Kael Atkinson, South Summit (Jr.)
Had another great outing last Friday in leading South Summit to the impressive victory over two-time defending state champion Beaver.
Atkinson completed 26 of 34 passes for 255 yards in addition to rushing for 75 yards and another score on just eight carries.
For the season Atkinson has completed 104 of 138 passes for 1,337 yards and 13 touchdowns.
“I ask a lot from my quarterbacks in the system that we run, he does a great job of doing what I ask. I put him in a lot of tough situations and he's responded great. he's one of the top quarterbacks in the state as well as the last couple weeks has been the top five in the country in touchdowns and yards,” said South Summit coach Mike Grajek.
“He is humble and always willing to do what ever I ask. He's not only a great player on the field but also off the field and that's shows with his performance.”
Nikki Oliver, Copper Hills (Sr.)
The senior is having a phenomenal season for the fifth-ranked Grizzlies.
“Nikki is going into her senior season and has really stepped up and has decided she wants to be a leader this year,” said Copper Hills coach Ryan Rumfallo.
Oliver has scored 13 goals this season, including a goal last week in an 8-0 victory over Taylorsville.
Apalima Sokopeti Brown, Highland (Sr.)
Had a strong showing at the Hunter Tournament last week, and is a very influential captain on Highland’s volleyball team this season.
“She plays a big part in keeping our team together both on and off the court. She has the biggest heart and upholds the meaning of a captain. She has so much on her plate from being SBO Secretary but still manages to have all AP classes,” said Highland coach Tea Sitake.
Brown maintains a 3.9 GPA and plays multiple sports at Highland.
Girls Cross Country
Anna Martin, Lehi (So.)
This Lehi sophomore ran a great race against a strong field of runners at the Wasatch XC Invitational at Soldier Hollow on Saturday.
Martin finished the 5K course with a time of 20:05.08, over 21 seconds faster than the second-place runner from Herriman.
“Anna had an amazing race. We knew she could be in the top 5, and that it would be a strong pace because Mica (Rivera) from Herriman is a strong runner as well,” said Lehi coach Chris Dorton. “She ran extremely smart for the first two miles, and just shadowed the leader. Everything was set up well for her and she executed the course perfectly.
“We raced at Soldier Hollow and that course is known for its hills. One of Anna's great strengths as a runner is to power up any hill she sees. She was able to break away from the leaders after the second mile and never looked back. This is the first varsity race she has won, and being just a sophomore her future is filled with great potential.”
Boys Cross Country
Brandon Garnica, Springville (Sr.)
Won the Murray Cross Invite at Murray Park on Friday in thrilling fashion.
The Springville senior outkicked Olympus’ Jima Rout to the finish line to prevail with a time of 14:52.80, just a 10th of a second ahead of Rout.
Ryker Smith, Carbon (Sr.)
After a strong junior season, Ryker Smith has picked up right where he left off.
Last week he shot a 4-under 66 at the Carbon Country Club to lead his team to a team score of 299. Smith is the low individual in Region 14 a month into the season.
Earlier this summer Smith tied for second at the Utah High School All-State Invitational at Fox Hollow Golf Course as he shot a 68.
Mia Beck, American Fork (So.)
Is making a big splash at third singles this year For American Fork.
The sophomore owns a 12-1 record this season, including a 4-0 record in St. George this past weekend as American Fork won the Duel in the Desert Tournament.
“Mia is the smallest player on our team but packs one of the biggest punches as a player. She is always smiling but has a killer instinct on the court,” said American Fork coach Jason Herrud. “She seems to play better the closer the match is, her mental toughness is mentioned by opposing players and coaches as one of her best attributes. Girls on the team love her fun loving attitude and spunky personality as she loves to make people smile. Academically she is on the honor roll and excels in the classroom.”