High school sports: Preps of the week

Published: Monday, April 30 2012 10:59 p.m. MDT

Weber's #14 Kenny Gordon, right, gets to the ball before Layton's #9 Christian Love and sends it back down field as Layton and Weber play Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at Layton. Weber won 2-1

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

KENNY GORDON, Weber, soccer: Kenny Gordon's offensive prowess helped fuel the Warriors onslaught in a tough Region 1. The senior found the net twice in the recent 5-0 blanking of the Darts and has scored 12 goals this season, including a hat trick against Woods Cross.

Weber head coach Jan Swift commended Gordon for his commitment and devotion to each and every game. "Kenny always gives 100 percent when he steps onto the field," he said.

The dynamic forward displays an exceptional handling on the ball and contributes as a leader for the Warriors. His versatility has aided in Weber's tremendous success and near flawless record. The team hasn't dropped a game since its 2-0 season opening loss to Roy.

SHAELEE PEARSON, Taylorsville, softball: Setting the tone for a team can be a tall order for any player. But when that team leader is just a sophomore, that expectation becomes even more pressure-packed.

Luckily third baseman ShaeLee Pearson loves pressure.

"ShaeLee does well under pressure," said Taylorsville head softball coach Rich Kaelin. "And she's been leading the team since she was a freshman."

Pearson is the team's lead-off batter and when she's on the Warriors are hard to stop.

"She basically starts everything off," said Kaelin. "If she has a good game, we win for sure. … She's a great slapper, bunter, hitter, and she's very confident, very sure of herself."

In the team's last three games, she's gotten on base all but three times.

"She's so fast that it puts a lot of pressure on the defense," Kaelin said of the honor student, who also took up volleyball this year.

"She is very, very competitive but you wouldn't know it," he said. "She's not yelling or screaming; she's just very, very confident and she leads by example."

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