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The 2021 CBJ Athletes of the Year and All-CBJ Team named

Notre Dame senior Lexi Rubel and Jackson 2021 graduate Rhet Liley were named The Cash-Book Journal Athletes of the YEar for 2020-21. Photos by Jay Forness and Darren DeLoach

Following an entire high school sports season, The Cash-Book Journal is excited to finally announce its award recipients for the 2020-21 calendar year.

Athletic directors from each of the four schools in our coverage area — Jackson, Notre Dame, Oak Ridge and Saxony Lutheran — sent in their nominees for female and male athletes of the year. We then decided who was selected to the All-CBJ Team and named the CBJ Female and Male Athletes of the Year.

The female All-CBJ Team members are Jackson 2021 graduate Olivia Ward, Notre Dame senior Lexi Rubel, Oak Ridge senior Paige Glueck and Saxony 2021 graduate Sydney Turner.

The boys team is made up by Jackson 2021 graduate Rhet Liley, Notre Dame 2021 graduate Caleb LeGrand, Oak Ridge 2021 graduate Mason Keith and Saxony 2021 graduate Eli Brown.

Glueck is the third athlete to ever become a two-time All-CBJ Team member as 2020 graduates Emma Brune (Saxony) and David Layton (Oak Ridge) accomplished the feat last year.

Taking the honor of CBJ Female and Male Athletes of the Year were Rubel and Liley.

Each earned postseason accolades for multiple sports this past school year as Rubel was named all-state in basketball and all-conference in volleyball. Liley was named all-state in football and earned all-state as a javelin thrower for track and field.

Rubel is the youngest athlete in CBJ history to be named one of its two athletes of the year.

Liley will play football and throw on the track team at Missouri S&T, while Rubel currently has seven offers to play college basketball: Adelphi, Austin Peay, Indiana State, Loyola Maryland, Pittsburg State, Southeast Missouri State and Southern Illinois.

Read next week’s issue for our Athletes of the Year special section.

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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