High School Sports

Top performers: Metro-east athletes of the week

KEVEION AKINS

Cahokia •  Track

Another one of several state caliber athletes on the four-time defending state champion Comanches boys track team, Akins won the 200 and 400 meter championships to lead Cahokia to a dominating performance at the Granite City Invitational on Friday.

RACHEL ANDERSON

Edwardsville •  Softball

Anderson homered twice in a pair of Edwardville wins last week. Her first was a two-run blast in a 26-0 win over Granite City and the second was in a 6-1 win over Triad Friday. She was 3-for-6 with four runs batted in during the two games.

KASEY BRADLEY

Waterloo •  Softball

The Waterloo senior improved to 10-0 on the season, by battling a determined Red Bud team Friday. Bradley struck out 11 Musketeer batters, including seven of the first 10 she faced, in the 2-1 victory.

LAJARVIA BROWN

Alton •  Track

The defending Class 3A state champion in the triple jump, Brown broke the state record in the event with a leap of 41 feet 6 1/2 inches on Wednesday at the Edwardsville Girls Tiger Relays. The old mark was held by Deanna Simmons of Decatur MacArthur, who jumped 41 feet 5 inches in 1996.

CLAIRE BUCK

Triad •  Track

The best Southern Illinois has to offer in the pole vault, Buck cleared 11 feet to win Friday at the O’Fallon Girls Relays. Buck finished third in the Class 2A State Track Meet a year ago.

MEGAN DEIMEKE

Mater Dei •  Track

Deimeke broke the school record in girls' shot put this past week with a throw of 37' 9". The previous record was held by Katrina Maue who set the previous mark of 33 feet 9 inches in 2009.

A.J. EPENESA

Edwardsville •  Track

Only a sophomore, Epenesa broke the school’s 51-year-old discus record twice in two weeks recently while performing one of the longest discus throws in the nation this spring. After breaking the Edwardsville record the week before, Epenesa bettered his own mark with a toss of 187 feet, 2 1/2 inches last Tuesday at the Alton Freshman/Sophomore Relays. It was the longest discus mark this season in Illinois, longest by any sophomore in the nation and the seventh-longest toss from anyone in the country this season. He also has college football scholarship offers from 19 schools as a defensive end, including Florida State, Tennessee, Michigan, Notre Dame, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.

JAKE GARELLA

Edwardsville •  Baseball

Garella tossed a two-hit shutout over five innings and struck out nine in the Tigers’ 13-0 victory over Collierville, Tenn., at the Dinger Wood Bat Classic in Kentucky. Garella is 1-0 with two saves, a 0.53 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings.

JACOB HAMILTON and CHASE STUMNE

Belleville East •  Tennis

The top doubles combination in the metro-east, Stumne and Hamilton improved to 8-0 for the season when they won thee matches to capture the doubles championship at the Moline Invitational on Saturday. The Lancers also won the team title.

TYLER HOSTO

Edwardsville •  Baseball

Making his first varsity start Saturday, the junior left-hander tossed a perfect game with five strikeouts in Edwardsville’s third straight win at the Dinger Wood Bat Classic in Kentucky, a 13-0 victory over Jonesboro, Ark. He allowed no runs, no hits and did not walk a batter. Edwardsville’s Matthew Zielonko had a double and three RBIs in the game and catcher Joe Wallace drove in two runs.

JIM KIEFER

New Athens •  Baseball

Kiefer had a monster week for the New Athens Yellow Jackets, going 7-for-10 with two doubles, a home run and eight RBIs.

TYLER McALISTER

Waterloo •  Baseball

A hard-throwing junior right-hander headed to Missouri State, McAlister went 3-for-3 with a home run and five RBIs Friday in Waterloo’s 15-1 win over Collinsville. He also was the winning pitcher, allowing two hits in four innings while striking out five.

MIKAYLA MCCARTHY

Collinsville •  Soccer

McCarthy scored two goals and added an assist in the Kahoks 5-1 win over Southwestern Conference foe O’Fallon on Tuesday. Headed to Southwestern Illinois College next year, McCarthy leads Collinsville (9-1-1) with 21 points on nine goals and three assists for the season.

JORDAN McFARLAND and DREW DUGAN

Gibault •  Baseball

McFarland was 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs and teammate Dugan was 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs in Gibault’s 13-4 victory Friday over top-ranked Wesclin. Sophomore Trevor Davis picked up the pitching win for the Hawks.

ANDRE MCGILL

Madison •  Track

One week after winning the 100 meter title at the Norm Armstrong/Belleville West Invitational, McGill reaffirmed his position as the area’s top athlete in that event by winning the title at the Granite City Invitational. McGill had a winning time of 10.98 seconds.

DANIEL MILAS

Mascoutah •  Baseball

Fast becoming one of the dominant pitchers in the Mississippi Valley Conference, the hard-throwing senior struck out 10 and held 12-1 Highland to just three hits over six innings last Monday in a 4-3 victory. Milas also was 3-for-3 with an RBI on the day. He was 3-3 with a 1.30 ERA before Monday with 31 strikeouts in 27 innings

TARYN PENA and KELLY METTER

Columbia •  Softball

The Eagles had a big week with five wins as Pena led the way. The senior Drake recruit went a combined 13-for-20 on the week with 10 RBIs. She currently leads the 11-2 Eagles with a .600 average and 26 runs batted in. Metter had a breakout game in a 20-11 win over Granite City. She was 5-for-6 with two home runs, five RBIs and four runs scored.

JORDAN PRANGE

Dupo •  Baseball

Prange completely shut down Cahokia Conference rival Steeleville on Thursday, tossing a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts in Dupo’s 2-0 victory. Prange (1-2) also was 2-for-2 in the game.

MCKENZIE SISK

Belleville West •  Softball

Three days after tossing a no-hitter at Highland, the junior pitcher shut out Alton on just three hits. She struck out seven in the Maroons’ 2-0 win. Sisk got help from a diving catch by center fielder Alliyah St. John and a pair of double plays started by second baseman Daisha Price.

CAMERON TOUCHETTE

Columbia •  Baseball

Becoming a regular visitor to the Top Performers section, the junior outfield tore up opposing pitchers last week by going a combined 12-for-15 (.800) with four doubles, a triple and eight RBIs. Touchette torched Althoff in a 12-0 Eagles’ victory Friday by going 4-for-4 with three doubles, a triple and five RBIs. He also was 4-for-4 with an RBI double against Central and 2-for-3 with two RBIs against New Athens.

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