Keegan Sylvester, Cedar Valley (Sr.)
In a tight game with Tooele in the 4A first round last week, senior linebacker Keegan Sylvester regularly came up with big plays to lead the No. 13 seed Aviators to the 28-21 and a spot in the second round.
“Keegan is so instinctive as a linebacker. He is a little undersized but is always in the right spots and a great tackler. His interception Friday changed momentum in the game,” said Cedar Valley coach Weston Zabriskie.
Sylvester recorded a season-high 14 total tackles in the win, as he now has 55 tackles and two interceptions this season.
Annie Haycock, Davis (Jr.)
Annie Haycock’s overtime winner in last Friday’s 6A state championship lifted Davis past American Fork 1-0 for its first state title since 2016.
“Annie really stepped it up in the playoffs. She played her best soccer when it mattered the most. Leading up to the final she was frustrated that she hadn’t scored, even though she was creating opportunities for her teammates. But when she got the opportunity to score when it mattered most, she did not disappoint,” said Davis coach Souli Phongsavath.
Her opportunistic finish ended scoring drought of nearly a month as Haycock finished third on the team with 13 goals.
Olivia Chadwick, Green Canyon (Sr.)
Green Canyon marched into the 4A quarterfinals behind another strong effort from Olivia Chadwick over the weekend.
First Green Canyon took care of Canyon View in three games in the first round, and then as an underdog to No. 4 seed Tooele in the quarterfinals the Wolves pulled out the five-game victory by winning the final two sets.
For the season Chadwick is leading Green Canyon with 355 kills and 368 digs.
“Wicky is such a fun athlete to coach. She leads our team in kills and is a close second in digs for the season. She is also a great serve receive passer,” said Green Canyon coach Madison Larsen. “She works hard and is a great leader for our team. I have enjoyed watching her improve and grow as a volleyball player and person. She has such a drive to be better and you can count on her being willing to take big swings.”
Elizabeth Zwahlen, North Summit (Sr.)
Elizabeth Zwahlen wrapped up her high school career with a second straight 2A state title in dominant fashion last Wednesday.
The race being held at Cedar City High School because of COVID-19, Zwahlen looked right at home on the new course as she dominated the 2A field finishing in a time of 18:29.4. It was 38 seconds faster than the second-place runner from Parowan.
“My coaches pushed me a lot harder this year and I’m finally seeing it pay off with faster times. It felt good,” said Zwahlen. “After the gun went off I just decided that I would leave it all out there, try my hardest and start fast and finish fast.”
Porter Schoppe, Panguitch (Sr.)
Panguitch senior Porter Schoppe pushed through the hurt on Wednesday to capture the 1A individual title at the state cross-country championship at Cedar City High School.
Schoppe finished with a dominant time of 16:46.2, a full 38 seconds ahead of the second-place runner from Bryce Valley.
“The last few weeks has kind of been hard, been getting beat by a few kids and most of it was my mind. I was physically in shape, but my mindset, when I’d get a side ache or my legs would get a little tired or I’d hit a tough hill my mind would just give up, and the last week I’ve worked on getting in the right mindset,” said Schoppe.
The right mindset paid dividends as he ended his high school career with a gold medal.
Jacque Dunyon, Weber (Sr.)
The state’s most dominant tennis player ended her high school career the same way it started, with another first singles crown.
Weber’s Jacque Dunyon dominated the 6A state tournament earlier this month with four straight set wins — including a 6-0, 6-0 win in the final — to claim her third straight 6A first singles crown.
Dunyon has signed to play college tennis at Arizona State this fall.
Tyson Shelley, Skyline (Sr.)
Led Skyline to a third straight 5A state title earlier this month with a scintillating performance at the state meet.
Shelley set a nice 36-hole state record with 16-under 128 at the Soldier Hollow Silver Course to claim 5A medalist honors by four strokes. He broke the previous record of 130 set by Weber’s Connor Howe in 2016.
Shelley shot a 7-under 65 on the first day and then a 9-under 63 on the second round, both the low round each day. Skyline won the team title over Park City with a cushion of 21 strokes.
“Tyson is a tremendous player who led Skyline to 3 straight state championships. He is a hard worker and a great teammate, BYU is fortunate to have him coming in their program,” said Skyline coach Kenny James.