High School Sports

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

MEGAN BROWN

Dupo ▪  Softball

The Tigers’ sophomore has been in the mix all season long for Dupo’s offense and currently is the metro-east’s batting leader with a .628 season average to go with five home runs and 34 RBIs. Last week, in wins over Marissa and Valmeyer, Brown was a cominbed 5-for-8 with two RBI and four runs scored. Dupo has won five games in a row and 10 of its last 12.

A.J. EPENESA

Edwardsville ▪  Track

In just his second season of throwing the discus, Epenesa continued to put up staggering numbers on Saturday as he had a record-setting throw of 194 feet. 3 inches at the Collinsville Invitational Track Meet. The throw is the best in the state and seventh best in the nation this season. A three-sport standout, Epenesa is the No. 1 ranked defensive end in the nation for the Class of 2017.

AALIAY HERRON

East St. Louis ▪  Track

One of the top athletes on one of the premier teams in the St. Louis area, Herron continued her fine season by sweeping the shot put and discus crowns at the Southwestern Conference Track Meet last week at Granite City High School. Herron won the shot put with a throw of 42 feet, 10 inches and also took the discus with an effort of 130 feet, 5 inches.

AUSTIN KEEN

Althoff ▪  Baseball

Althoff senior right-hander Austin Keen became the school’s all-time single-season strikeout leader when he struck out 12 and tossed a three-hit shutout Tuesday in the Crusaders’ 3-0 South Seven Conference victory over Marion. The Kentucky-bound Keen is 6-1 this season with a 1.29 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings. He has 136 career strikeouts in 104 innings.

TYLER HIGGINS

Highland ▪  Track

On the verge of becoming one of the top sprinters in the state, Higgins may have had his breakthrough win Saturday when he won the 400 meters at the Collinsville Invitational. Higgins won the 400 meters in 48.92, defeating, among others, DeMontez McCray of O’Fallon and Tyran Lyons of Cahokia along the way.

ANDREW HOGUET

Columbia ▪  Baseball

Hoguet racked up Columbia’s third no-hitter this season last Monday when he shut down Marissa 17-0 over five innings, allowing no hits and one walk while striking out eight. Hoguet is 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA.

CHRIS HOLBA, BRADLEY HARRISON

O’Fallon ▪  Baseball

Holba, a senior right-hander headed to Division I East Carolina, carved up Belleville East for 13 strikeouts Thursday and allowed only two hits in a 13-1 Southwestern Conference win. Harrison went 3-for-4 with a triple and five RBIs in a 12-1 SWC win over Granite City on Tuesday. Holba (5-2) has an 0.74 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 57 innings while Harrison, a Southern Illinois University Carbondale recruit, is hitting .413 with three homers and 36 RBIs.

MARIYA HUDSON

Cahokia ▪  Track

Showing the form which has made her one of the top sophomores in the nation, Mariya Hudson won four titles to lead the way as Cahokia captured the South Seven Conference Girls Track and Field Meet title Tuesday at Carbondale. The reigning Class 2A state champion in the 400 meters, Hudson swept the sprints — winning the 100, 200 and 400 — and also won the long jump.

AUSTIN KEEN

Althoff ▪  Baseball

Althoff senior right-hander Austin Keen became the school’s single-season strikeout leader when he struck out 12 and tossed a three-hit shutout Tuesday in the Crusaders’ 3-0 South Seven Conference victory over Marion. The Kentucky-bound Keen is 6-1 this season with a 1.29 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings. He has 138 career strikeouts in 111 innings.

CAL KOSSINA

Belleville West ▪  Baseball

The junior infielder has been on quite a tear for the Maroons, collecting 14 hits in his last 23 at-bats (.609) over a six-game span with two doubles, two triples and two RBIs. Kossina has West’s top batting average at .400 and also has six doubles, two triples and five RBIs along with a team-high 25 runs scored.

MITCHELL KREBS

Edwardsville ▪  Baseball

Krebs, a senior second baseman who recently committed to Lincoln Land College,went 2-for-2 with two doubles and six RBIs last Tuesday in the top-ranked Tigers’ 15-2 conference win over Belleville East. Krebs is hitting .270 with 15 RBIS despite batting ninth.

KALLEN LOVELESS

Edwardsville ▪  Softball

Loveless unloaded on Belleville West last Thursday, hitting a pair of home runs and collecting four RBIs in a 7-3 Southwestern Conference victory for the first-place Tigers. Loveless is hitting .508 with four homers and is tied for the team RBI lead with 24. She’s also the top pitcher, carrying as 14-1 record and 0.64 ERA.

BRADY RAKERS

Mater Dei ▪  Baseball

The junior outfielder was 10-for-15 during a torrid four-game stretch last week with two triples, two home runs and 16 RBIs. Rakers was 4-for-4 with a triple and five RBIs May 2 in a 13-0 win over Mascoutah and piled up two home runs and seven RBIs in wins over Metro-East Lutheran and Okawville. Rakers is hitting .380 with a team-leading five homers and 30 RBIs.

KORRION SESSION

Cahokia ▪  Track

With all-American Ja'Mari Ward sidelined with ankle injury, Session helped pick up the slack as he won the 110 and 300 meter hurdle events as Cahokia went on to place second at the Collinsville Invitational on Saturday. Staking his claim as the premier Class 2A hurdler in the state, Session won the 110 meter hurdles in 14.68 seconds and the 300 meter hurdles in 40.31 seconds.

JARED TIMMERMANN

Wesclin ▪  Baseball

The junior right-hander surrendered only two hits and struck out 12 Tuesday in the Warriors’ 4-0 Cahokia Conference win over Red Bud. Timmermann is 2-3 on the mound with a 2.53 ERA and also hitting .333 with 27 RBIs.

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