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Granite City senior Bailee Warsing was named on the all-conference girls’ tennis team for the second straight year. She received a third-team singles award.
For the second year in a row, the Granite City Warriors had 14 athletes being named on the all-Southwestern Conference fall sports teams.
All 14 athletes — six of them were seniors — earned their all-conference awards at the Granite City Fall Sports Awards Ceremony on Nov. 2 at Memorial Gymnasium.
The football team had the most selections with five. Senior Caleb Venne was named on the all-league football team for the second year in a row, and seniors Ron Allen and Gabe Jarman and juniors Kyle Thompson and Tamojia Johnson earned their first all-conference awards in football.
Venne, Allen and Thompson earned all-conference honors on both sides of the ball.
The 6-foot-2, 280-pound Venne received first-team offensive lineman and second-team defensive lineman honors. Last year, Venne was named second-team offensive lineman and third-team defensive lineman.
Allen was named second-team running back and third-team defensive back after finishing with 468 yards rushing and 113 yards receiving with three touchdowns, 14 tackles and three interceptions.
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Thompson was named first-team tight end and second-team linebacker. He was the Warriors’ top receiver with 334 yards and led the team in tackles with 60.
Jarman was second-team quarterback after throwing for 806 yards with five touchdowns and rushing for 473 yards and four touchdowns.
Johnson, who is 6-foot-2 and weighs 317 pounds, earned third-team offensive line honors.
The cross country team had three all-conference selections — junior Will O’Keefe, freshman Andrew O’Keefe and sophomore Alyssa Comer. All-league selections in cross country were based on finishes from the SWC championship meet on Oct. 16 at Belleville West. The top 21 finishers earn all-conference honors.
Will and Andrew O’Keefe earned first-team honors after placing first and seventh, respectively, in the conference meet. Will O’Keefe, who became the first runner since Aaron Werths in 2007 to win a league championship, earned all-conference honors in cross country for the third year in a row. Andrew O’Keefe, who went on to qualify for the state meet, received his first all-league award.
Comer became the first Granite City girl runner in five years to receive an all-conference cross country award after placing 20th in the girls’ race. She earned third-team honors.
The Granite City boys’ soccer and girls’ tennis teams each had two all-conference selections. Senior Zach Druhe and junior Lucas Rainwater were the Warriors’ representatives on the all-league boys’ soccer team and senior Bailee Warsing and sophomore Kourtney Singleton were the only Granite City players on the all-SWC girls’ tennis team.
Druhe, who was the Warriors’ leading scorer with six goals, received all-conference notice for the second year in a row after being named on the first team. Last year, he was named on the third team. Druhe also was named on the all-sectional team, which is selected by the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association.
Rainwater, a midfielder, earned his first all-conference award after being named on the third team. He led the Warriors in assists with seven.
Warsing was named on the all-conference girls’ tennis team for the second straight year after earning third-team singles honors. Last year, Warsing received a third-team singles award.
Singleton, who played with the Warrior girls’ tennis team for the first time, also earned third-team singles honors. She turned in Granite City’s best finish in the conference tournament on Oct. 9-10, placing sixth in both singles and doubles.
The Granite City boys’ and girls’ golf teams each had one player on the all-conference team. Senior Gavin Grote was named on the all-SWC boys’ golf team for the first time after getting third-team honors. Sophomore Megan Keel was the Warriors’ lone player on the all-conference girls’ team, earning first-team honors after being named on the third team a year ago.