ALTON — Shandon Boone of Marquette Catholic and Allie Troeckler of Civic Memorial High had cause for celebration Wednesday night.
They secured the main awards at the 71st annual Alton Exchange Club Players of the Year basketball banquet at the Atrium Hotel in Alton. Boone, a senior guard, earned the Boys’ Player of the Year. And Troeckler, a junior guard/forward, captured the Girls’ Player of the Year award for the second time. She also won it in 2015.
“It’s just as exciting as the first one,” said Troeckler, bound for SIUE. She has given a verbal commitment to the Cougars.
Troeckler added, “It was a tough decision about choosing a college, but I wanted to stay close to home.”
The 5-foot-10 Troeckler averaged 22.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game last season for the 22-11 Eagles, champions of the Class 3A Salem Regional.
“We picked it up near the end of the season and played well as a team,” Troeckler said. “The goals are still the same next season as they have been the first three seasons.”
Boone, a 5-8 backliner, averaged 19.2 points for the 21-10 Explorers, champs of the Class 2A Dupo Regional. Boone is likely headed to Avila University, a NAIA Division I University in Kansas City, Mo.
“It means a lot to me to win this award,” Boone said. “I was nominated last year, but didn’t get it. So this feels good.”
The speedy Boone said improvement was the name of his game in leading the Explorers to a Prairie State Conference championship.
“I was able to improve my game over the summer and that helped me,” he said. “I was working on my craft.”
Blake Marks of East Alton-Wood River and Katelyn Turbyfill of CM were named the 110 percent winners. Turbyfill, headed to LCCC, also snared the award last year. Marks will be signing with Lewis and Clark Community College on Thursday to play baseball.
Chance Foss of Roxana and LaJarvia Brown of Alton received the awards for the best free throw shooting. Foss, a senior going to Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville for baseball, shot 79.2 percent. Brown, a senior bound for Texas A&M to compete in track, made 81.1 percent of her foul shots to claim the honor for the second consecutive year.
Roxana grabbed the boys’ team sportsmanship award and Marquette nabbed the girls’ team sportsmanship honor. Team MVPs saluted included:
Maurice Edwards and Brown of Alton;
Boone and Caitlyn Hanlon of Marquette;
Marks and Carly Campbell of EA-WR;
Trace Gentry and Sara Kreutztrager of Roxana;
Brett Lane and Troeckler of CM.
Other 110 percent finalists were: Tre Smith and Jewel Wagner of Alton; Trey Aguirre and Andria Pace of Marquette; JaQuan Adams of CM; Marks and Caitlin LeMond of EA-WR, plus Foss and Lindsey Scroggins of Roxana.
CM graduate Katie Broadway, an assistant women’s basketball coach at McKendree University in Lebanon, served as the featured speaker. Dave Elson of the Exchange Club was the emcee.
Broadway, a three-time Exchange Club winner (2006-08) and the Eagles’ career scoring leader with 2,079 points, spoke about commitment and dedication as essential to success.
“I believe character determines our destiny,” said Broadway, also a standout player at Illinois State University in Normal. She scored more than 1,000 points at ISU.
She added, “My time at ISU was incredible, though nothing is ever perfect. I was challenged more than I have ever been in my life. But I possessed a good work ethic.”
ALTON EXCHANGE CLUB PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
2016 – Shandon Boone of Marquette Catholic and Allie Troeckler of Civic Memorial
2015 – Darrius Edwards of Alton and Troeckler of CM
2014 – Deion Lavender of Marquette Catholic and Megan Trost of CM
2013 — Hunter Reine of Roxana and Trost of CM
2012 — Hunter Reine of Roxana and Megkinize Carter of CM
2011 — Tony Bradley of Alton and Cassie Endicott of CM
2010 — Tony Bradley of Alton and Kelsey Harrison of East Alton-Wood River
2009 — Ryan Mathews of Alton and Michaela Herrod of Alton
2008 —Ruben Cotto of Alton and Katie Broadway of CM
2007 — Kavon Lacey of Alton and Broadway of CM
2006 — Lacey of Alton and Broadway of CM
2005 — Lorenzo Taylor of Alton and Emily Best of EA-WR
2004 — Nick Certa of Marquette Catholic and Emily Best of EA-WR
2003 — Nick Certa of Marquette Catholic and Jordan Davis of Roxana
2002 — Travis Williams of EA-WR and Casey Law of CM
2001 — Michael Stockard of Alton and Ashley Russell of EA-WR
2000 — Demarko “Book” Snipes of Alton and Michelle Beiermann of Marquette Catholic
1999 — Snipes of Alton and Kendra Snyder of Marquette
1998 — Tony Certa of Marquette and DoBee Oros-Moore of Alton
1997 — Marlon Crawford of Alton and Jenni Combes of CM
1996 — Nic Stotler of CM and Angela Payne of Roxana
1995 — Greg McDanel of Roxana and Erica Oge of Marquette
1994 — Eric Frankford of CM and Amie Gernigan of Marquette
1993 - Ty Laux of CM
1992 - Brad Bohannon of Marquette
1991 - Jonathan Denney of CM
1990 - Kevin Caldwell of Alton
1989 - Joe Vann of Alton
1988 - Steve Mason of Marquette
1987 - Jamie Humphries of CM
1986 - Larry Smith of Alton
1985 - Smith of Alton
1984 - Dale Liley of EA-WR
1983 - Rick Taylor of Alton
1982 - Steve Wooley of EA-WR
1981 - Dan Coddington of EA-WR
1980 - Troy Washpun of Alton
1979 - Jim “Buzz” Logan of EA-WR
1978 - David Goins of Alton
1977 - Brad Scheiter of Alton
1976 - Leroy Stampley of Alton
1975 - Chris Schroeder of Roxana
1974 - Doug Nalley of Alton
1973 - Lafayette Collins of Alton
1972 - Dennis Olston of EA-WR
1971 - Ron Caldwell of Alton
1970 - Dave Taynor of CM
1969 - Mike Jeffries of Alton
1968 - Leon Huff of Alton
1967 - Ricci Stotler of CM
1966 - Jim Bailey of EA-WR
1965 - Terry Brown of EA-WR
1964 - Larry Jeffries of Alton
1963 - Bob Hilgendorf of CM
1962 - Larry Shoemaker of Alton
1961 - Gary Lane of EA-WR
1960 - Karl Doucleff of Western Military Academy
1959 - Jerry Messick of EA-WR
1958 - Mike Hunter of Alton
1957 - Jim Lemon of EA-WR
1956 - Cliff Talley of EA-WR
1955 - Essic Robinson of Alton
1954 -Richard Brown of Roxana
1953 - Dick Harbke of Roxana
1952 - Ron Fisher of EA-WR
1951 - Bob Kuhn of Alton
1950 - Lowell Pettit of EA-WR
1949 - Ron Bedwell of Roxana
1948 - Sam Vinyard of EA-WR
1947 - Bob Caffery of EA-WR
1946 - Dick Erzen of EA-WR