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The 2020 CBJ Athletes of the Year and All-CBJ Team announced

The 2019-20 high school sports calendar may have been cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, but nonetheless The Cash-Book Journal is still going to recognize the top talent from the area.

Jackson, Notre Dame, Oak Ridge and Saxony Lutehran’s athletic directors selected one female and one male to be named as members of the 2020 All-CBJ Team, who were then put in the running for The CBJ’s two Athlete of the Year spots.

Making up this year’s team on the girls side is Jackson senior Piper Guilliams, Notre Dame senior Riley Burger, Oak Ridge sophomore Paige Glueck and Saxony Lutheran senior Emma Brune.

Being selected to the boys team was Jackson senior Seth Waters, Notre Dame senior Tyler Landewee, Oak Ridge senior David Layton and Saxony senior Ethan Koenig.

Brune and Layton are the first athletes to ever be named All-CBJ multiple times.

Burger and Brune were selected as the two CBJ Athletes of the Year. Burger was a three-sport athlete (softball, basketball and track and field) for the Bulldogs, while Brune participated in two sports (basketball and soccer) as a Crusader.

Burger won two Class 4 State Championships as a jumper to bring her total of individual career state titles to four in her final season with Notre Dame’s track team.

As a member of Saxony soccer, Brune was named the Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association’s Class 1 Player of the Year for the third time in 2019 — becoming the first girls soccer player to accomplish this feat.

Burger was named all-state for the second-consecutive time in softball and also earned all-conference and all-district accolades as a member of Notre Dame’s basketball team in her senior year. Brune was named all-state in basketball for the second season in a row, while also breaking the program’s all-time scoring record this winter.

Both will continue their athletic careers at the next level as Burger will jump for Louisville’s track and field team, while Brune is set to join the Southeast Missouri State soccer team.

Each All-CBJ Team member will have a feature story about them in the coming weeks starting on July 15.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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