High School Sports

Game Balls: Top high school sports performances

Logan Betz

Belleville West Football

The Maroons’ junior quarterback battled to the final whistle in a Southwestern Conference loss to Belleville East. His career day included 23-of-38 passing for 337 yards and two touchdowns, including a 72-yard bomb to TeAntez Anthony on the Maroons’ first play from scrimmage and a 47-yard strike to Anthony on the last play of the game. Betz also ran for a touchdown.

Kenny Fields

Columbia Football

Fields shredded Freeburg for 227 yards and three touchdowns Friday in a 45-14 Cahokia Conference victory that kept the state-ranked Eagles unbeaten at 6-0. Fields averages 7.7 yards per carry and has 807 yards and 10 TDs on 107 carries.

Foster Gundlach

Columbia Golf

One of six Eagles to earn all conference honors, Gundlach shot an even par 72 to win the Cahokia Conference title at Governors Run Golf Course in Carlyle. The Eagles won the team title by a whopping 25 strokes.

Kayla Juenger, Kaylee Hanger

Belleville West Volleyball

Juenger and Hanger both had strong weekends at outside hitter for the Maroons as they finished 4-1 and took second place at the Belleville East Metro Classic. The pair helped the Maroons (22-2) to wins over Champaign Centennial, Mt. Pulaski, Cor Jesu and Normal before the victory run ended in the finals with a loss to Ursuline Academy. Juenger has a team-leading 167 kills and Hanger has 95.

Tia Kimbrough

Althoff Golf

One of the more talented players in the metro-east, Kimbrough enjoyed the lowest round of her two-year career as she shot as two-over par 73 to win the South Seven Girls Golf Tournament at Green Hills Golf Course in Mount Vernon. Althoff went on to win the tournament.

Aaron Laskowski

Waterloo Football

The senior quarterback helped Waterloo to a 42-32 Mississippi Valley Conference win over Jerseyville on Friday by completing 8-of-14 passes for 204 yards and four TDs.

Matthew McCarthy

Althoff Golf

The top Class 2A player in the metro-east, McCarthy overcame windy and chilly conditions on one of the more difficult courses in the St. Louis area — Stonewolf Golf Club — to shoot a 73 to take medalist honors at the South Seven Conference Tournament.

Kentrail Moran and Christian Perez

O’Fallon Football

Moran enjoyed his second straight big game as he rushed for 139 and two touchdowns while Perez, a sophomore quarterback, completed 7-of-11 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns as O’Fallon rolled to its second straight win, 42-12 over Granite City.

Jordan Reichert

Collinsville Football

The senior quarterback rushed for two touchdowns Friday and recovered a Kahoks’ field-goal attempt that was blocked by Alton and rambled 20 yards for another score as Collinsville routed the Redbirds 34-9 for its second consecutive triumph.

Dalton Scace and Ben Mueth

Gibault Soccer

Scace and Mueth scored two goals apiece Thursday as Gibault defeated Catholic rival Gibault 5-2. Scace also hit the left post and crossbar with shots, and was robbed of another possible goal by a diving save by Althoff keeper Stephen Toenjes.

Colin Schuetz

Mater Dei Football

Schuetz continued his upward climb through the area passing leaders by putting up a 21-for-32 night for 438 yards and five TDs in a 47-28 win over Quincy Notre Dame. His top target was Brendan “Butchie” Timmermann, who hauled in 11 catches for 200 yards and three TDs. Only Althoff’s Jordan Augustine (1,886) has thrown for more yards than Schuetz (1,599) and Schuetz also has 16 TD passses.

Matt Sotiropoulos

Belleville East Football

The senior kicker did it all in the Lancers’ 25-21 defeat of cross-town rival Belleville West. As a punter, he pinned the Maroons at their own 1-yard line late in the game. In kickoff formation, he laid down a perfect on-sides kick and even recovered it himself. And as a place kicker, he booted field goals of 43, 35, 30, and a personal-best of 53 yards.

Bryson Strong

Althoff Football

The junior linebacker was all over the field Friday night in Althoff’s come-from-behind 37-20 South Seven Conference win over Marion. Strong had 18 tackles, including 14 solo stops, and three sacks as he continues to pile up impressive defensive statistics. Strong has 80 tackles and eight sacks and is averaging 13.3 tackles per game.

Brendan “Butchie” Timmermann

Mater Dei Football

The lightning-quick receiver lit up the Quincy Notre Dame defense Friday night, catching 11 passes from Colin Schuetz for a career-high 200 yards and three TDs. Timmermann ranks third in the entire St. Louis area with 37 catches for 701 yards and nine TDs.

Kayla Weinacht

Edwardsville Golf

Weinacht led the way for the powerful Tigers, who put the finishing touches on a perfect regular season by winning the Southwestern Conference championship at the Orchards. Weinacht shot a 80 to take medalist honors.

Tanner White

Edwardsville Golf

The Tigers’ No. 5 player for much of the season, White picked the ideal time to shoot a career-low round of 70 as earned medalist honors at the Southwestern Conference tournament at Stonewolf on Tuesday.