COLTON SHAVER, Jordan, baseball: A week into the season and Colton Shaver has picked up right where he left off.
Jordan has only played two games thus far, but already Shaver has three doubles and a home run in wins over Taylorsville and American Fork.
A Deseret News first teamer both his sophomore and junior year, this senior catcher seems well on his way to a career year before taking his talents to BYU.
As a junior last season, Shaver batted .542 with nine home runs, eight doubles and a 1.028 slugging percentage. The year before he batted .400 with four homers and 10 doubles.
"Led by returning all-state catcher Colton Shaver, we have an excellent chance at having a great season," said Jordan coach Chad Fife.
PerfectGame.org has included Shaver on its 2014 preseason third-team all-American team and its West Region first team.
ASHLEE MURRAY, Mountain Crest, softball: When this junior doesn't have a game on the schedule with the Mountain Crest Mustangs, she finds one with anybody willing to put her on the field.
"She's the equivalent of a softball gym rat," said head coach Mike Anderson. "She will practice any time; and she will definitely play any time."Comment on this story
The junior third baseman and pitcher had 77 opportunities last season and made just two fielding errors. This season she's off to a phenomenal start with three grand slams in a week. Just as dedicated in the classroom, Murray's skill in the field and mental toughness are key to the Mustangs' early season success.
"She's very cool-headed — quick reflexes and she stays calm under pressure," Anderson said. "She is a great teammate. She is a kid who is always about her team, builds her teammates up, and she has a fun personality."