A 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior wide receiver, Behan caught 12 passes for 274 yards (22.8 yards per catch), made five touchdown receptions and caught a two-point conversion pass to lead the Rams to a 59-52 win at Park Hills Central. He had touchdown catches of 55, 28, 41, 17 and 33 yards. Last season, he earned both first team all-conference and first team all-district honors as a wide receiver when he led the team in receptions (26), receiving yards (533) and receiving touchdowns (7). He was also voted a team captain by his teammates for this season and is committed to Brown University as a Division I lacrosse player.
PJ Behan • MICDS football
Abby Gaines • St. Joseph’s tennis
A junior, Gaines helped the Angels capture the championship of Edwardsville’s Heather Bradshaw Tournament. The Angels set the tone for their win in the championship match against Illinois powerhouse New Trier by sweeping the three doubles matches as Gaines teamed up with Morgan McKinnis to win their match by a score of 8-2 at the No. 2 position. Playing at No. 1 singles, Gaines lost the first set to Madison Liu, a sectional champion last year, but rebounded to win 2-6, 6-3, 10-1. Gaines was the Angels’ No. 1 singles player last season and teamed with Ellie Choate to win Missouri’s first Class 3 doubles championship.
Chase Hanson • Mascoutah football
A 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior quarterback, Hanson completed 16 of 26 passes for 255 yards and five touchdowns and rushed seven times for 59 yards as the Indians defeated Mount Vernon 47-12 to improve to 2-0. He threw first-half touchdown passes of 41, 10, 11 and 17 yards and capped off his night with a 25-yarder in the third quarter. In the two games this season, he has passed for 547 yards and eight TDs. He started all six Indians’ games last spring, passing for 991 yards and 11 TDs to earn all-conference honors. Hanson also is on the track and field team and helped Mascoutah win the Class 2A state championship in June.
Kennedy Jensen • Francis Howell Central softball
A senior pitcher, Jensen won her last five starts to improve to 8-1 with a 1.75 earned run average. She tossed a five-inning no-hitter in a 10-0 win over Lafayette and three days later threw a five-hit shutout with four strikeouts in a 1-0 GAC South victory against Troy Buchanan. She then pitched the Spartans to a pair of victories in the Howell Central Invitational, an 11-3 win over Northwest Cedar Hill and a 10-5 victory over Incarnate Word, in which she also had a pair of hits, including a home run, and three RBI. Last season, Jensen went 14-6 with a 2.87 ERA and batted .427 with seven home runs and 31 RBI, earning first-team all-conference honors.
Alexa Riddel • Parkway West softball
A freshman center fielder, Riddel helped the Longhorns win the championship of the Parkway Tournament. For the week, Riddel was 10 for 18 with three doubles, one triple and her first high school home run. In a 10-9 win over Marquette in the championship game, she went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. With West trailing 7-6 in the fourth inning, Riddel threw out a runner to take the momentum from Marquette and keep the game tight. Then with the Longhorns leading 10-9 in the seventh inning with runners at first and second and one out, she made a diving catch in right-center field.
Cole Ruble • Seckman football
A 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior quarterback, Ruble rushed for 350 yards on 21 carries, scored four rushing touchdowns and connected on 5 of 6 passes for 67 yards and a TD to lead the Jaguars to a 49-15 win at Oakville. In the first half, he scored on runs of 66 and 67 yards and threw a 21-yard TD pass. Ruble then had second-half TD runs of 7 and 87 yards as the Jaguars outscored Oakville 21-0 in the final two quarters. Through two games, Ruble has rushed for 541 yards and six TDs and passed for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Last season, he was earned all-conference and second-team all-state honors. As a wrestler, he placed sixth in state last season.
Peyton Schieppe • O’Fallon cross country
A senior, Schieppe won the Granite City Invitational, covering the course at Wilson Park in 17 minutes, 36.6 seconds, 35 seconds in front of the runner-up. Schieppe, who led from start to finish and increased the gap as she ran, had even splits, running the first mile in 5:44, the second in 5:56 and the third in 5:56. It was the first race of the season for Schieppe, who was the Post-Dispatch girls cross country runner of the year last season, when she won three individual titles and was runner-up at both the Granite City Regional and Class 3A Normal Community Sectional. She posted the area's fastest time (17:53) at the Southwestern Conference meet.