Centralia two-sport champion

Sunday, March 21, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 2:40 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Adam Hinspeter thought winning the Class 2 football championship this season was sweet.

Centralia won its first state basketball title Friday, beating Maryville 41-32 in the Class 3 final.

“When we walked off the field after we won the football statue we didn’t think any feeling could be better with basketball, but after today walking off and seeing all our crowd there cheering for us, I think (the feeling) was basically equal,” Hinspeter said.

With the game tied at 25 after three quarters, Hinspeter hit a 3-pointer to open the fourth to give the Panthers the momentum.

Syd Brisbane’s two baskets in the lane brought the Spoofhounds within one, but Centralia hit five of their next six free throws to pull ahead.

Justin Armontrout stole the ball and drove the length of the court to seal the win with 56 seconds left.

“I didn’t ever, at any time during the game, look out and say, ‘Oh, they’re getting tired; we got them,’” Centralia coach David Meyers said.

Josh Wilmes led Maryville, scoring seven of his 10 in the first half. Wilmes also had six blocks.

Maryville controlled the tempo in the first half and led 15-14 at halftime.

“I think it was more of what they did then what we didn’t do,” Maryville coach Mike Kuwitzky said. “They were playing really good defense and banged on us inside.”

The teams traded baskets to start the third quarter, then Maryville opened a 25-21 lead. Grant Rosenfelder’s free throws tied it at the end of the third.

Centralia forward Chad Thall said the win had not sunk in.

“I’ve still got to go play baseball Monday,” he said.

— Rick Metzroth

Class 2


Van-Far’s Mike Smith scored the first and last baskets. In between, he did a lot more.

Smith led the Indians to the state title Saturday.

Smith scored 17 to go along with nine rebounds and three blocks. He also played most of the fourth quarter with four fouls.

His coach told him to make sure he didn’t foul out.

“I told Mike, ‘If your guy gets a rebound, you may just have to run to the bus because we have to have (you) on the floor,’” Van-Far coach Brian Meny said.

At the end of the third quarter, the Cougars (28-3) and Indians (26-5) were tied at 29. In the fourth quarter, Van-Far went on a 7-2 run to secure the victory.

The Indians finished the season with a 27-game winning streak and their first state championship.

Nick Smart led Marionville with 19 points.

— Erik Broderick


Although third-place was at stake, it felt like more was on the line for Lone Jack’s Marc Van Lue.

“This was our state championship game,” Van Lue said.

Lone Jack (30-1) missed eight of its first nine shots and trailed the Senath-Hornersville Lions 13-7 at the end of the first quarter.

“We’re a team that wants to shoot and get up and down the floor and we weren’t doing that early,” Mules coach Chris Johnson said.

Van Lue rebounded from a scoreless first quarter and had seven of his 22 points in the second period.

The Mules took the lead for good at 27-26 with 3:52 left in the third quarter.

“I thought we beat ourselves to tell you the truth,” Lions’ forward Jerrad Duffel said. “Turnovers and easy buckets are what beat us.”

Duffel had nine points, 10 rebounds and six turnovers.

Senath-Hornersville (20-8) made 5-of-24 second half shots.

Landon Small led Senath-Hornersville with 11 points.

—Trevor Taylor

Class 1



Dominitrix Johnson scored 40 to lead the Cubs to their second state title in three years.

Johnson scored 16 in the first quarter, and the Hornets stayed close through three quarters.

— Rick Metzroth


All year the Cardinals (26-5) have had a secret weapon.

Sophomore Anthony Hilliard has made major contributions off the North Andrew bench, averaging 9.3 points per game.

Hilliard excelled again in the third-place game, scoring 14

“He’s our secret weapon,” North Andrew coach Shannon Nolte said. “He makes me wonder if I’m not stupid for keeping him on the bench. He gives us whatever we need in the limited time he gets.”

Hilliard’s play late in the third quarter sparked a North Andrew run.

The Cardinals (26-5) led 41-35 at the end of the third quarter.

Senior Jeff Walker scored seven in the fourth quarter. He led the Cardinals with 15.

Bevier senior John Bailey tried to keep the Wildcats (25-7) in the game with 11 second half points. Bailey finished with 16, leading all scorers.

— Sean McDonnell


Class 2


Although the year was different, the result was the same.

Skyline defeated Clopton in the final last season.

The Tigers (30-2) held the lead for most of the first half, but the Hawks (30-1) tied the score at 33 with 4:30 left in the third quarter after a Mikal Bencomo jumper.

Skyline switched to a stifling zone defense that held Clopton scoreless for the next 6:23. During that span, the Tigers scored 14 and drained the drama from the game.

Clopton had trouble connecting on its shots, finishing 15-of-58 from the field. They also were 3-of-21 from 3-point range.

Skyline coach Kevin Cheek said he told his team to let the Hawks shoot from long distance.

— Erik Broderick


Melanie Stokes and the St. Joseph Christian Lions wanted something to show for their two state semifinal appearances. After losing their semifinal and third-place games last season and losing in this season’s semifinal game Thursday, the Lions wanted a victory.

“Losing wasn’t an option for me today,” Stokes said. “I had to come off the Hearnes Center floor with a win.”

Stokes had 24 points and 19 rebounds to lead St. Joseph.

St. Joseph (31-1) led 15-4 at the end of the first quarter and held off the Stoutland Tigers’ third-quarter rally.

“Take away the first quarter and we beat them by three points,” Stoutland coach Jerry Songer said.

— Trevor Taylor

Class 1


Brasher capped a 32-0 season and won its second straight title.

The Tigers used balanced scored. Jenny Elsea and Brooke Crandall led the way, scoring 14.

— Rick Metzroth


It pays to be perfect in the fourth quarter.

The game was tied at 37 with 6:50 left, but perfect free-throw shooting helped the Cardinals secure the win in the third-place game.

Chadwick (23-8) made all 12 of its free throws in the fourth quarter.

Junior Jesse Pierce and freshman Amanda Workman made clutch free throws with less than a minute left.

“We’ve only made about half our free throws this season,” Chadwick coach Doug Dunn said. “Somehow we made them in the fourth quarter. I can’t explain it, but we’ve owned the fourth quarter our whole run.”

Pierce led the Cardinals with 15 points and eight rebounds.

Senior Jordan Yokum finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers (24-6).

Dunn said containing Yokum was a necessity.

“We knew (Yokum) was the key,” Dunn said. “I’m proud of our players for stepping up and defending her.”

— Sean McDonnell


Girls Class 3


Stockton’s five starting seniors worked together Friday to earn their third straight state title.

The Tigers were in control for all 32 minutes.

— Rick Metzroth

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