Vote Now: Who should be SBLive’s Missouri high school athlete of the week?

Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Missouri high school athlete of the week for Aug. 30-Sept. 4. Read through the nominees and cast your vote. Voting will conclude Sunday at 11:59 p.m. If you would like to make a nomination in a future week, email 

Caleb Lind, Lutheran High School of St. Charles County boys cross country

Lind, a senior, finished the two-mile run in nine minutes and 45 seconds, good enough for a first-place finish at the Fleet Feet Classic Aug. 31 in Arnold, Missouri. 

Caleb Larson, Grain Valley football

In addition to being 4-of-5 for 45 yards passing, the junior quarterback tallied 149 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns on 12 carries during the Eagles’ 35-14 win against Oak Park in Week 2.

Laney Taylor, Webb City High School softball

The freshman pitcher tossed a complete game, which included six strikeouts, in her first career start en route to the Cardinals picking up a 5-4 win against Nevada Aug. 30. 

Garrett Smith, Platte County High School football

The Pirates junior defensive back recorded two interceptions during a 35-3 win against Kearney at home in Week 2. 

Sydney Dudulski, Carthage High School volleyball

The senior outside hitter tallied 18 kills on 30 attempts (60%) during the Spartans’ three-set sweep of St. Mary’s-Colgan Sept. 2. Dudulski finished the match with a .433 hitting percentage. 

Cayden Arzola, Liberty North High School football

Arzola, Liberty North’s senior running back, turned 16 carries for 167 yards and two touchdowns during the Eagles’ 44-13 win in Week 2 against crosstown rival Liberty. Arzola also averaged 10.4 yards per carry and had one reception for 32 yards. 

Mercedes Browder, Parkway Central High School volleyball

Browder, a senior hitter, recorded 26 kills on 53 attempts (49.1%) during the Colts’ five-set win against Webster Groves Sept. 2. She also added 19 digs.

Adepoju Adebawore, North Kansas City football

The junior defensive lineman terrorized St. Joe Central’s offense in Week 2, recording six tackles and four sacks. His performance propelled the Hornets to a 38-0 win against the Indians on the road. 

Cole Rickermann, Festus High School football

Despite a 12-0 loss to Sullivan, the Tigers senior quarterback was 12-of-13 for 262 yards passing and three touchdowns in Week 2.

Kinzie Woodside, East Buchanan High School volleyball

The Bulldogs junior libero recorded 34 digs in four sets (8.5 per set) during East Buchanan’s 3-1 win against reigning state champion Maryville Sept. 2. Woodside is averaging 5.8 digs per set so far this season. 

Jaron Saunders, Lafayette (St. Joseph) High School football

The Fighting Irish senior quarterback threw for 698 yards in Lafayette’s 50-21 win against Atchison in Week 2. Saunders’ broke the MSHSAA record for passing yards in a game, which was previously 665. 

Caden Cannon, O’Fallon High School golf

The senior finished 6-under a par 66 during the first round of the Southwestern Conference Boys Golf Tournament at Belk Park Golf Course Aug. 31. Cannon’s 6-under finish tied the school’s record, which was previously set in 2019. 

Julia Ray, MICDS girls cross country

Ray, a junior, finished the 5,000-meter run with a state-best time of 17 minutes, 52 seconds and 80 milliseconds at the Rick Weinheimer Cross Country Classic Sept. 4 in Columbus, Indiana.

Adam Dupont, Lindbergh High School football

Depont, a senior running back, used his legs to compile a statline that included 190 yards and four touchdowns on 22 carries during the Flyers’ 26-6 win against Lafayette (Wildwood) in Week 2. It marked Dupont’s second four-touchdown game in as many weeks. 

Maris Ollison, Versailles High School softball

Versailles’ season started Aug. 28, and at the time of publication, Ollison was 11-of-16 with five RBI, four doubles, a triple and a home run. The senior accomplished all of that within the program’s first five games, leading the Tigers to a 4-1 record. 

Kason Teale, Maryville High School boys soccer

The Spoofhounds sophomore midfielder netted five goals in the first half en route to Maryville’s 9-0 win against Cameron Aug. 30. Teale’s first-half performance forced a stoppage at halftime. 

Sydney Dudulski, Carthage High School volleyball

The senior outside hitter tallied 18 kills on 30 attempts (60%) during the Spartans’ three-set sweep of St. Mary’s-Colgan Sept. 2. Dudulski finished the match with a .433 hitting percentage. 

Shay Vestal, Liberty Christian Academy volleyball

Vestal, a junior, racked up 30 aces on 37 serve attempts (81%) during the Eagels’ 3-0 win against Fulton Aug. 31. She had four digs throughout the match, too. 

Landry Parnell, Cassville High School volleyball

Cassville’s program started the season Aug. 28 and, at the time of publication, has played 16 sets of volleyball. In that time, Parnell — a defensive specialist — has recorded 98 digs, good enough for 6.1 per set. The senior has received 100 serves, too.

Pedro Lucas, Gateway Legacy Christian Academy boys soccer

Lucas, a senior forward, scored five goals on seven shots (71%) during an 8-0 win against St. Louis Christian. It marked the first win of the season for the program.

Judah Venable, Blue Ridge Christian High School boys soccer

Despite a loss, the senior goalkeeper recorded 21 saves on 24 shots during Blue Ridge’s 3-1 loss to Glendale Sept. 1. Venable is averaging roughly 10 saves per game this season.

Ben Chance, Bowling Green High School boys cross country

The sophomore finished first in the 5,000-meter run at the 2021 Mexico Fall Invitational with a time of 17 minutes, 33 seconds and 39 milliseconds Sept. 4 in Mexico, Missouri. He finished 22 seconds earlier than second place. 

Elyse Wilmer, Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School girls cross country

Wilmer, a freshman, finished the 3,500-meter run with a time of 12 minutes, 55 seconds and 4 milliseconds Aug. 31 at the Salisbury 3500 in Salisbury, Missouri. Her time was good enough for a first-place finish. 

Cole Ruble, Seckman High School football

The junior quarterback carried the ball 21 times for 350 yards and four touchdowns during Seckman’s 49-15 win against Oakville in Week 2. Through the air, Ruble was 5-of-6 for 67 yards passing and a touchdown.

Kaesha Walter, Galena High School volleyball

Despite a loss, the sophomore middle hitter tallied 33 digs, 16 kills and six blocks in a five-set match against Greenfield Aug. 30. She received a match-high 31 serves, too.

Jack Mosh, St. Pius X High School football

The Warriors senior quarterback was 8-of-13 for 147 yards passing and three touchdowns during St. Pius’ 56-10 win Sept. 3 against St. Michael the Archangel Catholic. Mosh had six carries for 20 yards rushing, too.

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