Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Athletes of the Week for Jan. 12

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Athletes of the Week for Jan. 12

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Dasia Batteast

McKinley basketball

A 5-foot-10 senior guard/forward, Batteast is having an outstanding season following a junior campaign that saw her earn second-team all-PHL honors. She had a triple double against Soldan with 19 points, 18 rebounds and 10 steals. She followed with a 20- point, 22-rebound effort against Gateway STEM in the Cardinal Ritter Tournament, capping the day off by sinking the game-winning free throw with three seconds left in the contest. She wound up leading the tournament in scoring and rebounding and was named to the all- tournament team. Batteast is among the area leaders in scoring (18.3), rebounding (13.3) and steals (4.2).

Lexi Close

Hillsboro basketball

A 6-foot-1 senior forward who leads the area in scoring, Close stamped her name in the Hillsboro record books by setting two new marks last week. First, she set a new record for points in a single game with 41 in a 79-41 win over Valley Park. Close broke the school mark for career points when she racked 30 in a 77-17 win over Bayless. Close's career total of 1,114 eclipses the previous record of 1,085. During the West County Christmas Tournament, she posted 76 total points, 16 rebounds and 14 steals to lead the Hawks to their first tournament title since the 1989-90 season. Close has signed to play softball at West Georgia.

Jamie Hopkins

Orchard Farm basketball

A 5-foot-8 sophomore guard, Hopkins had a memorable week. Against Montgomery County, she tied the Orchard Farm single-game record for 3-pointers when she netted six. The Eagles won the game 76-34, with Hopkins almost single-handedly outscoring the opposition by putting up a career-high 32 points. Hopkins followed with another big performance by scoring a game-high 27 points to lift the Eagles to a 66-46 victory over St. Charles West. A second-year starter, Hopkins is averaging a team-high 15.7 points to go along with 4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3 steals. She also plays varsity softball and soccer.

Luke Odom

Edwardsville wrestling

The Tigers freshman has made quite the early impression and is currently ranked second in Class 3A at 106 pounds. Odom (25-4) followed up on a third-place finish at the Dvorak tournament by placing second at the prestigious Cheesehead event in Wisconsin. …

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