It has been quite a weekend for young Hazelwood West track and field standout Justin Robinson.
Robinson was one of the many athletes from the St. Louis area to compete in the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Bloomington, Indiana. After completing his sophomore year in high school, what Robinson accomplished at this meet was nothing short of phenomenal.
Competing against a field of primarily college athletes, Robinson finished fourth in the 400-meter dash and posted a sizzling time of 46.2 seconds. It was the fastest time in the open 400 ever recorded by a high school athlete in the state of Missouri. In the prelims the previous day, Robinson turned in a time of 46.53 seconds.
With his fourth place finish, Robinson qualified for next month’s IAAF World U20 Championships in Finland. Robinson earned a spot on the USA’s 4x400-meter relay team.
Robinson completed a tremendous sophomore season at Hazelwood West by winning the Class 5 state championship in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. He also finished third in the 100.
Liddell Shines at NBPA Camp
Belleville West boys’ basketball standout E.J. Liddell enjoyed a tremendous weekend at last week’s National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The 6’7” Liddell was selected to the All Top 100 Camp team after averaging 14.4 points and five rebounds during the camp. Liddell was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Illinois after leading the Maroons to the Class 4A state championship, the first in the school’s history.
Liddell was also named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Illinois and the St. Louis American Co-Player of the Year. He is ranked among the top 50 players in the country in the Class of 2019.
Brad Beal Elite qualifies for Peach Jam
Congratulations go out to the Brad Beal Elite 17U boys’ basketball team for qualifying for the prestigious Nike Peach Jam, which is the top summer grassroots basketball tournament in the country. The Peach Jam will be held from July 11-15 in North Augusta, South Carolina. Brad Beal Elite qualified by finishing with an 11-5 record in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL).
The team consists of many of the top players from the St. Louis metro area, including E.J. Liddell (Belleville West), T.J. Hargrove (East St. Louis), Mario McKinney (Vashon), Keyyaun Batchman (Chaminade), Yuri Collins (St. Mary’s) and Josh Wallace (CBC). Also on the team from outside the STL are Myles Moody (N. Little Rock, Arkansas), Francis Okoro (Bloomington, Illinois) and Zion Harmon (Adair County, Kentucky).
Brad Beal Elite’s 17U team is led by head coach Corey Frazier, who is also the coach at John Burroughs School. Frazier led BBE to a Final Four appearance at the Peach Jam last year.
Pat McCaw gets another ring
Congratulations to St. Louisan Patrick McCaw on getting another NBA championship ring as a member of the Golden State Warriors. Last season, McCaw played a strong role in the Warriors’ championship clinching Game 5 with a strong performance off the bench.
This season, his role in the playoffs was limited, but the fact that he was present for the Finals was a true blessing. On March 31, McCaw suffered a scary back injury when he was undercut by veteran Vince Carter of the Sacramento Kings. Luckily, there was no neurological damage and McCaw was able to recover in time to be re-activated to the roster for the last stage of the playoffs.