A 5-foot-7, 185-pound junior running back, Banks had 31 carries for 174 yards and three touchdowns rushing, including the game winner on an 8-yard run with 1:56 to play, to beat Pattonville 28-21. He also had a 10-yard TD run in the first quarter and ran 6 yards for a score in the second quarter. It was the first 100-yard rushing game of the season for Banks, who is a first-year starter. Overall, Banks has 74 carries for 450 yards and seven touchdowns this season after playing sparingly and rushing for 32 yards and one TD as a sophomore. He also competes in track and field, specializing in the 100 and 200 meters and the sprint relays.
Lionel Banks • Hazelwood Central football
Evan Davis • Waterloo football
A 5-foot-11, 200-pound sophomore running back, Davis had 36 carries for 221 yards with two touchdowns as the Bulldogs improved to 3-0 with a 28-21 win over Jerseyville. It’s Waterloo’s best start since it began 5-0 in 2014 and Davis' 221 yards was the best single-game performance for Waterloo since Rick Wiegand rushed for 246 yards Oct. 24, 2014, against Mater Dei. Davis, who scored on second quarter runs of 9 and 21 yards and had two receptions for 18 yards, has rushed for a team-leading 473 yards and six TDs with an average of 5.4 yards per carry this season. He also plays baseball.
Jacob Frost • Oakville baseball
A senior left-handed pitcher, Frost tossed a complete-game two-hitter with 16 strikeouts and went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in a 2-1 victory over MICDS. Using a fastball that peaks out in the upper 80s and a curveball, he struck out the side in the third inning, fanned seven between the second and fourth innings and struck out 12 out of 14 batters and one point. He had a no hitter through four innings before giving up a hit in the fifth and the seventh. Overall, Frost is 3-1 win a 1.00 ERA for the Tigers. He has signed with Wabash Valley College, a junior college in Mount Carmel, Ill.
Rylee Howard • Lafayette soccer
A junior forward, Howard put on an offensive show last week, racking up 13 goals and one assist to lead the Lancers to four victories to kick off the season. The highlight was a five-goal game in a 6-1 win over Holt, and prior to that she had a goal in a 3-0 win over Parkway South, four goals in a 6-0 victory over Oakville and three goals and one assist in an 8-1 win over Francis Howell North. Howard, who is second in the area scoring race with 32 points (15 goals, 2 assists) started every game as a freshman and piled up 30 goals and 10 assists to earn all-conference honors. She has verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin.
Kal Kolar • Maplewood-Richmond Heights golf
A junior and the lone member of the school’s golf team, Kolar won two tournaments in a span of three days last week. First, he fired a 2-over-par 73 to win the individual title at the Greg Bantle Memorial Tournament by one stroke at Missouri Bluffs Golf Club in a field that bosted many of the area’s best players. Two days later, Kolar shot a 5-over-par 76 to tie for medalist honors at the Seckman Tournament at Oak Valley Golf Course in Pevely. Two seasons ago, he won a district championship as a freshman and then followed that up with a runner-up showing at sectionals and a fourth-place finish in the Class 2 state tournament. He earned third-team All-Metro honors in 2019.
Victor Quinn • Liberty baseball
A senior who is an Oregon State signee, Quinn belted four home runs and drove in eight runs in a 26-12 win over the St. Louis Patriots. He hit solo shots in the fourth and fifth innings and blasted a three-run homer in the sixth and again in the seventh. Quinn also had a double in his first at bat, and on the same day he had a double and a walk in a 21-10 win over Webster Groves. Overall, Quinn is batting .412 with six home runs and 20 RBIs. As a pitcher, he averages 94-97 mph on his fastball and is 1-1 with a 3.68 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings.
Mason Wagner • Althoff soccer
A senior midfielder and team captain, Wagner led the Crusaders to three victories last week to keep them undefeated (9-0) for the team’s best start since the 1990-91 season. Wagner had two goals and one assist in a 4-0 win over Mater Dei, had a hand in all three of the Crusaders’ goals with a goal and two assists in a 3-1 victory over Alton Marquette and netted a hat trick and assist in a 4-0 win over O’Fallon. A four-year starter, Wagner, who has a team-leading 19 goals and 10 assists for 48 points this season, was named to the South Seven all-conference team last season.