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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. 23-28.
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Here are the candidates for SBLive’s Missouri high school athlete of the week for Aug. 23-28. 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

Wentric D. Williams, Liberty High Schoolfootball

The Blue Jays senior running back compiled 295 yards (9.21 ypc) rushing and three touchdowns on 32 carries during Liberty’s 43-42 Week 1 win in overtime against Blue Springs.. 

Raven Probert, Carthage High School, volleyball

The Tigers junior setter tallied 106 assists during an eight-game outing at the Bentonville Early Bird Volleyball Classic Aug. 28. Probert nabbed 44 of those assists in a two-game span. 

Landon Gardner, Bishop LeBlond High School football

Gardner accounted for five touchdowns during LeBlond’s Week 1 win against Pattonsburg. His three rushing and two passing scores led the Eagles to a 70-20 win against the Panthers. 

Annica Luebbering, Helias High School, volleyball

Luebbering, a senior defensive specialist for the Crusaders, totaled 20 digs during Helias’ 2-1 win against Central (Springfield) at the Branson Invitational Aug. 28. She averaged 5.1 digs per set throughout the Crusaders’ six games. 

Evan Overstreet, Joplin High School football

The senior safety nabbed a game-high 15 tackles during the Eagles’ 41-40 win against Webb City in Week 1. He added a forced fumble, in addition to his seven solo tackles. 

Johnny Petruso, St. Dominic High School soccer

Petruso scored the only goal during the Crusaders’ 1-0 victory against Vianney Aug. 28. The freshman didn’t start, but was subbed in before eventually hitting a 12-footer in the 60th minute.

Kameron Gillespie, McCluer High School football

Gillespie, a senior wideout, had three touchdowns receptions to go along with a rushing touchdown during the Comets’ 60-18 win against McCluer North in Week 1. On six touches, Gillespie amassed 167 yards of total offense and four scores. 

Briggs Bartosh, Park Hill South High School football

Bartosh rushed for 208 yards and two touchdowns during the Panthers’ 42-14 win against Platte County in Week 1. The junior running back did all of that on a mere 15 carries. 

Emma Caplinger, Timberland High School softball

The senior ace struck out seven batters and only allowed two hits during the Wolves’ 4-3 win against Warrenton in the opening round of the Troy Lead Off Classic. 

Reco Jenkins, Holden High School football

The sophomore running back dashed for five touchdowns and 116 yards on 14 carries during the Eagles’ Week 1 win against Sherwood.

Caden Crooker, Northwest/Sacred Heart High School football

Crooker, a junior linebacker, tallied 17 tackles during a Week 1 win against Braymer. In addition, he had two sacks in the 64-20 point blowout. 

Brooke Dryden, Barstow High School volleyball

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Dryden put together eight kills on nine attempts to go along with six blocks during Barstow’s 2-0 sweep of University Academy Charter Aug. 28 in the Van Horn Tournament. 

Rolen Sanderson, College Heights Christian High School soccer

Sanderson’s two goals helped push College Heights past Laquey Aug. 28. The sophomore’s pair of shots was the difference in the 3-2 win. 

Danika Wattenbarger, St. Joseph Christian High School volleyball

Wattenbarger, a sophomore setter, served four aces during the Lions’ 3-1 win against Benton Aug. 28. She also compiled 31 assists across the four sets. 

Gavin O’Boyle, Rockhurst High School football

Despite a 20-14 loss in Week 1, the Hawkletes wideout grabbed six catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. O’Boyle’s one-handed touchdown grab was good enough to land at No. 4 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays on ESPN. 

Devon Speakman, Excelsior Springs High School football

The senior defensive lineman had 6 ½ solo tackles, including three tackles for loss and a sack during the Tigers’ 21-6 win against Savannah in Week 1.

Jill McDaniels, Joplin High School softball

Last weekend at the Branson/Aurora Softball Bash, the junior ace dealt two complete games — both wins — and only surrendered six hits and two earned runs. She struck out 12 batters while pitching 11 innings. 

Jace Reynolds, Harrisonville High School football 

The Wildcats senior running back tallied a game-high 358 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 24 carries during Harrisonville’s 38-37 Week 1 win against Wayne Hills, NJ. Reynolds’ performance was good enough for almost 15 yards per carry.

Seth Aholt, Crosspoint Christian High School soccer

In Crosspoint’s 8-0 win against Mississippi Valley Christian Aug. 24, Aholt scored three goals on nine shots. Six of the senior midfielder’s shots were on goal. 

Trent Taylor West Platte High School football

Taylor, a senior receiver and safety, reeled in four catches for 109 yards during the Bluejays’ 42-27 win against Lone Jack in Week 1. Two of his four catches were for touchdowns. 

Jamarion Price, Hazelwood Central High School football 

The Hawks extended their winning streak against rival Hazelwood East with a 48-0 win in Week 1, mostly due to Price’s efforts in the run game, which included three touchdowns. 

Anna Harrold, Lawson High School volleyball

To start the outside hitter’s junior campaign, Harrold compiled a hitting percentage of .460 during the Cardinals’ five-game outing at the KCI Tournament. Harrold’s 31 kills led Lawson to a 5-0 record before the first week of the regular season. 

Kevin Coleman Jr., St. Mary’s High School football

Coleman Jr., who is listed on the Dragons’ roster at receiver, primarily played quarterback during a 33-20 win against Lutheran North in Week 1. The senior passed for two touchdowns in addition to the rushing touchdown he had. 

Sofie Kerby, Heartland High School volleyball

Despite a loss, Kerby tallied 10 blocks during the Mustangs’ Aug. 20 matchup with Faith Christian Academy. She also had six kills and three digs..

Rachel Ladd, Parkway Central High School volleyball

Ladd, a junior setter, recorded 45 total assists during a five-set span across two matches in a tournament before the regular season started. At the time of publication, Ladd had completed five matches and 11 sets, in which she compiled 86 assists.