High School Sports

Top Performers: Best metro-east athletes of the week

DESHON BUCHANAN and RICKY NELSON

Belleville West •  Track

Buchanan and Nelson both got their seasons off to good starts by winning titles at the Edwardsville Tigers Indoor Championship on Friday. Buchanan, a junior, posted the second fasetst time in the state this season by winning the 60 meter dash in 6.97 seconds. Nelson won the shot put with a throw of 55 feet 3 inches. A senior, Nelson placed fourth in the Class 3A 285-pound weight class at the IHSA State Wrestling Tournament three weeks ago.

NOLAN GERLING

Mater Dei •  Basketball

The Knights’ senior center closed out his high school career in grand style on the game’s biggest stage. Gerling scored 13 points and had 14 rebounds in Mater Dei’s loss to Chicago Uplift in the IHSA Class 2A state semifinals. He bounced back with 17 points in the third-place game, a loss to Rockridge.

JORDAN GOODWIN

Althoff •  Basketball

The Althoff sophomore had a big week at the Class 3A Carbondale Sectional, helping the Crusaders to their first sectional title since 2009. Goodwin scored 17 points despite sitting most of the fourth quarter, in a semifinal victory over Civic Memorial. Friday night, he drained a game-high 24 points against Carbondale to lead Althoff into the Springfield Super-Sectional against Mahomet-Seymour.

BEN LAMPE

Mater Dei •  Basketball

The Knights’ senior forward scored a team-high 20 points in Mater Dei’s loss to Rockridge in the Class 2A state third-place game. The day before, Lampe scored 11 points to go along with eight rebounds in a semifinal loss to eventual state champion, Chicago Uplift.

ISAIAH MICHL

Edwardsville •  Track

One of the most versatile athletes in the metro-east, Michl won the 400 meter title at the Edwardsville Tigers Indoor Championship on Friday at Principia College. A University of Illinois track and field recruit, Michl finished in a time of 50.91 seconds.

WILL O’KEEFE

Granite City •  Track

In the first of many showdowns this season with O’Fallon senior Dorrian Gordon, O’Keefe won the 1,600 meter title at the Edwardsville Indoor Championship with a record time of 4 minutes 26.76 seconds. O’Keefe broke the mark set but current Stanford University runner Garrett Sweatt of Edwardsville. Sweatt set the previous mark of 4:27.04 in 2012.

AARON SMITH

O’Fallon •  Track

Seeded fifth in the high junp entering the Edwardsville Indoor Championships on Friday, Smith cleared a career-best 6 feet 6 inches as he won the title at Principia College in Elsah.

JAMARI WARD

Cahokia •  Track

Reaffirming his stature as the top high school athlete in the nation in both the long jump and triple jump, Ward captured national titles in both on Saturday at the New Balance Track and Field Nationals in New York. Ward set a new national record in winning the long jump with a leap of 25 feet 7 1/4 inches. Ward’s winning leap in the triple jump was 51 feet, 7 1/4 inches

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