ATHLETES OF THE YEAR: Where are they now? 2009 Athlete of the Year update

2010-05-05T19:47:55Z 2010-09-17T10:28:21Z ATHLETES OF THE YEAR: Where are they now? 2009 Athlete of the Year updateBy David Kvidahl |

The Suburban Journals' 2009 class of athletes of the year are one year into their college careers. Here is a rundown on where last year's top performers are and how they're doing:


Triad's Renee Rheinecker

Earned third-team Mid America Intercollegiate Athletics Association as a freshman at Missouri Southern State. She led the team in kills with 3.12 and was ninth in the MIAA in kills. The Lions went 13-21 overall and 6-14.

Collinsville's Erik Shannahan

Originally accepted a scholarship to the University of Arkansas, the 6-3 pitcher transferred to John A. Logan College. This spring he's 4-0 with an earned run average of 1.97. He's struck out 21 batters in 32 innings pitched as the Volunteers are 32-16.


Freeburg's Andrea Bolt

After leading the Midget's to the AA state championship, Bolt joined Saint Louis University and made an immediate impact. As a defensive specialist, libero and occasional setter, she led the Billiken freshmen in matches played. She recorded 20 assists, a career-high, against La Salle, helped SLU share the Atlantic-10 regular season championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament.


Mascoutah's Melvin Blanks

Attended Missouri S & T and made an immediate impact as a defensive back. He was sixth on the team in tackles with 49. He had two sacks, two fumble recoveries and one interception as the Miners went 4-7.

Waterloo's Jennifer Conway

Conway averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds on the basketball court as a senior at Waterloo. With the Truman State those numbers came down somewhat as she scored 4.5 points per game. She led the team in blocks with 25 and hit a team-high 43-percent of her shots from the field. She started five games as the Bulldogs went 11-16.


Duchesne's Alli Reimer

Played in five games for Saint Louis University's women's soccer team last fall. In her 64 minutes on the field, Reimer, a freshman midfielder, didn't register any points. The Billikens finished the season with a record of 8-9-4. Reimer led Duchesne to the Class 2 championship in 2009.

St. Charles West's Brannon Champagne

Has started 12 and played in 17 games this spring for the University of Missouri baseball team. Champagne, an outfielder for the Tigers, is batting .250 in 44 at-bats. He's also stolen three bases in three attempts. The Tigers have a record of 19-17. Champagne holds career school records at West for hits (139), stolen bases (83), runs (124) and walks (54) and holds season school records for hits (39), runs (42) and stolen bases (27).


Wright City's Danielle Brinkmann

Has played in 18 games and started nine for Creighton University's softball team this spring. Brinkmann is batting .138 in 29 at-bats for Creighton, which has a record of 25-18. She was a first-team all state softball player at Wright City last year.

Wright City's Adam Springmeyer

Has gotten to bat 20 times as a freshman for Southwestern Illinois College this spring. Springmeyer, an infielder, is batting .350 with a homer and four RBIs. SWIC is 27-15 this season. Springmeyer was an all-state punter at Wright City and led the Wildcats in hitting last year.


Fox's Levi Terrell

Terrell was the 2009 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Freshman of the Year and a first-team all-league pick in football last fall. The 6-foot, 195-pound freshman rushed for 1,098 yards and seven touchdowns in just seven games. He averaged 157 rushing yards per games. The plan originally was for the former Fox High star to redshirt, but Omaha gave up on that as the season neared the midway point. Terrell was a workhorse for Nebraska-Omaha, carrying the ball a league-high 44 times in one game and 37 times in another.

Festus's Alyssa Allison

Last summer, Allison ran the steeplechase for the USA team that competed in the Pan American Junior Games in Trinidad and Tobago. Last fall, she capped a terrific first season of collegiate running by qualifying for the NCAA women's championships in cross country. Twice named the SEC freshman runner of the week, she was the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year in cross country. Allison was 15th in the SEC Championships and was fifth at the NCAA South Central Region meet. She transferred to Arizona State in January and is a member of the ASU women's track team.


Hazelwood Central's Kerry Gibson

Gibson followed up an outstanding junior season with an even better one as a senior. He led the team in touchdowns scored (13), was second on the team in rushing with 934 yards and completed 122 of 217 passes for 2,167 yards and 18 touchdowns. In November, Gibson helped the Hawks successfully defend their Class 6 crown with a 35-24 win over Blue Springs. Gibson, who rushed nine times for 66 yards and a touchdown and completed six of 13 passes for 87 yards and one score in the title game, earned first-team all-state honors for his efforts. He signed a letter of intent with Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Hazelwood Central's Lisa Wren

Few multi-spot high school athletes play more than one sport at the next level but Hazelwood Central grad Wren is doing just that. She is playing basketball and soccer at Jackson State University . Wren saw limited playing time as a true freshman for the basketball team in the winter. However, for the soccer team last fall, she played in 13 of 14 games and had three goals (third most on the team) for the Tigers who rebounded strongly from a 1 -5- 2 start to finish up 8-5-2.


Gateway Tech's Sheldon Richardson

Attended College of the Sequoias Junior College in Visalia, Calif. to get his academics up to NCAA standards. Played defensive line while at COS and plans to attend Mizzou.

Summit's Bethany Buell

Two-time Class 4 pole vault champion and state record holder currently attending the University of South Dakota. She cleared a personal best 12-feet, 6-inches and won her division at National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nev.


Maplewood-Richmond Heights' Bryant Allen

Earned a varsity letter in football at the University of Minnesota as a wide receiver and kick returner. Averaged 12 yards on six punt returns and 15 yards on three kickoffs. He caught five passes for 45 yards.

Appeared in nine basketball games, all after January 31.

Principia's Jenna Marston

Joined the Tigers and made an immediate impact as the starting shortstop. Her .390 batting average is fifth best in the Big 12 and she's fourth in the league with 47 RBI. She's eighth in the league in stolen bases with 18, she's 10th in on-base percentage. She has 16 multi-hit games this spring and Mizzou is 41-9.

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