"Most of the winners had a BYU connection."The nominee pool
was solid so I don't think any of the winners was undeserving, but if these
awards become just a case of BYU fans' ability to stack internet voting
then they will soon have all the value of the "Deseret Duel."I doubt any Sports reporters that follow Utah HS sports would put Lexi
Eaton's HS accomplishments in the same zip code of Brittney Martin who is
also a Basketball athlete. Just one that is going to Oklahoma St vs. playing
this winter at BYU (is BYU a HS?).I would guess that Stephanie
McAllister & Michelle Plouffe "split the Ute vote" but I imagine
most neutral observes would rank their years ahead of Carlee Payne as well.As for Jimmer, well the category is College or Pro Athlete and if we
count his Sr year of College I certainly can't complain about his
selection. Just as obviously his first year in the NBA should not even have
gotten him nominated. If Jimmer is on the list next year it will be fishy, if he
wins then it will brand these awards as a joke.
The awards were for 2011, not seasons that are currently in progress. Sometimes
reading the whole article does wonders.
To tdlawton:If you can take off your anti-BYU glasses for a moment,
you may want to revisit Lexi Eaton's high school resume. It was stellar.
Not to take anything away from Brittney Martin. She is a fine basketball player
(see how I did that without putting down another player?). Lexi most definitely
is in the same zip code as Ms. Martin as far as high school basketball
accomplishments. But Lexi also was an all stater in soccer and track in high
school. I believe she broke the state record in high jump. She's a two
sport athlete in college (basketball and track). So since the award is the
Female High School Athlete award, I think the people got this one right. Lexi is
a superb athlete.My congratulations to Lexi Eaton for another fine
recognition of her athletic talent, hard work, and dedication.
When we see BYU fans vote for an athlete w/o BYU ties over "one of their
own" then accuse me of being blinded by bias. Until then these results look
like a duck, walk like a duck, & quack like a duck. I think I can be excused
for calling them a duck, really does pointing out the facts indicate bias? Brittney Martin: ESPN's No. 18 senior prospect in the
nation.Utah's Gatorade Player of the Year.The first player to
be named Deseret News Ms. Basketball twice in her prep career. (Including her Jr
year which was Eaton's Sr. year).A four year starter on a team which
lost only five games in her four-year varsity career. Does anyone
seriously doubt that if Brittney was going to attend BYU instead of Oklahoma St.
she would have won this poll? Be honest...
Ummm I thought Chase Hansen (Future Ute QB) was named Best Male High School
Athlete. I guess that blows that bias theory to pieces. And I noticed you
didn't address the fact that the award was for Best Female High School
Athlete, not Best Female High School Basketball Player.Lexi
Eaton:Soccer - Two-time First Team All StateTrack -
Three-time First Team All State - High Jump State Champion (2011)Basketball - Two-time Utah Gatorade Player of the Year (2010, 2011) - Ms. Basketball in Utah (2010)You'd have to take it up
with Amy Donaldson why she chose not to give the Ms. Basketball award to Lexi
her senior year. She averaged 29 points 7 rebounds per game and her team
actually won a state championship that year. She was extremely deserving.But again, your argument was that sports writers wouldn't put
Lexi's accomplishments in the same zip code with Brittney's. A
patently untrue statement.