A senior outfielder, Cunningham swung a hot bat to lead the Cadets to the championship of the Troy Baseball Classic. In a 10-7 win over Troy in the championship game, he went 3-for-4 with two triples and three RBI. Cunningham also had big performances a semifinal against Westminster (3-for-3, home run, two RBI) along with pool-play games against Summit (2-for-5, double, RBI), Timberland (4-for-4, double, triple, 2 RBI). For the season, he is batting .565 with a slugging percentage of 1.087 and 11 RBI. Cunningham has committed to Wabash Valley Community College.
Kylon Cunningham • CBC baseball
Ryan Foley • St. Dominic baseball
A senior pitcher, Foley tossed a complete game to lead St. Dominic to the St. Charles West tournament title. Foley worked his gem in a 7-2 victory over St. Charles West, scattering eight hits while allowing just a pair of unearned runs. He did not walk a batter and struck out eight. It was the second start of the season for Foley, who, in 11 innings, has struck out 10 and sports a 1.27 ERA. A second-year varsity performer and an all-conference honoree last season, Foley posted a 2-4 record with a 4.88 ERA in 2018. He also lettered in basketball and has committed to John Wood Community College in Quincy, Ill., for baseball.
Dalton Grantham • Francis Howell baseball
A senior center fielder and pitcher, Grantham is off to a hot start, batting .571 with a .667 slugging percentage and a team-leading eight RBI in seven games. Last week in a 5-4 loss to Summit, he went 2-for-3 with an RBI and then led the Vikings to a 15-4 road win over Hannibal by going 4-for-5 with a double and three RBI. A three-year varsity starter, Grantham earned first-team all-conference, first-team all-district and second-team all-state honors after batting .373 with 17 RBI last season.
Ava Khoury • Columbia softball
A sophomore pitcher and first baseman who bats in the middle of the Eagles order, Khoury has come out of the gates quickly at the plate. She is tied for second in the area in home runs (5) and is among the leaders in RBI (12) and slugging percentage (1.190). Khoury helped the Eagles to victories on four consecutive days last week with big contributions against Belleville West (1-for-3, home run, two RBI), Wood River (2-for-3, walk) and Mascoutah (3-for-4, 2 home runs, 3 RBI). Khoury is in her first year as a starter after coming off the bench as a freshman. She was on the varsity basketball team this past season.
Max McDaniel • Festus track and field
A senior distance runner, McDaniel was in midseason form at the Festus Early Bird Invitational, winning two individual events and a relay to lead the Tigers to the team title by eight points over Poplar Bluff. He won the 1,600 by 10 seconds in 4:25.07 and ran to a three-second win in the 800 with a time of 2:04.50. McDaniel also ran a leg on the winning distance medley relay, which finished five seconds shy of the school record. At last season’s Class 4 state meet, he finished fourth in the 1,600. McDaniel, who recently signed with Bradley, won the individual Class 3 cross country title, helping the Tigers to the team title last fall.
Britney Mosby • Belleville West track and field
A senior, Mosby starred at the Southwestern Illinois Relays, winning four events to help the Maroons capture the team title. She won the triple jump with a school record and area-best leap this season of 39 feet, 3.75 inches. She took first in the high jump (5-2) and ran a leg on the winning 800 relay and first-place 1,600 relay. Prior to this high school season, Mosby showed well on the indoor circuit, winning the triple jump at meets at SIU Carbondale and Eastern Illinois. A transfer from Cardinal Ritter prior to this school year, Mosby has not yet committed to a college but has drawn interest from SIU Carbondale.
Savannah Murrie • Grandview softball
A freshman relief pitcher and shortstop, Murrie led the Eagles to a pair of wins last week, going 7-for-13 with two doubles and seven RBI and turning in a successful outing in the pitching circle. She went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI to help the Eagles to their first win of the season, a 23-4 triumph at St. Paul Lutheran. Then, after going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in a loss to West County Leadwood, Murrie came through with a 3-for-5 performance with three RBI and pitched four innings in relief to pick up the win as the Eagles downed Valle Catholic 14-8. he is batting .533 with seven RBI.