in Civic Memorial’s 89-69 Mississippi Valley Conference loss to Mascoutah.
Freeburg • Basketball
The senior guard scored a game-high 19 points, including 14 in the first half, in the Midgets’ loss to Wesclin Friday night. The performance left him with 994 points for his career. He’ll have his chance to top the 1,000 mark when Freeburg travels to Columbia Friday.
Belleville West • Wrestling
A rare three-sport athlete, Nelson continues to write one of the true feel-good stories of the 2014-15 season. The Maroons standout earned his first trip to the Class 3A State Wrestling Tournament by winning the 285-poung title at the Normal Sectional on Saturday.
Edwardsville • Girls Basketball
Continuing to make her mark on the area as a freshman, Pranger had 22 points and 11 rebounds Thursday in Edwardsville’s 58-34 Southwestern Conference win over Alton. She is Edwardsville’s scoring and rebounding leader, averaging 14.8 points and 7.8 rebounds. The Tigers are 26-0 overall and 14-0 in the SWC, currently ranked third in the Class 4A state poll.
Triad Girls • Basketball
The 5-foot-10 junior guard surpassed the 1,000-point mark in her career last week, scoring 30 points Monday in a 64-41 Mississippi Valley Conference win over Jerseyville, then scoring 20 more on Thursday. Thompson had five 3-pointers against Jerseyville.
CHRISHON and CHRISTOPHER TUCKER
East St. Louis • Wrestling
This twin tandem provided put the finishing touches on a memorable weekend for the Flyers wrestling program by winning titles at the Class 2A Mattoon Sectional. Chrishon won the 106-pound title while Christopher took home the top medal in the 113-pound class. East St. Louis qualified six wrestlers for the Class 2A State Tournament which begins on Friday in Champaign.
New Athens • Girls Basketball
White, a senior, scored 14 points and corralled six rebounds Thursday as the Yellow Jackets drubbed Centralia Christ Our Rock Lutheran 51-28 to bag the Class 1A New Athens Regional. The victory avenged the Yellow Jackets’ only defeat of the season, which had come six days earlier against Christ Our Rock Lutheran.
COLE WYSOCKI and COLE WITZIG
Triad • Wrestling
Two of the top state title hopes in southern Illinois, the Knights tandem tuned up for the state finals by winning at the Mattoon Sectional. Wysocki won the championship in the 138-pound weight class, while Witzig, son of Triad coach Russ Witzig, won the 170-pound crown.