Each month, Mercy sports medicine honors the hard work of a male and female student-athlete for their outstanding work on and off the field and court. These athletes are brought forward by their respective athletic trainers, and are voted on as a group to determine who will be the male and female athlete of the month. The athletes chosen are rewarded with a "Athlete of the Month" t-shirt and certificate. This page is intended to highlight Eureka's athletes who are chosen for the month.
Athletes of the Month from Eureka High School:
Tori Penick (Volleyball), Class of 2019
Tori Penick was chosen as the Mercy spots medicine female athlete of the month November (2018). Tori was selected for being a very talented and skilled athlete, with a very hard work ethic. She constantly tried to better herself in all aspects of her life. She held a 3.325 GPA, took ACT Prep classes on the weekends and did Fitzmaurice Sports training in the off season. Tory was very involved in her community as well is in school as she was a member of STUCO, FCA and SWAT (Students with a Testimony). On the court, she was non-stop pedal to the metal and received 2nd Team All-Conference honors. She transitioned to the outside during her senior season, from being a defensive player. She did a great job for Eureka by keeping the ball in play and making big plays. Tory was the epitome of a team player. Tory committed to Missouri State University on a scholarship to play sand volleyball and helped lift the Wildcats to a MO Class 4 Volleyball State Championship for the first time in school history (2018). Mercy Sports Med Athlete of the Month
Megan Moll (Softball/Soccer), Class of 2019
Megan Moll was chosen for her hard work and determination on and off the field. She was a 2 sport athlete for Eureka high school, starting all 4 years for varsity softball and varsity soccer at 3 different positions. For softball, Moll’s honors included 3 time 1st team All-District, 2 time 1st team All-conference, all-region and all-state, and she was named the Conference Player of the Year in 2017. Moll held 6 EHS all time records for single season runs, RBI’s, and home runs as well as career RBI’s, home runs and stolen bases. In soccer, Moll help lead the Wildcats to a Class 4 state championship in 2017 as a defender and a 3rd place state finish in 2018 as a goalie. She was named 2018 1st Team All-Conference GK, All Region GK, 2nd Team All-State GK and had 110 Saves and 14 Goals against in her FIRST year as a goal keeper. Additionally, she received the 2018-19 EHS Post Dispatch Scholar Athlete of the Year, a 31 ACT score, all while maintiaining a 4.2 GPA, and being a member of the National Honor Society. Moll received a full ride to Mizzou to play softball and was also honored as the 2019 Mercy Sports Medicine Female Athlete of the Year. Mercy Sports Med Athlete of the Year
Zach Valentine (Football), Class of 2020
Zach was chosen for his relentlessness and determination. Zach was a very hard working and talented young man not only on the football field but in the classroom as well. Zach started on the varsity football team as a freshman and made 2nd team all-conference as a defensive back. As a sophomore, had 5 receptions for 231 yrds and 3 touchdowns. He Averaged 47 yrds a catch to start out his sophomore season and ran a 4.49 forty yard dash that year. Zach was on track to dominate his sophomore year until he suffered a significant knee injury 5 games into the season that left him with a dislocated patella, torn MPFL, ACL, MCL, lateral meniscus and a partially torn patellar tendon. This injury required 2 surgeries and sat Zach out for a full year, leaving questions if Zach would ever get back to the same level of play. But that did not stop Zach from proving everyone wrong. Zach not only went to physical therapy 3 days/week, but also spent 2 days/week in the training room working hard to recover from his injury and determined to get back to football. Zach missed most of his junior season, but returned as a starter his senior year. In his senior season, Zach lead the team in touchdowns with 13, most total yards with 906, and had 35 receptions for 843 yrds, averaging 18.7 yrds/catch. He also tied the team for most interceptions with 3. Zach earned a scholarship to continue his football and academic career at Truman State. Outside of football, Zach was on the Board for best buddies (activities for kids with special needs), he has helped coach players for Best Buddies, ‘Friday Night Lights’ game, helped collect coats for BB’s coat drive, helped cook food for ‘Breakfast with Buddies,’ and helped with EHS's BB year-end kickball party. Zach also coached his little brother’s special Olympic football team and was always lending a helping hand to other special Olympic activities with his little brother who has SOTOS syndrome. Zach worked hard to make sure that all students were positively included as visible members At EHS. In School, Zach was a part of National honor society, National leadership academy and Equity and held a 3.9 GPA and a 26 on the ACT. Mercy Sports Med Athlete of the Month