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Best High School Athlete 

Kevin Lisch
Althoff High (Belleville)

Kevin Lisch may only be known for his prodigious basketball skills, but amid the laziness of summer, the six-foot-two guard is always looking for a game -- whether it be golf, wiffleball or 100-meter match sprints in his backyard with one of his sisters. Lisch is the most prominent male member of a dynastic local athletic family whose sire is ex-Notre Dame and St. Louis (football) Cardinal quarterback Rusty Lisch. Dad, who backed up the likes of Joe Montana and Neil Lomax in his journeyman pigskin career, is still considered one of the best middle-aged athletes in the region, but it's Kevin who gets most of the ink these days, riding his sweet jumper and bulldog physique to a reputation as the region's best backcourt baller. While Lisch cannot sign his letter of intent until after this, his junior, season, Rusty speculates that his son will attend college "within driving distance" of home. This bodes well for the likes of St. Louis University, whose practice floor the Lisch family has been known to hijack from time to time for family-on-family scrimmages. Confidential to East St. Louis swingman Tommie Liddell: you're the bomb, kiddo. The runner-up trophy in this category is yours. SLU's Brad Soderberg would be wise to prepare a spot in his stable for both of these would-be Billikens. Problem is, both will likely visit their fair share of comparably attractive barns. Let the scholastic bidding begin.

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