E.J. Liddell

Belleville West's E.J. Liddell reacts after scoring against Evanston in the 4A state championship at Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois in March of 2019. Liddell led Belleville West to back-to-back Illinois Class 4A state championships.

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.

St. Louis American Sports Director

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