Basketball | Darrius Edwards
Edwards, a senior for the Alton Redbirds, has been a tremendous offensive contributor throughout the regular season. Edwards closed out the final week of the regular season on a high note. He scored 19 points in a 77-67 win at Belleville West on Feb. 24 and followed it up with a game-high 25 points in a 73-52 rout of O’Fallon in Alton on Feb. 27.
Edwards scored 20 points in the first half vs. O’Fallon on Senior Night for the Redbirds, including all 12 of the team’s points in the first quarter to give them a 12-8 advantage. He shot 3 of 5 from beyond the arc and contributed a pair of nifty one-handed dunks late in the first quarter.
Edwards and the Redbirds began the Class 4A Edwardsville Regional on Tuesday with a 59-44 win over Granite City.
Basketball | Chance Foss
A Roxana senior guard, Foss was a major contributor in the Shells’ magical run to the Class 2A Southwestern Regional title on Feb. 27 in Piasa.
It took two overtime wins for Roxana to garner the regional crown. Foss scored a late bucket to tie it with Gillespie in the regional semifinals before scoring seven of the team’s 10 points in OT in the 57-47 win over the Miners on Feb. 26. He finished with 10 points in that win.
Against the host Piasa Birds in the finals on Feb. 27, Foss turned in a team-high 16 points in the shocking 56-53 win over the regional’s top seed. Foss, who averages 7.7 points per game for the Shells, helped lead his team into the East Alton-Wood River Sectional semifinals against Pinckneyville on Wednesday.