It is now time to officially bring the 2018-19 high school sports season to a close with our annual St. Louis American Athletes of the Year in each sport.
Football (Large Schools): Kyren Williams (Vianney) – Record-setting performer who led Golden Griffins to the Class 5 state championship. He signed with Notre Dame.
Football (Small Schools): Isaiah Williams (Trinity) – Sensational quarterback who led Trinity to the Class 3 state championship. He has signed with Illinois.
Boys Soccer: Braden Johnson (Fort Zumwalt South) – Standout who scored 35 goals and led the Bulldogs to the Class 3 state championship.
Cross Country: Malik Stewart (Maplewood) – Junior standout who finished second at the Class 2 state championships. Stewart is also a district and sectional champion.
Girls Volleyball: Staciana Stock (Lafayette) – Senior outside hitter who led the Lancers to the Class 4 state championship game.
Golf: Parker Perry (MICDS) – A district and sectional champion who finished third at the Class 1 state championships.
Softball: Rylea Smith (Parkway North) – Standout outfielder who hit .526 with five home runs and 27 runs batted in. She has signed with Kentucky.
Field Hockey: Emma Opoku (Summit) – Standout goalie who earned Suburban Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors. She recorded 16 victories and nine shutouts.
Girls Tennis: Journee White (MICDS) – Talented young player who was a district and sectional champion in doubles. White advanced to Final Four of state tournament.
Boys Basketball: E.J. Liddell (Belleville West) – All-American who led the Maroons to back-to-back Illinois Class 4A state championships. He is headed to The Ohio State University.
Girls Basketball: Marissa Warren (Incarnate Word) – Talented guard who led the Red Knights to the Class 4 state championship. She has signed with DePaul.
Wrestling: Jacob Bullock (Cahokia) – Senior standout who finished with a 34-0 record and the Illinois Class 2A state championship. He signed with Old Dominion.
Boys Track: Justin Robinson (Hazelwood West) – All-American sprinter who led the Wildcats to the Class 5 state championship. Robinson is one of the best 400-meter dash performers in the world in his age group.
Girls Track: Alicia Burnett (Parkway North) – Standout sprinter who led the Vikings to the Class 4 state championship. Burnett won three gold medals at the state meet.
Boys Tennis: Chase Nwanu (MICDS) – Junior standout who finished in fourth place at the Class 1 state championships.
Baseball: Nick Moten (Westminster Christian) – Sophomore pitcher who had a 9-2 record and helped the Wildcats to a second-place finish in the Class 4 state tournament.
Girls Soccer: Aaliyah Brown (University City) – Big-time offensive player who scored 47 goals and had 15 assists for the Lions.
Boys Volleyball: Donovan Parker (St. Mary’s) – All-Conference performer who was among the area’s leaders with 215 kills.