A sophomore goalkeeper, Alajbegovic led the Bronchos to four victories last week as they captured the SCAA Tournament championship to cap off the alternate fall season with a 12-2 record. In the championship game against Brentwood, he was a difference maker, saving all 12 shots he faced in a 1-0 win. After a scoreless first half, Bayless finally broke through on a goal by Ajdin Muratovic in the 60th minute. From there, Brentwood, buoyed by six corner kicks, made a big push in the final 20 minutes but couldn’t beat Alajbegovic, who notched his seventh shutout in his first season as the team’s goalie. He finished the season with a 1.25 goals against average.
Amer Alajbegovic • Bayless soccer
Addie Bitting • Ladue lacrosse
In five victories last week, Bitting, a senior midfielder, had 14 goals, seven assists, 38 draw controls and five ground balls, as the Rams remained undefeated and captured the championship of the Parkway West-Kirkwood Invitational. At 7-0, Ladue is off to its best start since the 2012 squad won its first 17 games. Bitting had a hat trick and five draw controls in a 13-7 victory against defending state champion Summit in the tournament championship. Bitting, who also had a big performance (4 goals, 1 assist, 10 draw controls) in a semifinal win over Kirkwood, has 21 goals and nine assists this season. She has signed with the University of Indianapolis.
Olivia Carle • Red Bud volleyball
A 5-foot-5 senior outside hitter, Carle led the Musketeers to three victories last week as they extended their winning streak, which has reached eight matches. In seven sets, she had 23 kills (3.29 average), six service aces with three service errors and 13 digs. Red Bud swept Steeleville in two sets and Carle led the attack with nine kills. After providing three kills and three aces in a two-set win over Roxana, Carle had 11 kills and 10 digs in a three-set victory against Okawville. A starter since her sophomore season, Carle leads Red Bud in kills (3.3 per set) and has signed to play at Southwestern Illinois College next season. She also played basketball.
Ethan Jenkins • Affton volleyball
A 5-foot-11 junior outside hitter, whose natural position is libero, Jenkins helped the Cougars post a 5-2-1 record last week as they finished as runner-up to CBC in the Summit Tournament. In the eight matches, he totaled 48 kills in 19 sets (2.53 average), 56 digs in 19 sets (2.95 average), had only three serve reception errors out of 100 opportunities and 74 serves with only two errors along with eight aces. He had 11 kills and nine digs in a semifinal win over Borgia and seven kills and four digs in the championship match. He earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a freshman.
Justin Johnson • Edwardsville football
A 6-foot, 202-pound senior running back, Johnson had 23 carries for 196 and three touchdowns and also threw a TD pass in a 42-21 win over Southwestern Conference foe Belleville West. Johnson opened the scoring with a 15-yard run in the first quarter, and after snapping a 7-7 tie with a 1-yard TD run in the second quarter, he threw a 6-yard scoring pass to give the Tigers a 21-7 lead at the half. Johnson capped his performance with another 1-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter. He has scored a conference-leading 12 touchdowns and 72 points this season along with a conference-leading 85 carries for 671 yards and has signed with West Virginia.
Alex Napawan • Parkway Central water polo
A senior center and center defender, Napawan helped the Colts go 3-0 last week. He had six goals and two assists as Central doubled up Ladue 14-7, scored five goals and assisted on two others in an 11-9 victory against CBC and capped off the week by scoring six times and adding two assists in a 12-11 win over De Smet in a game that the Colts trailed 8-6 after three quarters. The win over De Smet snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series against the Spartans. Napawan is among area scoring leaders with 25 goals and nine assists. Napawan has committed to play water polo at McKendree University.
Austin Young • Fort Zumwalt East baseball
A senior pitcher and utility player, Young struck out 16 batters with just one walk and scattered seven hits in a 9-4 victory over Fort Zumwalt North. All four runs were unearned. At the plate in two games against Zumwalt North in a GAC Central sweep on consecutive days last week, he went 3-for-5 with one double, one RBI, two walks and two runs scored. Overall, Young is 2-1 with a 0.35 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 20 innings. He is batting .409 with seven RBI. Young has signed to play baseball for Wabash Valley College, which is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association.