Welcome Home Realty Prime Time Performer: Holiday Tournament Edition

Here are this week’s candidates for the Welcome Home Realty Prime Time Performer – Holiday Tournament edition.

You can vote once every 12 hours until the polls close on Monday at 2 p.m.

The winner will receive a $20 gift card to Mariah’s.

James Dent (Southeast Guard) Nobody made a bigger shot on a bigger stage than the sophomore from the East Side. All the attention on the seniors like Terrion Murdix, Anthony Fairlee and Stepheon Sims, James Dent drained a cold-blooded three to win the Collinsville tournament. Dent had himself quite a tournament, the trip south was officially his big time coming out party. Dent is a serious problem in the CS8 for the next two and a half years.

Sam Mount (North Mac Forward) Named to the all tournament team out in Waverly, Sam Mount helped his team to the title game where they fell to undefeated Triopia. Mount made sure everyone in the gym knew where he was at all times, showing he’s capable of dropping 30 points in every game. Mount is making his case as a top player in the Sangamo in his senior season. 

Charlie Patterson (Auburn Wrestler) We were in the gym for 51 basketball games last week but we also made it down to the Bank of Springfield center for the nation’s largest wrestling tournament. Auburn made it to the final four out of 55 teams and a big reason why was Charlie Patterson. The Trojans junior currently has a 20-2 record on the season and beat the #4 ranked wrestler at 145 pounds on Saturday as well.

Kassidy Kirchner (PORTA Guard) The PORTA Bluejays get better and better every week as we’ve seen with their performance in the Riverton holiday tournament. Kassidy Kirchner led her team to the championship game where they lost a heartbreaker at the buzzer, but with her 14 points agains the Hilltoppers, we’ve been put on notice. Kirchner and the Bluejays mean business the rest of the season. 

Lindsey Sapetti (Rochester Guard) It happens every year so no one should be surprised…but the Rochester Rockets are a team nobody wants to play come tournament time. Lindsey Sapetti is just one of multiple Rockets that had a great tournament up in Bloomington, but she gets the nod for Prime Time Performer for her nine points in the fourth quarter against Bishop McNamara to send Rochester into the title game.

Jermaine Hamlin (Lincoln Forward) The big guy out in Lincoln continues to be a matchup nightmare for every opponent the Railsplitters run into. Jermaine Hamlin scored 24 points against Granite City including an incredible 12 for 12 from the free throw line, showing future opponents they can’t pull the “hack a Shaq” method to try and beat Lincoln. Hamlin made the all tournament team and made Big Nasty multiple times this week.

Scott O’Conner (Williamsville Forward) The Bullets played for their holiday tournament title for the third straight season. Scott O’Conner gave us a game winning bucket at the buzzer against Prairie Central to help Williamsville get to the title game. Coming through in the clutch is a great way to land yourself on the Prime Time Performer list.

Payton Krager (Auburn Guard) If you didn’t know about Payton Krager before the Waverly Holiday Tournament, you do now. Auburn’s junior point guard was a magician with the ball in his hands in all four games and helped the Trojans to a third place finish, beating the likes of Athens and West Central on their way. The all tournament team selection is becoming must see in the Sangamo.

Derrick Roberts (Calvary Guard) Calvary shocked just about everyone outside of their locker room by beating previously unbeaten PORTA at the Williamsville Holiday tournament. The guy that makes the Saints go is Derrick Roberts and he showed why throughout the whole tourney. Roberts also surpassed the 1,000 career point mark, and he’s only a junior.

Nick Broeker (SHG Forward) The Sauce headed south for the holidays and showed a whole crowd of people what he’s capable of. The Ole Miss signee for football is making a lot of college basketball coaches jealous that he’s headed to play hoops with the numbers he putting up on the hardwood. Broeker dropped 33 against Mattoon, 15 against Effingham and 15 against Chicago Julian on his way to an all tournament team selection.

Travis Hogan (Riverton Forward) We were maybe going to leave him off the list for a week since Riverton’s junior forward won the vote last time….but Travis Hogan left us no choice. The Hawks big man put up 30 points in the St. Teresa tourney semifinal and 18 in the title game to help Riverton bring home the hardware. 

Matrice Brooks (Lanphier Guard) Continuing their success from last year’s regional win, the Lanphier Lions are learning how to win on a consistent basis. Matrice Brooks was a big reason why the ladies from the North Side played for a tournament championship last Saturday. Brooks scored 19 points against Lincoln and was a consistent scorer throughout as Lanphier came home with second place from the Peoria Manual tournament.