High School Sports

Top sports performers of the week

CELESTE AKORO

O’Fallon Girls • Basketball

Akoro scored 11 points on five-of-seven shooing, six rebounds and a school-record 14 blocked shots in the Panthers’ 50-41 win over Belleville East in the first round of the Class 4A regional last Tuesday. She scored 19 and had six blocked shots in a regional semifinal loss to top-seeded Belleville West. Just a sophomore, Akoro ranks second in the St. Louis region with 103 blocked shots on the season and averages nearly four per game.

KENNY BERRY

Granite City •  Basketball

The 6-2 senior guard scored 17 points in a last-second 55-53 loss to O’Fallon on Tuesday, then came back with a 22-point outburst in a 64-60 triumph over Belleville East on Friday that gave the Warriors their first win in the Southwestern Conference.

CHASE BITTLE

Althoff •  Wrestling

An unknown when the season began, Bittle proved to be one of the top freshmen in the state as he capped his first year of high school wrestling with a second-place medal in the 113-pound class at the Class 1A state tournament. Bittle ended his season with a 48-1 record.

NICK CZAR

Highland •  Wrestling

Czar put the finishing touch on an mpressive senior season by placing second in the 285-pound weight class at the Class 2A state wrestling tournament on Saturday in Champaign. Czar finished 40-1 for the season.

SHAY FLUKER

Belleville West •  Basketball

Fluker scored 21 points as West defeated Collinsville 54-29 in the title game of the Class 4A O'Fallon Regional on Friday. Fluker also scored 29 points in a 54-51 semifinal win over O'Fallon on Wednesday.

DONOVAN FRANKLIN

O’Fallon •  Basketball

Franklin was about all the Panthers had going for them in a loss to East St. Louis on Friday. The senior guard scored 31 points, including five 3-pointers, against the Flyers in a 83-67 loss.

NOAH FREDERKING

Okawville •  Basketball

Frederking has surpassed the 30-point mark in each of his last three games, but exploded for a career-high 36 last Friday as the Rockets stunned 2A-ranked Mater Dei 57-54. One of the top sophomore scorers in the state at nearly 22 points per game, Frederking also had 31 points in a 60-57 win over Freeburg on Feb. 14 and 32 the previous night in a 71-41 victory over Red Bud. He also averages 7.1 rebounds and has 50 3-pointers. Okawville is ranked 10th in the state in 1A and is the No. 1 seed at the New Athens Regional.

JORDAN GOODWIN

Althoff •  Basketball

Goodwin continued to show why he is one of the top sophomores in the state, tossing in 32 points Friday in Althoff’s 65-50 South Seven Conference win over Centralia in a game between the state’s No. 5 and No. 6 teams. Goodwin had 14 of his 32 points during the third quarter, including a clutch 3-pointer just ahead of the buzzer.

JORDI HARRE

Nashville •  Girls Basketball

Harre nearly willed the Hornettes to a huge upset of favored Central at the Class 2A Wesclin Sectional final on Friday, finishing with 17 points in a 37-33 loss to the Cougars. In the final game of her high school basketball career, Harre scored all nine of Nashville’s points in the third quarter and kept hitting big shots to keep her team in the game. The senior guard and daughter of Nashville coach Wayne Harre averaged 17 points, 7.4 rebounds, five steals and four assists this season.

EUGENE JONES

Belleville West •  Basketball

Jones, a 6-5 senior, dropped in a game-high 22 points on 10-for-14 shooting from the field Friday, but it wasn’t enough as the Maroons fell 60-50 to Collinsville. Jones leads West in scoring at 14.4 points per game.

RONNIE MIDGETT

Collinsville •  Basketball

The talented sophomore drained a clutch 3-pointer with 0.6 seconds remaining Tuesday that enabled Collinsville to defeat Southwestern Conference rival Edwardsville 40-37. It was the fifth 3-pointer of the night for Midgett, who finished with 17 points.

NOAH MOSS

Triad •  Basketball

Moss hit 10 of his 16 shots last Tuesday and fired in a career-high 33 points in Triad’s 77-54 victory over Freeburg. The sophomore guard also hit 12-of-13 free throws and added 10 assists on the night. Moss had 15 points Saturday in the Knights’ 41-38 Mississippi Valley Conference loss to Civic Memorial. He’s averaging 18.5 points and four assists this season and has 33 3-pointers. He also had 28 points in a win over Jerseyville.

MADDIE NEKOLA

Mascoutah Girls Basketball

Nekola helped the Indians to an unlikely regional championship, their first in 10 years, with 17 points in a semifinal win over Althoff and 17 more in the title game against Waterloo. In the semifinals, she scored 10 points in the final three minutes, including five on free throws.

RYAN REUSS

New Athens •  Basketball

Reuss scored 19 points last weekend in a 56-47 victory over Steeleville that wrapped up another Cahokia Conference-Kaskaskia Division title for the New Athens Yellow Jackets. His strong outing helped negate a 29-point night by Steeleville’s Nic Hagel. In two games before that, the senior had 23 points each in wins over Red Bud and Marissa, sinking 10 of his 12 shots in the Marissa game.

JEREMIAH TILMON

East St. Louis •  Basketball

The 6-foot-11 inch sophomore scored 19 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots in a big late-season Southwestern Conference 83-67 win over O’Fallon on Friday. The win kept the Flyers unbeaten in 12 conference games.

ALLIE TROECKLER

Civic Memorial •  Basketball

The leading scorer in the metro-east with a 21.1 average, Troeckler scored 23 points as the Eagles stunned Highland 63-56 to win the Class 3A Jerseyville Regional. Troeckler had 30 points in a win over Mater Dei earlier in the week.

ANFIRNEE WILKINSON

Collinsville •  Basketball

Wilkinson, a 5-10 senior, scored 13 of his team-high 20 points in the second half Friday as the Kahoks pulled away from Belleville West 60-50. Wilkinson canned three 3-pointers and he leads Collinsville with 51.

KATELYNN WIRTEL, ZOE HOWELL and MADISYN JUENGER

Collinsville •  Bowling

This trio of Kahoks all averaged 210 or better as they led Collinsville to a second-place finish at the girls state bowling tournament over the weekend at Cherry Bowl in Rockford. Collinsville won the state tournament in 2010.

COLE WITZIG

Triad •  Wrestling

Competing in the Class 2A 170-pound weight class, Witzig earned his second medal in two years when he placed second Saturday at the State Farm Center in Champaign. Third in the 160-pound division a year ago, Witzig finished 44-5 this season.

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