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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Taylor Augustine

Waterloo basketball

A 5-foot-7 junior guard, Augustine was named the MVP of Gibault's Candy Cane Classic after leading the Bulldogs to the championship. In the title game against Alton Marquette, she finished with a team- high 15 points. She hit three key free throws in the final two minutes to hold the Explorer at bay. Augustine kicked off the tournament by scoring 12 points and pulling down five rebounds in a 51-29 win over Gibault, and she had her best tourney game in the semifinals against rival Columbia, finishing with a game-high 20 points in a 55-51 win. Augustine, a three-year starter, is averaging 11.1 points.

Merik Fulton

Triad wrestling

Fulton, who placed fourth in Class 2A at 126 pounds as a junior, ran his record to 15-0 with a 1-0 decision over Alton's Connor Broyles in the 132-pound title match at the 46th Mascoutah Invitational Tournament on Saturday. Fulton, ranked No. 2 at 132 by Illinoismatmen.com, won by fall, technical fall and major decision to reach the finals and shared the event's outstanding wrestler award with fellow Triad senior Cole Witzig, the tournament champion at 182. Earlier this season, Fulton won a title at the Chatham Glenwood Tournament. He was a regional and sectional champion last season.

Sidney Oliver

Holt wrestling

Competing in the KC Stampede, an elite 40-team event that draws top teams from 11 states across the Midwest, Oliver won the championship at 113 pounds, thanks to a 5-1 decision over fellow defending state champion Malik Johnson of CBC. Oliver, a two-time state champion who has signed a letter of intent to attend Appalachian State University in North Carolina, helped Holt to a 10th-place finish in Kansas City. In previous trips to the KC Stampede, he placed 14th as a freshman, fifth as a sophomore and seventh as a junior. Missouriwrestling.com has Oliver ranked No. 1 in Class 4 at 120 pounds.

Austine Pauley

Francis Howell North basketball

A 5-foot-6 senior guard, Pauley set a new school record for points in a single game with 31 in a 53-41 win over Francis Howell Central. She also pulled down 12 rbeounds in that contest. The 31 points pushed Pauley over the 1,000-point plateau for her career. …

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