Tommy Hoggan, Olympus (Sr.)
Came up clutch for the Titans last week in a narrow 28-21 victory over rival Skyline.
After Skyline tied the game with just over three minutes remaining, senior quarterback Tommy Hoggan engineered a game-winning drive that he capped with a 1-yard touchdown with five seconds remaining.
Through the air, Hoggan completed 14 of 18 passes for 219 yards and one touchdown to go along with his rushing score.
“Tommy’s teammates value his leadership. His actions speak louder than his words. He has displayed a lot of grit this season; he may be the ideal size for an athletic quarterback, but his mental toughness is more aligned with one that is battling in the trenches,” said Olympus coach Aaron Whitehead.
Olympus has a bye this week during the first round of the 5A state tournament, but will then play Timpview in the second round next week.
Karime Antonio, Murray (Jr.)
Junior midfielder Karime Antonio had a pair of brilliant performances last week to help Murray punch its ticket into the 5A semifinals this week.
In a 4-1 second-round win over Maple Mountain on Tuesday she was a dangerous player going forward, which resulted in a goal.
On Thursday in the quarterfinals against top seed Viewmont, Antonio scored the lone goal in Murray’s 1-0 upset victory.
“Karime was the connecting piece in a very defensive game against Viewmont. When she was given the opportunity she grabbed it and scored a fantastic goal to send us to the semifinals. I don’t think you will find a more technical player that can impact games in so many ways,” said Murray coach Brady Smith.
Lomani Taylor, Enterprise (Sr.)
Defending 2A state champion Enterprise is one of the favorites heading into this year’s state tournament which gets underway this weekend. A big reason why is the consistent play of Lomani Taylor.
So far this year she’s recorded 181 kills out of 522 attempts with only 60 errors. She’s also recorded 12 block kills, and over the past 11 matches is averaging nine kills per match.
“Lomani is a joy to work with. She is extremely coachable. She just keep getting better and better,” said Enterprise coach Brian Phelps.
Kate Dickson, Sky View (Sr.)
Kate Dickson ran an outstanding race at the Region 11 championships in Wellsville last week to take home the region title.
Dickson cross the finish line with a time of 18:35.3, nearly 40 seconds faster than the second-place runner from Bear River.
Dickson finished sixth at the 4A state meet as a junior last season, and this Wednesday during the state meet in Cedar City she’ll look to break into the top three this year.
Joshua Armstrong, Hurricane (Sr.)
After placing in the top 10 at state last year, Joshua Armstrong has enjoyed a great fall season again this year and will be one of the top contenders at the 4A state meet in Cedar City this week.
Armstrong when the Region 9 title two weekends ago winning with a strong time of 15:36.51.
“Joshua has been running varsity for Hurricane High since his ninth grade year. He has also finished in the top 10 at the state meet every year. His passion runs deep, so deep that he woke his family up at 2 in the morning to watch Eluid Kipchoge break the two-hour marathon barrier (last October),” said Hurricane coach Philip Armstrong. “Like Kipchoge, Joshua is destined to break many barriers of his own in this life.”
Macy Richards, Woods Cross (Sr.)
Macy Richards represents the epitome of persistence. During her freshman and sophomore year she lost in the quarterfinals of the state meet, at third singles as a freshman and then second singles as a sophomore.
The past two years she’s marched all the way through the tourney to win the state title, including winning the first singles state title earlier this month. She beat Timpview’s Avery Pope in the final, 6-2, 6-1.
“The three words that best describe Macy as a tennis player are smart, strong and steady. She is very thoughtful and strategic in her shot selection. She is able to exploit weaknesses in her opponents and knows when to hit what shot to set up the point to her advantage,” said Woods Cross coach Molly Richards. “Macy is physically very strong and incredibly athletic but also has the perfect mental toughness for tennis and has total control of her emotions on the court. She is a patient player who beautifully blends consistency with power.”
En route to winning the second singles state title last year and first singles this year, Macy Richards never dropped a set.
Cayson Wright, Corner Canyon (Sr.)
The co-Region 4 champ, Cayson Wright’s finishing ability in the closing holes also helped him capture the 6A individual state title two weeks ago at Soldier Hollow Golf Course.
During the first day of the state tournament, Wright birdied three of his final four holes to shoot a 69.
On Day 2, after an unfortunate bogey at No. 15, he eagled the par-5 16th en route to another 69 to claim medalist honors by a single stroke over Lone Peak’s Brandon Ashworth and Layton’s Tyson Diaz.