A freshman, Ackley captured three first-place medals to help the Wolves win the Fort Zumwalt North Invitational for the sixth consecutive season. Ackley turned in the top performance of the meet with an impressive clocking of 57.81 seconds in the 100 backstroke, topping her previous personal mark of 59.7. It is the fastest backstroke time in the state this season by more than 1.5 seconds. Her time set a meet record, eclipsing the old mark of 1:00.36 set Evyn Spencer of Fort Zumwalt West in 2012. Ackley also swam the butterfly leg of the 200 medley relay, which broke a meet record by three seconds, and swam the third leg on the 200 freestyle relay that broke a meet record that had stood since 2009.
Izzy Ackley • Timberland swimming
Eric Calicutt • Miller Career basketball
A 6-foot-5 junior forward, Calicutt has helped the Phoenix win six of their first eight games. Last week in a 59-55 win over Soldan, he scored 14 points and pulled down eight rebounds. He had a big performance (19 points, 8 rebounds) in a loss to highly ranked Chaminade and put up a double-double (17 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists) to lead Miller Career to a 99-28 win over Northwest Academy. A second-year starter, Calicutt is having a breakout season after averaging 6.6 points and 6.6 rebounds last season. He is currently among the area leaders in scoring (15.3), rebounding (8.9) and free-throw percentage (71.4).
Paige Fowler • Herculaneum basketball
A 5-foot-9 senior guard and forward, Fowler led the Black Cats to three victories. She poured in school-record 45 points, shattering the old single-game mark of 36, grabbed eight rebounds and made nine steals in a 73-52 win over Orchard Farm. She followed with a double-double of 25 points, 14 rebounds, five assists and three steals in a 69-57 win over Fox and closed out the week with a triple-double (20 points, 14 rebounds, 11 assists) to lead the Black Cats to 61-56 win over Washington. The MVP of the JCAA the past two seasons, Fowler is averaging 16.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.2 steals.
Allison Meyer • Washington wrestling
A senior, Meyer improved her record to 21-0 by winning the championship of the 117-pound weight class at the GAC Tournament. She pinned St. Charles’ Hayley Newtown in 1 minute and 3 seconds in the championship match after winning by tech fall in the first round and by fall in the semifinals. It was the third tournament title of the season for Meyer, who won at the Union Invitational and the North County Scramble. All of her wins this season have come by fall or tech fall. A two-time district champion, Meyer lost the bubble match that would have qualified her for a medal at both state tournament appearances.
Alex Nicozisin • Marquette wrestling
A senior, Nicozisin notched his 100th career victory last week. He achieved the milestone last Wednesday with a pin of Ladue’s Josh Julian 1 minute and 32 seconds into the 145-pound match of a dual. Nicozisin also was dominant in Lafayette’s Fred Ross Duals on Saturday, winning all four of his matches by fall. At the Liberty Invitational, Nicozisin won all five of his matches. Nicozisin is 18-1 with 16 wins by fall this season. A two-time state qualifier, Nicozisin went 2-2 at last year’s state tournament. He made Marquette’s varsity baseball team as a junior before the season was canceled.
Hannah Scherzinger • Ursuline basketball
A 5-foot-9 senior guard, Scherzinger eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau for her career with a 19-point game in a 48-19 win over St. Charles on Tuesday. Last week, Scherzinger helped the Bears win three of four games with big performances against Rosati-Kain (22 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists), Fort Zumwalt East (21 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals), Clayton (20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) and Kirkwood (18 points, 8 rebounds). The win over Clayton gave Ursuline a third-place finish in the John Burroughs Invitational and helped Scherzinger garner all-tournament honors. Overall, she is averaging 19.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.2 steals.
Tyler Williams • CBC hockey
With the team’s top three goaltenders unavailable, Williams stepped up to fill the role and lead the Cadets to a pair of victories on consecutive nights. A 6-foot-2, 174-pound sophomore, Williams had never played a game at goalie at any level but made eight saves in a 10-1 win over Lafayette and then shut out Kirkwood, stopping all 14 shots he faced, in a 7-0 victory. On Monday, Williams, who is normally a defenseman, showed more versatility by playing forward in a 6-3 win over Chaminade. Williams learned to play goalie by facing shots from his brother, who is currently a goalie in the United States Hockey League.