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. 25-31. 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

Cayden Arzola, Liberty North football

Arzola, a senior running back, carried the ball 23 times for 150 yards and two touchdowns during the Eagles’ 34-31 win over Blue Springs.

Kayley Russell, Holt girls cross country

Russell was able to squeak out the first-place finish at the Class 5 District 3 meet Oct. 30 in Washington, Missouri, finishing in 19 minutes and 34 seconds — one second faster than second place. 

Mudia Reuben, Park Hill South football

During the Panthers’ 28-6 win over Blue Springs South, the senior wide receiver had five catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns.

Alyssa Nelson, Lafayette (Wildwood) volleyball

Despite a season-ending, five-set loss to Marquette Oct. 28, the sophomore setter had 56 kills and 16 digs. 

AJ Raines, Timberland football

The junior quarterback scored six total touchdowns, including five rushing, during a 50-13 win in the Class 6 District 6 quarterfinals.

Taylor Brown, Washington softball

Brown, a pitcher who is just a sophomore, struck out 13 batters en route to a two-hit shutout during Washington’s 11-0 win over Rolla in the Class 4 title game Oct. 29. 

Wentric Williams III, Liberty football

Williams was able to gash the defense during the Blue Jays’ 48-0 win over Columbia Rock Bridge, carrying the ball 15 times for 157 yards rushing and a season-high four touchdowns.

Claire Douglass, Villa Duchesne field hockey

Douglass, a senior goalkeeper, had four saves during a 2-0 win over MICDS in the title game of the Midwest Field Hockey Tournament. 

Espen Glenn, Harrisonville football

Glenn, a junior quarterback, had four total touchdowns during Harrisonville’s 51-15 win over Grandview. He was 5-of-6 for 96 yards passing and a score to go along with five carries for a yard and three rushing touchdowns. 

Riley McGovern, Lee’s Summit West softball

The senior hit a one-out, first-pitch, walk-off single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to give the Titans a 6-5 win over Francis Howell Central and the Class 5 crown.

Trystan Brightman, Lawson football

Brightman accounted for all five of Lawson’s touchdowns in a 36-35 upset win over Pembroke HIll. The senior was 3-of-4 for 19 yards passing and a touchdowns, and he also had 28 carries for 181 yards rushing and four scores.

Jag Galapin, Maryville boys cross country

The senior finished with a first-place time of 17 minutes and 24 seconds at the Class 3 District 4 meet Oct. 30 in St. Joseph, Missouri. He led the charge for a Maryville boys team that claimed the top three spots of the meet. 

Dillon Zaun, St. Michael the Archangel football

Zaun shredded the secondary in a 45-20 win over Lexington, going 15-of-22 for 196 yards passing and three touchdowns. He also punted twice for 84 yards. 

Andi Siebeneck, Blair Oaks softball

The senior pitcher improved to 21-1 this season after dealing nine strikeouts during a 4-0 win over Sullivan in the Class 3 semifinals Oct. 30.

Addison Beagle, Liberty North volleyball

During a 3-2 loss to Lee’s Summit West Oct. 30, the senior setter had her second-highest assist total this season with 53. She also had 14 digs throughout the five-set thriller. 

Tre Baker, Lee’s Summit North football

The senior quarterback had one of the best performances throughout the state in the first round of district play, going 15-of-19 for 213 yards passing and six touchdowns during a 56-14 win over Ozark.

Baylee Russ, Midway volleyball

Russ was a key part in Midway’s 3-0 win over Osceola Oct. 28, having 22 kills while hitting at a clip of .400%. The senior middle hitter only had four errors on 45 attempts.

Dayne Wimberly, Platte County football

The junior wideout was the difference during a 38-17 win over St. Joseph Central, reeling in three touchdowns catches for 93 yards on just three receptions.

Red Heath, Principia boys cross country

At the Class 2 District 1 meet Oct. 20 in Ironton, the senior captured first place with a winning time of 16 minutes, 49 seconds and 91 milliseconds. He finished 12 seconds ahead of second place. 

Cameron Williams, West Platte football

Williams, a junior running back, had a career-best performance when he carried the ball 27 times for 248 yards rushing and four touchdowns en route to a 39-0 win over Wellington-Napoleon.

Carly Glendinning, Timberland volleyball

Despite a 3-2 loss to Hickman Oct. 25, the senior outside hitter had 24 kills while hitting .380%. She only had five errors on 50 hitting attempts. 

Chase Porter, North Kansas City football

Porter, a sophomore wide receiver, had three total touchdowns during the Hornets’ 49-20 win over William Chrisman in Week 10. He caught five passes for 99 yards receiving and two scores to go along with four carries for 51 yards rushing and a touchdown.

Riley Bryan, Smithton girls cross country

The junior finished roughly a minute and a half ahead of second place at the Class 1 District 3 meet Oct. 30 in Linn, Missouri, finishing the 5,000-meter run in 18 minutes, 54 seconds and 64 milliseconds. 

Drake Cole, Kearney football

The senior defensive back was a key part in shutting down Winnetonka’s offense in Week 10, intercepting two passes en route to the Bulldogs’ 35-13 win over the Griffins. 

Jadyn Foster, Skyline volleyball

The senior had 34 digs and received 11 serves during Skyline’s 3-0 win over Liberty (Mountain View) Oct. 30 to keep their season alive. 

Eric Ohmer, Mehlville football

En route to Mehlville’s first postseason win since 2013, the senior had 198 yards rushing for two touchdowns. He also had an interception while playing defense. 

Nate Reynolds, Harrisonville football

The senior running back ran for 235 yards and a touchdown during the Wildcats’ 51-15 win over Grandview.

Tiave Watts, St James Academy football

The running back ran wild during a 56-22 win over Louisburg, going off for 161 yards and three touchdowns. 

Travon Johnson, Raytown football

During a 42-0 win over Truman last week, the running back popped off for 108 yards rushing and two touchdowns. 

KJ Smith, Kearney football

During a 35-6 win over Winnetonka, the senior running back had 131 yards rushing and two touchdowns. 

Caleb Cole, Logan-Rogersville football

The running back did everything during Week 10, running for 91 yards and a touchdown while recording 12 tackles and returning an interception for a touchdown. 

Cole Feuerbacher, Glendale football

Feuerbacher shredded the defense in a Week 10 win over Waynesville, throwing for 338 yards and four touchdowns. 

Nick Ortinau, Francis Howell Central football

Ortinau, a quarterback, threw for 388 yards passing and two touchdowns in a 49-0 win over Hazelwood East. 

Brennan Wilson, Fort Zumwalt East football

The running back had a season-best performance when he rushed for 283 yards and four touchdowns during Week 10. 

Cole Rubel, Seckman football

Ruble terrorized the opposing front-seven during a 38-12 win over Fox, rushing for 226 yards and two touchdowns.

Dominic Voegele, Columbia football

Dominic, a running back, rushed for 169 yards and two scores despite a 49-13 loss to Sacred Heart-Griffin.

Tank Billings, Timberland football

During a 50-13 win over Pattonville, Billings caught three passes for 124 yards and a touchdown.

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