Basketball | Ty’ohn Trimble
Trimble, a junior for the Alton Redbird boys’ basketball team, was the catalyst in the Birds’ 63-59 victory over the Edwardsville Tigers March 8 in the Class 4A Collinsville Sectional semifinals at Vergil Fletcher Gymnasium.
Trimble pumped in a career-high 13 points off the bench and scored in some big moments to help propel Alton to its second straight sectional final appearance.
Listed at a generous 5-foot-9 on the roster, the shifty junior guard admitted he slides in closer to 5-5. He played much bigger than that in the win over EHS, though.
A long 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to close the first quarter tied the game at 14-14. Trimble also scored an acrobatic shot in the paint in the first half and knocked down four free throws in the final minute of the game to help push AHS over the top.
“It’s the best game I’ve ever had,” Trimble said. “I was just doing my job and a game like this will give me a lot of confidence.”
Basketball | Christian Hunter
Hunter is a junior forward for the East Alton-Wood River Oiler boys’ basketball squad.
After the Oilers bowed out of the Class 2A Dupo Regional with an 89-75 loss to the host Tigers, Hunter kept his season percolating individually in the 3-point shooting contest.
Hunter’s exploits carried him all the way to the Class 2A state tournament March 10 at Carver Arena in Peoria.
Hunter ultimately finished 9th in the state 3-point showdown. He went to a shootout to get to the final four and narrowly missed the cut. He hit 6 treys in the shootout and the final participant of the final four knocked down 7 to qualify.
He hit 13 three-pointers in the Dupo Regional and 9 treys at the Pinckneyville Sectional to punch his ticket to state.
Hunter then nailed 9 treys in the preliminary round at state to force the shootout.