Althoff’s basketball team
Crusaders starters shine
Led by Jordan Goodwin, the powerful Althoff Crusaders cruised to the championship of the prestigious Collinsville-Prairie Farms Holiday Classic. Goodwin, an explosive 6-4 junior, averaged 21 points and eight rebounds to lead the top-seeded Crusaders to four victories. Marvin Bateman, Brendon Gooch, C.J. Coldon and Tarkus Ferguson also averaged in double figures. Goodwin was the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, while Ferguson, Bateman and Coldon all were named to the all-tournament team. Senior Keenen Young also had valuable contributions.
It was a frustrating three days for the Panthers at the Centralia Holiday Tournament, but the senior forward had several good performances. Armstrong averaged 14 points over three games played, shooting 18-of-34 from the field.
Bass scored 17 points as the undefeated Greyhounds (14-0) defeated New Athens for the third time this season to win the Columbia-Wesclin Tournament. Bass also scored nine points in the Greyhounds defeated Mount Olive (13-3) 38-36 in the semifinals.
Thomas Bell & Jackory Davis
The duo led the Comanches to a 3-1 record at the Centralia Holiday Tournament and was particularly deadly from the perimeter. Bell shot a red-hot 46.2 percent from 3-point range, coming off the bench, and scored 13 points with 10 rebounds in a consolation bracket championship win over Belleville West. Davis was among tournament leaders at 15 points per game, including 12-for-31 shooting from beyond the arc.
Tyler Dancy & E.J. Liddell
Belleville West Basketball
The Belleville West duo caused all kinds of problems for opponents under the basket. Dance, a junior, and Liddell, a freshman, each had 26 rebounds in four games at the Centralia Holiday Tournament. Liddell, who was named second-team all-tournament, also had nine blocked shots to go with 17 points per game. Dancy added eight blocked shots and 15 points per game.
Davis got much respect from coaches voting for MVP at the Duster Thomas Hoops Classic in Pinckneyville when he won the honor even though the Gibault Hawks lost to Carterville in the championship game. Davis warmed up for the tourney with a 30-point, 14-rebound effort in a road win over Okawville before Christmas, then continued his solid play at the tournament. He’s averaging 17.2 points and 9.9 rebounds this season.
The junior guard and Division I recruit averaged 21.2 points during the Rockets’ 5-0 run to the Mater Dei Christmas Tournament championship. Though only a junior, Frederking is only 11 points away from breaking the Mater Dei Tournament’s all-time scoring record. His high game at the tournament was 29 points in a win over the host Mater Dei Knights.
Belleville East basketball
Pickett, one of the top junior prospects in Illinois, scored 111 points and grabbed 45 rebounds as the Lancers won the consolation championship in the Collinsville-Prairie Farms Holiday Classic. He scored more points than any other player in the tournament. Pickett had 34 points and 10 rebounds against Decatur MacArthur, 25 points and 18 rebounds against Riverview Gardens and 33 points and 11 rebounds against Decatur Eisenhower.
Highland Girls Basketball
Ponce was the dominant player in the Mascoutah Invitational as she led the Bulldogs to their first title since the 2010 season, The senior guard scored 21 points and had the game-clinching steal and free throw in the closing seconds as the Bulldogs ended Central’s two-year reign as champions.
Rachel Pranger & Makenzie Silvey
Edwardsville Girls Basketball
This Tigers’ dynamic duo was in double figures four straight games as Edwardsville romped to the championship of its own Edwardsville Holiday Tournament. Edwardsville is 12-1 this season.
Granite City wrestling
The lone metro-east champion at the Granite City/Red Schmitt Holiday Wrestling Tournament, Thompson defeated Jon Fogarty of LaFayette 5-1 to win the 170-pound crown.
Thompson averaged just under 18 points in four games as Triad (11-1) romped to the Seckman (Mo.) Tournanment title. The Knights are ranked second in the News-Democrat Large School poll.