A senior, Flanigan won six consecutive matches to capture the 120-pound title of the Wonder Woman Tournament at Battle High in Columbia and was named the Wrestler of the Meet. Flanigan, now 16-0 on the season, pinned her first four opponents in the tournament before taking a 3-0 decision over Lizzie Miller, a defending state champion from Buffalo, in the semifinals and defeating Hickman’s Mary Belle Harrell, also a state champion last season, 8-1 in the final. Flanigan, who also has won tournaments at Summit and Fort Zumwalt East this season, went 23-0 last season to capture the state championship at 110 pounds.
Autumn Flanigan • Troy Buchanan wrestling
Azaria Hulbert • Francis Howell Central basketball
A 5-foot-6 senior guard, Hulbert led the Spartans to the championship of the St. Dominic Christmas Tournament and was named to the all-tournament team. In a 49-24 win over Lutheran St. Charles in the title game, Hulbert had a game-high 18 points and handed out four assists. She opened the tournament by scoring 17 points and making five steals in a win over St. Dominic. A four-year starter, Hulbert was named the MVP of the Lutheran St. Charles Tournament to kick off the season. She is averaging a team-high 13.2 points to go along with 3.8 rebounds and two steals and has signed with UMSL.
Josh Kyle • Francis Howell wrestling
A senior who recently signed with the University of Wyoming, Kyle finished second in the 126-pound weight class at the Lee’s Summit Holiday Tournament. He lost to Blue Springs’ Korbin Shepherd, who is currently undefeated and won a state championship last season, in the final but beat a pair of state runners-up to get there, knocking off JP Homfeld of Lindbergh 9-2 and downing Nathan Genobana, a two-time state finalist from Centerville, Iowa, 6-3. Kyle, who is 16-2 this season and 119-27 in his career, also won the Francis Howell North Tournament this season. He finished fifth at state last year at 120 pounds.
Jasmine Manuel • Summit basketball
A 6-foot-3 senior post player, Manuel achieved two major milestones in her career recently. First, she eclipsed the 1,000-point mark with a 20-point performance against Clayton. She is just the third player in Summit girls basketball history to reach that mark. Nine days later, she had 25 points and 17 rebounds in a 52-50 loss at Marquette, eclipsing the 1,000-rebound mark for her career. She is the first player in Summit history to have reached 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career. Manuel has been named to all-tournament teams at Principia and Summit this season and was a first-team all-conference selection last season.
Margo O’Meara • Westminster diving and swimming
A junior and two-time state champion who committed to Duke in November, O’Meara showed her versatility to shine at the prestigious COMO Invitational at Mizzou. She won the diving competition with a personal best and school-record point total of 606.55, which easily outdid the runner-up’s total of 419.70. She received two 10s on her forward dive pike and received an average score of 9 on her reverse 1.5 somersault 1.5 twist. Just 12 minutes following her last dive, O’Meara swam a leg on the Wildcats’ 200-yard freestyle relay, which achieved a state cut, and also was a member of the team’s 200 medley relay and 400 free relay, both of which recorded state-qualifying times.
Aliyah Williams • Parkway North basketball
A 5-foot-3 junior point guard, Williams had a great week at the Visitation Tournament and was named to the all-tournament team. She poured in 35 points in a 59-50 win over Whitfield in the third-place game and prior to that, put up big numbers in wins over Kirkwood (26 points) and John Burroughs (14 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals) and in a loss to Incarnate Word (24 points, 3 assists). Overall, Williams is averaging a team-high 18.3 points and four assists. A second-year starter, Williams earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a sophomore.
Caleb Zurliene • Mater Dei basketball
A 6-foot-6 senior forward, Zurliene earned all-tournament honors after leading the Knights to the championship of their own Mater Dei Christmas Tournament. He pumped in a team-high 17 points — including three clutch baskets down the stretch — to help the Knights to a 47-44 win over Nashville in the championship game. Zurliene turned in huge plays at both ends of the court during crunch time. His basket with 1 minute and 21 seconds left in regulation put the hosts in front 43-42. He then provided the winning margin with a three-point play with 39 seconds left to play. He has signed with Purdue University Northwest.