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Sports briefs: Jan. 10

By: Warren Mayes

Whitfield’s Torrence Watson with 2,000-point game ball

Torrence Watson nets 2,000th point

Whitfield’s Torrence Watson is the school’s leading scorer but the talented senior just put an exclamation point on his high school career total.

Watson recently passed the 2,000-point mark. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Watson signed in November to play for Missouri.

“It’s impressive. I am not sure how many high school players have eclipsed that mark, but that’s a lot of points,” Whitfield coach Mike Potsu said. “And he still has over half a season left.”

Watson passed the mark when he tipped in one of his own missed field goal attempts in a win over Lift For Life Academy on his home court.

“Everyone was just happy for Torrence,” Potsu said. “The players and coaches from both teams, the fans and the officials were happy for Torrence to accomplish that milestone. Everyone was supportive and worked together to help celebrate that moment.

“We are thankful to the coaches of Lift For Life and the officials for allowing us to stop the game as we did.”

Whitfield was ready for the big moment.

“As soon as the basket was scored, the game was stopped momentarily in order to present Torrence with a commemorative basketball celebrating his 2,000th point scored,” Potsu said.

As if that wasn’t enough, Watson also set a record in the game. He scored 50 points in the win. That not only is a career high for Watson but also a Whitfield single-game record.

“It’s hard to say, but it was a quiet 50-point performance,” Potsu said. “No shot ever looked forced and he shot 66 percent from the floor that evening. It was one of the most impressive offensive performances I have witnessed as a coach, especially when you consider his field goal percentage.”

Hassan Haskins and Brendan Schlittler with their football coaches

Football signings

Some local football players signed during the recent, first-ever early signing period for Division I players.

At Eureka, two players signed in a ceremony at the school.

Hassan Haskins, a 6-foot-2 and 208-pound running back, signed his national letter of intent with Michigan. Haskins was the Missouri Football Coaches Association’s Class 6 all-state player of the year. He rushed for 2,197 yards and scored 34 touchdowns.

Brendan Schlittler, a 6-5, 300-pound left tackle, signed with Liberty University.

At CBC, receivers Cameron Brown and Kamryn Babb both signed with Ohio State, a surprise since Babb had been publicly committed to Nebraska.

The 6-2, 175-pound Brown caught 58 passes for 931 yards this past season. He scored 13 touchdowns. An injury kept him from playing in the state semifinal and final, which CBC won. Brown was a unanimous Class 6 first-team all-state selection by the Missouri Media and the Missouri Football Coaches Association.

The 6-1, 189-pound Babb missed his senior season with a torn ACL injury.

The regular signing period begins Feb. 7, 2018, and goes until April 1.

CBC’s Kamryn Babb, Cameron Brown and fellow senior wide receiver Tyler Walton (not yet committed)


High school wrestling

The CBC Cadets competed in the William “Red” Schmitt Tournament at Granite City High and finished third in the tournament regarded as one of the area’s best.

The Cadets finished with 343 points. Neosho won the team championship with 356.5 points. Staley, last year’s champion, finished second with 344.5 points. There were 24 teams in the tournament.

CBC had five individual champions in the tournament. Vincent Zerban won in the 113-pound division, Cevion Severado won at 120, Malik Johnson won at 132, Joshua Saunders won at 138 and DJ Shannon won at 182.

Chaminade’s Danny Conley won the 285-pound championship, defeating Neosho’s Adrian Hitchcock.

Whitfield’s Mike McAteer won the championship at 126 poounds. It was his third title in the meet.

Lafayette senior Cameron Wegener won at 145 pounds.

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The Marquette Mustangs recorded four championships in the De Smet Jesuit Bobby Christman Memorial Holiday Tournament.

As a team, Marquette finished second with 228.5 points in the 20-team tournament. Fort Zumwalt North Panthers finished first with 233.5 points.

Marquette’s champions were junior Jack Lenox at 126, freshman Alex Nicozisin at 132, senior Jaylen Gayfield at 170 and junior Marco Perla at 220.

Lenox is a two-time state medalist. He finished in sixth place as a freshman and improved to fourth place as a sophomore. He recorded his meet victory with a second-period pin of Hancock’s Xavier Smith.

Nicozisin also won by pin when he bested Fox’s Dylan Looney.

Gayfield earned a tech-fall win over Hazelwood Central’s Ron McDaniel.

Perla scored a 5-0 win over North County’s Mike Allison.

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The De Smet Jesuit Spartans had four champions in the Bobby Christman Memorial Holiday Tournament. As a team, the Spartans finished fourth.

Freshman Colton King pinned Washington’s Tate Hendricks to win at 106.

Junior Eric Lovelace won at 113 when he scored a 9-1 major decision over Hancock’s Tristin Benson.

Cory Peterson, a two-time state medalist, earned his championship with a tech fall over Washington’s Chris Griesenauer.

Sophomore Trevor Tinker scored a 14-8 win over Fox’s Luke Joggerst to win at 195.

High school girls basketball

Incarnate Word Academy’s streak of winning the Visitation Christmas Tournament has come to an end. The Edwardsville Tigers scored a 61-57 come-from-behind win over Incarnate Word in the championship game of the 43rd annual tournament.

Incarnate had won the tournament title in 11 of the previous 13 years. This was the Tigers’ first time playing in the event.

Sonya Morris, who recently passed the 1,000-point mark for the Red Knights, scored 26 points. She produced 10 of those points in the first quarter, helping the Red Knights to an 18-9 lead.

Incarnate led 31-27 at halftime. However, Edwardsville mounted a comeback and took the lead for good late in the third period.

Junior guard Marisa Warren scored 16 points for the Red Knights.

Lily Johnson

College women’s volleyball

Lily Johnson became Missouri State’s first four-time all-region pick.

Johnson, of Wildwood and a Lafayette graduate, was voted to the all-Midwest Region First Team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

The Midwest Region includes schools from the Missouri Valley, Atlantic 10, Big 12, Big Sky, Mid-American, Ohio Valley and Western Athletic conferences, as well as The Summit League.

The Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year for a third straight season and a four-time first-team all-MVC pick, Johnson is the first player to lead the MVC in kills in four consecutive seasons. She finished the year with averages of 4.52 kills and 3.91 digs per set with 40 aces and 51 total blocks. The senior outside hitter ranks second in the nation with 574 total kills and 646.5 total points.

Johnson tallied 28 matches with at least 10 kills and 24 double-doubles this year, with four matches of at least 20 kills and 20 digs, an MSU single-season record. She is one of 10 players in NCAA history with at least 2,200 kills and 1,500 digs in a career, and finished her illustrious career ranked second in NCAA history in career attacks [6,610], third in consecutive sets played [519], and 19th in kills [2,293], all MSU and MVC records.


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