Paxton Wolfley, Panguitch (Sr.)
Panguitch is off to a perfect 7-0 start this season, and the always steady play of Paxton Wolfley has been one of the catalysts.
In seven games this season Wolfley is average 9.6 ppg, and it’s been is timely plays on both sides of the ball that have helped the Bobcats when they’ve needed it most.
“Paxton Wolfley is a great leader with a strong work ethic. He is a great person on and off the court. As a three-year starter, Paxton is the glue that keeps our team together. He has the ability to make those around him better. Paxton leads our team in assists and is a great defender. He has the ability to score when needed and elevates his play in big games. I appreciate everything Paxton does, and I feel lucky to be his coach,” said Panguitch coach Clint Barney.
Wolfley was a third-team all-stater last year averaging 10.8 ppg.
Macie Brown, Ridgeline (So.)
Through four games Macie Brown is only averaging 4.6 ppg, but she impacts the game in so many different ways that have led Ridgeline to a perfect 6-0 record.
“Macie is a great team player and fills so many roles for our team. She plays inside, outside, looks to pass first, can defend posts and guards, and has a high basketball IQ. Macie isn’t ever worried about individual stats and just wants to win. Macie continues to show leadership as she is our only returning starter and we are lucky to have her,” said Ridgeline coach Ainsli Jenks
Last week in Ridgeline’s 50-29 win over Orem, Brown recorded six points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Anna Wekluk, Mountain Ridge (Sr.)
As the swimming season nears the midway point, Mountain Ridge senior Anna Wekluk has already accomplished great things with bigger goals along the horizon.
Wekluk set a new 6A state record in the 50 freestyle at the Wasatch Winter Invite last weekend, winning the race with a terrific time of 24.59. It’s the best 50 free time in the entire state this season.
“It has been a true honor to coach Anna. Her competitive drive and leadership are inspiring as she brings her teammates along with her towards greatness. She is relentless in her pursuit of her goals, even as she set a new 6A state record in the 50 yard freestyle this weekend she continues to look for the next peak to summit,” said coach Tim Pollock.
She also won the 100 butterfly at the Wasatch meet with a time of 58.99, the third-best time in the state.
She has four other top 10 times in Utah this winter, including the best mark in the 100 backstroke (59.49).
Grant Kling, Richfield (So.)
In the fall Grant Kling was one of Richfield’s top football players. His transition to the pool has been a pretty seamless one so far this season.
A month and a half into the season, Kling has a 3A top 10 time in seven different individual events. His specialty is the sprints though, as he owns the best 3A time in the 50 free (22.92) and the second best in the 100 free (50.94).
“Grand has set some big goals this year, and he is working extremely hard to meet them. He is a powerhouse in the water and is always swimming fast. He pushes himself to his limits while in practice and during his races,” said Richfield coach Christal Anderson.
He ranks fifth in the 100 backstroke and sixth in the 100 breaststroke and 200 free.
Brinlee Gines, Fremont (Sr.)
A third-place finisher at state last year, senior Brinlee Gines has her sights set on even bigger things this season.
So far this season Gines owns a 14-0 record, including a perfect record at the Stansbury Round Robin tournament last weekend.
“Brinlee is an extremely disciplined and hard-working student athlete. She works hard in the room, and out of the room as well. Everyone around her gets better by just having her nearby, and that’s including our coaches,” said Fremont coach Cody Storey.
Layne Kleimann, Mountain Ridge (Fr.)
Just a freshman, Mountain Ridge’s Layne Kleimann is already off to a perfect start in his debut high school season.
Kleimann posted a perfect 8-0 record at the Wasatch Intermountain Duals at Wasatch High School over the weekend. The weekend before at the Layton Invitational, Kleimann went 4-0 to finish first in the 106-pound bracket.
“Layne is extremely dedicated to the sport of wrestling. He won a national championship in Greco-Roman wrestling over the summer. Layne is a hard worker and spends hours outside of regular wrestling practice preparing himself to be very successful in the sport,” said Mountain Ridge coach Mitch Stevens.