JOE LAKE, BOUNTIFUL, soccer: This talented junior attacker enjoyed a very good postseason to help the Braves to back-to-back Class 4A boys soccer championships.
Bountiful, with its state-record eight boys soccer titles in tote, always has a number of players that shine on the postseason stage, and Lake was one of several players to do that this year.
Lake scored twice in the opening round against Orem, had an assist against Mountain Crest in the quarters and just played solid and composed soccer in each of the final two rounds.With one season of varsity soccer remaining, expect Lake to play an even bigger role next spring with the tradition-laden Braves.
LAUREN FOLTA, TOOELE, softball: This senior is a superstar without the superstar attitude.
"She just doesn't believe in second," said Tooele head softball coach Barry Pitt. "She believes in being the best. She's harder on herself than anybody else is. She wants perfection. She doesn't ever want to let up."
Folta is one of the best pitchers in any classification and this year her consistency and leadership led the Buffaloes to a 4A state title. She gave up just 10 runs in the entire tournament. "She's a good hitter as well," said Pitt. "She is good at executing what you want her to do. Actually, whatever you need, she will do her best to come up with. She never questions the signa."Folta, a four-year starter and last year's MVP in 3A, is also a great teammate. "She adds a lot of laughter to the team," Pitt said. "The kids really look up to her, they respect her, but by no means are they afraid of her. She's just a really good person, good grades, a good example."
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