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MADELYN GRIFFARD
Valle Catholic High School Cross Country

There were no girls sports played in the Parkland Nov. 7-12.
Valle Catholic Sophomore Madelyn Griffard finished in 10th place at the Missouri Class 2 state
cross country championship Nov. 5, at Gans Creek Cross Country Course in Columbia. Griffard
finished with a time of 20:22.2.
That is why she was chosen as the Parkland Area Female Athlete of the Week.
“Madelyn is as coachable of a young lady as I have ever had the privilege of working with,” Valle
Coach Samer Zoughaib said. “She is committed to the sport as she ran every morning over the
summer and made all morning runs during the school year. She is a very smart young lady and
can execute a plan to perfection.”
Griffard has been running competitively for two years.
She said she likes the teamwork, sacrifice and strategy it requires, and how in order to succeed,
you must overcome mental obstacles as well as physical ones.
Griffard also plays basketball and runs track for the Warriors.
After high school, she said she hopes to attend college on a running scholarship and academic
scholarship and earn a business degree.

CASEN MURPHY
Central High School Football

The Central High School football team won the Class 3, District 1 championship by defeating
Valle Catholic 30-21 Nov. 11 at Valle.
Rebels’ junior quarterback Casen Murphy passed for 150 yards and two touchdowns.
He added 90 rushing yards and another touchdown on the ground. On defense, Murphy had
two interceptions.
That is why he was chosen as the Parkland Area Male Athlete of the Week for the week
ending Nov. 12.
“He’s really just gaining more confidence and understanding in everything we are trying to do,”
Central Coach Kory Schweiss said. “He is a leader on both sides of the ball. He’s definitely the
definition of a coach on the field. I would run out of words trying to describe what he means to
our football team.”
The Rebels’ victory came against a Warriors’ team, which handed Central its only loss of the
season, a 40-30 decision Sept. 30.
“Our win in the rematch with Valle meant a lot to me because it was a huge game for our whole
team.” Murphy said. “I know how much this game meant to Coach Schweiss and our seniors,
so winning felt great.”
With the victory, the Rebels advance to the Class 3 quarterfinals against Cardinal Ritter
Nov. 19 in Park Hills.
“We are taking it one day at a time while looking to continually improve on anything we
need to,” Murphy said.

High school coaches in the Parkland are asked to submit nominations for Parkland Area Athletes each week.
The Daily Journal sports team selects the male and female athletes of the week from the 13 high schools in the Parkland.

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