High School Sports

Top Performers: Metro-east high school athletes of the week

The top metro-east athletes of the week include a number of baseball players.
The top metro-east athletes of the week include a number of baseball players.

LAJARVIA BROWN

Alton ▪  Track

Ranked second in the nation in the triple jump, Brown cracked the magic 40-foot mark twice this past week. Brown went 40 feet, 7 inches at Madison County Meet on tuesday then jumped 41 feet, 1 inch at the Collinsville Invitational on Friday.

MEGAN BROWN

Dupo ▪  Softball

The sophomore continues to pile up huge numbers for the Tigers, showing why she earned an early scholarship from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Brown entered this week hitting a phenomenal .629 with five home runs, 32 RBIs, 15 doubles and 30 runs. The Tigers (17-6) have won four in a row and have another big bat in junior Rachael Donald (.459, 10 doubles, 19 RBIs).

CLAIRE BUCK

Triad ▪  Track

Third in the pole vault at the Class 2A state track meet a year ago, Buck jumped a season best 12 feet, 7 inches at the Collinsville Invitational on Friday. The vault is the best by a Class 2A athlete in the state this year.

TAMI CARDENAS

O’Fallon ▪  Track

The top 800 meter runner in the Southwestern Conference for the past three years, Cardenas ran a season-best time of 2 minutes 18.9 seconds on Friday as the Panthers romped to an easy win at the Collinsville Invitational. Cardenas recently announced that she will attend the Air Force Academy.

WILL FRANK and JAKE VANDEVER

Edwardsville ▪  Volleyball

A 6-8 outside hitter, Frank had 18 kills and Vandever added 36 assists as the Tigers rallied for a three-set win over Belleville East to remain undefeated in the Southwestern Conference.

JAKE GARELLA

Edwardsville ▪  Baseball

Garella limited Southwestern Conference rival Alton to three hits in 6 1/3 innings Tuesday in a 4-0 Edwardsville victory that kept the Tigers flying along at the top of the league.

BEN HANKAMMER

Althoff ▪  Baseball

A senior left-hander known as “The Hammer,” Hankammer dropped his nickname on Central last Monday, tossing a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts in a 7-0 victory over the Cougars. Austin Keen was 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs in the win.

BRADLEY HARRISON

O’Fallon ▪  Baseball

The junior left-handed and Southern Illinois University recruit allowed five hits and struck out nine Friday in O’Fallon’s 2-0 over Mascoutah. The win pushed Harrison’s to 6-2 and lowered his ERA to 0.95, also giving him 50 strikeouts in 37 innings. Harrison is going to SIUC as an outfielder and is hitting .355 with a team-leading three homers and 26 RBIs.

HANNAH HOFFMAN

Carlyle ▪  Softball

Hoffman broke out the heavy artillery Friday in a 13-2 victory over Odin, pounding out three home runs and seven RBIs in a 3-for-4 day at the plate. Hoffman was hitting .434 before Monday with 11 doubles, two triples, five home runs as 23 RBIs. Carlyle’s potent lineup includes Kaelyn Johnson (.443, six doubles, three homers, 17 RBIs), Breanna Smith (.414, five doubles, two triples, seven homers, 23 RBIs) and Ashton Pieron (.359, seven doubles,, two triples, three homers, 21 RBIs).

MATT KLOSTERMAN

Belleville West ▪  Baseball

The senior pitcher has been the victim of tough luck all seasons — he’s lost games by a 1-0 scored three times. But a resurgent Maroons’ offense is helping him enjoy some overdue rewards for his performance on the mound. Klosterman won two games last week — 6-2 over Collinsville Tuesday and 5-2 over Althoff Saturday — as West extended its winning streak to four games.

LOGAN REARDON

Roxana ▪  Baseball

Reardon fired a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts last Monday in the Shells’ 4-0 victory over Carlinville. The senior is 3-2 with a 1.40 ERA as Roxana’s top pitcher with 67 strikeouts in 40 innings. He’s also one of the team’s top hitters at .351 with six doubles and 12 RBIs.

RYAN REUSS

New Athens ▪  Baseball

Reuss was 6-for-16 with nine RBIs last week, also collecting a triple and a home run. He had a double, triple and three RBIs Monday in a 10-7 win over Red Bud and added a triple and three RBIs the next day in a 7-3 Cahokia Conference-Kaskaskia Division victory over Steeleville. Reuss, Southwestern Illinois recruit Brandon Contratto and Jim Kiefer combined on a one-hitter Saturday in a 6-3 win over a 23-4 Benton squad that helped the Yellow Jackets win the Cobden Tournament.

MIRANDA SCHULTE

Freeburg ▪  Softball

Only a freshman, Schulte went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs and also was the winning pitcher Tuesday as the Midgets edged Central 7-6. Josie Ledbetter (.442, four homers, 26 RBIs) and Schulte (.420, three homers, 15 RBIs) are among the top run-producers for Freeburg along with Kimmie Hoffman (.462, 14 RBIs) and Jenny Homan (.516, 13 RBIs).

JA’MARI WARD

Cahokia ▪  Track

The top ranked athlete in the nation in both the long jump and triple jump, Ward set new records in both at the St. Clair County Meet last week. Wards jumped 49 feet, 11 3/4 inches to win the triple jump and also went 25 feet, 6 1/2 inches to win the long jump.

JACOB WILSON

Belleville West ▪  Baseball

Senior catcher Jacob Wilson led a resurgent Belleville West offense to four straight wins last week. During the stretch, he was six-for-12 at the plate with seven RBIs, including a big bases-clearing double and four runs batted in during a win over Althoff Saturday.

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