Ethan Udy, Northridge (Sr.)
Led Northridge to a 37-28 win over Weber last week with a hat trick of stats.
The senior rushed for 193 yards and two touchdowns, hauled in 100 receiving yards and a TD and also passed for 114 yards and a TD.
“Not many guys that can throw it, run it and catch it and then go be the best defensive player on the field as well. One of those once-a-10-year-type kids you get to coach,” said Northridge coach Erik Thompson.
Northridge’s primary quarterback, Udy has passed for 591 yards and five touchdowns this year and rushed for 713 yards and four touchdowns.
“He was amazing. We have tons of guys hurt, he went a lot on grit and determination. He came out of the game like three or four times cramping, cause he starts on defense as well,” said Thompson. “He’s one of the most amazing competitors that I’ve ever coached. Coming into this year he’s never played quarterback before, but he said he’d like to play quarterback to help the team win.”
Ashlyn Hall, Syracuse (Fr.)
This freshman has started to find her groove for the Titans the past few weeks. She recorded her first hat trick in a 5-0 win over Hunter last Tuesday, and then on Thursday she found the back of the net twice in a narrow 4-3 loss to ranked Viewmont.
“Her skill is incredibly high for a freshman but it's her work ethic that sets her apart. She literally runs from the parking lot to the practice field and is the first player to grab balls and cones from the shed every day,” said coach Taylor Allen. “All of that translates to her work ethic in games. She has a never-ending motor on the field and seems to digest everything the coaches say to her, then quickly applies it to her game.”
Hall leads Syracuse this season with eight goals and five assists, and also maintains a 4.0 GPA.
Hall played a little gun shy in the first half of the season, which Allen attributed to her young age. Four games ago, however, he encouraged her to be aggressive and let her natural abilities take over.
“Since then she's done a great job of not only putting the ball in the net but also getting the ball for other people to score,” said Allen.
Audrey Green, Intermountain Christian (Sr.)
This Westminster commit had a strong showing at the Wendover Tournament over the weekend, leading Intermountain Christian to a second-place finish to St. Joseph.
Green finished with 26 aces, 66 kills, 44 digs and eight blocks to go along with her .357 hitting percentage.
“Audrey has embraced what it means to be a true leader. She is both a physical and emotional leader for this team. She has a great work ethic that helps to push not only her but the rest of the team as well. Audrey is a well-rounded player with a hitting percentage of 0.452 and a team-leading 140 digs for the season,” said ICS coach Brenna Blackburn.
Aubrey Argyle, Davis (Sr.)
Plagued by injuries last spring, which cost Davis a shot at the 5A track team title, Aubrey Argyle is healthy again and starting to find her stride for the Darts.
Last Saturday, Argyle won the Davis District Championships at Layton City Park with a time of 16.22, edging teammate Alley Geisler by three seconds.
“Her junior track season ended half way through the year with a stress fracture, so she has something to prove this cross-country season,” said Davis coach Corbin Talley. “But we've also had to be patient through the summer because of the injury. She is progressing well and racing with a tremendous amount of courage and poise.”
The progress has been obvious. She was 16th at the Grass Relays, eighth at the BYU Invitational, fifth at the Murray Invite and then last week won the Davis District Championships with a new course record.
“Aubrey is doing an incredible job this cross-country season. She is our top runner, but also a very great captain and leader,” said Talley. “I'm very proud of her for coming back so well and staying so focused and positive and patient.”
Josh Leatham, Viewmont (Jr.)
The results of running over 500 miles this summer and spending time in the weight room are starting to pay off for this Viewmont junior.
Josh Leatham won the Davis District Championships at Layton City Park last Wednesday with a time of 13:42 to edge seven Davis runners for the first-place finish.
“Josh Leatham is one of the best runners I have ever coached. He came to us as a freshman. He has always been good, but this year he has put in the extra time to become great,” said Viewmont coach Melissa Fox. “He has constantly set goals bigger than the next. Each race he understands is just a building block for his ultimate goal of state.”
His race last week at the Davis District Championships set a new course record by 24 seconds.
“He started the race with the plan to just run with the front pack and then gain on the runners when possible. As he ran just as he planned. With 800 meters left to go, he continued to gain distance on the field. Josh loves to run and he has a natural ability to do so,” said Fox.
Blake Tomlinson, Skyline (Sr.)
This senior has had a terrific season for the Eagles, as he’s closing in on the region title.
After shooting in the 60s in his first round of Region 6 meets, and then a 72 in his fifth meet, Tomlinson shot a 77 at Mountain Dell in difficult conditions last Wednesday to maintain his lead atop the Region 6 standings.
He has a 12-stroke cushion over Olympus’ Zack Neff for the Region 6 lead.
“Blake's work ethic sets him apart from a lot of players. He is very competitive and wants to improve his game every day. He is also an excellent student,” said Skyline coach Craig Barlow.
Sarah Meitler, Brighton (Jr.)
Brighton’s No. 1 singles player since her freshman year, Sarah Meitler is enjoying a great junior year so far.
With two region matches remaining, Meitler is 10-0 this season for the Bengals.
“Sarah is one of the nicest young ladies that you will ever meet. She has great sportsmanship and is always calm on the court. Sarah is coachable, teachable and always shows respect. She is an awesome team player and I love coaching her,” said Brighton coach Natalie Meyer.
As a freshman, Meitler lost to eventual state champ Breezy Turley from Davis in the first round, and then as a sophomore last year she reached the 5A semifinals before losing to Lone Peak’s Leah Heimuli.
That experience could help her make a deeper run in this year’s state tournament.
Camron Lefler, Tabiona (Sr.)
Tabiona is 2-0 in both Region 17 games that this senior has pitched, and that includes his performance against Pinnacle two weeks ago in which Lefler struck out all nine batters he faced in the victory.
At the plate, Lefler has been strong this season with a .545 batting average and a pair of doubles.
James Edward is the Deseret News prep editor and Real Salt Lake beat writer. EMAIL: [email protected]