Zak Kohler, Wasatch (Sr.)
The senior improved to 34-4 this season by winning six matches at last weekend’s Rockwell Rumble in Heber City to claim the 145-pound title over Mountain Crest’s Jace Dart. He won by fall, technical fall or major decision in all six matches.
A couple weeks ago, Kohler also won his match at the All-Star Duals at UVU.
Kohler won last year’s 5A state title at 138 pounds, finishing with a 47-2 record.
Helena Djunic, Park City (So.)
Ranked in the top four in every individual event in 4A this season, Helena Djunic is starting to demonstrate the type of elite swimmer she can be.
“It's pretty amazing to have someone ranked in the top 4 of every single individual event,” said Park City coach Mike Werner.
Djunic’s specialty is the freestyle, and she ranks first in the 50, 100 and 200. She ranks second in the 200 I.M. and 500 free, third in the 100 back and fourth in the 100 fly and 100 breast.
On the state level, her times in the 50 and 100 free are the second-best in Utah this year.
“Helena Djunic is a tremendously talented student-athlete. She is always looking for ways to improve and wants to race against the best swimmers around. This is her sophomore year and we are just starting to see how talented she is. The future should be very exciting for Helena,” said Werner.
Blayze Kimble, Cottonwood (Sr.)
The defending state champ in the 100 breaststroke and 200 I.M., Kimble will be in the hunt for a similar ending to his senior season.
Kimble ranks first in 5A in the 100 breast again this season and second in the 200 I.M. His time of 59.98 in the 100 breast is the best in Utah this season.
“Blayze has established himself over the past several years as one of the best breaststrokers to ever compete in Utah. His talent and day-to-day work have come together into what should prove to be a very exciting season,” said Cottonwood coach Ron Lockwood.
Kimble’s time of 57.94 in the 100 breast at state last year ranks in the top 10 all-time in state history.
Dallin Hall, Fremont (Jr.)
Fremont has jumped out to a 4-0 start in region this year, and the play of junior Dallin Hall is a big reason why.
Hall is averaging 22.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists this season and has made 48 3-pointers.
“Dallin always wants to improve on his game. He is constantly looking for ways to make himself and his teammates better. He really wants to win. He is extremely competitive and is his biggest critic of his mistakes. Dallin takes care of the ball, makes tremendous decisions, rebounds, defends, scores and enjoys his teammates' successes,” said Fremont coach Corey Melaney. “He loves the game and respects it a great deal. He plays the game the right way. I never have to worry about his effort, commitment or his attitude. Love that kid.”
On Friday, Hall scored 35 points and made six 3-pointers in leading Fremont to a 74-60 win over Syracuse.
Kennady McQueen, North Summit (Jr.)
This star 2A athlete recently committed to the University of Utah and is enjoying a tremendous junior season on the hardwood.
McQueen is averaging 20.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 5.0 steals for the 14-1 Braves.
“Kennady is a great teammate. She is one of the most competitive kids I’ve coached. She has worked extremely hard to improve her game and she works equally as hard at making our team better,” said North Summit coach Jerre Holmes.
McQueen was a Deseret News first team all-stater as a sophomore last year as she averaged 19.3 ppg.