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

Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Missouri high school athlete of the week for Sept. 27-Oct. 3. 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

Hunter Bailey, Adrian football

Bailey, a sophomore running back, carried the ball 23 times for 242 yards rushing and two touchdowns en route to the Blackhawks beating Crest Ridge 21-14 in Week 6. 

Ashley Ware, Parkway South softball

During Parkway South’s 12-1 win against Parkway North Oct. 1, the junior pitcher only allowed three hits. Along with that, she hit a grand slam in the sixth inning. 

Tyler Lininger, Liberty football

The Blue Jay senior quarterback was 14-for-18 for 396 yards passing and four touchdowns during Liberty’s 59-30 win against Columbia Rock Bridge in Week 6. He also had three carries for 12 yards rushing.

Sophia Leach, Greenville girls cross country

Leach, just a sophomore, finished the 5,000-meter run with a first-place time of 23 minutes, 57 seconds and 32 milliseconds at the East Carter Invitational Oct. 2 in Ellsinore, Missouri. Leach finished more than a minute before second place. 

Mason Rumsey, Lafayette County football

During Lafayette County’s 39-0 win against Holden in Week 6, the senior wideout reeled in four catches for 142 yards receiving and two touchdowns. 

Emilee Stoneking, Sherwood volleyball

Throughout 15 sets of action at the Neosho Tournament Oct. 2, the senior libero and defensive specialist recorded 121 digs (8.06 digs/set). 

KJ Smith, Kearney football

The senior running back totaled 153 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 23 carries during the Bulldogs’ 42-14 win over Winnetonka Oct. 1. He averaged 6.4 yard per carry.

Isaiah Mozee, Lee’s Summit North football

Mozee, a freshman wideout, had four catches for 113 yards receiving and two touchdowns during the Broncos’ 35-0 win against Blue Springs in Week 6. 

Stephen Saladin, SLUH boys soccer

Saladin, a senior, netted three goals during the Junior Billikens’ 4-2 win against Fort Zumwalt South Oct. 2 in the title game of the Junior Billiken Classic.

Joe Leggio, Rockhurst football

During Rockhurst’s 21-10 win over Lee’s Summit West Oct. 1, the senior fullback/running back carried the ball 33 times for 219 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He had a catch for 1 yard, too.

Baylee Russ, Midway volleyball

At the Bishop LeBlond Invitational Oct. 2, the senior middle hitter led Midway to a 5-1 record with 73 kills across 12 sets (6.08 kills/set). 

Blake Heiman, Odessa football

The Bulldog senior running back racked up 141 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries during Odessa’s 40-0 win against Warrensburg in Week 6.

Kyle Hagemeyer, Calvary Lutheran boys cross country

Hagemeyer, a junior, finished the 5,000-meter run with a first-place time of 17 minutes, 46 seconds and 67 seconds at the Calvary Invitational Oct. 2 in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Melvin Laster, Liberty North football

Laster, a sophomore linebacker, recorded six total tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss during the Eagles’ 42-3 win against Park HIll Oct. 1.

Emerson Walter, Platte County volleyball

Walter, a senior setter, tallied 73 total assists during seven sets of volleyball last week. She tied her season-high with 41 despite a 3-1 loss to St. Pius X Sept. 27, and followed that with 32 in a 3-0 sweep over Pembroke Hill Sept. 29.

Carson Smith, Oak Grove football

The senior running back took 25 carries and turned those into 146 yards rushing and four touchdowns during Oak Grove’s Week 6, 34-27 win against Pleasant Hill.

Kayley Russell, Holt girls cross country

Russell, a sophomore, finished the 5,000-meter run with a first-place time of 18 minutes and 35 seconds at the Mike Spoede Warrenton Invitational Oct. 1. Russell finished 46 seconds ahead of second place.

Jack Ardito, Raymore Peculiar football

Ardito, a senior, tallied three tackles and two interceptions during the Panthers’ 36-24 win against Blue Springs South in Week 6.

Harlee Olson, Central (St. Joseph) softball

During the Indians’ 6-3 win against conference foe Park Hill South Sept. 29, the freshman hit a two-run home run, her fifth this season.

Zhamari Gray, Raytown football

The Blue Jay senior running back recorded a season-high 200 yards rushing on 11 carries to go along with four touchdowns during Raytown’s 43-13 win against Belton in Week 6.

Enzley Dinkins, South Iron volleyball

Dinkins, a sophomore, had 12 digs, 11 assists and three kills during South Iron’s 2-1 win over Saxony Lutheran Oct. 2.

Cade Chappell, Savannah football

During the Savages’ 51-23 win against Cameron last week, the sophomore running back tallied 342 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 23 carries. He had two catches four 15 yards, too.

Dawson McCown, Montgomery County boys cross country

Out of 50 runners at the North Callaway XC Invite Oct. 2 in Kingdom City, Missouri, the senior finished the 5,000-meter run in 16 minutes, 35 seconds and 44 milliseconds. McCown’s time was good enough for first place and was 52 seconds faster than second place. 

Lucas McAllister, Christian Brothers football

En route to CBC shutting down the offense of St. Thomas Aquinas, the junior defensive back recorded 10 total tackles. CBC defeated Aquinas 42-7 in Week 6.

Malerie Sharp, Gideon volleyball

During Gideon’s 3-0 win against Campbell Oct. 1, the senior setter set a new season high with 36 assists. She had 63 attempts to do so, too, meaning she capitalized on 57% of the opportunities.

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