Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Athletes of the Week

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Athletes of the Week

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Alex Belongy

O'Fallon volleyball

A 6-foot-1 senior outside hitter, Belongy led the Panthers to a regional championship and a sectional semifinal win over Edwardsville, which had beaten the Panthers three times during the regular season. Against Edwardsville, he had a team-high nine kills and 21 digs to go along with six service points as the Panthers came back to win after losing the first set. A team captain and first- team all-Southwestern Conference pick, Belongy also put up big numbers in regional wins over Althoff (8 kills, 7 digs) and Belleville East (8 kills, 9 digs).

Kamira Franklin

McCluer South-Berkeley track

A senior sprinter, Franklin capped off her high school career with an outstanding final day at the Class 3 state meet with victories in the 100 (12.23), 200 (25.20) and 400 (56.56). She also anchored the 1,600 relay to victory in 4:01. Franklin, who was undefeated in the 400 this season, won the same four events at district and sectional meets. Her regular season was highlighted by wins in the 100 and 200 at Springfield Southeast's Lady Spartan Invitational. Franklin, who will compete in the prestigious Great Southwest Classic this weekend, has committed to New Mexico Junior College.

Carson Haskins

Parkway South tennis

Haskins closed out an undefeated freshman season by winning the Class 2 singles championship at Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield. He won all 21 of his matches this season in straight sets. In the championship, Haskins beat Glendale's Micah Klousia 7- 5, 6-1. The perfect set streak was in jeopardy as Klousia, who also finished second last season, had a set point on Haskins' serve in the 10th game of the opening set. It was the first time Haskins faced a set point this season. Haskins survived and lost just one game the rest of the way.

Cameron Hibbler

Westminster volleyball

A 6-foot-4 senior outside hitter, Hibbler was voted as the Class 3 MVP after leading the Wildcats to the championship. Hibbler pounded down a match-high 26 of the team's 30 kills to go along with four aces and six digs to lead Westminster to a 25-22, 25-19 win over Cape Notre Dame for its first state title. …

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