Jakob Lowrance | Basketball
Lowrance, a 6-foot-8 senior for Civic Memorial High School, finished the 2014-15 season nearly averaging a double double for the Eagles.
He scored 19.5 points per game and yanked down 9.7 rebounds per game, both team highs on the season. Lowrance, who signed to continue his career at the University of Central Missouri, was a major reason the Eagles secured their first regional title in 22 years this season. They finished with a record of 19-12.
In three postseason games, Lowrance scored 19 points to go with 12 rebounds vs. Highland, had 27 and 11 against Jersey in the regional finals and scored a team-best 18 points in a 79-54 loss to Althoff in the Class 3A Carbondale Sectional semifinals on March 11.
Isaiah Thurmond | Basketball
Thurmond was a senior starter for the Alton Redbirds in 2014-15. He missed a short stint due to injury during the season, but when he was in the lineup he often provided stellar defense and proved to have an athletic scoring prowess when necessary.
He showcased that scoring prowess on March 13 in the Class 4A Pekin Sectional finals against powerhouse Normal Community High. Thurmond had eight points in the game, all coming in a fourth-quarter push. In less than two minutes, Thurmond nailed a pair of 3-pointers and a 2-point field goal to dwindle a deficit to seven points. Unfortunately, Alton never got closer and ultimately lost 48-36.
The Redbirds tied a program record with 27 wins in ‘14-15 and Thurmond was a key part of that.