PORTER MAY, Viewmont, soccer: This senior has been a dominant force in goal for Viewmont so far this region season.
He’s recorded three shutouts in four region games as the Vikings have raced out to an impressive 4-0-0 start in Region 1.
After blanking Davis and Weber two weeks ago, May was in goal during a 1-0 overtime victory over Layton last Tuesday and then a 2-1 win over Fremont on Thursday.
“He came straight in from playing basketball at Viewmont,” said Viewmont coach Dave Wigham. “In fact, he missed the first two preseason games due to hoops.”
May had three shutouts all of last year, and with half the regular season remaining, he’s well on his way to eclipsing that total.
May was a strong role player for Viewmont’s boys basketball team this winter, averaging 4.0 points and 1.8 rebounds for the Region 1 runner-up Vikings.
MIKELLE SMEDLEY, Layton, softball: When the Lancers lost their catcher to a transfer, Kelle Smedley volunteered to learn the position. Last year, the team needed a pitcher.
“We really didn’t have anybody else,” Layton head coach Steve Spendlove said. “She said, ‘I’ll do it.’ She started pitching in January of last year, worked with some coaches. She’s pretty good at being tough and consistent.”
Smedley’s consistency has earned her an 8-0 record for the top-ranked Lancers. A national champion in karate, the senior also contributes offensively with seven doubles so far this year. Smedley’s strength is her mental toughness, something that helps everyone on her team.
“She’s the heart of our team,” Spendlove said. “She’s the toughness. … It’s something that’s invaluable to us. She has this no-excuse mentality.”
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