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American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performers of the Week: Sept. 12-17

Here are the high school varsity American Family Insurance ALL-USA Ozarks Performers of the Week for the week of Sept. 12-17:

Glendale junior quarterback Alex Huston (7) threw five touchdown passes in the Falcons' 40-20 win over rival Kickapoo Thursday.

Glendale junior quarterback Alex Huston (7) threw five touchdown passes in the Falcons’ 40-20 win over rival Kickapoo Thursday.

Katie Hamilton

Republic golf

The 2015 state qualifier got around Greene Hills Country Club with a four-over par 74 to win the Willard Ladies Invitational on Sept. 15. Hamilton’s round of 74 was enough to win the individual standings by five strokes over runner-up Wriley Heibert of Glendale. Republic also won the team title with counted scores from Hamilton, Alexus Mitchell, Rylea Smith and Holly Casagrand for a cumulative score of 356.

Jacob McCrackin

West Plains cross country

The Missouri Southern Stampede in Joplin serves as an excellent barometer for high school cross country runners who aspire to run in the state championship race. McCrackin was electric, blazing through five kilometers in 15:16.40 to finish first out of 372 competitors. He defeated the race runner-up by 4.4 seconds.

Nathan Painter

Bolivar cross country

Painter defended his home turf with a first place finish at the Bolivar Invitational on the campus of Southwest Baptist University. What’s more, he crossed the finish line more than 21 seconds ahead of an impressive top four that included returning state qualifiers Shane Burns of Strafford, Dustin Shoemaker of Humansville and Easton Sabala of Hermitage. Painter’s time of 16:46.57 bodes well for the remainder of his senior season.

Alex Huston

Glendale football

Huston connected on 47-of-70 passing attempts for 581 yards and five touchdowns in a 40-20 win over Kickapoo on Sept. 15. The Falcons improve to 5-0 and are the only unbeaten team remaining in the 10-team Ozark Conference. Three of the six receivers Huston completed passes to had more than 10 receptions and more than 100 yards in the game.

Jaime Villegas

Central soccer

Central improved to 10-2 on the season and won its pool in Parkview’s Viking Showdown with victories over Liberty and Northland Christian. Villegas scored the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win over Liberty on Saturday. He followed that up with an avalanche of five goals in Central’s 10-0 dismantling of Northland Christian.

Varsity sports coaches, would you like to nominate one of your players to be an American Family Insurance ALL-USA Ozarks Performer of the Week? Email your nomination to News-Leader high school sports reporter Rance Burger (rburger@news-leader.com) by 5 p.m. each Monday.

American Family Insurance ALL-USA Ozarks Performers of the Week

American Family Insurance ALL-USA Ozarks Performers of the Week

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