DAVID ALLEN, Copper Hills, baseball: This senior pitcher has been lights out to begin the year. The 6-foot-5 righty threw a no-hitter against Timpview to give the Grizzlies their first win on the season.
"He has a great work ethic, good pitch location and he is very competitive when he gets out on the mound," said coach Nic DeLuca of what makes Allen successful. "He was voted a team captain, and he has been doing a good job in being a leader for the team. He is more of a quiet leader, more by example, but he just goes out and does whatever is asked of him and does it with a positive attitude. The other guys pick up on that."
Allen is expected to be the team's No. 1 pitcher and has stepped up in that role. DeLuca said that Allen has been tremendous in three of his four starts so far on the year.
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SYMBREE MINNIEAR, Riverton, softball: With some teenagers, consistency might be an issue. But this senior is as reliable as the sunrise.
"She's hit over .400 every year since she was a freshman," said Riverton head softball coach Emily Cederholm. "She's irreplaceable in our lineup. She's one of those kids, you just want to come to bat for you."
Minniear splits time between pitching and first base and is as concerned with working hard in the classroom as she is on the softball field.
"She's a perfectionist," Cederholm said. Minniear is also very compassionate and committed.
"She's one of those players I just have complete trust and faith in," Cederholm said.
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