Stockton Shorts, Copper Hills (Sr.)
Copper Hills' lone returning starter had a terrific performance at the Utah Elite 8 last weekend at American Fork High School.
He averaged 26.3 points and 8.3 rebounds to lead the Grizzlies to a runner-up finish to Bingham in the championship game.
“Stockton Shorts has had a great start to our season and has become the player that our team needs. He has worked on his shooting ability and post-up game to become a more complete player. This weekend while playing some of the top teams in the state, Stockton showed that he is one of the top players this state has to offer,” said Copper Hills coach Andrew Blanchard.
In Copper Hills’ victory over Olympus on the first day of the tourney, Shorts poured in 41 points to lead the Grizzlies.
Vanessa Austin, Judge (Sr.)
Vanessa Austin had a great opening week to the season, even though she was hampered by an ankle injury last week.
On Nov. 29, Austin recorded 18 points and 19 rebounds to lead Judge to a 51-41 victory over East. Two nights later she recorded another double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds in a 56-44 win over Maple Mountain.
Brady Lowry, Canyon View (So.)
This 138-pound sophomore is taking care of business early in 2016. He started the season with an 11-0 record, including beating two-time 2A state champ Shawn Sorenson by technical fall. Of those 11 wins, nine came by pin.
“His work ethic is 100 percent all the time, finding the best partner he can. He stays involved in the fall playing football, loves to hunt and spend time on the mountain with his friends,” said Canyon View coach Dallas Lowry.
Brady Lowry maintains a 3.98 GPA.
Zach Julien, Viewmont (Sr.)
This Viewmont senior is dominating the pool early this season.
He owns the best time in 5A in four different events already this season, and his times figure to only get better.
“Zach is the heart and sole of the team. He is our leader and our example for both academics and swimming,” said Viewmont coach Steve Doman.
He owns the best mark in 5A in three different freestyle distances, 100 free (47.67), 200 free (1:45.25) and 500 free (4:55.46). His 100 butterfly time of 52.28 is also tops in 5A.
Isabella White, Olympus (Jr.)
A month into the season, Isabella White is proving herself to be one of the most versatile 4A swimmers in the pool.
Her times rank in the top four in 4A in five different events thus far — 100 free, 500 free, 100 breaststroke, 100 fly and 200 IM.
Her time of 59.25 in the 100 fly currently ranks as the fastest time in 4A this season.
“This month, Bella has broken three school records, including her own school record she set last year in the 100 breast,” said Olympus coach Tom Thorum. “Bella's success is the result of years of hard work and focus. Bella can help the team in any event she swims. It has been my great fortune over the years to work with Bella.”
White’s new school records are in the 100 fly, 100 breast and 200 IM.
James Edward is the Deseret News prep editor and Real Salt Lake beat writer. EMAIL: email@example.com