High School Sports

Game Balls: Top high school sports performances

Chris Branson and Bryson Strong

Althoff Football

Facing one of the area’s top rushing attacks, Branson and Strong had a busy night as they combined for 34 tackles in a 33-21 win over previously unbeaten and state-ranked Triad. Branson led the way with 18 stops and Strong had 16 as Triad ran the ball a whopping 52 times.

Nick Foster

Belleville West Football

The senior has been a valuable asset to the Maroons as a linebacker. But pressed into duty at running back when injuries decimated the West backfield, Foster proved further value. In a playoff berth-clinching win against Alton Friday, he carred the ball 34 times for 247 yards and three touchdowns.

Max Jennings

Waterloo Football

Jennings helped the Waterloo Bulldogs (4-5) salvage some pride from a non-playoff season as hte ran the ball 33 times for 190 yards and a touchdown in a 28-21 upset win over Mater Dei. The big night helped Jennings sneak over the 1,000-yard plateau this season with 1,006 yards and 11 TDs on 200 carries.

Aaron Laskowski

Waterloo Football

Laskowski also played a key role in the victory over Mater Dei, completing 15-of-22 passes for 222 yards and two TDs.

Adam Nelson

Triad Football

A weekly visitor to Top Performers, “The Admiral” had another huge game on Senior Night despite Triad losing 33-21 to Althoff in a battle of unbeatens. Nelson racked up 205 yards and three TDs on only 18 carries and had touchdown runs of 70 yards, 40 yards and 33 yards. He leads the Knights into the state playoffs with 1,356 yards and 27 TDs.

Jason Robinson

Wesclin Football

The bruising fullback was at his defense-shredding best Friday, rolling up 250 yards and five touchdowns on only 19 carries in Wesclin’s playoff-clinching win over Carlyle. The former lineman has 1,327 yards and 19 TDs.

Owen Suedkamp

Columbia Football

Suedkamp continues to rack up huge tackle totals week after week in the heart of the Columbia defense. He had 19 tackles, including 15 solo stops, in the 9-0 Eagles’ 35-12 win over 2A playoff qualifier Nashville. With 127 tackles, Suedkamp has twice as many as anyone else on the team.

Zach Hammel-Brown

Collinsville Football

The Kahoks running back finished his season with a bang as he rushed for 171 yards on just nine carries in Collinsville’s 24-21 loss to Belleville East. Included was a 75-yard touchdown run

Drew Millas and Isaiah King

Belleville East Football

Millas completed 28-of-40 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns as the Lancers clinched a Class 8A playoff berth with a 24-21 win over Collinsville. King, who caught seven passes for 73 yards, was the target on all three scoring tosses on throws of 13, five and 16 yards.

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