A junior, Jost won four first-place medals to lead the Colts to their first boys swimming and diving state championship in 44 years. He won 50 freestyle (20.70), 100 freestyle (45.29) and was the anchor on the winning 200 medley relay (1:34.24) and the 200 free relay that set a Class 1 state record (1:25.74). The times in all four events are school records, and he went undefeated in the 50 and 100 free this season. Jost’s season also was highlighted by his performance at the COMO Invitational at Mizzou in September, where he won the 50 free, the 100 free and was on the winning 200 medley relay and the second-place 200 free relay.
Will Jost • Parkway Central swimming
Bennet Loving • Webster Groves diving
A senior, Loving won his third consecutive Class 1 one-meter diving championship and did so convincingly with 499.05 points, 135.55 better than the runner-up. In an effort to score more points, Loving chose dives — including a front 3 1/2 summersault and a reverse 2 1/2 summersault — which have the highest degree of difficulty for a high school meet. He broke out to an early lead, and by the third round he was 50 points ahead of the second-place diver. From there, he kept building on the lead. Loving, who went undefeated this season, also won the Suburban Conference Red Pool meet with a personal-record 547 points.
Amorion Oliphant • Duchesne football
A 5-foot-10, 190-pound safety and multi-position performer on offense, Oliphant had 13 carries for 224 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Pioneers to a 37-18 win over Brentwood in the Class 1 District 2 final. Oliphant scored on a 6-yard run in the second quarter, a 71-yard run in the third quarter and closed out the scoring with a 35-yard run in the fourth quarter. For the season, Oliphant has rushed for 489 yards and six TDs, caught 17 passes for 297 yards and three TDs and has made 44 tackles, two interceptions and one sack. The versatile Oliphant, who has taken snaps quarterback, wide receiver and running back, was named all-conference as an athlete.
AJ Raines • Timberland football
A 6-foot, 170-pound senior quarterback, safety and kicker, Raines piled up 441 yards of total offense and was a difference maker on defense in leading the Wolves to a 41-24 in over Helias in the Class 5 District 4 final. He rushed 24 times for 188 yards and two touchdowns, completed 17 of 32 passes for 253 yards and a pair of TDs and kicked five extra points. Raines, who began playing safety at the start of the district tournament, also made eight tackles and intercepted two passes. Raines leads the area in passing yards (2,845), is third in TD passes (32), has rushed for 1,065 yards and 15 TDs and made 34 tackles, four interceptions and one fumble recovery.
Owen Reynolds • DuBourg soccer
A junior center back and team captain, Reynolds helped the Cavaliers advance to the Class 1 state semifinals. He scored the third goal of DuBourg’s 3-0 state quarterfinal win over Brentwood on a penalty kick in the 14th minute. It was the sixth goal of the season for Reynolds, who is an offensive weapon for the Cavaliers on corner kicks by positioning himself in the box and winning head balls. He plays every minute of every game, takes free kicks and is given the job of marking the opposition’s top offensive player. He also anchors a defense that has shut out opponents 10 times this season and is a first-team all-conference and first-team all-district honoree.
Austin Romaine • Hillsboro football
A 6-foot-2, 230-pound senior running back and linebacker who has committed to Kansas State, Romaine carried the ball 13 times for 179 yards, scored six touchdowns (5 rushing, 1 receiving), made 11 tackles (3 for a loss) and one sack in a 55-6 win over Jefferson County rival Festus in the Class 4 District 1 final. He scored on runs of 22, 39, 7, 1 and 78 yards and caught a 28-yard TD pass. His rushing performance pushed him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season — he sits at 1,078 — and increased his touchdown total to 18. He is averaging a first down (13.8 yards per carry) on every rush. A first-team all-conference selection the last three years, Romaine also plays baseball.
Graham Zucker • Clayton swimming
A senior who has committed to Emory University in Atlanta, Zucker won the 200 freestyle (1:40.66) and 100 backstroke (50.48), both of which were his best times this season, at the Class 1 state meet. He also was on the 200 medley relay that finished eighth and swam a leg on the 400 free relay that placed seventh. In other meets this season, he won the 200 free, 100 back and was on the winning 400 free relay at the Ladue Invitational, and at the Suburban Conference Red Pool meet he won the 50 free, 100 back and was on the winning 400 free relay and first-place 200 medley relay. He went undefeated in all individual events this season.