JEFF ARENS, Riverton, boys basketball: This senior's consistent play throughout the Riverton Holiday Tournament over the break led the 'Wolves to a 3-1 record and a 58-48 overtime victory over Juan Diego in the championship game.
During the four games, Arens averaged 17.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals.
In the championship he scored 17 points, including five straight in OT that proved to be the difference.
"He's so consistent for us. He does everything well. He's so unselfish, he could score more, but we need him to do other things well," said Riverton coach Skyler Wilson. "You almost have to tell him go attack. He kind of doesn't know how good he is sometimes."
Arens missed the first four games with an injury, but since his return Riverton is 6-1 and he's leading the team at 15.6 ppg.
WHITTNI ORTON, Panguitch, girls basketball: She isn't the biggest player on the basketball court, but she plays like she is.
"Whittni is one of those players who can brings a relentless attitude to each game," said Panguitch head coach Curtis Barney. "She plays defense as hard as I have seen anyone play it over the course of a full ball game. She never gets tired and is a fearless competitor."
The junior guard is averaging 13 points, five steals and four assists per game, and has helped the top-ranked Bobcats to an 11-0 start.
She also helped the volleyball team to a 1A title in October, the same month that she earned her third straight 1A cross country state championship.
"Whittni has the ability to take over games in several different ways," Barney said. "She can hurt opponents with her non-stop, in your face defense, or with her great passing skills or with her ability to score the basketball."