Jack White, Herriman (Sr.)
Herriman quarterback Jack White delivered in the clutch to lead Herriman to the 35-21 first-round victory over Davis last week.
The senior completed 12 of 20 passes for 190 yards and four touchdowns as Herriman raced to the 28-7 halftime lead. All four of Herriman’s first-half TDs came on White TD passes, including a 59-yard to Kausai Hansen late in the second quarter.
“After being injured for the last 4 weeks of the regular season, Jack has worked hard to get back on the field and it showed Friday against Davis. Has showed tremendous leadership and made very good decisions during the game. Four tosses to different receivers for touchdowns,” said Herriman coach Dustin Pearce.
Seven Castain, Waterford (Sr.)
Seven Castain has been a lethal goal scorer all season for Waterford, so it’s no surprise that she did it again in last week’s 2A state championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The senior scored all four of Waterford’s goals as it edged Rowland Hall 4-3 in the final.
“Seven undeniably positions herself for success. When she has a vision, she gets it done — she thinks, plans, works and then executes. She leads by example and sets a standard of excellence so high for our team that players have no choice but to keep pushing themselves to their limits. This approach has shown through her stats and accomplishments, and we have no doubt that her determination and grit, combined with her hard-earned skills, will carry her to success through college and beyond.” - Kimi Miyashima
Castain finished the season scoring a state-record 71 goals and adding 18 assists in 17 games.
Levani Key, Bingham (So.)
Bingham heads into the final week of the volleyball regular season on a roll with four straight victories and steady play of sophomore Levani Key has been one of the catalysts.
For the season is hitting .282 with 215 kills. She’s first on the team with 34 aces and second on the team in digs with 140.
“Levani is a headstrong player who goes into every game ready to take on any situation. She is a highly-coachable player who adapts well to the strategic obstacles volleyball has to offer, and finds a way to finish the job,” said Bingham coach Andrew Romero. “When she is asked to lead the team, the coaches can trust in her to take action and find a way to challenge the opponent and her teammates. Off the court, she brings a sense of joy to her teammates with her funny spirit, and her energy to cheer everyone on! She is respectful, a hard worker, and a positive role model in her family and on the team.”
Girls Cross Country
Carissa Hofeling, Cedar City (Sr.)
Cedar City’s Carissa Hofeling has made huge strides as a runner this season and she’ll be among the top contenders at this week’s 4A state meet.
Last Tuesday at the Region 10 championship at BicentennialPark in Cedar City, Hofeling ran away from the strong field of runners finishing with a great time of 17:22.60, which was 46 seconds faster than the runner-up finisher from Snow Canyon.
“Carissa has been great since day one this season. She is positive, confident, and is driven to achieve impressive goals. This sets her apart from the competition,” said Cedar City coach Greg Harris.
Hofeling finished 18th a year ago at the state meet, but a top 10 finish this year seems like a foregone conclusion based on her dominance of the region meet.
Boys Cross Country
Isaiah Crookston, Sky View (Jr.)
Sky View’s Isaiah Crookston had a dominant performance at the Region 11 cross country championships at the Utah State cross-country champions on Oct. 20.
The junior crossed the finish line in 15:59.5, which was 28 seconds faster than the next closest runner.
“Isaiah is the definition of hard work. He is dedicated to improving and is willing to put in the time and effort to be successful. He loves to run and compete,” said Sky View coach John Womack.
As a sophomore last year Crookston finished in 38th place at the state meet, a performance he’ll look to improve upon at this year’s 4A state championships.
Katelyn Steel, Morgan (Jr.)
After having her first singles title aspirations come to an end in the semifinals in both her freshman and sophomores years, Katelyn Steel found a way to clear that semifinal obstacle this season.
Not only did she win her semifinal match at the 3A state tournament earlier this month, she ended up prevailing in the championship match as well 6-1, 6-3.
“She really is a confident girl. She’s got a really strong head and she stays positive even if she makes a mistake, and she’s very complimentary of all of her opponents. She doesn’t get down on herself,” said Morgan coach Katherine Hadley. “She’s a pretty mature girl, and she’s been that way even since she was a freshman, but she’s obviously getting better as she’s growing into her tennis. She’s mentally tough and positive and also has a lot of talent, she works really hard.”
Thanks in large part to Steel’s march to the first singles final, she helped Morgan edge Grantsville by one point to claim a third straight team title.
Sky Moon, Beaver (So.)
Beaver sophomore Sky Moon had a dream week at the 2A state tournament last month.
Not only did he lead his team to the 2A state title, but he also took home medalist honors with a very strong performance on the final day at the Roosevelt Golf Course back on Sept. 30.
After shooting an 80 on the first day, he shot an even-par 72 on the final day to finish in first place with a two-stroke advantage.
“Sky has a bright future ahead of him. He gained his size early on which is huge in golf,” said Beaver coach Jason Pollard. “When you can hit it that far and keep it in play it gave him a lot of scoring opportunities.”