Brayden Clark, Fremont (Jr.)
Fremont’s baseball team earned a share of the Region 1 title this season, and the contributions of center fielder Brayden Clark is a major reason why.
During the regular season, the junior batted .400 with a .637 slugging percentage, nine doubles, two triples and two home runs. He also added 24 RBI and 24 runs scored.
Last week against Weber, Clark went 6 for 12 with three doubles, a home run and six RBI.
“He is the best center fielder I have ever had. His stats are great, but what makes them even better is that most of those stats have come with the game on the line or in key moments. He has been our glue all year,” said Fremont coach Garrett Clark.
Brayden Clark’s fielding percentage is .994 this season.
Averi Hanny, Bingham (So.)
Bingham heads into the 6A state tournament as one of the front-runners, and Averi Hanny is a big reason why.
“Averi is a fun, diligent, intelligent person that has made herself into the successful pitcher that she is through countless hours of hard work and repetition,” said Bingham coach Mikki Jackson. “She and her dad spend many hours together with him sitting on the bucket and coaching her through practice after practice. She has come so far in just a year that a lot of people don’t even recognize who she is athletically and socially.”
Hanny has pitched in 11 games this year, posting an 8-1 record and 122 strikeouts this season. In a game two weeks ago against Westlake, she struck out 17 batters.
“She plays multiple sports and never shirks her commitments to either team. If there is a conflict, she does everything she can to give both teams everything she has. She’s everything we ask of a Miner — a hard-working student-athlete who is committed, responsible, coachable and personable. She is well liked by her teammates whom she leads with her work ethic and personality,” said Jackson.
Tate Thurston, Sky View (Fr.)
Picked the most opportune time to score his first goal of the season last Saturday in the 4A state championship.
Thurston scored the game’s lone goal in the second half of the Bobcats' 1-0 win over Desert Hills, a goal that showed his steady improvement throughout the season which began on the junior varsity team.
“We called him up to a few games and he performed well during those games. Having Tate on the team made the team even stronger which meant a lot more good players. At practice he is always very responsible and willing to learn. He is a very smart young man and he understands the tactical side of the game we want the team to play and he adjusts very quickly,” said Sky View coach Jorge Cruz.
“Coming from different teams is always a challenge to have everyone work on the same game plan but lucky for us we had few freshman players who did exactly what we asked from them and Tate is one of them.”
Hayden Harris, Richfield (Sr.)
Wrapped up her high school career in perfect fashion last week by leading Richfield to the team title for the second straight year but also claiming the 3A medalist honor for the second year as well.
At Round Valley Golf Course in Morgan last week, Harris shot a 77 in both the first and second round to finish with a two-day total of 154. It topped Richfield teammate Ellie Hair by 3 strokes.
Dylan Applegate, Park City (Fr.)
This freshman made a splash in his first year competing in high school tennis.
Applegate marched to the 4A first singles title last weekend at Liberty Park, winning each match in straight sets.
In the final, he beat Green Canyon’s Ryan Jeppson 6-3, 6-3 to claim the title, while also helping lead Park City to the team championship.
“Dylan is a great player because of hard work, plain and simple. He embraces a rigorous training and tournament schedule and always wants to improve. Dylan has a tremendous amount of potential and is driven to succeed in this sport,” said Park City coach Dillon Bunt.
Vaeaega Gasu, Cyprus (Sr.)
Had a terrific meet at the Region 2 championships at Granger High School last Thursday.
The senior sprinter won both the 100 and 200 meters. He won the 100 with a time of 11.25 and the 200 with a time of 23.0.
A couple weeks ago at the Tiger Trials at Orem High School, Gasu won the 100 meters in 11.03. The time of 11.03 is tied for the ninth-best time in the state this season.
Ronnie Walker, Juab (Jr.)
Ronnie Walker had a dominant showing at the Region 14 championships on her home track last week.
Walker finished first in the 100 and 200 meters along with the long jump. Her long jump distance of 18’01.75 ranks second in the entire state this spring.
She won the 100 meters with a time of 12.39 and the 200 meters in 26.03. Her time in the 100 meters is the fourth-best mark in Utah this spring.
“Ronnie’s has an unwavering commitment to her training and her team. She is always in the weight room during the offseason and has been one of the most coachable athletes I have ever had. She is always trying to better herself and her performances not only on the track but in the classroom. Her success has come from a lot of hard work,” said Juab coach Ron Marrelli.