BOSTEN VANDERVEUR, Park City, basketball: A Deseret News second teamer last season, this senior guard opened the season with a bang last week.
Vanderveur knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with 32 points to pace Park City to a 71-58 season-opening victory over Skyline. Vanderveur also added seven rebounds, three steals and two assists.
His 32 points was a new career high, eclipsing the 31 points he scored against Wasatch in a game last December.
As a junior last year, Vanderveur averaged 19.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals as the Miners struggled to a 7-16 finish which included a season-opening loss to Skyline.
Vanderveur is one of four senior returning starters for Park City this season, and hes a big reason expectations are very high.
The players and the coaching staff have big goals for this season. In the past we have struggled to stay together when adversity hits, if we stay together in the tough times we will be a hard team to beat, said coach Caleb Fine.
SHELBEE MOLEN, Fremont, basketball: Her talent was obvious from the moment she suited up for the Silver Wolves. But what has made her a star is how she helps her teammates reach their own potential.
Shes an incredible ballhandler, knows basketball really well, and is playing with a lot of confidence, said head coach Lisa Dalebout. But the thing that makes her so special is that she makes everybody around her better. She passes the ball as beautiful as anybody Ive ever coached.
In the teams first two games, shes averaging 15.5 points, three steals and two assists. Molen works just as hard in the classroom.
Shes always wanting to continue to get better, Dalebout said. Shes a really hard worker, really respectful. Thats how shes been able to reach the level of success that she has. Molen works just as hard in the classroom.