The Southwestern Conference recently released its all-conference teams for the completed winter season with the Alton Redbirds represented pretty well.
The Alton boys' basketball squad saw four of their five starters earn SWC distinctions. That was the most representatives from any league team.
Seniors Bryan Hudson and Darrius Edwards garnered first-team recognition, while fellow senior Carlos Anderson made it onto the second team and sophomore Maurice Edwards was a member of the third team.
Darrius Edwards (13.1 ppg) led AHS in scoring, while Hudson (12.0 ppg) (7.2 rpg) was the leading rebounder and Anderson (11.1 ppg) (2.7 apg) (2.1 spg) was a jack-of-all-trades for the Birds. Anderson led in steals and assists. Maurice Edwards (7.6 ppg) thrived in the starting five also.
For wrestling, the Redbirds got seven mat-men recognized. Phyllip DeLoach (145), Nicholas DeLoach (152) and Qiant'e Wagner (160) were all named to the first team, while Darian Pierson (285) was second team and Connor Broyles (120), Tim McCarvey (126) and KeOntay Holmes (182) all made third team.
The DeLoach twins both earned fourth-place medals at the Class 3A individual state wrestling tournament for Alton.
The AHS girls' basketball struggled in '14-15 but still managed to get two individuals recognized as all-SWC.
Junior and leading scorer LaJarvia Brown picked up first-team honors, while Jewel Wagner found herself on the third team.
Like usual, the Redbirds were decorated for boys' and girls' bowling in '14-15. There were 10 total AHS bowlers named all-SWC.
On the boys' side, Lucas Pejakovich was the top bowler on the first-team all-conference after finishing seventh at the state tournament.
Sophomore Tyler Stevenson and seniors Mat Gorman and Justin Amistadi took second-team honors, while junior Jacob Donahue was a third-team pick.
For the girls, junior Eryka Graham was a first-team selection, while sophomore Ashley Heistand was second-team and seniors Becca McBride, Allison Steines and Amanda Menke were put on the third-team.
The Redbirds garnered 26.0 all-conference points in the winter to give them 58.0 for the year thus far, which puts them in fifth in the all-SWC standings.
Edwardsville leads with 86.5, followed by O'Fallon (77.5), Belleville West (68.5), Collinsville (58.5), Alton, Belleville East (54.0), East St. Louis (34.0) and Granite City (31.0).