High School Sports

Belleville News-Democrat top high school performers


Granite City •  Basketball

Berry, a junior, had 29 points, three 3-pointers and four assists in a 77-75 loss Tuesday to East St. Louis on Tuesday, then came back with 18 points and four assists in a 64-59 loss to Belleville West on Friday. Berry leads the Warriors in scoring at 17.5 points per game.


Central •  Girls Basketball

Book had an outstanding Class 2A state tournament as she helped lead the Cougars to a second place finish. The junior guard scored 10 points in both the semifinal and championship games.


Edwardsville •  Basketball

The 6-foot-5 Epenesa, one of the top sophomore defensive end prospects in the country, had 23 points and 12 rebounds Tuesday as the Tigers defeated host O’Fallon 52-49. On Friday, Epenesa had 17 points and 14 rebounds in a 64-59 victory at Belleville East.


Okawville •  Basketball

Ganz scored a game-high 25 points Friday, including three first quarter 3-pointers to lift the Rockets to a win over Valmeyer in the Class 1A New Athens Regional championship game. He scored 12 in a semifinal win over Lebanon.


Mater Dei Basketball

The 6-foot-8 senior center helped the Mater Dei Knights win their first regional championship since 2001 last Friday by scoring 21 points in a 60-40 victory over top-seeded Nashville. Gerling also had 18 points and 10 rebounds in Mater Dei’s 52-40 regional semifinal win over rival Central.


Central Basketball

Kohrmann finished his junior season with a flourish, pouring in 27 of his team’s 40 points in a 52-40 Class 2A Carlyle Regional semifinal loss to rival Mater Dei. The 6-2 junior guard was among the area scoring leaders all season, finishing up with an 18.7-point scoring average.


Metro-East Lutheran Basketball

Krone, a senior guard, had 22 points and hit nine of his 11 field-goal attempts Friday in Metro-East Lutheran’s 57-54 regional title victory over Hardin Calhoun at the Class 1A Hardin Calhoun Regional. He averages 11.1 points per game. Fifer, a junior transfer from Edwardsville High, had 20 points in the Knights’ 69-49 regional semifinal win over Raymond Lincolnwood. The regional title was the third in school history for Metro-East Lutheran and first since 2010.


Triad •  Basketball

With three straight losses as they head into regional play, it’s been a tough stretch run for the Triad Knights. But Noah Moss has done his part. The sophomore scored 22 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists in a overtime loss to Mascoutah. He also pitched in 14 for Triad in the regular season finale, a loss, against Columbia Friday.


Edwardsville •  Girls Basketball

One of the top freshmen in the state, Pranger scored 14 points and added 10 rebounds in the Tigers come-from-behind 53-51 win over Rock Island in the title game of the Class 4A Pekin Sectional on Thursday. Pranger also totaled 19 points and eight rebounds in Edwardsville’s 48-41 semifinal win over Belleville West earlier in the week.


East St. Louis •  Basketball

Riley stayed hot Friday by scoring 17 points, 12 in the second half, as the Flyers defeated Collinsville 80-69 to complete a 14-0 season in the Southwestern Conference. Riley was 7-for-8 from the field and added seven rebounds. Riley had 28 points and eight rebounds Tuesday in a 77-75 victory over Granite City.


Central •  Girls Basketball

A first team all-state selection, Wilken was dominant as she helped the Cougars place second at the Class 2A state tournament in Normal this weekend. Wilken scored 23 points and added 14 rebounds in the Cougars’ 55-51 loss to Kankakee Bishop McNamara in the title game on Saturday. The 14 rebounds were a 2A state title game record. Wilken scored 15 points and added 11 rebounds Friday in Central’s 50-41 overtime win over Elmhurst Immaculate Conception Catholic in the semifinals.


Collinsville •  Basketball

Wilkinson, a senior, kept the Kahoks in the game Friday against East St. Louis by scoring a game-high 21 points in an 80-69 loss. Wilkinson added a pair of 3-pointers.


O’Fallon •  Swimming

The senior won the state championship in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:49.38. He also place fourth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 50.75.


Central •  Basketball

A junior guard, Yaunches hit all five of her field goal attempts and scored 14 points in the Cougars’ 55-51 loss to Bishop McNamara in the Class 2A state title game on Saturday. Yaunches also had nine points in the Cougars’ semifinal win on Friday.