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Vote: Who should be SBLive's Missouri High School Athlete of the Week (10/2/2023)?

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 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.

Connor Adams, Cape Notre Dame boys soccer

The junior midfielder had a hat trick in a 6-1 win over St. Pius X (Festus) on Tuesday, helping the Bulldogs snap a three-game losing streak.

Iris Alvarez, Savannah girls tennis

The senior claimed her third straight Midland Empire Conference championship on Wednesday.

Cailyn Auffert, Maryville girls golf

Less than a week after breaking the school record at the Chillicothe golf course, Auffert won the Midland Empire Conference championship for the second year in a row and helped the Spoofhounds win the team title by 66 shots.

Dominic Bartoni, CBC boys soccer

Bartoni had a hat trick – his second of the season – and added an assist in a 6-1 win at Edwardsville (Ill.) on Saturday. The Cadets’ senior forward has 11 goals this season after scoring 18 as a junior.

Kayla Beam, Bishop LeBlond softball

The senior struck out 29 batters in a 2-1 loss in 14 innings in a Midland Empire Conference game on Tuesday. It is the sixth-most strikeout in an extra-inning game in MSHSAA history.

Steven Becvar, Father Tolton boys soccer

After his brother Austin tied the game against Hickman, the senior scored the game-winning goal after a throw-in in the 58th minute. That helped the Trailblazers win, 2-1, against the Kewpies.

Charlie Blondin, Warrenton football

The senior quarterback set a new single-game school record for passing yardage after completing 22 of 36 passes for 414 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-21 win at Union.

Kaitlyn Booker, Poplar Bluff girls tennis

On Thursday she claimed the Class 2 District 1 meet, she beat Carolyn Argana of St. Pius X Festus to win the singles championship. It was the second year in a row Booker won that crown.

Lorin Boutte, Francis Howell softball

The Miami (Ohio) pledge struck out 14 in a one-hitter against Eureka on Monday. Then she threw her second perfect game of the season, striking out seven in the process, in a 2-0 win over Troy Buchanan on Thursday.

Audrey Carlton, Ozark softball

The junior hit a pair of home runs and drove in seven runs as the Tigers beat Webb City, 13-6, in a Central Ozark Conference game on Tuesday. One of the two home runs was a grand slam.

Carlie Cisneros, Liberty North girls volleyball

In a showdown of two premier Kansas City teams, the Arizona pledge had 25 kills as the Eagles won 3-2 against Liberty.

Kylie Clark, East Buchanan girls volleyball

The senior moved into second all-time in school history with 1,650 assists in a 3-0 win over Hamilton Penney in a KCI Conference clash on Thursday.

Maggie Collins, Platte Valley softball

The Northwest Missouri State basketball commit was 4-for-4 with two home runs in a 7-4 win over Northeast Nodaway on Tuesday, securing the 275 Conference title. Collins was batting .563 on the season entering the game.

Emma Cunningham, Mexico softball

In a conference win against Kirksville on Monday she provided a suicide squeeze to tie the game and had the game-winning RBI in the eighth inning in a 5-4 win.

Brady Dapkus, Southern Boone football

After scoring three times last week, the sophomore hit paydirt six times in a 75-49 win over Eldon. He had a 51-yard touchdown catch and scoring runs from 4, 25, 20, 39 and 2.

Kennedy Diggs, Sherwood softball

The Kansas pledge broke the MSHSAA state record for career strikeouts, surpassing the old mark of 1,132. She needed 10 going into the game and finished with 12 in a game on Wednesday. On Saturday, she threw a no-hitter against Carl Junction and struck out 16.

Peyton Eaton, Nevada softball

The Tigers picked up a 4-0 win over Carthage on Monday behind Eaton’s no-hitter. Eaton fanned nine and allowed only one walk.

Sydney Fuger, North Kansas City girls tennis

The junior won an all-North Kansas City School District finals — the first in school history — to take home another district crown. She won the Class District 7 title for the third year in a row. On Monday, she was part of a 9-0 win over Oak Park that secured the conference title for the Hornets.

Tommy Gibbar, Seckman football

Gibbar ran for 211 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries and threw for 23 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars' 49-7 win at Parkway South.

Deacon Gutshall, Platte County boys swimming and diving

The junior broke the school record in the 200-yard freestyle for the second time in the past 13 days, doing so on Friday with a time of 1:45.26 at the COMO Invitational.

Cali Hatcher, Smithville girls golf

The junior fired an 86 to win first place at the Smithville Invitational on Wednesday, while her Warriors also took first with a team score of 373.

Carter Hennemann, St. Vincent boys cross country

The freshman picked up his first win of his career by taking first at the Perryville Invitational on Tuesday, running 18:21, a two-second margin of victory.

Dakarri Hollis, Lutheran North football

Hollis, a junior, threw for 310 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 55 yards as the Crusaders rolled to a 46-21 win over MICDS.

Briggs Hughston, West Plains football

A Northern Iowa commit, Hughston had a monster game against Kickapoo. He caught 11 passes for 257 yards and four touchdowns. The 257 yards broke the school's single-game record for receiving yardage.

Paige Jackson, St. Joseph’s Academy field hockey

Jackson, a senior, made 10 saves and stopped every shot in a shootout as the Angels rallied to defeat rival Villa Duchesne 3-2 in overtime on Saturday.

Ethan Lollar, Troy Buchanan football

Hauled in a pair of first half touchdown passes from Hunter Keene in a 51-0 win over Timberland and set a new school record for career touchdown catches with 16. He finished with seven catches for 131 yards.

Chance McPike II, Warrenton football

A freshman wide receiver, McPike broke two single-game school records – for receiving yards and touchdown receptions – in his team’s 49-21 win at Union. He caught six passes for 255 yards and four touchdowns.

Silas Midgyett, Chillicothe football

In a 79-38 win over St. Joseph Lafayette, Midgyett ran for a school-record 473 yards — easily surpassing the school-record mark of 302 yards set in 1999. He is now also tied for most touchdowns in a game with six, matching what Josh Kille did in 2017 and Mervin Jones in 1909.

Allison Miller, Mehlville girls cross country

Miller ran 22:24 and beat teammate Kayla Barrett to win the Perryville Invitational on Tuesday to post her first varsity win. The 1-2 showing helped the Panthers win the team title.

Taryn Mohn, Marshfield softball

Her double in the bottom of the ninth gave the Blue Jays a 5-4 win over Springfield Glendale on Wednesday. It was the 22nd win of the year for Marshfield.

Grace Molitor, Washington softball

The shortstop was 4-for-6 with 3 runs scored and drove in six runs in a 24-9 win over Fort Zumwalt South on Tuesday.

Owen Nesslage, Kirkwood football

Nesslage, a junior quarterback, had a career game in a 38-21 win at Marquette after stepping in as the Pioneers' starter. He completed 15 of 24 passes for 337 yards and three touchdowns (with one interception).

Sierra Persinger, Liberty softball

The senior had a pair of home runs in a 9-7 win over Lee’s Summit North on Tuesday and, in the process, took over the school record for career home runs with 25.

Emmett Shank, Webster Groves boys swimming and diving

He broke the school record in the 500-yard freestyle, and the 200-yard freestyle and was part of the 200-yard medley relay that also broke a school record at the COMO Invitational.

Cullen Snow, Rock Bridge football

Snow had a 24-yard interception return for a touchdown, added another interception that led to a score and tipped a pass that teammate Mason Snider hauled in during a 28-21 victory over visiting St. Mary’s.

Austin Weaver, Helias football

The sophomore quarterback, who is now the starter after a knee injury to Sam Wyrick, accounted for four TDs in a 43-17 win over Capital City.

Abygail Widhalm, Pleasant Hill girls volleyball

In a 3-0 win over Harrisonville on Sept. 26, the senior outside hitter recorded career kills No. 1,000.

Oakville girls volleyball player Nina Cillo voted SBLive's Missouri High School Athlete of the Week (Sept. 18-24)

Congratulations to Oakville girls volleyball player Nina Cillo, who was voted the SBLive Missouri high school Athlete of the Week for Sept. 18-24. She received more than 23 percent of the votes.

Cillo, a junior setter, recorded career assist No. 1,000 in a match against Parkway Central on Sept. 19.

Capital City softball player Lydia Coulson finished second in the voting after receiving more than 18 percent of the votes.

View the rest of the nominees here: Who should be SBLive's Missouri High School Athlete of the Week (Sept. 18-24)?

PREVIOUS WINNERS: Grain Valley's Ty Williams (Sept. 11-17), Oakville's Amelia Wiesler (Sept. 4-10), Christian Brothers' Cole McKey (August 28-Sept. 3), St. Pius X's Elena Ruble (August 21-27)

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