High School Sports

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

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Cameron Barnes, Sydney Brown and DaJae Hudson

Mascoutah track

This trio of Indians helped Mascoutah end Triad’s reign as Mississippi Valley Conference champions with wins at Waterloo High School last wek. Hudson won the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.49 seconds while Brown won the 100 meters and Barnes took the 200 meter title.

Keegan Baxmeyer

Freeburg baseball

The Southwestern Illinois recruit tore it up again last week against Red Bud and New Athens, going a combined 4-for-7 (.571) with a home run and five RBIs. The senior is second behind Ty Dill in the Midgets' hitting race at .432 and leads the team with four home runs and 32 RBIs.

Casey Berberich

Lebanon track

A Class 1A state medal winner a year ago, Berberich showed off her versatility at the Cahokia Conference Track Meet at Freeburg High School. Berberich won the long jump, triple jump, 100 and 300 meter hurdles.

Collin Clayton and Jake Garella

Edwardsville baseball

The two seniors had two big weeks as the Tigers pushed their winning streak to 11 games and won their own Tiger Classic Tournament. Garella was 6-for-12 in four games with three doubles and four RBIs while Clayton was 7-for-12 with two doubles and five RBIs. Clayton, a senior outfielder headed to John A. Logan Community College, is hitting .390 with six doubles, two triples, one homer and 23 RBIs and 29 runs scored. Garella, who is drawing Division I interest, has his average at a team-leading ,532 with 11 doubles, four home runs and 24 RBIs.

Sydney Englehart

Mater Dei softball

The Knights’ junior had eight RBIs and scored six runs in consecutive wins last week. Englehart got warmed up Wednesday with two hits and 3 RBIs against Gibault. Against Okawville the next day, she went 5-for-5 with a pair of doubles and five runs batted in. The Knights have now won seven games in a row.

A.J. Epenesa

Edwardsville track

Already with the top throw in the nation in the discus this season — 206 feet 5 inches — Epenesa had another record breaking throw on Saturday at the Collinsville Invitational, winning the discus event with a throw of 203 feet 11 inches.

Tyler Esmon

Dupo softball

The junior third baseman finds herself among the regions batting leaders after a stellar performance in Saturday’s Triad Tournament games with Collinsville and Murphysboro. She went 5-for-6 on the afternoon, scored four runs and knocked in two more, raising her season average to .518 and helping her team improve to 13-5.

Kalli Farmer

Columbia softball

The senior leader helped the Eagles sweep the field at the Triad Tournament. Saturday in wins over Triad and Highland, Farmer went 6-for-7 with a pair of runs scored and three driven in.

Tamya Houston and Kersten Douglas

O’Fallon, girls track

This pair of Panthers juniors were a main reason why O’Fallon ran its SWC winning streak to four straight last week in Edwardsville. Houston won the 100 meters in 12.20 seconds and placed second in the 200 meters. Douglas took the 200 meters in 25.41 seconds while Houston was second. Both also ran on the Panthers 400 and 800 meters relay teams.

Erik Kaiser

Waterloo baseball

The hard-throwing right-hander committed to nationally ranked Vanderbilt last summer and it appears the Commodores will soon reap the benefits. The latest pitching gem for Kaiser was a three-hit, 5-0 shutout against Mater Dei on Saturday that included nine strikeouts. He is 4-0 with a 0.56 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 25 innings.

Alina Lance

New Athens softball

The Yellow Jackets’ senior shortstop went 7-for-9 with four runs scored and six RBIs over a three-game string last week. Her effort helped New Athens to a win over Lebanon and two on consecutive days against Marissa.

Anthony McRoberts

Cahokia track

After missing nearly the first month of the season with injuries, McRoberts continues to make up for lost time. The Illinois State University recruit won the high jump at the Collinsville Invitational with a personal best leap of 6 feet 11 inches. He also placed in the top four in both the long jump and triple jump.

Katie Moore

O’Fallon softball

The sophomore held conference rival Belleville East without an earned run in her first varsity start last Tuesday. Two days later, she struck out nine East St. Louis batters in a five-inning no-hitter. Moore was a hit batter short of being perfect.

Allison Richter

Triad track

Headed to Western Illinois University, Richter continued to dominate in her events as she won the discus, shot put and long jumnp at the Mississippi Valley Conference Meet. The top ranked Class 2A athlete n the state in the shot put, Richter had a toss of 42 feet 2 1/2 inches.

Dillon Weiss

O'Fallon baseball

The senior continues to enjoy a torrid second-half surge for the Panthers that include a 12-for-16 week (.750) with seven doubles and five RBIs. O'Fallon has won 17 in a row and knocked off Lincoln 4-0 on Saturday to win the O'Fallon/Triad Tournament. Weiss, headed to Truman State to play baseball and football, leads O'Fallon with a .447 average, 12 doubles, 20 RBIs and 30 runs scored,