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Vote: Who should be SBLive's Missouri High School Athlete of the Week (11/6/2023)?

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.

Natalie Barnard, Lafayette (Wildwood) girls cross country

For the third year in a row, the Lancers has had the best runner in Class 5. Barnard, following in the footsteps of Grace Tyson’s back-to-back titles, ran 17:12.7 – setting the fastest time ever across all classes.

Dominic Bartoni, CBC boys soccer

The senior forward scored the lone goal in the Cadets' 1-0 win over rival De Smet in the Class 4 District 2 championship game. It was his team-leading 19th goal of the season.

Trey Bass, Lutheran North football

Bass, a junior, caught six passes for 178 yards and four touchdowns in a 64-0 victory over visiting Normandy.

Autumn Bax, Blair Oaks girls volleyball

The Falcons won their straight title with a 3-2 victory over Ursuline Academy in the Class 3 finals. She had 19 kills, 11 digs and 5 blocks.

Aydan Blackford, Platte Valley football

In a 54-8 win over King City, Blackford ran for two touchdowns, passed for two touchdowns and snagged two interceptions on defense.

Riley Blay, Nodaway Valley boys cross country

The Northwest Missouri State pledge became only the second boys three-time championship after running a Class 1 record 15:48.2 on Friday.

Ben Chance, Bowling Green boys cross country

The senior ended the season with wins in his last five races and took first in the Class 3 finals in 15:25.2 on Saturday.

Landyn Collins, Carthage football

The Tigers went on the road and upset Raytown South in a Class 5 District 7 game. Collins ran for a career-best five touchdowns in a 56-28 win.

Kaiden Cracraft, Cape Girardeau Notre Dame boys swimming & diving

The freshman was one of three swimmers to share the Most Valuable Swimmer Award at the SEMO Conference Swim Championship on Tuesday. He won the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle.

Kensington Curd, Brentwood girls cross country

The sophomore closed out the season with wins in her last three races and took home the MSHSAA Class 2 championship on Friday.

Maddox Duncan, Francis Howell football

Duncan scored three touchdowns in the Vikings' 49-28 win at Lafayette. The senior has scored a team-high 22 touchdowns this season.

Aden Estep, Mountain Grove football

A sophomore quarterback, Estep had a monster performance in the Panthers' 67-50 win over St. James. He carried 21 times for 381 yards and seven touchdowns and added a touchdown pass.

Hobbs Gooch, Joplin football

The quarterback ran for three touchdowns and tossed a 70-yard touchdown pass to Davin Thomas in a 45-29 win over Kickapoo.

Brian Gould, MICDS football

A junior, Gould accounted for 265 total yards and five touchdowns in the Rams' 35-14 comeback win over host Hazelwood East. He passed for 159 yards and two touchdowns with one interception and ran for 107 yards and three scores.

Tara Greenberry, Incarnate Word Academy girls volleyball

The Red Knights claimed the Class 4 title with a 3-0 win over St. Pius X (Festus) on Friday. She had 17 kills and five blocks in the win.

Jaxon Hicks, Liberty football

The junior ran for 205 yards and three touchdowns for the Blue Jays – averaging 10.2 yards per carry – in a 42-28 win against Blue Springs South. He also threw a touchdown to Jackson Froehlich.

Alexis Hoffman, Advance girls volleyball

The Lady Hornets cruised to a 3-0 win over South Iron in the Class 1 title match. Hoffman had 19 kills, 12 assists, six digs and five blocks in the championship match.

Dakarri Hollis, Lutheran North football

Hollis, a junior, threw for 301 yards and six touchdowns and ran for another score in a 64-0 victory over visiting Normandy.

Gavin Johnston, Mount Vernon football

Johnston threw five touchdown passes to four different receivers as the Mountaineers won 45-13 against Reeds Spring. 

Briggs Hughston, West Plains football

A senior wide receiver and safety committed to Northern Iowa, Hughston caught five passes for 99 yards and three touchdowns and returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown in a loss to McDonald County. Hughston also surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for the season, setting a new school record.

Kantrell Jordan, Jefferson City football

Returning from an injury, the senior had four carries for 177 yards and four touchdowns in the first half of a 49-3 win over Marshall.

Baka Kante, Rockhurst boys soccer

The forward scored a pair of goals to help the Hawklets beat Ray-Pec in the Class 4 District 6 championship game. Rockhurst, the two-time reigning Missouri Class 4 champions, improved to 21-0 on the season.

Reed Layton, Woodland boys cross country

Layton had a double win on Friday, winning the Class 2 individual title (16:25.2) and helping the Cardinals win the school’s first title in the sport.

Rocco Marriott, Platte County football

The sophomore QB passed for 219 yards and three touchdowns and also ran for a 61-yard score in a 28-26 win over Fort Osage.

Hannah Maxwell, Fair Grove girls volleyball

The Eagles won the Class 2 title with a 3-2 victory over Hermann. Maxwell had 12 kills, 21 assists and 19 digs.

Alyssa Nelson, Lafayette (Wildwood) girls volleyball

A Villanova commit, Nelson distributed 35 assists – including a 20-kill effort by Maya Witherspoon – to help the Lancers sweep Francis Howell 3-0 on Friday to win their second straight Missouri Class 5 title.

Kayleigh Norris, Harrisonville girls cross country

The Class 3 champion dominated the race on Saturday and her final time of 18:07.7 was nearly 21 seconds faster than the runner-up.

Mark Panagos, Scott City football

The senior quarterback accounted for 9 total touchdowns between running and passing. He ran for 155 yards and threw for 109 yards in a 70-28 win over New Madrid County Central on Friday.

Isaac Rivera, Lincoln Prep boys cross country

The Kansas City-area runner highlighted the competition on Saturday by running 14:54.6 – two seconds off the state record. He’s the school's first XC champion and the third-ever boy to win a title for the Blue Tigers.

Luke Sievers, Rock Bridge boys cross country

A late pass of two runners, including a teammate, helped the Bruins' sophomore win the Class 5 title on Saturday in 14:51.9.

Keelan Smith, Liberty North football

The Nebraska pledge had a monster performance in the Eagles' 71-31 win over Blue Springs. Smith caught seven passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns.

Jaylen Thomas, Capital City football

Thomas finished with four touchdowns and added the game-winner with 7 seconds left – set up by a 72-yard gain by Phillip Richardson – in a 38-35 win over Camdenton.

Ka’Von Tiger, Moberly football

He ran for 299 yards and five touchdowns to help the Spartans pick up a 41-28 win against Centralia.

Carson Todd, Poplar Bluff boys swimming & diving

The senior helped the Mules earn their third-straight SEMO Conference Swim Championship on Tuesday. He was on the winning 200-yard medley relay, the winning 200-yard freestyle relay and won the 50-yard freestyle.

Alexandra Volkart, Southern Boone County girls cross country

The Tulsa pledge – who will sign on Nov. 8 – repeated as the Class 3 champion by running 18:27 on Saturday.

Aneyas Williams, Hannibal football

The Notre Dame-bound running back ran 25 times for 256 yards and four touchdowns in a 48-27 win at Holt. The senior also caught a 33-yard pass, giving him 289 total yards on the night.

Robert Williams, Marquette football

He returned two interceptions for touchdowns and the second he ran back 100 yards for a touchdown in a 44-35 loss to CBC. The first was a 30-yard score.

Mya Wray, Platte Valley girls cross country

The favorite to win the Class 1 finals did just that and in an emphatic way – a win by 1:04 seconds on Friday.

Check out the Missouri Athlete of the Week page on SBLive Sports

PREVIOUS WINNERS: Portageville's Jamarion Smith (Oct. 16-22), Lutheran North's James Bryant (Oct. 9-Oct. 15), Incarnate Word Academy's Sammi Bergjans (Oct. 2-Oct. 8), St. Joseph’s Academy's Paige Jackson (Sept. 25-Oct. 1), Oakville's Nina Cillo (Sept. 18-24), 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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