High School Sports

Game Balls: Top performances from the week in high school sports

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Tra’Ron Allen

Granite City Basketball

With teammate Kenny Berry sidelined with a knee injury, Allen did everything he could as he scored 35 points in the Warriors 72-55 loss to Belleville East on Friday. Allen hit 11 of his 16 field-goal attempts and sank all three of his 3-point tries.

Marvin Bateman

Althoff Basketball

One of the best pure shooters to hit the area in some time, the junior guard sank six 3-pointers and scored 23 points in Althoff’s South Seven Conference road win over Mount Vernon. Bateman is averaging 13.5 points and has nailed 43 of his 67 3-point attempts this season, a 64-percent success rate.

Tyler Dancy

Belleville West Basketball

Dancy, a junior, had 22 points, five rebounds and three assists to help spark West past Collinsville 64-46 on Friday in Collinsville. He was 10-for-15 from the field.

Teddy Fifer

Metro-East Lutheran Basketball

The metro-east’s top scorer at 24.3 points per game, Fifer knocked down 29 points and four 3-pointers Saturday in an 85-56 victory over Litchfield at the Litchfield Invitational.

Noah Frederking

Okawville Basketball

It was another big week for Frederking, a junior guard and Division I prospect. He scored 23 points in the Rockets’ 79-40 victory over Woodlawn on Tuesday, then fired in 28 points Friday in a 62-56 victory over Wesclin. Frederking is among the St. Louis area scoring leaders at 21.2 points per game.

E.J. Liddell

Belleville West Basketball

Liddell, a powerful 6-6 freshman, scored a game-high 27 points, grabbed six rebounds, had three assists and three blocked shots in the Maroons’ 64-46 victory over host Collinsville on Friday. Liddell was 8-for-11 from the field.

Blake Marks

Wood River Basketball

The 6-1 senior guard tossed in 30 points and seven 3-pointers Saturday in a 69-40 loss to Roxana as Roxana got 21 points and five 3-pointers from Trace Gentry. Marks is averaging just under 23 points this season.

Ronnie Midgett

Collinsville Basketball

Midgett, a junior, scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half Friday as the Kahoks fell to Belleville West 64-46 in a Southwestern Conference game.

Andrew Orf

O’Fallon Bowling

One of five premier bowlers on the Panthers squad, Orf averaged just three pins short of 250 for his six games as he led O’Fallon to the team title at the Columbia Bowling Regional on Saturday at West Park Bowl in Columbia.. Orf finished with a total of 1,497 pins as O’Fallon won the team crown.

Chris Prosser

Edwardsville Wrestling

One of three champions that helped Edwardsville win the St. Charles West Invitational over the weekend, Prosser (36-2) won the 170-pound championship. Other Edwardsville champions at the event included Mason Taylor (18-2) at 160 pounds and heavyweight Bobby Burnside (19-5).

Kaylah Rainey

Belleville East Girls Basketball

One of the fastest players in the metro-east, Rainey has already established herself as one of the best as she scored 21 points and added six assists in the Lancers 73-70 overtime win over Belleville West. The freshman then scored 12 points and dished out seven assists in the Lancers 16-point win over Granite City.

Chase Schneider

Central Basketball

The senior hit six 3-pointers and scored 23 points Friday in state-ranked Central’s 66-35 Cahokia Conference win over Red Bud. He has 31 3-pointers this season and is averaging just under nine points.

Kyle Smith

Marissa Basketball

Smith has been nearly unstoppable in recent weeks as the junior continues his assault on Marissa’s all-time scoring record. He scored 32 points Saturday with five 3-pointers against Dongola at the Chester Invitational. Smith also had 28 points at the tourney on Monday against Cobden and 18 in a loss to New Athens on Wednesday. Smith is among the top scorers in the St. Louis area at 21.9 points per game.

Sophie Thompson and Abby Burroughs

Triad Girls Basketball

This dynamic duo combined for 79 points as the Knights (15-2) raced to easy wins over Mascoutah and Carlyle this week. Thompson, who recently became the second leading scorer in school history, scored 26 points in the win over Carlyle

Madison Wellen

Highland Girls Basketball

An unsung hero on the Bulldogs, Wellen scored 41 points as Highland (17-3) ran its winning streak to 14 games with wins over Mascoutah, Civic Memorial and Nokomis this week.

Kendra Wilken

Central Girls Basketball

The premier Class 2A post player in the state, Wilken totaled 55 points as the top-ranked Cougars defeated Red Bud, Columbia and Okawville last week. Wilken went over the 2,000 point mark for her career against Columbia then totaled 24 points in the Cougars win over Okawville.

Kyleigh Vaught

Althoff girls basketball

The Crusaders top offensive player, Vaught scored 24 points and went over the 1,000 point mark for her career as the Crusaders shocked Teutopolis 44-41 on Satuday at the Highlanf Tournament. Althoff has won four of its last five games,