Athletes of the Year Metro St Louis

Updated: May 13, 2009, 1:31 PM ET
ESPN RISE Magazine

BOYS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

BRYANT ALLEN
Maplewood / Football & Basketball
Allen was the man this year, be it on the gridiron or the hardwood. In the fall, he led the Maplewood football team to a 13-1 record by scoring 27 touchdowns. The senior receiver caught 65 passes for 1,005 yards, and he also ran for 343 yards and six TDs. He was equally amazing when he donned his basketball uniform in the winter. Allen played point guard and averaged 23.7 points, 4.3 steals and 4.2 assists per game, leading the Blue Devils to their second consecutive state championship.

OTHER FINALISTS

MATT & NICK LESTER
Eureka / Wrestling
Matt set a state record for wins in a season by going 56-0 at 160 pounds, and Nick went 53-1 at 152 pounds. The senior twin brothers each successfully defended his state championship.

NICK MAGLASANG
SLUH / Soccer
The senior midfielder was an ESPN RISE second team All-American after leading the Jr. Billikens to the district finals. Maglasang, a St. Louis University signee, scored seven goals and picked up 10 assists.

JACOB TURNER
Westminster Christian / Baseball
The big flamethrower is one of the top players in the country. He was an AFLAC All-American last year, and he's rated the No. 6 senior in the ESPNU player rankings.

GIRLS' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

EMILY SISSON
Parkway Central / Cross Country & Track
Sisson was a two-time cross country Gatorade State Runner of the Year in Nebraska, winning as a freshman and sophomore before moving to Missouri this past summer, and she wasted no time in picking up where she left off. She overcame some nagging leg injuries to win the state XC championship with a time of 17:57, and she's also a favorite to win the 3,200 at the outdoor track championships this year  Sisson's personal-best time is 10:33, more than 20 seconds faster than the winning mark in Missouri last year.

OTHER FINALISTS

ALISON LANDWEHR
Parkway West / Volleyball
Landwehr impacted every match from her setter position, helping Parkway West go 25-9 on the season. The senior racked up 686 assists on the season (7.38 per game) and was an Under Armour first team All-American.

ALEX LEHMAN
Burroughs / Tennis
Lehman was dominant in her three seasons at Burroughs, going 61-1 and claiming three state championships. The senior went undefeated this year and topped her sister, Sidney, a freshman teammate, for the state title.

TAYLOR WOHRLEY
Timberland / Swimming
Wohrley went out with a bang at the MSHSAA meet, breaking state records in the 100 backstroke and the 200 free. The Indiana signee won the 200 free for the second straight year and the 100 back for the fourth straight year.