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Wednesday, December 31,2014 Trenton Sun Page 8 - Sports WESCLIN SENIOR CARRIE Rakers, shown here in action against Carlyle last Monday, scored 40 points over three games in the Mascoutah Holiday Tournament. Wesclin 1-2 at Mascoutah Wesclin's girls basketball team managed a win and lost a close one aghinst a difficult Mascoutah Holi- day Tournament field last week. The Warriors sandwiched a win over Mt. Vernon between losses to Belleville West and Centralia in the tourna- ment. Combined with a win over Car- lyle last Monday, Wesclin is now 9-6 on the season. Belleville West 67, Wesclin 50 Wesclin fell behind 20-7 after a quarter and never recovered. Carrie Rakers and Carly Haukapp reached double figures for Wesclin with 15 and 12 points respectively, while Zoe Christopher added nine, Mackenzie Kellogg six, Cami Meddows and Ellie Wessel three each, and Hannah Ar- entsen two. Wesclin 51, Mt. Vernon 42 The Warriors scored their second win of the season over Mt. Vernon, whom Wesclin also vanquished in the Nashville tournament. Zoe Christopher netted a game- high 21, and Wesclin's inside duo of Kenzie Kellogg and Carrie Rakers combined for 24 points, with 13 and 11 respectively, to lead the Warriors. Carly Haukapp and Cami Meddows added three each. Centralia 53, Wesclin 51 A sloppy end to the first half turned into a five-point swing Centralia's way, and the Warriors couldn't com- plete a late-game comeback effort. Carly Haukapp drained 15 points to lead a balanced attack. Carrie Rakers (14) and Zoe Christopher (12) both reached double figures, while Cami Meddows added five, Ellie Wes- sel three, and Kenzie Kellogg two. The current basketball season marks the 25th anniversary of the historic run of Wesclin's 1989-90 bas- ketball team, which won the only bas- ketball state championship in school history. 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. A HOLIDAY TECHNICALITY It's Christmastime, and after all the wrapping paper is cleaned up and the cookies begin to run out a feller's thoughts turn to... basketball, and the glorious Holiday Tourna- ments around the area. Twenty-five years ago most folks around here made plans for the annual trips to the big gym in Vandalia to watch the Warriors test their skills against the likes of the Shelbyville Rams, Flora Wolves and others. Wesclin, Flora and Shelbyville were all state-ranked at the time of the 1989 VHT, and the tourney looked to be a good one. Wesclin came in at 4-2 with wins over Red Bud and Althoff in the days leading up to the tournament. They whipped Ramsey 100-61, then beat Shelbyville by a 74-59 margin. Pana fell 78-59. Matt Brandmeyer turned an ankle somewhere along the line and wasn't available for the matchup with Flora, a team which boasted a pair of all staters in Jim Locum and 6'7" Curtis Leib, and the Warriors suffered a 76-64 loss to the Wolves. But Shelbyville had beaten Flora, so all three teams had three and one re- cords. So who won? Terry Brinkman sent me a note last week to remind me how that went down. He said: "We thought we had lost the Tour- nament when Flora beat us, but as we were watching the last game, Shelbyville against Pana, I was read- ing the fine print of the tourney rules, and I realized we still had a chance. All three teams were three and one and had taken turns beating each other. In that situation the winner was to be determined by which team had the best free-throw percentage for the tournament. I knew we were ahead of Flora, but Shelbyville was ahead of us. Pana was losing by a bunch with about four minutes to go so their coach pulled his starters and then so did the Shelbyville coach. The game was finished by jayvee play- ers, and sure enough, it came down to one last shot. The way I had it figured, if the Shelbyville kid made the free throw they would win; if he missed we would. He missed and I jumped up and started screaming. Steve Lane thought I had gone loco, but we later learned I had been right, and we were declared the winners in a tournament filled with All Staters and great teams.., thanks to a jayvee kid missing a free throw." Paul Lusk was named the MVP of that affair, while Brent Brede and Mike Brink were both named to the All-Tournament team. Flora and Shelbyville loomed in the future, and both those teams would stand in the way of the Warrior Campaign to Champaign. Little did we know it at the time. but that loss at Vandalia would be the last one the Tribe was to suffer. By the way, Mater Dei also won the title at their own Holiday Tournament, and a big showdown with the 9-1 Knights loomed in Janu- ary at the Nashville Invitational Tournament. Things were starting to heat up. NEXT WEEK: THE NEW YEAR BRINGS NEW CHALLENGES. BRENDAN BERNHARDT TAKES THE baseline against a DuQuoin defender in first round action of the Duster Thomas Classic in Pinckneyville, Bernhardt was named to the all tournament team. Warriors nab fifth at Duster Thomas Classic Wesclin's boys basketball team won three of four games in the Duster Thomas Clas- sic in Pinckneyville over the weekend, finishing fifth over- all. Carterville won the tour- nament, beating Waterloo Gibault in the title matchup. The Warriors now stand at 9- 3 for the season, with all three losses coming in tournament play. The Warriors beat Du- Quoin and lost to Jerseyville in pool play, slotting them for the fifth place bracket, which Wesclin won by beating Olney and Tolono Unity. Brendan Bernhardt was named to the all-tournament team. Wesclin 74, DuQuoin 66 The Warriors outlasted Du- Quoin by winning the fourth quarter in a contest that was up for grabs throughout. Wesclin led 32-30 at halftime, and 50-48 after three quar- ters. Brendan Bernhardt scored a game-high 24 points and pulled down nine rebounds on the game that included an efficient eight-for-ll per- formance from the field and 10-for-ll from the free throw line. Jarad Steenbergen and Jared Timmermann added 13 points each, and Justin Goff netted 12. Darrell Combs scored eight for the Warriors, Mike Thoele three, and Jake Stephens one. Jerseyville 54, Wesclin 41 Wesclin couldn't stop Jerseyville's Jake Varble, who scored 25 points in the Panthers' win. Jared Tim- mermann led Wesclin with 11, and Jake Stephens and Brendan Bernhardt added ten apiece for Wesclin. Justin Goff added four, and Darrell Combs, Jarad Steenbergen, and Mike Thoele each con- tributed two. Wesclin 48, Olney 34 Jarad Steenbergen scored 17 and Jake Stephens netted 16 to go with nine rebounds in the Wesclin win. The War- riors broke open a close game by winning the third quar- ter 16-8. Brendan Bernhardt scored six, Justin Goff five, and Mike Thoele and Jared Timmermann two each. Wesclin 59, Tolono 34 Wesclin broke on top 16-4 after a quarter and stretched the lead to 31-10 by halftime before cruising to the win. Jared Timmermann scored all of his team-high 15 points from beyond the arc. Justin Goff and Jake Stephens both reached double figures with 13 and 11 respectively; and Jarad Steenbergen netted seven points and pulled down eight rebounds from the point guard position. Brendan Ber- nhardt added six, Nick Thoele three, and Cameron Cathcart and Mike Thoele two each for Wesclin. MD's Haag is all area thinclad Abby Haag of Trenton, a junior at Mater Dei High School, has been named to the Belleville News Democrat's All Area cross country team. Haag is a first-team choice in class 2A, where she is joined by teammates Sophia Lager and Sarah Faust. 5 Girls Basketball vsi Greenville 5 Fr0sh Basketball,s. Greenville 6 WMS Girls Basketball at Bartelso 6 BOys Basketball at Central B/G Bowling vs. Althoff 7 B/G g vs.: Columbia 618.224.2400 Open 11:00 AM TUESD AY II-You-Can-Eat ] ried Chicken J S9.95! $10,00 OFF | I Prime Rib for 2 I Bottles of Wine!j  S27,951 j More Coverage of Wesclin Schools and Sports Than Any Other News Source The Sun 224-9422 ~ FAMILY PACK ~ 12 pieces Fried Chicken, 3 Lg. Sides, Rolls & Butter 18.95