A senior pitcher, Bethany threw two no-hitters on consecutive days and went 6-for-11 at the plate last week for the Kougars, who won all six of their regular-season games. She no-hit Notre Dame, striking out 19, and went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases in a 3-0 win. Bethany then held St. Joseph’s hitless, fanning 12 and stealing four bases in a 1-0 victory. Bethany has lowered her ERA to a miniscule 0.22 and struck out 59 in four games last week, including a 20-strikeout performance against Nerinx Hall. A 2019 all-region honoree, Bethany has committed to continue her softball career at Lindenwood University.
Mya Bethany • Rosati-Kain softball
Pernell Garner • Lafayette football
A 5-foot-8, 140-pound senior wide receiver, cornerback and kick returner, Garner scored three touchdowns, two on offense and one on defense, to lead the Lancers to a 44-38 win over Ladue. In all, Garner caught nine passes for 137 yards. With Lafayette trailing 17-14 late in the second quarter, Garner scored on a 56-yard pass from TJ Bright to put the Lancers on top heading into halftime. In the third quarter, Garner picked off a pass and returned it 32 yards for a TD and he capped off his big night by catching a 10-yard TD pass from Blake Micek in the fourth quarter. In two games, Garner has caught 16 passes for 264 yards (16.5 per catch) and three TDs.
Drew Nienhaus • St. Joseph’s golf
A senior, Nienhaus carded a 3-under-par 69 to win the St. Joseph's Angel Classic at Country Club of St. Albans. She trailed Lafayette standout Brooke Biermann by one stroke heading to the 17th hole but pulled off a comeback win by birdieing the final two holes to top teammate Mia Rallo and Biermann by one stroke. In the round, Nienhaus had four birdies, 13 pars and one bogey. It was the only tournament of the regular season for St. Joseph’s and Nienhaus, who was the medalist in three nine-hole matches to help the Angels go 9-0. She was a first-team All-Metro selection last season and is a Penn State recruit.
Riley Siegel • Windsor softball
A junior second baseman, Siegel hit a home run in four consecutive games last week to push her total to nine, which is tied for third in the area. She had a home run and drove in two runs in a loss to Hillsboro, went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in a 15-0 win over Lutheran South, was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in a 10-4 win over Festus and went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and a double in a loss to Cape Central. A first-year starter, Siegel is also among the area leaders in RBI (30), batting average (.514), slugging percentage (.929), on-base percentage (.570) and runs scored (25). She also plays basketball and soccer.
Taryn Tkachuk • Villa Duchesne field hockey
A senior forward, Tkachuk had 10 goals, including three game-winners, and three assists in four games for the unbeaten Saints. She had a hat trick and one assist in a 7-1 win over St. Joseph’s, a goal in a 2-0 victory over MICDS, a hat trick and an assist in a 4-1 win over John Burroughs and a hat trick and an assist in a 9-0 win over Visitation. Tkachuk, who leads the area in scoring with 25 goals and five assists, is a two-time All-Metro player of the year and has led the area in scoring in each of her first three seasons. Her 43 goals last season were the most by any player in the last 20 years. She has committed to play at the University of Virginia.
Bella Uzzle • Hillsboro volleyball
A 5-foot-4 sophomore libero, Uzzle had 75 digs in two matches last week, including 51 against Perryville, which is the third-best performance in the area this season. Against Perryville, she also had four service points as Hillsboro outlasted the Pirates in five sets. In a three-set sweep of Jackson, Uzzle had 24 digs and five service points and continued her outstanding play earlier this week by piling up 48 digs in a five-set loss to Jefferson. Uzzle, who is in her first year at Hillsboro after transferring in, is fourth in the area in dig average (6.2) and among the leaders in serve percentage (97.7) and service points average (2.2).
Grace Winkelmann • Hermann volleyball
A 5-foot-9 senior, who is a six-rotation player playing middle blocker and middle back, Winkelmann led the Bearcats to the championship of the Lebanon (Mo.) Tournament. Winkelmann, who racked up 71 kills and 32 digs in five tournament matches, had 22 kills and 11 digs in a three-set win over Marshfield in the championship. She helped Hermann advance to the title match with a big performance (20 kills, 9 digs) in a three-set win over Jefferson City in the semifinals. Last season’s Four Rivers Conference player of the year, Winkelmann, has verbally committed to play at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.