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Damien French • Hannibal football • Sophomore

French rushed for 139 yards on 15 carries and scored three touchdowns for Hannibal during a 30-27 loss at Class 6 Jefferson City on Friday, Aug. 31. His longest run of the night was 43 yards. Emerging out of the Pirates backfield, the sophomore leads the team with an average of 107 yards per game so far this year.

McKenzie West • Monroe City softball • Senior

West is off to an impressive start. The Monroe City senior hit for the cycle and had five RBIs against Mark Twain to open the season. She threw 15 2/3 innings of two-run ball in an extra-innings loss at Hickman. On Tuesday, the standout struck out 14 during a complete game while collecting two hits in a win over Clark County.