JOE POND, Judge Memorial, baseball: This senior has been a big part of turning the Bulldogs' baseball program from doormats to 3A state champions.
"Joe is our rock," said coach Jeff Myaer. "I don't think in three years I have ever had to take him out of a game. He just finds a way to get it done."
A four-year starter, Pond threw a one-hitter in the semifinals of the playoffs to propel his team to the championship game. He also made several outstanding plays from his third base position, which he mans when not on the mound.
"I don't think I could say enough about what that kid has done for this team and this program," Myaer said. "He has done so much and brought us so far."
SANDI BOWLES, Riverton, softball: This junior is so athletic and willing to learn new things that in two years of high school softball she's gone from being a right-handed shortstop to a left-handed outfielder.
"She's very self-motivated," said coach Emily Cederholm. "She's a student of the game."
Bowles is batting over .400 for the third-ranked Silverwolves who are one of four unbeaten 5A teams left in the state softball tournament."She's such a tough out for other teams," Cederholm said. "She's quick and she can bunt, slap or hit for power. It's kind of irreplaceable to have someone like that lead off for you."
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