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Christopher Rowan, Cottonwood

CHRISTOPHER ROWAN, Cottonwood, baseball: The Colts are off to a great start to the 2015 baseball season, and a big reason why is the play of this sophomore catcher.

Last week he got off to a slow start in Cottonwoods three-game series with region rival Taylorsville, going 0 for 3 as his team dropped the opener 2-1.

In the next two games, both wins for the Colts, he went a combined 4 for 6 with two home runs, a double and five RBIs. Both home runs came in Cottonwoods 16-6 victory in the decisive third game of the series.

“Hes got a lot of pop in that bat and hes fun to watch,” said Cottonwood coach Jason Crawford, whose team is 11-2 so far this season. “Hes been hitting well for us all year and today, he just came through in good spots.”

In 26 at-bats this year, Rowan leads Cottonwood with a .423 batting average to go along with his team-leading 4 home runs and 14 RBIs.

HARPER COLEMAN-HOUGHTON, Rowland Hall-St. Marks, softball: Junior outfielder Harper Coleman-Houghtons speed makes her a valuable outfielder for the Winged Lions. But its her leadership that have helped her become a critical part of the teams success.

“Not only is she one of the best captains I have had but she is an amazing leader for the team,” said head softball coach Kathy Howa. “She has earned trust from her teammates which makes it easy for a coach.”

“She leads off for the team at bat and is getting on base 90 percent of the time. She works just as hard in the classroom as she does on the softball field. Shes one of the best outfielders in the state with her speed,” Howa said of the honor student.