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

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Tra’Ron Allen

Granite City basketball

The talented senior piled up 28 points and 12 rebounds Friday in a 79-78 loss to Belleville East just three days after scoring a team-leading 22 points in a Southwestern Conference win over O’Fallon. Allen is the Warriors’ second-leading scorer, averaging 15.6 points.

Chase Bittle

Althoff wrestling

Bittle capped a memorable season on Saturday when he won the Class 1A 120-pound state title at State Farm Center in Champaign. Bittle finished his season 46-0 and is now 95-1 for his career. He became Althoff’s first state wrestling champion since the 1997 season.

Jarrid Braunagel and Danny Braunagel

Althoff Wrestling

This brothers duo helped put the finishing touch on one of the great seasons in school history when they placed second in their respective weight classes at the state finals. Jarrid, a four-time state finals medal winner, was second in the 138-pound weight class while Danny was second in the 145 pound class.

Tyler Dancy

Belleville West basketball

Dancy scored 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field Friday as the Maroons topped Collinsville 58-48 in a Southwestern Conference game. The 6-foot-7 junior also had eight rebounds.

Brian Deterding

Gibault basketball

The senior forward is registering some impressive numbers as he keeps hoping to prolong the end of his high-school career. Deterding had 23 points and 13 rebounds Friday in an 84-47 victory over Lovejoy and also had 21 points and nine rebounds Tuesday in a 64-38 win over Marquette. He’s Gibault’s second-leading scorer, averaging 15.4 points.

Austin Elledge

Highland basketball

The senior guard fired in 24 points and hit nine of 12 shots Tuesday in a 66-48 Mississippi Valley Conference victory over rival Triad.

Merik Fulton, Cole Witzig and John McKinney

Triad Wrestling

What had to be the most successful state wrestling tournament in Knights’ history ended with three second-place medals oSaturday in Champaign. Witzig claimed his second straight runner-up finish in the Class 2A 170-pound weight, while Fulton was second at 132 pounds and McKinney was second in the 195-pound class

E.J. Liddell

Belleville West basketball

Liddell dropped in 22 points and three 3-pointers Friday as the Maroons defeated Collinsville 58-48 in a Southwestern Conference game. Liddell, a freshman averaging a team-high 17.9 points, also chipped in with seven rebounds.

Javon Pickett

Belleville East basketball

The University of Illinois recruit had his eighth game of 30 or more points this season on Friday, tossing in 36 points in a 79-78 Southwestern Conference win over Granite City. Pickett is the metro-east scoring leader and ranks fourth among all St. Louis players with a 24-point average.

Amanda Ponce, Madison Wellen and Alex LaPorta

Highland Girls Basketball

Three of the top players in the Mississippi Valley Conference, this Bulldogs trio was unstoppable last week in leading their team to the Class 3A Triad Regional title. After beating Jerseyville on Tuesday, the combined for 45 points in Highland’s 57-34 title game win over Mascoutah.

Cooper Secker

Freeburg Wrestling

What began four years ago ended in triumph for Secker, who made history when he placed second in the Class 1A 126-pound weight class at the IHSA State Wrestling Tournament in Champaign. Secker, who transferred to Freeburg from Belleville West prior to his junior year, is the Midgets’ first state tournament place-winner.

Makenzie Silvey

Edwardsville girls basketball

The junior guard and Division I prospect had another big week to help the Tigers win another regional. Silvey had 24 points and sank four 3-pointers Tuesday in a 61-37 regional semifinal win over East St. Louis with teammate Rachel Pranger contributing 20 points.

Kyle Smith

Marissa basketball

Averaging just under 22 points a game, the junior guard continued his strong season with 27 points Friday in a Cahokia Conference loss to Valmeyer and also score 22 on Thursday. He has 76 3-pointers this season.

Mark Smith

Edwardsville basketball

Smith had one of his biggest weeks of the season for the Tigers, including a huge performance Tuesday in a 57-54 Southwestern Conference overtime win over Collinsville. Smith had 26 points, 11 rebounds and eight asssists that night for an Edwardsville team playing without scoring leader A.J. Epenesa. Smith tacked on another 22 points Friday in a 61-60 conference win over Alton. He hit 12 of 13 free throws and dished out eight assists.

Morgan St. James

Belleville East girls basketball

St. James continued her torrid late-season stretch with 25 points Tuesday in a regional semifinal win over Chatham Glenwood. She also led the Lancers with 12 points Friday in a regional championship victory over Quincy Notre Dame.

Allie Troeckler

Civic Memorial girls basketball

Troeckler has been torching opponents all season and burned a few more last week while helping the Eagles reach the sectional. The top girls scorer in the metro-east at 22.5 points per game, Troeckler piled up 55 points in two regional wins for the Eagles. She had 28 points Thursday in a 63-54 regional title game win over Salem and also had 27 points Tuesday in a semifinal win over Effingham.

Kendra Wilken

Central girls Basketball

One of the top Class 2A players in the state, Wilken continues to take her game to another level as she has the Cougars one game away from a return trip to the Class 2A State Tournament. The 6-2 all-stater and St. Louis University recruit scored 62 points in leading the Cougars past Sesser-Valier and Carterville last week in sectional competition.

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