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Ethan Baer, Pine View

ETHAN BAER, Pine View, soccer: Pine Views soccer team is back in the 3A semifinals for the second straight year, and the poise of this senior defender is a big reason why.

Baer played excellent defense in both Pine View victories last week, a 4-2 first-round in over Park City and then a 3-1 quarterfinal win on the road against Stansbury.

What he did from the spot was even more important.

Against Park City he converted an important penalty kick in the first half, and then against Stansbury he calmly buried two PKs, giving him five goals on the season.

“Those two penalty kicks were huge game-changers and thankfully we were able to convert them. He (Baer) just has straight up power. Im very confident in him, hes a senior leader, and its really nice to have a guy step up and have that kind of confidence to put those in,” said Pine View coach Sam Johnston.

HANNAH PETERSON, South Summit, softball: As impressive as Hannah Peterson is in the circle, she may be even better in the batters box.

“(Hitting) is probably her best thing,” said South Summit head coach Cody Bowen. “Shes hitting a .612, from the left side, and she slaps, she bunts, shes hit five home runs.”

And despite being just a sophomore, Peterson has proven herself to be a critical leader of the teams defense.

“She throws really hard, and she throws several pitches,” Bowen said. “Shes got a good rise ball, she can move the ball in and out, and has a good change up. Shes a great pitcher, but she really does well in all areas.”

Peterson, a three-sport athlete who maintains a 3.8 GPA in the classroom, she plays shortstop when shes not pitching. Shes earned a 12-1 heading into this weekends 2A state tournament.