A 5-foot-9, 185-pound senior running back, Anderson ran for 252 yards on 20 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 36-13 win over De Soto. Anderson opened the scoring with a 5-yard TD run at 6:37 of the second quarter and put an exclamation point on the victory with a 90-yard TD run with 2:53 to play in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring. He now leads the area in rushing yards (619), is tied for second in TDs (10) and averages a first down every carry at 11.7 yards per attempt. Anderson missed most of last season with a hamstring injury after earning all-conference honors as a sophomore.
Austin Anderson • Festus football
Max Bruening • Althoff golf
A sophomore, Bruening carded an even-par 71 to win O’Fallon’s Panther Classic at Tamarack Golf Course by four strokes over teammate Avery Irwin and help the Crusaders beat rival Mater Dei for the team title. In his round, Bruening had a lofty total of seven birdies to go along with seven bogeys. The 71 matched the career-best score Bruening shot in winning the St. Clair County Tournament, also at Tamarack, in late August. On that day, he beat his previous career best by five strokes. At the Alton High Tee-Off Classic, he fired an 82 to help the Crusaders claim the crown. Last season, Bruening shot a two-day total of 170 to finish 47th at state.
Jamey Johnson • Seckman softball
During a recent seven-game stretch, Johnson, a junior right fielder, went 11-for-21 with three 3-hit games, three doubles and five RBI. She had a hit and two walks in a 17-0 win over Cape Central, was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 13-5 win over St. Dominic, went 3-for-3 with an RBI in an 8-0 victory over Festus and was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI in a 19-4 win over Windsor. Overall this season, Johnson is batting .458 with a .583 slugging percentage and five RBI. A two-year starter, Johnson was an all-Suburban Conference Yellow Pool selection as a sophomore last year after batting .388 with 13 RBI.
Maureen Mathews • Northwest Cedar Hill volleyball
A 6-foot senior middle hitter, Mathews came up big in a five-set win over Seckman. She had 17 kills, six aces and nine digs. Then, in a straight-set victory over Washington, Mathews hit .933 (14 kills on 15 attempts). In that match, the Lions were down 24-21 when Mathews rotated around to the front row to lead a come-from-behind 27-25 win in the second set to nail down the victory. A two-year starter, Mathews is among the area leaders in kills (4.2), ace average (.52) and block average (.81). She was a second-team all-conference selection last season.
Suzanna McLellan • Visitation tennis
A sophomore, McLellan won her first four singles matches of the season. The highlight was a 6-2, 6-1 win over John Burroughs’ Ainsley Heidbreder, a state singles finalist last season. McLellan also has an 8-1 win in a match against Cor Jesu, a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Westminster and an 8-1 win over an Ursuline opponent under her belt this season. McLellan is coming off a successful freshman season, in which she won nine of 10 singles matches, with her only loss coming to St. Joseph’s standout Lexie Woodman. She also teamed up with her sister Sophia to finish second in the Class 1 state doubles tournament.
Justin Mumford • Wesclin cross country
A senior, Mumford won the Mascoutah Invitational, covering the 2.96-mile course in an area-best time this season of 14 minutes, 40 seconds. As with most races, Mumford broke to an early lead, and by the half-mile mark he had a 20-yard advantage on his way to a 31-second victory. He had won the Bulldog Season Opener with a performance of 15:24, placed second at the Granite City Invitational in 15:25, and in a six-team meet hosted by Wesclin, he won going away with a time of 15:27. A second-team Post-Dispatch All-Metro pick last season, Mumford was eighth in the Class 1A state meet and the Cahokia Conference champion.
Caelon Weir • Warrenton football
A 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior quarterback, Weir completed 14 of 21 passes for 288 yards, connecting on three touchdowns passes, and had two successful 2-point conversion passes in a 37-20 win over St. Charles. His first TD pass was a 60-yarder that snapped a 6-6 tie with 3:05 left until halftime. He threw an 82-yard TD pass at the 4:14 mark of the third quarter that broke a 14-14 tie, and he gave the Warriors a 37-14 lead with a 19-yarder late in the fourth quarter. A first-year fulltime starter, Weir has passed for 651 yards and six TDs with just one interception. He also plays basketball and baseball.