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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Trenton Su Page 8 - Local Jarad Steenbergen splits a pair of Columbia defenders in Wes- clin's senior night victory last week. The current basketball sea- son marks the 25th anniversary of the historic run of Wesclin's 1989-90 basketball team, which won the only basketball state championship in school his- tory. This is part of a series of reminiscences by New Baden native Larry Thoeming, a Wesclin graduate who followed the team throughout the season as a newspaper reporter. The long-awaited battle of Titans between Wesclin and Springfield Calvary finally came to pass. The venue was the Highland Shootout, and folks were hanging from the rafters for this one. Wesclin, of course, boast- ed a pair of All Staters in Brent Brede and Paul Lusk, while Sprigfield had a pair of stalwarts, too, in Rennie Clemons and the massive Herb McMath, who went 6- 6 and 245 pounds. To boot, Lusk and Clemons were both headed to the Big Ten for their collegiate careers; Lusk to Iowa and Clemons to Illinois. I felt all along that those four guys would do their usual stuff, but that the Warriors had the better supporting cast with Matt Fridley, Mike Brink and Matt Brandmeyer. I was close, but two other Spriagfield guys had great nights too, and it really did become an amazing shoot- out. Back and forth it went with Wesclin ahead ear'- lyad Calvary storming back to take a four-point lead at the half. The Tribe exploded for 32 in the third period and spent the rest of the regulation time try- ing to hang on. Wesclin led 64-57 before Clemons led his mates on an 8-0 run, but just after that McMath picked up two quick fouls and was forced to leave the game. Brandmeyer had battled the behemoth all night long, and finally tired the big man into some mis- takes. At any rate, Spring- field went ahead by six, and the Warriors looked to be in some trouble. Not so! The Wesclin boys found some extra energy and tied it on a Brede trey with 37 seconds left. Clemons then was called for a travel and Brede missed a three at the horn sending the game into overtime. Brink started the extra period with a bucket, but Calvary came right back to take an 85-84 lead. Lusk, Brede and Brink then combined to mesh ten free throws down the stretch to seal the 94-88 victory. The Clemons-Lusk duel saw Rennie fire in 42 while Paulie dialed 37, including some memorable dunks. Fridley called Clemons the quickest player he ever saw, while the Springfield coach said Brede/Lusk was the best duo in the state. Brent finished with .29, Fridley 14, Brandmeyer 5, Brink 5 and Chad Deiters 2. Fridley also finished with a sternum that had to ache from all the charges he had taken. Three of the Saints scored a baker's dozen each to aid Clemons. It was re- ally a memorable night, and a lot of fun, and folks were already anticipating a re-match at the State Tour- nament. Wesclin finished up with romps over Dupo and New Athens, then won a fine game over County and Conference rival Carlyle. It was the last-ever game at the Wesclin gym for the fabulous seniors, who took out the Indians 73-62 to finish regular season play at 22-3. Brede led the way with 28 while Lusk canned 18, Fridley 12, Brink 11, Brandmeyer and Deiters 2 each. All of a sudden, the only thing left was the postsea- son, and everything was on the line. Wouldn't you know it, Wesclin was assigned to the Greenville Regional and would probably have to play the host Comets, those same Comets who had beaten the Tribe 68-64 way back in November. Gulp! Next week: On the Trail to Glory. Warriors advance in regional play Wesclin's boys basketball team stayed alive in postseason class AA playoffs Monday night, when they held off Carlyle to win the opener of the Carlyle regional. The Indians were a tough out for the Warriors, but more difficult waters lay ahead. Wesclin's win set the stage for a regional semifinal matchup against Nashville on Tuesday night. Results from that game were not available by dead- line. The winner gets either Mater Dei or Central in the championship game of what is one ofthe more difficult 2A regionals in the state. Wesclin closed out the regular season with wins over Co- lumbia and Lebanon, completing a 20-win season that in- cluded an 8-2 mark in the Cahokia Conference's Mississippi Division, good for second place to Central's 9-1 record. Wesclin 52, Columbia 51 The Warriors held off a late charge from the visiting Ea- gles to post a win on Senior Night for basketball players along with cheerleaders, band members, and dancers. Jake Stephens led a balanced attack with 14 points. Jar- ed Timmermann and Jarad Steenbergen added ten each, and Justin Goff posted nine. Brendan Bernhardt added five points while reaching double digits in rebounds, Mike Thoele added three, and Zach Swaim score a point to close out the Wesclin book. Wesclin 77, Lebanon 51 After sluggish start, the Warriors pulled away from the homestanding Greyhounds, with five Wesclin players reach- ing double figures. Jared Timmermann led the way with 16, including four three-pointers. Jake Stephens and Brendan Bernhardt scored 12 each, and Justin Goffand Jarad Steen- berger netted t0 apiece for Wesclin. Mike Thoele's seven, Nick Thoele's five, Mick Stephens' three, and Cameron Cathcart's two completed Wesclin's side of the ledger, Wesclin 55, Carlyle 46 Wesclin completed its third victory in three tries against Carlyle this season, but none of them came easy, including Monday's regional opener. Wesclin led throughout, but Car- lyle closed to within 47-44 late in the fourth quarter. Brendan Bernhardt meshed 17 for scoring honors, with 14 in the second half. Jared Timmermann scored 12 and Jarad Steenbergen 11 for the Warriors, who also got nine from Jake Stephens and six from Justin Goff in the win. Ice Hawks third THE SOUTHERN ILLINOIS ICE HAWKS SQUIRT Gold team took third place in the GRHL Squirt Gold Division with Missouri Hockey. They finished the season With a record of 7-6-1. They played two games in the playoffs this weekend at the Fenton Forum Ice Rink. The Ice Hawks advanced to the semifinal round with a 6-3 win over the Affton Americans. The last game of the evening pitted the Ice Hawks against Iongtime foe, Meramec Sharks, with the winner advancing to the championship game. The SIIH fell 3-1 to the Sharks in a fast-paced game with both teams locked in a heated battle until the final buzzer.The team also played in two tournaments this season. They played up a division in both tournaments. The first was the St. Louis Big Bear Tournament where the team took the Championship. The second was the Kansas City Winter Classic in Shawnee, Kansas where the team took fourth. Front row, from left, William Garcia Boyd, Glennon Bennett, Cooper Davis, Keagan Greer; second row, Thomas Leeds, David (Andy) Bennett, Samuel Lucas, Nolan Lamonte, Chase Green, Andrew Winkeler, Jake Parres; back row, Coach David Bennett, Brenden Edwards, Ryan Foster, Dylan Kreke, (Coach Brian Edwards is in back), Austin Brown, Dylan Petric, and Head Coach Matt Foster. Missing from the picture is Cole Juenger. CHIC EER $25 Sin00 40 Couple Questions Contact Brandon: 223-9404 Jason: 531-4265 KC Free Throw District Champs THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS DISTRICT 88 FREE THROW Championship was Sunday, February 22 in the Albers Elementary School gym. The competition was divided into six age groups from 9 to 14 years old, with a boys and girls division. The competi- tors were the winners from the frethrow competitions held at six area councils. District winners will compete in the regional competition at 10 a,m. Saturday, March 28th, at Mater Dei High School. The 2015 district champions were, front row, from left, Logan Mattson, Bartelso; Zander Irueggemann, Breese; and Brandon Oelrich, New Baden; back row District 88 Deputy Joe Obernuefemann; Jenna Haselhorst Trenton; Nicole Diesen, Bartelso; Lauren Rakers, Trenton; Miah Weems, Bartelso; C.J. Lan- genhorst, Bartelso; Lexie Ceto, Bartelso; and Albers Council Grand Knight Ray Gill. Not pictured, Parker Durgin, New Baden; Gavin Bilbruck, New Baden; and Hayden Evans, New Baden. In addition to Haselhorst and Rakers, Trenton council level winners included Abby Oster, Karaghan.Daiber, Alden Norbury, lan Henderson, Trey Marks, Philip Berberich, Julius Mahone, and Chance Mclntyre.