December 2016 AOM

December 2016 Athletes of the Month
Posted on 01/24/2017

The Mules Booster Club has named basketball standouts Kiley Bess and Willie Lucas Jr. of Poplar Bluff High School the Athletes of the Month for December. 

Willie, a senior, is currently averaging 20.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game with 85 percent from the free-throw line. His career total is 1,074 points, 511 rebounds, 114 blocks and free throws of 80 percent. Willie was named to the All-Tournament Team at the ShowDown during which he won the three-point contest. In the classroom, he maintains a 9.71 GPA. 

“Willie is a hard worker and is very determined,” basketball coach Will Durden stated. “Willie has had a very good career and will continue to get better.” 

Kiley has averaged 15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, starting in all varsity contests as a freshman. She was named to the Mustang Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team in Hoxie, Ark. In the classroom, she has maintained straight A’s during the first semester.

“Kiley is a very hard-working, conscientious person with a lot of basketball talent,” Lady Mules coach John Pattillo said. 


Cutline: Pictured presenting the awards to Kiley Bess and Willie Lucas Jr. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, is Booster Club member Brian Taylor.

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