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Vote now: Who should be SBLive's Missouri High School Athlete of the Week (Feb. 20-25)?

Here are the candidates for SBLive's Missouri High School Athlete of the Week as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff
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Here are the candidates for SBLive's Missouri High School Athlete of the Week for Feb. 20-25 as nominated by fans, readers and SBLive’s staff.

Read through the nominees and cast your vote at the bottom of the page. Voting will conclude on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. and the winner will be announced the following week. If you would like to nominate an athlete in the future, please email


Editor’s Note: Our Athlete of the Week feature and corresponding poll is intended to be fun, and we do not set limits on how many times a fan can vote during the competition. However, we do not allow votes that are generated by script, macro or other automated means. Athletes that receive votes generated by script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified.

Collin Arch, Palmyra boys wrestling

He capped his career with four state titles at the Class 1 level, winning the 150-pound title with four pins — all in 1:36 or less — to finish 52-1 this year.

Jay Ball, Thomas Jefferson Independent boys basketball

The 6-foot-7 senior posted a double-double in the Class 1 District 7 championship game with 25 points and 17 rebounds in a 57-47 win over Golden City.

Jay Baxter, Stockton boys basketball

Tallied 25 points and 14 rebounds in a Class 3 District 12 loss to Southwest (Washburn) and finished his high school career with more than 1,500 points.

Ki Bogan, Cape Girardeau Central girls basketball

She reached the 1,000-point milestone against Cape Girardeau Notre Dame on Wednesday on a free throw.

Jobe Bryant, Central Park Hills boys basketball

The standout junior guard surpassed the 1,700-point mark this week for the Rebels in a game on Friday.

Christopher Coates, Liberty boys wrestling

The Purdue commit went 4-0 to claim the Class 4 138-pound title at the MSHSAA wrestling championships — his third state title.

Kael Combs, Nixa boys basketball

Helped the Eagles finish the regular season undefeated conference champions and surpassed the 1,500-point mark, only the fourth Eagle to do so in program history.

Justin Duff, De Smet boys basketball

Broke the school's all-time career 3-point record as Duff hit No. 154 on Tuesday, passing the mark held by former NBA player Blake Ahearn, who had 153 from 1999-2003.

Jaylen Edwards, Principia boys basketball

In a district game, the freshman scored 31 points, while grabbing five rebounds and recording two blocks in a 76-37 win over Valley.

Laney Halley, Iberia girls basketball

The Jefferson College softball signee guided the Rangers to a district basketball with two upsets. She tallied 23 points in a 57-43 win over Crocker in the Class 2 District 9 finals on Saturday.

Isaia Howard, Plattsburg boys basketball

The 6-5 junior became the Tigers’ all-time leading scorer on Thursday, hitting 1,847 career points.

Tyler King, Parkway West boys basketball

Tallied a game-high 24 points and hit four 3-pointers in a 70-45 win over Parkway North on Tuesday.

Maddie Kubicki, Park Hill South girls wrestling

Capped off a stellar high school career with a 157-0 record and four state titles, the first three coming in Class 1.

Gavin Linsman, Liberty boys wrestling

The transfer from Whitfield won his first title with the Blue Jays with a 4-0 march in the Class 4 144-pound division, including an 18-3 tech fall win in the finals.

DJ Long, Mexico boys basketball

The junior hit the 1,000-point mark in a 62-42 win against Hannibal on Thursday.

Cole Nichols, Dexter boys basketball

He scored a game-high 34 points in a 82-65 win over Cape Girardeau Notre Dame on Tuesday.

Brady Nicholson, Ash Grove boys basketball

The 6-4 junior broke the school single-season record with 704 points, besting a mark set by Shane Nicholson.

Natalie Penning, Marceline girls basketball

Helped the Tigers pick up a 55-43 win over Trenton in the Class 3 District 16 tournament with 25 points. 

AJ Rallo, Whitfield boys wrestling

Between Class 1 and Class 3, the senior won four state championships and ended with a Class 138-pound title on Saturday, outscoring foes 24-0 in his last three matches.

Grace Slaughter, Grain Valley girls basketball

She surprised the 2,500-point mark in a game on Tuesday and according to the MSHSAA record book, the Mizzou recruit is the new all-time leader.

Eddie Smajic, Vianney boys basketball

The freshman scored a game-high 28 points in an 81-64 win over De Smet on Friday.

Jiyani Thompson, Raytown South girls basketball

Recorded what was believed to be the first triple-double in the Lady Cardinals’ history with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a win on Thursday, a 73-54 win against St. Michael the Archangel.

Haley Ward, Fort Osage girls wrestling

Ward won the Missouri Class 2 championship at 155 pounds for her fourth state title and finished her senior season at 51-0. Ward went 172-1 over her four years (52-0 as a junior, 33-1 as a sophomore and 36-0 as a freshman). 

Marlie Wright, Greenfield girls basketball

Tallied 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a 50-39 win over Walnut Grove in a district title game on Saturday. In a 69-40 semifinal win over Dadeville, she had 31 points. In addition, she became the school’s all-time scoring leader, passing the 1,694 points Caitlin Shouse had from 2003-2006.

Whitfield's Tete Nelson voted SBLive's Missouri High School Athlete of the Week (Feb. 13-18)

Previous winners: St. Pius X-KC's Kate Sell (Feb. 6-11), Versailles' Ryder Williams (Jan. 30-Feb. 4), Branson's Kyshin Isringhausen (Jan. 23-28), Hannibal's Tristen Essig (Jan. 16-21), Liberty North's Avery True (Jan. 9-14), Timberland's Izzy Ackley (Jan. 2-7), St. Michael the Archangel's Victoria Swingle (Dec. 26-31), Lutheran North's Bryce Spiller (Dec. 19-24), Springfield Glendale's Reilly Heman (Dec. 12-17), Monett's Blaine Salsman (Dec. 5-10), East Buchanan's Trevor Klein (Nov. 28-Dec. 4), Reeds Spring's James Dowdy (Nov. 21-26), Reeds Spring's Caden Wiest (Nov. 14-19), Pleasant Hill's Dylan Kauffman (Nov. 7-12), Westminster Christian's Emma Fairchild, Seckman's Cole Ruble (Oct. 24-29), Fatima's Taylor Baumhoer (Oct. 17-22), Jasper's Juan Rivera (Oct. 10-15), Kirkwood's Deion Brown (Oct. 3-8), Parkway North's Zyan Royal (Sept. 26-Oct. 1), Liberty North's Ella Hayes (Sept. 19-24), North Platte's Colton Kirkham (Sept. 12-17), Truman's Freddie Sheppard (Sept. 4-10), Hannibal's Aneyas Williams (Aug. 29-Sept. 3) and Truman's Cecilia Mora (Aug. 22-28).

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