High School Sports

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

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Lajarvia Brown

Alton track

Brown was the story of the Rock Island Girls Sectional as she won the 100 meter and 300 meter hurdles, long jump and triple jump titles. The Texas A&M recruit is seeded in the top 5 in all four heading into the Class 3A State Track Meet on Friday in Charleston.

Chris Conrad

O’Fallon track

While East St. Louis and Edwardsville battled for the team title at the Southwestern Conference Meet, it was Conrad who stole the individual show. Conrad scored a rare double by winning the 800 meters in 1 minute 55 seconds then winning the 1,600 meters crown in 4 minutes 28 seconds

A.J. Epenesa

Edwardsville track

The beat goes on for Epenesa, who won the shot put and discus titles to help the Tigers to a third straight Southwestern Conference team championship. Epenesa threw the discus 190 feet, 5 inches and the shot put with a throw 57 feet, 2 inches.

Chloe Graff

Columbia soccer

Graff, a freshman, scored three goals in the Eagles’ 3-0 victory over Wesclin in the Class 1A Columbia Regional on Tuesday, then came back with two more goals as the Eagles defeated Freeburg 4-1 in the championship game Friday.

Luke Gray and Zach Trimpe

Edwardsville tennis

Trimpe put the finishing touch on a solid regular season with a win over Max Skaer of Belleville East in a battle of two of the top freshmen in the state as he triumphed in the No. 1 singles final at the Southwestern Conference Boys Tennis Tournament. Trimpe then combined with Gray to win the No. 1 doubles final.

Kimmie Hoffman

Freeburg softball

The senior catcher had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs in a big 11-1 win over Sparta Friday.

Mariya Hudson

Cahokia track

Hudson continued to excel at the Class 2A Mascoutah Sectional as she won the 100, 200 and 400 meters and also ran on the Comanches winning 400 meter relay team. Hudson is the defending state champion in all three individual events.

Abby Marlow

New Athens softball

The senior had two doubles and a home run in four at-bats to lead the Yellow Jackets to a big 10-2 Cahokia Conference-Kaskaskia Division win over Steeleville last Tuesday. She also scored four runs and had three RBIs. In the pitcher’s circle, she lasted a full seven innings without allowing an earned run, while striking out 12 Steeleville batters.

Tyler McAlister

Waterloo baseball

The hard-throwing senior and Missouri State pitching recruit had another big week for the Bulldogs. McAlister belted two home runs, drove in three and also picked up the pitching win against Mascoutah in an 8-3 victory that clinched at least a tie for the Mississippy Valley Conference title. He is hitting .390 with five homers and a team-leading 30 RBIs, also compiling a 7-1 pitching record with a 0.62 ERA.

Mackenzie McFeron

Nashville softball

The Hornettes’ sophomore scored five runs and drove in three over three games last week,while hitting safely in six of 10 plate appearances. McFeron was key during a win over Waltonville Saturday. She was 4-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. McFeron leads the St. Louis region with 53 stolen bases and is third with 46 runs scored.

Carley Olson

Gibault soccer

Olson, a senior headed for Wingate University, scored all three of the Hawks’ goals Saturday as they rallied for a 3-2 victory over Althoff in the championship game of the Class 1A Anna-Jonesboro Regional, played in Carbondale. Olson’s penalty kick late in the second half broke a 2-2 tie and enabled Gibault to avenge an earlier loss to Althoff.

Brina Rujawitz

Columbia softball

Rujawitz pitched seven full innings without allowing an earn run in a big 8-3 make-up game win over Cahokia Conference rival Freeburg. The senior gave up five hits and struck out five.

Easton Wallace

Valmeyer baseball

While teammate Mark Nappier is rightfully drawing a lot of attention, Valmeyer junior Easton Wallace has the team’s top batting average at .487 and climbing. Wallace went 6-for-9 in three games last week with two doubles and seven RBIs. That includes a 3-for-3, three-RBI performance in a 9-7 loss to Columbia at the Monroe County Tournament. Along with his high average, Wallace leasd the Pirates with 14 doubles and is second with 35 runs scored.

Blair Wittenbrink

Columbia soccer

Wittenbrink scored two goals Friday as the Eagles nailed down the Class 1A Columbia Regional championship with a 4-1 victory over Freeburg. Wittenbrink, a fleet-footed junior, leads Columbia in scoring with 15 goals and five assists.