Brendan Lacey, Skyline (Sr.)
Skyline’s senior catcher Brendan Lacey is off to a strong start for the Eagles under first-year coach Eric Morgan.
Through six games he is batting .476 with a .520 on-base percentage. He’s recorded two doubles, two triples and nine RBIs.
“There's not a harder worker or a better teammate then Brendan. He is our senior catcher who does a great job with our pitching staff,” said Morgan.
Cambrie Hazel, Spanish Fork (Sr.)
Last year’s Deseret News 4A softball MVP is tearing it up again this year.
Hazel picked up four victories at the Sunroc Invitational in St. George last week, recording 37 strikeouts in the four outings. She made big contributions at the plate as well as batting .643 as the Dons improved to 6-0 this season.
Hazel has signed to play softball at Dixie State next season.
Brayden Jewett, Viewmont (Sr.)
Defending 5A state champion Viewmont is unbeaten in four matches this season with a 3-0-1 record, and the contribution of this three-year defensive starter is a big reason why.
“He brings a calmness to our back line that provides confidence to the whole team. Brayden leads this team on and off the field and is the definition of a student athlete, with his academics coming first. We feel very fortunate to have Brayden be a part of our program,” said Viewmont coach Spencer Keddington.
Viewmont has only allowed one goal in four matches so far this season, which came in a 2-1 win over Bingham.
Dallin Draper, Delta (Jr.)
The junior sprinter left little doubt who the fastest athlete in Utah is in the opening weekend of the track season at Snow Canyon High School. He won the 100 meters with a time of 10.72, which is .08 faster than his best time during all of 2016.
Draper also won the 200 meters at the Snow Canyon Invitational with an impressive time of 21.60.
Last weekend in Delta’s second meet of the year, Draper ran the 400 instead of the 100 and finished third with a strong time of 49.85.
Paige Young, Orem (Sr.)
Orem’s senior hurdler opened the 2017 track season with a bang at the Alpha Invitational at Timpanogos High School last week.
She won the 100 hurdles with a time of 15.36 and the 300 hurdle with a time of 46.64, both of which are the top times so far this track season.
Young was instrumental in leading Orem to the 4A state championship last season as she won the 300 hurdles and finished second in the 100 hurdles.
"Paige is a great athlete and a great kid. We love having her on our team. She is always smiling and willing to put the hard work in to achieve the high goals she has set for herself. As the defending state champ in the 300 hurdles, she is looking to repeat as well as chase some other event titles. She is a big part of our team and we are grateful for her and what she brings to our team," said Orem coach Andrew Jacobs.
McKaizlee Cowan, Juab (Jr.)
This junior got the girls golf season off to a great start last week, shooting a Stableford score of 45 in Juab’s first match at Cove View Golf Course in Richfield, the equivalent of shooting even par.
“Her hard work throughout the entire year is really paying off for her. She is dedicated to the sport year round and plays in tournaments during the offseason from high school golf,” said Juab coach Leanna Lundell.
Cowan also played basketball at Juab this past season and is a high honor roll student.
Ben Lewis, Timpanogos (Sr.)
This senior doubles player had a strong showing at the Desert Tournament in St. George last week.
He contributed to a 4-0 recorded for Timpanogos’ first doubles team with wins over Carbon, Stansbury, Lehi and Bear River. He is 5-1 on the season, and also maintains a 3.9 GPA.
“Ben is great at doubles because of his understanding of the game. He adjusts quickly and is mentally strong,” said Timpanogos coach Glen Zobell.