Athletes of the Month Recognized by Mercy Sports Medicine

April 25, 2022

Athletic trainers with Mercy Sports Medicine are embedded inside many St. Louis metro area high schools and get to know the athletes throughout the year. As a way of highlighting outstanding students from these schools each month, a new Mercy Sports Medicine Athlete of the Month will be recognized. Athletes are nominated by coaches and selected by a committee.

Here are the Mercy Sports Medicine Athletes of the Month for the 2021-2022 school year.

March 2022

Kylee Sullivan, a junior on Parkway South High School’s swim and dive team, is a role model to those around her in and out of the pool. She performs at the top of her class academically and is one of the most decorated female swimmers in school history and a member of South’s first championship team ever. Sullivan also swims for the Parkway Swim Club where she also helps with youth swimming lessons. She has given a verbal pledge to University of Missouri.

Garren Parks, a senior at St. Francis Borgia High School, is a three-sport student-athlete. He was an opening day starter in football, basketball and baseball this year. He took on a leadership role for his teams and has been a great role model to other students in the school. Parks battled through multiple injuries yet kept a positive attitude and was a very supportive teammate. He worked tirelessly during rehab sessions and at home to be the best athlete he could be and helped his team succeed. Parks will serve in the United States Marines Corps after graduation starting with basic training.

kylee-sullivan-garren-parks-mercy-sports-med-athletes-month-march-2022 Kylee Sullivan and Garren Parks - Mercy Sports Medicine Athletes of the Month - March 2022 (submitted photos)

February 2022

Kaitlyn Patke, a senior volleyball and basketball student-athlete at St. Francis Borgia High School, has played both sports all four years in high school. She entered an elite club by reaching 1,000 career points in her senior season as a captain for the Lady Knights Basketball team. Patke was also a vital member of the Lady Knights volleyball team, which finished the season 30-5. Outside of sports she participates in numerous school and community organizations and serves as chapter president of the Student-Teacher Advancement Corp and Future Business Leaders of America. Patke’s coach said, “Kaitlyn pushes her mind, body and spirit to the limit in her academic and athletic endeavors and is an excellent role model to her younger teammates and friends.”

Evan Binder, a senior wrestler and scholar-athlete at Whitfield School, is a four-time Missouri wrestling state champion and two-time academic all-star wrestler. He received 1st Team All-Metro Wrestler honors by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and has 80 plus community service hours this school year working with his church. Binder will continue his education and wrestling career at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado in the fall.

feb-2022-mercy-sports-med-athletes-month-patke-binder Kaitlyn Patke and Evan Binder - Mercy Sports Medicine Athletes of the Month - February 2022 (submitted photos)

January 2022

Faith Spicer, a junior wrestler at Fox High School, is an exceptional student, athlete and leader. She has wrestled all three years and has worked to build a solid female team in a male-dominated field. Spicer finished the season 18-7, a first-place finish at districts and first at the state championship, improving from an eighth place finish at state competition in 2021. Spicer continues to train during the off season and when she isn’t in the mat room working on wrestling technique, she is in the weight room getting stronger. Her coach notes that as team captain, Spicer makes sure to motivate and teach the younger and newer female wrestlers all season.

Robert Martin, a senior basketball player at Christian Brothers College High School, is a great example of on and off the court, earning student athlete of the semester the last two years during basketball season. As a four-year starter and current team captain, he is currently leading the team, averaging 18.5 points per game, five assists, four rebounds and two steals. Martin has multiple Division 1 college offers and has been a strong candidate for Allen Iverson All-Star game in the spring.  In 2021, he was a national selection for the Battle in the Bluff All Showtime First Team, named Next Up Basketball 1st Team All Tournament at the King Cotton Classic, along with earning most valuable player at both the Norm Stewart Classic and the Highland Optimist Basketball Shootout. Martin reached the 1000-point milestone in his senior season. His coach has been most impressed with his leadership in practice and games. 

spicer-martin-jan-2022-mercy-sports-med-athletes-of-month Faith Spicer and Robert Martin - Mercy Sports Medicine Athletes of the Month - January 2022 (submitted photos)

December 2021

Madeline Haynes, a freshman wrestler for Rockwood Summit High School,  has been a standout since the season began in November. She is 19-0 so far this season and won the 2021 Wonder Woman Girls Wrestling Tournament. Her coach says she's a hard worker in practice, is very coachable and puts in the time to perfect her skill - always looking for ways to outwork her competition. He adds, "During high stress situations in her matches, she stays calm and composed and doesn’t rattle. I'm looking forward to seeing her grow over the next four years." 

Justin Duff, a junior basketball player for De Smet Jesuit High School, is a leader of the program averaging 20 points, three rebounds and two assists per game this season. Duff was named to the all tournament team in both the Annual Peoples Bank & Trust Invitational at Troy Buchanan High School and the Coaches Vs Cancer Tournament at Lafayette High School. He is an exceptional student-athlete, carrying a 3.8 GPA. Duff also gives back by helping train kids in the Summer for Knights Basketball Academy.

madeline-haynes-justin-duff-mercy-sports-med-athletes-dec-2021 Madeline Haynes and Justin Duff - Mercy Sports Medicine Athletes of the Month - December 2021 (submitted photos)

November 2021

Abbie Zensen, senior basketball player at Parkway West High School, was selected for her positive attitude and work ethic that help create a great atmosphere at practice and games. She recently set a school record 36 points in one game and tied a school record with eight three-pointers in one game. As the team captain, Zensen is leading her team to a record start and a Parkway Tip-off win for the first time ins 2004-2005 season.

Nolan Schulte, a junior soccer team captain at Whitfield High School, helped guide his team to the Class 2 Missouri state soccer title. He led with 12 goals and one assist in five postseason games - including a hat trick (three goals) and game winner in the championship game. His coach said his positive attitude and constant building up of teammates played a significant role in winning the state championship.

sports-med-athletes-month-nov-2021-zensen-schulte Abbie Zensen and Nolan Schulte - Mercy Sports Medicine Athletes of the Month - November 2021 (submitted photos)

October 2021

Charlie Krasnoff, a senior cross country runner at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, ran cross country all four years making it to state three of those years and placing third this fall. He set a Ladue record with a time of 15:20 and helped his team take fourth. Other honors include All State and Suburban Conference XC Champion. During his 2021 Track & Field season, Krasnoff was named 15th in the state and invited to run in the Festival of Miles, an elite track meet for top high school and professional runners from around the world. Along with countless athletic achievements, he maintains an overall 4.0 cumulative GPA and is recognized as a "great team leader, well respected student athlete and just a fantastic kid to be around."

Camryn Kessler, a senior softball player at Rockwood Summit High School, had an excellent season batting .441 with a .914 slugging percentage, with 12 home runs and 58 runs batted in. She set school records for home runs and RBIs in both a season and a career. She was named 1st Team All State. She will be continuing her softball career playing at Jefferson College next year.

mercy-sports-med-athletes-oct-2021-krasnoff-kessler Charlie Krasnoff and Camryn Kessler - Mercy Sports Medicine Athletes of the Month - October 2021 (submitted photos)

September 2021

Sarah Taylor, a senior volleyball player at Clayton High School, was selected for her leadership skills on and off the court. In September, Taylor had 18 aces, 53 kills with a .348 hitting percentage and a passer rating of 2.49 out of 3.0. Along with her stats, she was recognized for the extra effort she puts in during and after practices to ensure her teammates’ success, an “irreplaceable asset to our program” according to her coach. Taylor balances her volleyball responsibilities with academics earning straight As in seven advanced placement classes. She is also planning a dance marathon to benefit a local children’s hospital.

Patrick Heitert, a senior football player at Christian Brothers College High School, is the team captain, starting quarterback and able to maintain a 4.2 GPA. In the first four games, he passed for 1,130 yards with seven touchdowns through the air and additionally rushed for 151 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. His coach said he’s the hardest worker in the weight room and an overall great leader for the team and the school. He also serves as vice president of the school’s student leadership council.

mercy-sports-med-athletes-month-sept-2021-taylor-heitert Sarah Taylor and Patrick Heitert - Mercy Sports Medicine Athletes of the Month - September 2021 (submitted photos)

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