Prep Boys Basketball

Rosters announced for 36th annual McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic

By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 30, 2018 12:01 am Updated: May. 30, 2018 5:06 am

QUINCY -- The Missouri boys tried to use speed and quickness to end its losing streak to the Illinois boys in last year's McDonald's/Herald-Whig Classic.

Expect this year's Missouri boys team to try to use more size and strength to snap the streak.

The 35th annual boys game will be part of the annual all-star doubleheader taking place June 16 at Quincy University's Pepsi Arena. The 36th annual girls game will tip at 5 p.m. with the boys game to follow.

Tickets are on sale at The Herald-Whig and at the McDonald's at 13th and Broadway. All tickets are general admission and cost $7.

The Illinois boys lead the series 32-2 and have won eight in a row.

Last year's Missouri team had seven players who were 6-foot or smaller. This year's team showcases two players who are 6-foot-6 or bigger -- Clark County's Chandler Bevans (19.6 ppg) and Mark Twain's Grant Peters (20.0 ppg) -- as well as Palmyra's Peyton Plunkett (14.8 ppg), who is 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds and will be playing football at Northwest Missouri State in the fall.

Missouri also will have one of the area's top shooters in Clark County's Cole Kirchner (49 3-pointers) and playmakers in Highland's Keetan Johnson (4.3 assists per game).

Also on the Missouri boys roster are Louisiana's Michael Francis, Knox County's Hayden Miller, Scotland County's Lane Pence, Canton's Koy Smith and Hannibal's Wyatt Waelder. The team will be coached by Ryan Wood from Palmyra.

Two members from Quincy High School's regional championship team, Ben Amos and Herald-Whig Player of the Year Aaron Shoot are on the Illinois boys roster.

They'll be joined by four of the area's top scorers -- Brown County's Darian Drake (16.5 ppg) and Tanner Sussenbach (16.2 ppg), who led the Hornets to 24 victories and the Class 1A sectional championship; Trevor Voss (18.4 ppg), who helped keep Payson Seymour near the top of the Class 1A state poll all season; and Illini West's Kennedy Gooding (16.6 ppg).

Also on the roster are Pittsfield's Noah Mendenhall, Western's Easton Billings, and Mac Little and Jase Wallingford from Quincy Notre Dame's regional championship team.

Illinois won last year's game 101-85, with Quincy High School's Parker Bland scoring 23 points and grabbing seven rebounds.

The Missouri girls lead the series 19-16, ending a five-game winning streak for Illinois in last year's game. Missouri won last year's game 80-71 behind 21 points and nine rebounds from Scotland County's Chelsea Wood.

Three players from the Clark County girls team that finished fourth in the Class 3 state tournament will be on the Missouri roster -- Carissa Bevans, Abby Brown and Maggie Schutte. They'll be joined by twins Delanie and Emilie Okenfuss from Monroe City, which lost to Clark County 45-44 in the district championship game.

Caitlyn Poore, a Class 2 all-state selection, will be reunited with South Shelby teammate Lexie Higbee, and the team will coached by South Shelby's Luke O'Laughlin.

Also on the Missouri roster are Canton's Olivia Jarvis, Highland's Haley Meyer and Scotland County's Ashleigh Creek.

Western-Payson's Elizabeth Seals, coach of the Illinois girls, will enjoy one last opportunity to coach Blair Borrowman, The Herald-Whig's Player of the Year. Borrowman fractured her fibula during a February game against Liberty and missed the rest of the regular season, but she is healthy to play in the Classic. Teammate Kamryn Flesner also is on the squad.

All-State guard Baylee Clampitt (19.5 ppg) and Rylie Harrell from Illini West, which was ranked in the Class 2A state poll for most of the season, are on the Illinois girls roster. Joining them are Unity's Katie Conry, Quincy's Bre Bordewick, Brown County's Alexis Doyle, Pittsfield/Griggsville-Perry's Lauren Kennedy, Quincy Notre Dame's Molly Penn and West Hancock's Kailee Pfeiferling.



Carissa Bevans, Clark County

Abby Brown, Clark County

Ashleigh Creek, Scotland County

Lexie Higbee, South Shelby

Olivia Jarvis, Canton

Haley Meyer, Highland

Delanie Okenfuss, Monroe City

Emilie Okenfuss, Monroe City

Caitlyn Poore, South Shelby

Maggie Schutte, Clark County

Coach: Luke O'Laughlin, South Shelby



Bre Bordewick, Quincy

Blair Borrowman, Western-Payson

Baylee Clampitt, Illini West

Katie Conry, Unity

Alexis Doyle, Brown County

Kamryn Flesner, Western-Payson

Rylie Harrell, Illini West

Lauren Kennedy, Pittsfield

Molly Penn, Quincy Notre Dame

Kailee Pfeiferling, West Hancock

Coach: Elizabeth Seals, Western-Payson



Chandler Bevans, Clark County

Michael Francis, Louisiana

Keetan Johnston, Highland

Cole Kirchner, Clark County

Hayden Miller, Knox County

Lane Pence, Scotland County

Grant Peters, Mark Twain

Peyton Plunkett, Palmyra

Koy Smith, Canton

Wyatt Waelder, Hannibal

Coach: Ryan Wood, Palmyra



Ben Amos, Quincy

Easton Billings, Western

Darian Drake, Brown County

Kennedy Gooding, Illini West

Mac Little, Quincy Notre Dame

Noah Mendenhall, Pittsfield

Aaron Shoot, Quincy

Tanner Sussenbach, Brown County

Trevor Voss, Payson Seymour

Jase Wallingford, Quincy Notre Dame

Coach: Curtis Stout, Western