OREM Timpanogos senior Parker Brown is quickly earning a name for himself with his strong left leg.
Brown, one of the state's best all-around athletes, is the Timberwolves' starting quarterback. However, he has accounted for more points as the T-Wolves' place-kicker than he has as quarterback. Not that he's done a bad job as a QB, with two TD passes and one rushing, but he's just been outstanding as a kicker possibly the state's best so far.
Through four games Brown has already booted nine field goals, and at least one in every game. And few of these field goals have been chip shots. In fact, only three were shorter than 30 yards. He kicked a 23-yarder against Riverton, a 21-yarder against Hunter and a 27-yarder against Snow Canyon.
To prove he's not only accurate but strong, Brown split the poles from 44 yards against Hunter and 39 yards against Orem. To show his leg is even stronger than strong, he also drilled field goals of 53 yards and 54 yards in the Orem game two Fridays ago.
According to prep football historian George Felt, Brown is the 71st prep kicker ever to boot three field goals in one game when he had the trifecta against Orem. Even more impressive, with two of those being longer than 50 yards, Brown became only the second Utah prep kicker ever to have two field goals beyond the 50-yard mark in one game. The other was Bingham's Justin Sorensen, who booted a 51-yarder and a 59-yarder last season against Alta.
In the Orem game, Parker did come up short on a 62-yard attempt. But he has successfully kicked field goals that long in practice.
SPANISH FORK'S GOLF DYNASTY IN JEOPARDY: The Spanish Fork Dons have won 14 consecutive region golf championships, at both the 4A and 5A level. However, the Lone Peak Knights are in position to end that impressive streak.
With three Region 4 matches remaining, the Knights lead the Dons by 46 strokes. Spanish Fork has actually won two of the league's five matches, but were bested by the Knights by 54 strokes in the middle three matches. Fortunately for Spanish Fork, the league's final match will be played at Spanish Oaks Golf Course the Dons' home course.
While Spanish Fork has a challenge ahead to win another league title, Dons junior Garrett Moss is in position to win his third straight region medalist title. Moss, with rounds of 68, 73, 67 and 67, leads Lone Peaks' Joe Parkinson and Garrett Fotu by 10 strokes and 15 strokes, respectively.
ST. JOSEPH NEEDS A COACH: With the basketball season on the horizon, the St. Joseph Jayhawks are looking to quickly hire a new girls basketball coach. Athletic director Alex Salvo said the school will hire a new coach by the end of September, so if you're interested in applying, contact Salvo soon by calling 801-394-1515 ext. 30, or by sending him an e-mail at email@example.com.