Redskins End Run At Stove Top Classic


All things considered, Nokomis' final trip to the Stove Top Stuffing Classic was much like their previous ones. In the 2019 version of the five-team round robin named after the boxed Thanksgiving staple, the Redskins came away with one victory and put a scare into the giants in their other three contests, including an overtime thriller against a close neighbor.

Nokomis' win came on Friday, Nov. 29, their last day at the tournament, which switched to Granite City for the final four games after the five schools hosted the first six. The Redskins put three players in double figures as they defeated Civic Memorial 38-27 to improve to 1-3 on the season.

The Nokomis defense was unbreakable in the opening quarter as Civic Memorial managed just two points in the opening eight minutes. On the offensive end, Alex Tosetti knocked down a three and a two to account for half of Nokomis' points as the Redskins held a 10-2 lead after one.

The opening frame would be the difference maker in the contest as the next three quarters would see the two teams separated by just three points. Both teams would score ten in the second quarter, as the Redskins held a 20-12 lead at the break.

Nokomis would outscore Civic Memorial by two in the third quarter and by one in the fourth quarter, despite two three-pointers by the aptly named Trey Hall, who had four threes and a team-best 14 points for the Eagles.

Carter Sabol would lead Nokomis with 13 points, while also pulling in nine boards. Alex Tosetti backed Sabol with 11 points, 11 rebounds and four steals, while Evan Herpstreith dished out five assists to go along with ten points. 

Kendall Knodle and Nick Mascher also scored for Nokomis, with Knodle hitting a second quarter three and Mascher knocking down a free throw in the frame.


The victory came on the heels of a narrow 64-62 loss to Taylorville in overtime on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving on the Tornadoes' home court.

After falling behind 12-4 in the opening quarter, the Redskins scratched and clawed their way back into the contest, eventually taking a brief lead late in the fourth quarter.

The Skins shaved a point off the margin in the second quarter to make it 26-19 at halftime, then took off three more in the third quarter for a 39-35 score going into the fourth.

Nokomis would outscore the neighboring Tornadoes 18-14 in the final frame of regulation as they sent the contest to overtime, where Taylorville escaped with a two point win.

Carter Sabol would score 26 points and grab ten rebounds for Nokomis before fouling out, one of three Nokomis players to collect five fouls in the game.

Seth Johnson would add 11 points, while Alex Tosetti would have ten points and seven rebounds. Evan Herpstreith also had ten points, with Kendall Knodle (four) and Landon Engelman (one) also scored for Nokomis.


In their second game of the tournament, Nokomis fell to the Triad Knights of Troy by a 60-49 final score, but stuck with Knights point for point in the second half.

Triad would outscore Nokomis 13-5 in the first and 12-9 in the second to take a 25-14 lead into the locker room at the half. The Knights' Luke Cox would have 15 of his team's 25 points, en route to a team-best 22 for the game.

After a slow start, the Redskins would feed Carter Sabol in the second half as the senior forward stepped up his game and helped his team keep pace. Sabol scored 29 of his 31 points in the second half, netting 15 in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth. The 6'8" senior was a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line and hit a pair of threes to give the Redskins an inside-outside threat.

Sabol's success would be cancelled out in the final quarter by Triad's performance at the free-throw line as they hit 8-of-10 chances to remain in front.

Evan Herpstreith and Alex Tosetti would back Sabol with seven and six points, while Knedall Knodle (three) and Nick Mascher (two) also scored.

Nokomis will be back in action on Tuesday, Dec. 3, as they take on Okaw Valley in Bethany.

November 26 at Nokomis

Stove Top Stuffing Classic

Nokomis 5 9 17 18 49

Triad 13 12 17 18 60

Nokomis (49) - Carter Sabol 31, Evan Herpstreith 7, Alex Tosetti 6, Kendall Knodle 3, Nick Mascher 2. Totals: 18 10-14 49.

Triad (60) - Luke Cox 22, Wally Good 10, Nate Winslow 8, Michael Tentis 6, Cael Elmore 6, Sam Yager 4, Carson Milligan 2, Anthony Larue 2. Totals: 24 8-10 60.

Three-point field goals: Nokomis 3 - Sabol 2, Tosetti 1; Triad 4 - Cox 2, Tentis 2.

Records: Nokomis (0-2), Triad (1-0).

November 27 at Taylorville

Stove Top Stuffing Classic

Nokomis 4 15 16 18 9 62

Taylorville 12 14 13 14 11 64

Nokomis (62) - Carter Sabol 26, Seth Johnson 11, Evan Herpstreith 10, Alex Tosetti 10, Kendall Knodle 4, Landon Engelman 1. Totals: 21-49 16-27 62.

Taylorville (64) - Jase Berschneider 33, Rhayden Gideon 13, Wyatt Shirley 13, Sean Czajkowski 4, Karmen Heimsness 1. Totals: 21-46 16-26 64.

Three-point field goals: Nokomis 4-13 - Tosetti 2, Sbol 1, Knodle 1; Taylorville 6-25 - Bergschneider 3, Gideon 2, Shirley 1.

Records: Nokomis (0-3); Taylorville (2-1).

November 29 at Granite City

Stove Top Stuffing Classic

Nokomis 10 10 12 6 38

Civic Memorial 2 10 10 5 27

Nokomis (38) - Carter Sabol 13, Alex Tosetti 11, Evan Herpstreith 10, Kendall Knodle 3, Nick Mascher 1. Totals: 15-42 6-8 38.

Civic Memorial (27) - Trey Hall 14, Grant Lane 5, Alex Reams 4, Logan Turbyfill 2, Marcus Tuckson 2. Totals: 11-38 1-1 27.

Three-point field goals: Nokomis 2 - Tosetti 1, Knodle 1; Civic Memorial 4 - Hall 4.

Records: Nokomis (1-3); Civic Memorial (0-3).

Stove Top Stuffing Classic

Boys Basketball Tournament

Monday, November 25 (JV/Varsity)

• Granite City 57, Nokomis 43

• Taylorville 54, Civic Memorial 48

Tuesday, November 26 (JV/Varsity)

• Granite City 56, Taylorville 36

• Triad 60, Nokomis 49

Wednesday, November 27 (JV/Varsity)

• Triad 52, Civic Memorial 46

• Taylorville 64, Nokomis 62

At Granite City

Friday, November 29 (Varsity)

• Nokomis 38, Civic Memorial 27

• Granite City 54, Triad 45

Saturday, November 30 (Varsity)

• Triad 79, Taylorville 74

• Granite City 71, Civic Memorial 44


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