Congratulations to Cameron volleyball star Avery McVicker for being voted SBLive’s Missouri High School Athlete of the Week for Sep. 13-19!
Throughout 10 total sets last week at the Lathrop Tournament, the senior outside hitter had 41 kills while adding five serving aces and 37 digs to lead the Dragons to a 5-0 outing.
McVicker received 53.12% of the vote, beating out Lafayette (St. Joseph)’s Jaron Saunders who finished second with 32.06%. St. Pius X Lancers’ Nate Rubel finished third with 11.22% and Park Hill South’s James Williams finished fourth with 2.95%. There were over 18,000 votes tallied this week!
Here are the other athletes who were nominated for Sep. 13-19:
Kendrick Bell, Park HIll football
Bell, a junior, did it all for the Trojans in their 50-0 win against Blue Springs in Week 4. He was 22-of-29 for 191 yards passing and four touchdowns, and he also had 13 carries for 42 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Lilian Jackson, St. Charles West girls cross country
Jackson, a senior, finished the 5,000-meter run with a first-place time of 20 minutes and 28 seconds at the Paul Enke Invitational Sept. 18 in St. Louis.
Aiden Walker, Warrensburg football
Despite a 26-21 loss to Harrisonville in Week 4, Walker compiled a game-high 16 total tackles for Warrensburg’s defense.
Alexander Barta, Harrisonville boys cross country
Barta, a junior, had a first-place finish in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18 minutes, 29 seconds and 99 milliseconds at the Clinton XC Invite Sept. 18 in Clinton, Missouri.
KJ Smith, Kearney football
During Kearney’s 35-0 win against Ruskin in Week 4, Smith took 23 carries and turned those into 282 yards rushing and four touchdowns. The senior running back had two catches for 19 yards and a touchdown, too.
Max Gilliland, Althoff boys soccer
Gilliland, a sophomore, netted two goals to power Althoff to a 2-0 win against St. Mary’s in the Alton Marquette Shootout Sept. 18.
James Williams, Park Hill South football
Williams, a senior defensive end, tallied 18 tackles during the Panthers’ 88-42 win against William Chrisman. He had four sacks and eight tackles for loss against the Bears.
Devin Blayney, Lee’s Summit North football
The senior wideout reeled in seven catches for 61 yards and three touchdowns during the Broncos’ 41-14 win against Ray-Pec.
Ava Kuzara, Timberland softball
Kuzara, a sophomore center fielder, recorded three stolen bases and scored all three runs during Timberland’s 3-0 win against Francis Howell Sept. 16.
Emmett Sullivan, West Platte football
During the Blue Jays’ 39-0 win against Lawson last week, Sullivan had 147 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 22 carries.
Paige Durham, Willard volleyball
Durham, a senior outside hitter, was able to record 19 kills during Willard’s 3-1 win against Glendale Sept. 13. She got a kill on 46.3% of her total attempts.
Jaron Saunders, Lafayette (St. Joseph) football
In a 56-49 win against Savannah last week, Saunders was 25-of-38 for 345 yards and five touchdowns. The senior quarterback had 37 yards rushing and a touchdown on eight carries, too.
Grace Nicholl, Winfield volleyball
The senior outside hitter did a little bit of everything for Winfield despite a 3-1 loss to Orchard Farm Sept. 16. Nicholl recorded five kills, a serving ace, 18 blocks, five digs and an assist.
Dayshawn Welch, Park HIlls Central football
During Park Hills Central’s 70-0 win against Cuba last week, Welch carried the ball six times for 168 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
Mia Rallo, St. Joseph’s girls golf
Rallo, a senior, inked a new personal best — 66, which was four under par — to win the Angel Classic girls golf tournament by five strokes at The Quarry at Crystal Springs Golf Club Sept. 16.
Deion Brown, Kirkwood football
During the Pioneers’ 20-7 win against Ladue last week, Brown tallied 144 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 27 carries. He’s now scored 11 touchdowns through four weeks this season.
Grace Buschling, Clark County girls cross country
At the Running Raider Invite Sept. 14, Buschling finished the three-mile run in 19 minutes, 54 seconds and 80 milliseconds. The senior finished in third place, just two places behind one of the best girls runners in Illinois — Anna Schuering.
Nate Rubel, St. Pius X Lancers football
Rubel, a senior linebacker, did a little bit of everything during the Lancers’ 24-20 win against Jefferson last week. He tallied 11 tackles on defense to go along with 53 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 20 carries on offense. He had one reception for 18 yards, too.
Peyton Sumpter, New Haven volleyball
Throughout eight sets at the New Haven Round Robin Sept. 18, Sumpter tallied 47 total digs. The senior libero received 39 serves, too, while leading New Haven to a 2-1-1 record.
Romano Gines, Hazelwood West football
Despite a 55-26 loss to Oakville last week, Gines was able to compile 153 yards rushing and a touchdown on six carries, along with 95 yards receiving and two touchdowns on three catches.
Luke Gall, Carthage football
Gall, a junior running back, accounted for four touchdowns — including three in the first quarter — during Carthage’s 42-14 win against Webb City in Week 4.
Rylee Jenkins, Rock Port volleyball
Despite a 3-1 loss to St. Joseph Christian, the sophomore middle hitter hit 50% for 15 kills at the Nodaway Holt Invitational Sept. 18 in Graham, Missouri.
Jake Ellis, Triad boys soccer
During Triad’s 4-0 win against Civic Memorial, the senior midfielder recorded two goals. Ellis’ efforts helped Triad win its 30th straight game against Civic Memorial, dating back to October 2007.
Daelan Ackley, El Dorado boys cross country
Ackley, a senior, finished the 5,000-meter run in 15 minutes, 10 seconds and 67 milliseconds to take first place at the Missouri Southern HS Stampede Sept. 18. He finished 12 seconds ahead of second place.