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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Danny Braunagel

Althoff wrestling

A senior wrestler at 160 pounds, Braunagel (25-0) was busy over the holidays. He won the title at the 30th annual Al Dvorak Invitational in suburban Chicago, winning two matches by technical fall and two more by major decision. Then, in Abe's Rumble, he went 9-0 with four pins, three tech falls and a pair of forfeits. A two-time state finalist who placed second at 145 as a sophomore before going 47-0 in winning the Class 1A title at 152 last year, Braunagel has signed with the University of Illinois.

EJ Liddell

Belleville West basketball

A 6-foot-7 junior forward, Liddell led the Maroons to the championship of the talent-rich Centralia Holiday Tournament and was named MVP. In a 62-61 win over Champaign Central in the championship game, he led the winners with 22 points and 11 rebounds. He also had three blocks and two assists. In four tournament games, Liddell averaged 21.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and four blocks. Liddell is averaging a team-high 22.8 points and 8.6 rebounds and is second in the area in blocked shots (5.7). He is among the area leaders in free throw percentage (79.8). Liddell has offers from 12 colleges including Illinois, Missouri and St. Louis U.

Kate Martin

Edwardsville basketball

A 6-foot senior guard, Martin was named MVP of the prestigious Visitation Christmas Tournament after leading the Tigers to the championship. In the title game, she scored a team-high 19 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and handed out three assists in a 61-57 come-from-behind win over Incarnate Word, a team that had won the tournament title 11 of the previous 13 years. Martin had her biggest offensive game of the tournament in the semifinals against Kirkwood, scoring 25 points. She leads the team in scoring (19), rebounding (5.8) and assists (2.2) and has signed with the University of Iowa.

Cory Peterson

De Smet wrestling

Winning his third straight holiday tournament title, Peterson (20-0) cruised to the 160-pound championship at the Bobby Christman Memorial Tournament at De Smet last week, winning his first three matches by first-period pin and his next four by tech fall. A junior, Peterson placed fourth in Class 4 at 152 as a freshman and was a state runner-up at 160 a year ago. …

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