High School Sports

Game Balls: Top high school sports performances

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Quantavius Alexander

Belleville East Football

Alexander started the season in grand fashion returning the season-opening kick off 100 yards to give the Lancers an early lead over Normal. The wide receiver and return man kept East in good field position most of the night with six returns for 225 yards for a 37.5 yard-per-return average. He also caught two passes.

Jordan Augustine

Althoff Football

Augustine completed 22-of-37 passes for 231 yards and three touchdowns Friday, including the game-winner to Edwyn Brown with 15.9 seconds remaining, as Althoff edged Collinsville 24-22. Dealing with cramps throughout the second half, the senior quarterback threaded a pass to Brown in the end zone on 4th-and-10 at the Collinsville 23 yard line for the deciding score.

Brandon Bettag

Granite City Football

Bettag led a high-powered Warrior offense in a 49-30 win over Jerseyville on Friday. The junior running back amassed 132 yards rushing on 20 attempts (6.6 yard average) and three touchdowns.

Justin Hemings

Edwardsville Golf

The reigning News-Democrat Class 3A Player of the Year, Hemings shot a one-over par 71 to finish scond at the Saint Viator Open on Saturday at Old Orchard Country Club in Mount Prospect. The Tigers placed second in the 14-team competition with a 303 score, three strokes behind Saint Viator.

Gabe Jarman

Granite City Football

The Warriors’ quarterback completed 5 of 10 passes for 54 yards and rushed for 108 yards on 15 carries (7.2 yard average) and a pair of touchdowns. On top of that, he kicked five extra points and ran for a two-point conversion. In all, he accounted for 19 of Granite City’s 49 points against Jerseyville.

Isaiah King

Belleville East Football

The senior wide receiver had a big day despite a crushing loss to Normal Friday. King caught 6 passes for 129 yards and scored two touchdowns. His third-quarter touchdown, which he caught lying on his back across the goal line, was highlight reel worthy.

Emily Marrs

O’Fallon Golf

One of the top sophomores in the metro-east, Marrs shot a 2-over par 73 to win the Marquette Blastoff Classic at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course in Alton on Saturday. Marrs 73 was 12-shots better then the second best score as she led the Panthers to a two-stroke win over perennial state power Edwardsville.

Adam Nelson

Triad Football

Adam Nelson could be on the verge of a monster season and proved it Friday in Triad’s season-opening 52-10 win over Mattoon. He racked up 234 yards and four touchdowns on only 15 carries, doing heavy damage in the first half. The senior scored on TD runs of 33, 44, 54 and 19 yards, shredding the Mattoon defense in the process.

Jeff Thomas and Reyondus Estes

East St. Louis Football

Estes, the Flyers’ versatile quarterback, ran for one TD and passed for two more as East St. Louis wiped out a 21-6 deficit and came back to defeat Chicago Simeon on Saturday at Gately Stadium in Chicago. Estes threw a 26-yard TD pass to Thomas, one of the nation’s top junior wide receiver recruits, and also threw an 11-yard scoring strike to Karon Randolph. Thomas caught one TD pass and added an 8-yard touchdown run.

Kelly Voss

Mater Dei Volleyball

The senior McKendree University recruit is off to a strong start, helping the Knights to their third straight championship at the Macomb Classic tournament over the weekend. Voss had a combined 18 kills in early wins over Belleville East and Mascoutah, then helped top-ranked Mater Dei (7-0) win five straight at Macomb. She already has 62 kills this season and has been a dominant force at the net.

Andrew Winning

Highland Football

The Bulldog senior had a career day averaging 10 yards per carry and scoring five rushing touchdowns in a 45-8 win over Cahokia. In all, Winning had 231 yards on 23 carries and caught four passes for another 26 yards.

Kane Osterhage and Ben Huels

Waterloo Soccer

Osterhage, a senior, and Huels, a junior, each popped in seven goals in the opening week of the season to lead the talented Bulldogs to a 5-0 record. Waterloo defeated Gibault, Belleville East, Carbondale, Chatham Glenwood and Perryville, Mo., with Chatham Glenwood the only team to score against the Bulldogs.