High School Sports

Wood River’s Marks erupts for school-record 51 points in regional loss to Dupo

It’s indeed rare that a player breaks a school scoring record with 51 points in a loss, but that happened Monday night to Wood River senior Blake Marks at the Class 2A Dupo Regional.

Marks, a senior guard, fired in a school-record 51 points and the Oilers still lost 89-75 to Dupo in a first-round game that saw the Tigers’ Austin Francis erupt for a season-high 29 points.

Marks, a 6-foot-1 senior guard headed to Lewis and Clark College on a baseball scholarship, came in averaging 21 points per game. He had five previous games of 30 points or higher, including 36 on Dec. 29 against Mount Olive.

Marks broke the school scoring record of 44 points set just last season by Mike Stimac.

Francis’ previous scoring high this season was 21 points against Valmeyer. The junior guard was averaging just under 15 points before Monday.

Dupo (7-19) will face Marquette (19-9) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the regional semifinals.