PAXTON SCHULTZ, Orem, baseball: This junior is coming off a terrific week for the Tigers after leading them to a pair of region victories over Corner Canyon.
In the first game, a 4-3 win for Orem, Schultz pitched all seven innings and struck out 15 batters to improve to 4-0 this season on the mound with a 2.25 ERA.
At the plate, in the two games Schultz went 5 of 7 including two home runs and four RBIs in a 9-8 win in the second victory over Corner Canyon.
Paxtons work ethic and passion is what drives him and our team on and off the field.He gets after it 24 hours a day.He pushes all of us to be better, said Orem coach Carl Hermansen.
Schultz, who maintains a 3.98 GPA in the classroom, leads the state with six home runs this season. A pitcher and first baseman, Schultz has a .372 batting average 15 games into the season.
CAMBRIE HAZEL, Spanish Fork, softball: She may be just a sophomore, but shes already shown she has the mettle of a much older pitcher.
Shes really come along and this year is a top-notch pitcher, said Spanish Fork head coach Don Andrews.
There are faster pitchers and some with more ball movement, but the combination of the two, shes really pretty good.
Hazel won six games for the Dons in her freshman season, and this year shes led the top-ranked team to an undefeated region season thus far. She won last weeks 2-0 win against second-ranked Maple Mountain, and it was in that game she showed just how mentally tough shes become.
This year, every game, shes just getting better and better, he said. Shes always worked hard. But shes really come along mentally. Thats where shes really matured.