Nick Beasley, South Summit (Sr.)
Nick Beasley passed for three touchdowns to lead South Summit to a big 41-13 victory over North Summit to wrap up the No. 2 seed from the 2A North region.
Beasley has passed for 31 touchdowns this year and has thrown for over 2,000 yards. He has also rushed for nine scores.
“Nick is a great athlete and competitor. He was 11-1 as a starter last year and led his team to the 2A championship game in the triple option offense. This year in a completely different offensive attack he has done a great job, has help lead the team to an 8-1 record and plans on making it back to the state championship,” said South Summit coach Mike Grajek. “I tell him all the time he has the keys to the bus, we have the players on it and in the right seat, now he needs to drive the bus in the right way and direction.”
Emily Jensen, East (So.)
Emily Jensen was instrumental in leading East to a pair of 4A playoff victories last week.
She scored a pair of goals in East’s 4-1 first-round win over Murray on Tuesday, and then on Thursday she scored again in a 3-1 quarterfinal win over Skyridge.
“She's a relentless worker on both sides of the ball even though she plays an attacking position. She can be the setup player as well as the finisher. And she has excellent ball skills,” said East coach Rudy Schenk.
Cameron Mooney, Skyline (Jr.)
When the Skyline volleyball team needs a big play, junior middle Cameron Mooney is the woman who most often answers the call.
"When we need a ball put down, she is our go-to girl," said Skyline head coach Jami Hutchins. "She is an animal on the court, but a teddy bear off the court."
She is averaging just under 10 kills per set, and she has earned 10 aces this season.
"She is a great volleyball and basketball player," Hutchins said. "She is a great teammate and fantastic leader. She is a great friend to all whom she meets."
Ericka Parry, Morgan (Jr.)
Ericka Parry captured the Region 11 title at Cottonwood Complex last Wednesday with a strong race as the junior finished first with a time of 19:19.3, a full 15 seconds faster than the second-place runner.
“Ericka pulled away from the field with about 800 meters left and never looked back. She has been working so hard this past year and set some pretty big goals for herself,” said Morgan coach Brennen Fuller. “We knew it would be a close battle as she has won and lost to both Ridgeline and Bear River girls this season. It came down to who ran the best race on that day. That girl has a ton of heart, and she showed it that day.
“She has been a leader and captain since last year as a young sophomore and would do anything for her team and pushes them to get better everyday. She is a coach's dream athlete and I can't wait to see what noise she makes at state and especially next year.”
Dylan Tidwell, Bingham (So.)
Dylan Tidwell finished first at the Region 3 meet at Cottonwood Complex last Friday with a time of 16:37.43, edging Jordan’s Joseph Jewkes.
“Dylan is full of raw talent and has a work ethic to rival my best and most accomplished runners. No one races like him. He has an unbeatable kick — he runs hard the entire race, not holding back anything, and then finds another gear I have never seen before,” said Bingham coach Alisha Paxton. “At region he chased down two runners who were at least 40 or 50 meters ahead, in less than 400 meters in order to win. The kid can close a race.
“Dylan is the kind of athlete coaches dream about. He truly enjoys working out. He is dedicated and willing to push himself when it counts. He rests when I ask and takes care of his body. He does all the little things that add up to a better race. I am very proud of how far he has come and am excited at his prospects in the future,” said Paxton.
Connor Howe, Weber (Jr.)
Connor Howe earned his second straight 5A medalist honors at the state golf championships at Soldier Hollow two weeks ago.
The junior shot a 70 on Day 1 and then followed it up with a 66 on Day 2 to tie for first with Lone Peak’s Elijah Turner. He won the sudden death to claim the individual title, while leading his team to a fourth-place finish.
“Today the weather was nice and I made a lot of birdies,” said Howe about his round 2 66.
Just a junior, he’ll have a chance at a 3-peat next season.
Whitney Turley, Davis (Sr.)
Whitney Turley finished as a four-time individual state chamption at the 5A state tournament at Liberty Park two weeks ago.
She only dropped three games in four matches at state this year to claim her second straight 5A first singles state title, and in the process led Davis to the coveted team title.
During her freshman and sophomore seasons, Turley won state at second singles. Her older sister, Breezy Turley, was the champ at first singles both years.
Turley has signed to play at the University of Utah.
Jake Spencer, Valley (Sr.)
Jake Spencer was instrumental in leading Valley to a runner-up finish in 1A this season two weeks ago.
A pitcher and designated hitter, Spencer had an ERA under 1.80 this season, and he batted right around .400.
“Jake has been a fun kid to coach these past four seasons. He was instrumental his sophomore year in helping us in winning the state championship when he pitched 5 1/3 innings of the semifinal game. He has been an amazing leader this year,” said Valley coach Joseph Sorensen. “He insisted that each kid on the team set short-term and long-term goals and has helped the team in making sure they accomplish them. He is always making the team smile and laugh with really funny off the wall comments. Jake has been a hard worker, and that pushes everyone to be better around him. I am excited to see what accomplishments he can make this last week of his high school career.”
James Edward is the Deseret News prep editor and Real Salt Lake beat writer. EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org