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Spencer Johnson, American Fork boys basketball and Felicia Marshall, Layton Christian girls basketball

Boys Basketball

Spencer Johnson, American Fork (Sr.)

The fifth-ranked Cavemen are right in the thick of the Region 4 race, and the play of this senior guard is a big reason why.

He ranks in the top 10 in 5A in four difference statistical categories. He’s second in scoring (20.1 ppg), eighth in rebounds (7.8 rpg), eighth in assists (3.6 apg) and second in steals (3.2 spg).

“He’s kind of our insurance guy for us. He maintains a great demeanor when things are good and when things aren’t so good. He does those little things, he sees missed shots as a chance to score,” said American Fork coach Doug Meacham. “He does a good job of not getting rattled and maintaining the composure you hope your team does.”

The Weber State commit has started every game since his sophomore year, and last year was a Deseret News second-team all-stater.

“(Weber State) sees him as a multi-faceted guard, one that can handle the ball in pressure, and make shots and make tough shots,” said Meacham.

Girls Basketball

Felicia Marshall, Layton Christian (Sr.)

Felicia Marshall’s desire to be the best helps transform her from a gifted player to an exceptional talent.

“She is a big-time athlete that is really figuring out how good she is,” said Eagles head coach Dave Hammer Jr. “Felicia is one of our team captains and she is a natural leader. The girls look up to her very much, and she absolutely brings it every day in practice and in games. We are lucky to have her.”

The senior guard is averaging 10 points, 10 rebounds and four steals and she draws the toughest defensive assignments each game. The two-sport star also maintains a 3.9 GPA, and has had to play a much bigger role after the team lost its leading scorer to injury.

Wrestling

Connor Kirkland, Roy (Sr.)

It doesn’t get much better than perfection, and that’s exactly what this Roy senior has been on the mats this year.

The 182-pounder is 30-0 this season, which includes first-place finishes at the Layton Invitational, Viewmont Invitational, and Box Elder’s Richardson Memorial.

He was also the 5A representative at the Utah All-Star Duals two weeks ago and is on the Region 1 all-academic team with a 3.9 GPA.

“Connor is a great kid. He’s an awesome team leader and sets a great example for his teammates,” said Roy coach Santos Gallegos.

Boys Swimming

Nathan Wallace, Canyon View (Sr.)

This senior swimmer is wrapping up his career in strong fashion.

On top of owning every freestyle record at Canyon View High School, he also owns the best time in Utah throughout the entire high school season in both the 50 free (21.29) and 100 free (47.39). In both events, his time is over a half second faster than the next swimmer.

“The last couple years his dedication has been very high,” said Canyon View coach Kirt Brown. “He puts a lot of hour in every day, but he’s also an outstanding student. He goes to the Success Academy at Southern Utah, and his course load is pretty much all college classes.”

Wallace has signed to swim collegiately at BYU.

Wallace also swims the anchor leg in Canyon View’s 200 free relay, which also owns the best time in the state this season. His 200-free time ranks fifth in Utah.

Girls Swimming

Shelby Bulkley, Payson (Sr.)

When it comes to Payson swimming, Shelby Bulkley is a pioneer according to her coach, and mother, Jilyan Bulkley.

During her freshman year she was the only member of Payson’s swim team, but now, in her senior season, she has 24 teammates.

“Shelby is an outstanding and dedicated athlete and student and deserves to be commended for her individual achievements,” said coach Jilyan Bulkley.

Last week she broke her own school records in the 100 and 200 freestyles, the 100 backstroke and the 200 individual medley. She also helped break the school record in the 200 medley relay.

She’s ranked in the top 10 in 4A in the 100 and 200 freestyles and the 100 backstroke.

She’s also an exceptional student in the classroom with a 4.0 GPA and is Payson’s Science Sterling School winner.

“When talking to her about her run to the state championships she told me that she knew she would get to state and what matters to her now is getting her friends and teammates there with her. She then led the medley relay to a record-setting time and they dropped four seconds from their previous best,” said coach Bulkley.

Deseret News prep editor and Real Salt Lake beat writer. EMAIL: jedward@deseretnews.com