LaJarvia Brown | Track and Field
Brown, a junior for the Alton Redbirds, started her 2015 campaign much the way she ended 2014 — on top.
Brown won the Class 3A state title in the triple jump and earned sixth place in the long jump as a sophomore. On March 28 at the Southwestern Illinois Relays in Edwardsville, she picked up where she left off.
Brown won three events at the SWILs, going 39-2.5 in the triple jump, 18-2 in the long jump and ran the 300-meter low hurdles in 45.38 seconds.
She picked up three more wins in a triangular meet at Collinsville Monday. Her jump of 40-5 in the triple jump Monday surpassed her state title jump last year and now stands as the fifth best in IHSA history.
Brown also won the 100-meter dash in 12.73 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 26.2 seconds Monday.
Bryan Hudson | Baseball
A 6-foot-8 senior southpaw for the Alton Redbirds, Hudson began the 2015 season living up to the hype that surrounds him.
During the first week of the season, he went 3-0 on the mound in 12 innings of work, scattering three hits while walking three, fanning 29 and not allowing a run.
Offensively, Hudson guided the Birds through the first week with a .615 batting average with three homers and 12 RBIs — all team highs.
He capped off the opening week on March 28 tossing a no-hitter against CM in the first game of a double header while striking out 14 batters.
He also walloped a pair of homers at the plate and picked up four RBIs.
Hudson is signed with Mizzou to play baseball there next season.