High School Sports

Game Balls: Top high school sports performances

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Keri Burmester

Red Bud Cross Country

A state medalist a year ago, Burmester earned another trip to Peoria’s Detweiller Park and the Class 1A State Meet. Despite a fall on the slick course, she placed fourth at the Edwardsville Sectional with a time of 20:14.

CJ Coldon

Althoff Football

The senior wide receiver and defensive back did a little bit of everything to contribute to the Crusaders’ 62-27 win over Clinton in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs. He had touchdowns on a punt return, an interception return and a pass reception — all in the first half.

Kendell Davis and Jackson Morrissey

Edwardsville Football

A 20-17 overtime loss to 30th-seeded Waubonsie Valley in the Class 8A playoffs brought a disappointing end to a previously unbeaten season for the third-seeded Tigers. But the two Edwardsville running backs had big games. Morrissey finished with 149 yards on 15 carries and Davis had 139 yards on 17 attempts.

Kenny Fields and Lamont Read

Columbia Football

Fields, a senior, rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ narrow, 21-20 win over Central in the Class 4A playoff game. Read caught seven passes for 128 yards in the Eagles’ win.

Andrew Kash

Nashville Football

The Hornets advanced to the second round of the playoffs in dramatic fashion thanks to the arm of their junior quarterback. Kash completed 12 of 19 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns, including a 6-yard game winner to Hunter Schultz with 17 seconds left. Nashville defeated New Berlin, 31-28.

Isaiah King

Belleville East Football

The Lancers’ wide receiver caught four passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns in East’s 28-20 loss to Oswego in the 8A playoff opener.

Alex Mack and Charlie Parrish

Freeburg Cross Country

This tandem placed second and fourth respectively on a 5K course to lead the way for Midgets who placed second in the team competition at the Metro-East Lutheran Sectional. Freeburg earned a berth in the Class 1A state meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria.

Kentrail Moran

O’Fallon Football

The Panthers’ all-time leading rusher capped an outstanding high-school career in an otherwise disappointing game for O’Fallon. Moran rushed 34 times for 226 yards and two touchdowns in a 55-17 loss to Homewood-Flossmoor in the Class 8A playoffs Saturday.

Adam Nelson

Triad Football

The senior broke the Knights’ season and career rushing records with 254 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-13 win over Mattoon in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. In two games against the Green Wave this season, Nelson has rushed for more than 500 yards and seven scores.

Brock Nunn

Central Football

The senior quarterback took the favored Columbia Eagles to the wire. Nunn completed 19-of-31 passes for 200 yards and ran for 94 yards in a one-point playoff loss.

Kane Osterhage

Waterloo Soccer

The Bulldogs’ senior midfielder/forward scored a crucial goal in Waterloo’s 3-2 sectional semifinal victory over Quincy Notre Dame on Tuesday, then helped send his team to the Jacksonville Super-Sectional with a hat trick in a 7-0 sectional championship clinching win over Alton Marquette on Friday.

Jason Robinson

Wesclin Football

It was a heart-breaking loss for the Warriors, who held a 21-7 halftime lead only to lose to 42-21 to Monticello in a 3A first-round playoff game Saturday. But Robinson had a day typical to cap his outstanding senior season, rushing 26 times for 176 yards and two touchdowns.

Brendan Timmermann

Mater Dei Football

The Knights’ senior played to the conditions in a soggy first-round playoff win over Civic Memorial on Saturday. Timmermann caught four passes for 70 yards in the first half. In the second half, after the rain rolled in, he carried out of the backfield 13 times for 146 yards. He had a total of 172 yards rushing and 242 yards of total offense in a 34-14 win over the Eagles.