High School Sports

Game Balls: Top high school sports performances

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Trey Aguirre

Marquette Football

Aguirre might have set an unofficial record for the quickest six touchdown passes in Marquette history as he reached that mark with 5 minutes, 25 seconds remaining in the first half of Friday’s 67-18 Prairie State Conference win over Metro-East Lutheran. Aguirre completed 12-of-15 passes for 222 yards in a game that saw the Explorers leading 53-0 at halftime.

TeAntez Anthony

Belleville West Football

The senior wide receiver piled up the yardage and scored from every angle in an important 41-0 win over Granite City Friday. Anthony had four catches for 54 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown reception, which is nothing unusual. He also scored on a 87 yard run lined up as a tailback and returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown.

Tommy Bauer and Adam Nelson

Triad Football

Triad stayed true to its image of a ground and pound team Friday as the Knights remained unbeaten with a 35-13 Mississippi Valley Conference win over Civic Memorial. Triad got 126 yards rushing and four TDs from senior Adam “Admiral” Nelson and another 140 yards and a TD on 16 carries by quarterback Tommy Bauer. The Knights rolled up 393 yards rushing on 59 carries.

Kenny Fields

Columbia football

It was another 200-plus yard rushing performance by Kenny “Strawberry” Fields on Friday as he rolled up 209 yards and two TDs on 21 carries in a 58-24 Cahokia Conference victory over Red Bud. Fields has 1,177 yards rushing and 13 TDs and averages 7.5 yards per carry.

Garrett Marti and Trent Rakers

Highland Football

Marti had touchdown runs of 73, 31 and 23 yards in a 47-13 Mississippi Valley Conference victory over Jerseyville and finished with 145 yards rushing on only nine carries. Rakers had 124 yards rushing on 17 carries. He ran for two TDs and also caught a touchdown pass from Marti as Highland improved to 7-1.

Adam Nichols and Drake Harvell

Dupo Football

Nichols helped Dupo win its first game of the season after an 0-7 start, running 18 times for 177 yards in a 27-21 Cahokia Conference win over Freeburg. Quarterback Drake Harvell threw three TD passes, two of which went to Taylor Stanek.

Keenen Young

Althoff Football

The senior receiver had another big night with five catches for 136 yards and two TDs as unbeaten Althoff knocked off Cahokia 48-12 in a South Seven Conference game. Headed to Tennessee State, Young has 47 catches for 761 yards and 12 TDs.

Justin Hemings

Edwardsville Golf

Hemings made history on Saturday when he became the first Edwardsville High School player to win a state golf championship, taking the Class 3A state crown. Shooting rounds of 74 and 71, Hemings finished with a 36-hole total of 1-over par 145 at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington

Haley Faus

Waterloo Golf

Finishing up her Bulldogs career with a bang, Faus shot rounds of 81 and 78 to finish with a 36-hole score of 159 as she earned the sixth place medal at the Class A State Girls Golf Tournament at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur on Saturday

Gabby David and Tia Kimbrough

Althoff Golf

Although the Crusaders fell short of defending their Class A state title, David and Kimbrough did have good individual dtate tournaments as they earned top 10 state medals at the Class A event at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur. David placed eighth overall with a score of 163, while Kimbrough ended her sophomore season with a tenth place medal.

Emma Melichar

Althoff Tennis

Melichar earned her first sectional singles title with three-set win at the Belleville West Tennis Sectional on Saturday. Melichasr defeated Kylie McCarthy of Triad in the final

Kaylie Comley and Ellen Binnion

Belleville West Tennis

One of the top doubles duos in the Southwestern Conference, Comley and Binnion earned the sectional title on Saturday with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Ryan Lopez and Isabel Burwitz of Belleville East

Morgan Colbert, Grace Desse and Callaghan Adams

Edwardsville Tennis

The doubles team of Colbert and Desse won the title at Alton Tennis Sectional while Adams won the singles crown. The ‘14 News-Democrat Player of the Year, Adams won all four matches 6-0, 6-0 and won 48 straight games during the tournament.

Brooke Witzel

O’Fallon Cross Country

Witzel tuned up for the upcoming Class 3A Regional by winning the girls Southwestern Conference title on Friday at Belleville West. Witzel covered the three mile course in 18 minutes 28 seconds.

Will O’Keefe

Granite City Cross Country

Looking for a third straight trip to the Class 3A State Cross Country Meet in three weeks, O’Keefe stayed on pace towards that goal as he won the Southwestern Conference Meet at Belleville West. O’Keefe’s time over three miles was 15 minutes 25 seconds