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

By Jon Walker

Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Missouri high school athlete of the week for Oct. 4-10. 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 nate@scorebooklive.com.

Javen Hall, Fort Osage football

Hall, a senior running back, totaled 190 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 33 carries during the Indians’ 35-21 win against Blue Springs South Oct. 8. He had two catches for 36 yards, too.

Allison Ding, Thomas Jefferson girls tennis

Ding, a sophomore, recorded a comeback win after taking a 6-3 loss in the first set to advance to the Class 1 tournament. She won the final two sets 7-5 and 10-4.

Armand Russell, Center (Kansas City) football

Despite a 42-41 loss to Odessa, the Center junior wideout snagged nine catches for 201 yards receiving and three touchdowns. All three of those figures are new season highs for Russell.

Emalee Lamar, Webb City softball

The junior, who plays third base, was 2-for-2 with a two-run home run in the first inning of the Cardinals’ 10-8 win against Rock Bridge Oct. 9.

Caleb Larson, Grain Valley football

During Grain Valley’s 45-7 win against William Chrisman in Week 7, the junior quarterback was 9-for-15 for 114 yards passing and three touchdowns. On the ground, Larson had 10 carries for 81 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Tyler Harris, Kickapoo boys cross country

Harris, a junior, finished the 5,000-meter run with a first-place time of 15 minutes, 52 seconds and 12 milliseconds at the 20th Annual Cedar Ridge Invitational Oct. 9. 

Emma Siron, Sacred Heart volleyball

Siron, a senior setter and outside hitter, had 26 kills and 20 digs despite a 2-1 loss to Stover Oct. 9. She averaged 8.7 kills per set to go along with 6.7 digs per set.

KJ Smith, Kearney football

During Kearney’s 49-8 win against Raytown South, the senior running back carried the ball 12 times for 225 yards rushing and five touchdowns. He averaged 18 yards per carry.

Isabel Chatfield, Raymore-Peculiar girls cross country

Chatfield, only a sophomore, ran the 5,000-meter race in 20 minutes, 34 seconds, 20 milliseconds. That time was good enough for first place in the large school division at the Butler Bear XC invitational Oct. 9 in Butler, Missouri.

Jordan Alexander, Richmond football

Alexander, a senior wide receiver, reeled in six catches for 102 yards receiving and two touchdowns during Richmond’s 38-2 win against Holden Oct. 8.

Ali Phillips, Eureka softball

Phillips, a senior outfielder, hit her first home run of her high school career during the first at-bat of Eureka’s 8-1 win against Marquette Oct. 5. She reached base three times throughout the 7-run triumph.

TJ Woodley, De Smet Jesuit football

The Spartans senior linebacker recorded three tackles, including one tackle for loss, and a sack during De Smet’s 28-14 win against Rockhurst in Week 7.

Cameron Williams, West Platte football

The senior running back tallied 83 yards rushing and two touchdowns on just seven carries during West Platte’s 54-14 win against rival North Platte in Week 7.

Gretchen House, Chadwick girls cross country

At the Buffalo Invitational Oct. 7 in Buffalo, Mo., House finished the 5,000-meter run in 20 minutes, 47 seconds and 28 milliseconds. The freshman’s finish was good enough for first place.

Grant Gibson, Fox football

During Fox’s 69-38 win against Hazelwood West in Week 7, the sophomore had three rushing touchdowns to go along with two passing. 

Mary Kathleen Beckemeier, Duchesne girls tennis

At the Class 1 Section 3 girls sectional tournament, the junior earned a place in the Class 1 final 16. After losing the first set 6-3, Beckemeier rallied to win the next two by scores of 6-1 and 11-9.

Romano Gines, Hazelwood West football

Gines, a senior running back, carried the ball 12 times for 261 yards and four touchdowns during the Wildcats’ loss to Fox in Week 7. He also had seven catches for 131 yards receiving, including a 46-yard touchdown to give him five total scores in the game. 

Cole Rickermann, Festus football

During Festus’ 35-32 win against Pacific Oct. 8, the senior quarterback was 9-for-12 for 264 yards passing and two touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 203.15.

Kyleigh Talbott, Lamar volleyball

During Lamar’s 3-1 win against Cassville Oct. 7, the senior tallied 31 kills on 60 attempts. Despite five hitting errors, Talbott finished hitting .520%. 

Jett Bridges, Park Hills Central football

Bridges, a senior quarterback, was 14-for-18 for 419 yards passing and five touchdowns during the Rebels’ 61-0 win against Fredericktown in Week 7.

Emily Powell, Midway volleyball

The senior setter had 25 digs — tied for a season high — and a match-high 41 assists during Midway’s 3-1 win against Adrian Oct. 7.

Gavin Marsh, Marquette football

During the Mustangs’ 34-14 win against Kirkwood, the junior wideout tallied four catches for 122 yards and touchdown. 

Shaun Wolfe, Fulton boys cross country

Wolfe, a senior, finished the 5,000-meter run with a first-place time of 17 minutes, 48 seconds and 60 milliseconds at the Frank Lemons Invitational Oct. 9 in Hannibal, Missouri.

Caden Arzola, Liberty North football

Arzola, a senior running back, carried the ball 17 times for 114 yards (6.7 yards/carry) and a season-high four touchdowns during the Eagles’ 38-35 win against Lee’s Summit North Oct. 8.

Shayla Lynn, Skyline volleyball

During Skyline’s 3-1 win against Clever Oct. 7, the junior outside hitter tallied six kills and a match-high 34 digs. 

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