Octavian Heflin, West Jordan (Sr.)
Senior running back Octavian Heflin had a great start to the 2021 season on Friday night.
He carried the ball 22 times for two touchdowns in leading West Jordan to the strong 35-14 win over Woods Cross. He opened the scoring with a one-yard TD run just a couple of minutes into the game and then later in the third quarter pushed the advantage to 28-7.
“He is a very hard runner. He likes to actually run people over rather than use his speed. He brings a special dynamic with our offense where he can make a big play catching in open field and when he runs the ball. He is a big playmaker. He gives a lot of credit to our line for opening up big holes to go through,” said West Jordan coach Ron Halbert.
Lily Boyden, Skyline (Sr.)
Skyline is off to a great 4-0 start this season, and the finishing of senior Lily Boyden has been one of the keys.
The Washington State commit has recorded eight goals and four assists this season, which includes a hat trick in a 5-2 win over Bonneville last week. That hat trick include a goal scored with her left foot, her right foot and her head.
“Lily Boyden is fast. Amazing foot skill. Not afraid to take on several defenders at the same time,” said Skyline coach Yamil Castillo.
Treshor Phelps, Enterprise (Sr.)
Enterprise setter Treshor Phelps helped her team open the season with a strong 25-23, 25-22, 25-15 victory over Canyon View last week.
Phelps finished the game with 15 service points, 15 assists, 14 digs and two aces.
“Treshor plays with no fear,” said Enterprise coach Brian Phelps
As a junior last season Phelps was named a Deseret News third-team all-stater.
Mercy Smith, Timpview (Sr.)
Timpview opened the season with a runner-up finish at the Wasatch Grass Relays in Heber City last Wednesday, and Mercy Smith was a big reason why.
The senior posted the top time of the all the girls competing finishing her leg of the race in 12:39. As a team Timpview finished in 1:06.20, which was about a minute behind winner Springville
“Mercy had a great summer of training and has put in some solid mileage and good workouts. She is going to have a great season and is a really solid competitor,” said Timpview coach Jaimie Ribera.
Logan Garnica, Springville (Sr.)
Had a great performance in leading Wasatch to the win at the Wasatch Grass Relays in Heber City last Wednesday.
His time of 10:37 was the best time of all the boys relays as he led Springville to the team victory with over a minute cushion on second-place Olympus.
“Logan is a smart athlete. He knows when to move and surge and when to settle into pace. On Wednesday of last week he could feel the pace was off from his goal so he took control of the race and never looked back. It takes a lot of trust and maturity to recognize things like that. Logan is a great leader on and off the course. He is great at holding his teammates accountable to the little things along with the big things,” said Springville coach Samantha Smith.
Garnica finished in 36th place at last year’s state meet as a junior but should play much more of a role near the front of the pack this season.
Rachelle Prasthofer, Judge Memorial (Jr.)
Rachelle Prasthofer has made a big first impression at her new school.
After helping leading Rowland Hall to the 3A state title by winning the 3A third singles division a year ago, the junior is now competing at Judge Memorial this year and has already enjoyed a great start to the season with a 2-0 record.
Last week she beat Ridgeline’s top player 7-6, 6-4 in a three-hour match, and then also beat East’s top player 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 as well
“She is melding into her new team like it’s her third season at Judge. We are excited for her upcoming season at her new school,” said Judge Memorial coach Tracey Valentine.
Cooper Jones, Lone Peak (Jr.)
Just two matches into the 2021 season and Cooper Jones is looking like he’ll be one of the front runners in 6A golf this year.
In Lone Peak’s first two matches of the season he shot a 62 at Riverbend and a 68 at Hobble Creek.
“Cooper is an amazing golfer who takes golf very seriously. He is the ultimate golfer and person. He is one of our team captains and really has embraced helping those teammates. Love his work and his attention to detail,” said Lone Peak coach Derek Farr.
A year ago at the 6A state meet at Soldier Hollow, he tied for 10th shooting a two-under after back to back 71s.