He hits it long off the tee and is magical with his short game. —Park City golf coach George Murphy said of Drew Fleming.
Drew Fleming, Park City, boys golf
Last year’s 3A runner-up is off to a strong start for the Miners this season.
A co-captain for Park City’s golf team, Fleming is 5-under through five tournaments this year.
“He would love to play at the collegiate level and he has the game to back it up. He hits it long off the tee and is magical with his short game,” said Park City coach George Murphy.
Fleming will travel to Arizona with four of his Park City teammates to compete in a national tournament. It will be a great chance for Fleming to showcase himself against players around the country.
“Drew has a great sense of humor, loves to play the guitar, drain threes during the basketball season, and play as much golf as he possibly can,” said Murphy.
McKenna Lee, Weber, cross country
Absolutely dominated at the American Fork Grass Relays on Saturday.
Facing a tough field, Lee finished with a blistering time of 11:13, a staggering 37 seconds faster than second-place finisher Isabella Jones from West High.
"McKenna is a great leader on our team. I can always count on her to work hard during practices. She has become very consistent. She has worked hard over the summer and is off to a great start this season," said Weber coach Ryan Ortega.
Earlier in the week in a dual-meet against Sky View, Lee easily took first place by finishing nearly two minutes faster than the rest of the field.
Lee also competes on Weber’s swim team in the winter.
Jaren Hall, Maple Mountain, football
Showed tremendous resiliency and leadership in leading Maple Mountain to a 31-30 victory over Corner Canyon last Friday.
The BYU commit struggled early in the game, finishing with four interceptions, but his poise down the stretch helped the Golden Eagles outscore Corner Canyon 18-6 in the fourth quarter for the win.
Hall capped the comeback with a 30-yard touchdown pass to James Wilson with just eight seconds remaining.
Hall finished the game completing 19 of 37 for 212 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, he rushed for 175 yards and a score on 15 carries.
He has four passing touchdowns this season for the surprising 2-0 Golden Eagles.
Kylie Harris, Syracuse, girls soccer
The senior had a week she won’t soon forget.
Last Tuesday Harris scored the game-winner in handing previously unbeaten Viewmont its first loss of the season. Two days later she notched the first hat trick in school history to spearhead the 3-0 victory over West.
“When we got her back from injury after the Bonneville game that really set the tone for the season. She is the type of player that automatically makes the other 10 girls on the field better. Not only her ball skills but her communication and leadership have been well-used since her return,” said Syracuse coach Taylor Allen.
Harris missed the 4-2 loss to open the season, but with her on the field Syracuse is 4-0-1.
“As a staff we talked to her in May about leading out for her senior year and buying into the changes that would be happening with the program, she fully accepted her role as a leader throughout the summer in weightlifting and now has done so on the field in the fall. With her and the other seniors' willingness to change the program it's really helped set the tone for the younger girls for the new expectations at Syracuse,” said Allen.
Garek Bielaczyc, East, cross country
This senior turned in a near-record performance at the prestigious American Fork Grass Relays.
He prevailed in the obstacle course-styled race with a time of 9:43. It was the second-fastest time in meet history and was good enough to edge Weber's Talon Hull by five seconds.
“Garek set high goals this summer for his training so he would be ready for a strong senior year of cross country. We are pleased with his progress and his first meet of the season at the American Fork Grass Relays. It shows his dedication to improving over the summer will pay off throughout the season,” said East coach Bill Cobler.
“He is a rare high school athlete that is able to train more like a college distance runner. Garek is nationally ranked and has had a lot of interest from top college programs from around the country.”
Bielaczyc has been one of the top distances runners in Utah throughout his high school career. In last year’s track season, he finished with the fourth-best 1,600 time in the state and the seventh-best 3,200 time.
Bielaczyc also excels in the classroom as he maintains a 3.9 GPA.
Mallie Brown, Brighton, girls tennis
Has had no problem making the jump from junior varsity to varsity this season.
After going undefeated as Brighton’s JV No. 1 singles player last year, Brown has made the jump to varsity and is 4-1 as Brighton’s No. 2 singles player this year. She’s helped her team to a 5-0 start this season.
“Mallie is one of the nicest young ladies that you will ever meet. She never gets upset on the court and is always a great sport. She is consistent and patiently waits for her opportunities to win points during a match. She is always friendly to all of her opponents and is a team player,” said Brighton coach Natalie Meyer.
Along with participating on the tennis team, Brown is involved with school government at Brighton and a variety of other activities.
Amanda Schultz , Springville, volleyball
The year before Amanda Schultz started her freshman season at Springville High, the volleyball team struggled through a winless season.
"Her freshman year was a building year," said Springville head coach Julia Smith. "She started as a freshman, and her leadership has really made a difference."
It isn't just the other seniors who look to the three-year team captain for guidance. It's the entire program. The outside hitter has top-notch skills, but she also has a competitive edge and generous spirit that helps elevate everything about the team.
"She's one of the most exemplary players I've ever coached," Smith said. "She's a 4.0 student, an extra-miler in every way possible. She's a great combination of grit and kindness. a fighter, she doesn't give up, and she's extremely loyal and positive. That combination has changed not only this season, but really changed our program."
Brenden Robins, Wayne, baseball
Had a dominant outing in Wayne’s Region 20 opener last Friday.
Facing a quality Valley squad, Robins pitched a complete game four-hitter in leading his team to the 4-1 victory. The senior struck out 10 and only allowed two walks, and was aided by a great defense as well with two double plays and a runner caught stealing.
He faced 25 batters in the seven innings.
“He is an important part of our pitching lineup," said Wayne coach Scott Ellett. "He is there when he is needed.”