Josh Sanders, Davis (Sr.)
The Darts are off to a strong 7-1 start this season, and the play of this senior is a big reason why.
Sanders leads Davis by averaging 20.4 ppg and 6.3 rpg, including an impressive 29-point performance last Thursday in a 73-58 win over East.
"Josh is a player that has worked extremely hard to improve his game every year. He has added another element to his game each offseason. Right now Josh is leading our team in scoring and shooting a high percentage," said Davis coach Chad Sims. "Josh is a great leader that leads by example. He competes every time he is on the basketball floor."
Sanders is also averaging 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals.
Breaunna Gillen, Copper Hills (Jr.)
Copper Hills had a terrific showing at the Corner Canyon Winter Classic last week, and the play of this junior has a huge reason why.
She scored 19, 16 and 17 points respectively in wins over American Fork, Skyline and Corner Canyon.
"Breaunna is a relentless worker who is never satisfied with her game. As a freshman, she was primarily a 3-point shooter who struggled with the physical play of a varsity game. She is now a play-maker who can score in every way — from the 3-point line, at the rim, and at the free throw line, where she is shooting 90 percent," said Copper Hills coach Benjamin Morley. "Her greatest strength is her decision-making; she rarely forces a shot or a pass, and she loves to create scoring opportunities for her teammates."
Gillen is averaging 16.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 3.6 apg. She also maintains a 4.0 GPA.
"She is one of the smartest and most unselfish players I have ever coached... she doesn't care about who gets credit as long as her team is winning," said Morley.
Brady Lowry, Canyon View (Jr.)
This reigning state champion in 3A is picking up right where he left off after winning last year's 132-pound title.
Now a junior, he is steamrolling the competition at 145 pounds as he's amassed a 23-0 record including strong showings at the Millard Ironman and the Dixie Desert Storm Tournaments.
Jordan Tiffany, Lone Peak (So.)
As the swimming season nears the midway point, this Lone Peak sophomore is really making a name for himself.
He owns the best time in the state in the 200 individual medley (1:56.66), and also owns the second-best mark in the 100 fly (52.55) and the fourth-best time in the 100 breaststroke (59.98).
"Jordan's determination and work ethic has been a driving force that has led him in the pool as well as in the classroom. He has a strong will to succeed, always striving to do his best and taking opportunities to become a better swimmer, leader, and person," said Lone Peak coach Celeste Tiffany.
"Jordan leads by example every day. He is very disciplined in his workouts and training. He understands the value of hard work and his hard work is paying off. He is a very versatile swimmer who is willing to swim where ever the team needs him and that attribute is appreciated by his teammates."
Hadlee Begay, Grantsville (Fr.)
Is making a splash in her first season swimming at the high school level.
The freshman posted the best time in the state in the 100 fly last Friday at the Tooele Invitational. She posted a time of 59.03, which is .51 faster than anyone else during the high school season.
Begay also owns the third-best time in the 500 freestyle (5:16.48).
"She has been a swimmer since childhood. She has been a member of a swim club in Salt Lake and still swims with them. She is very easy to coach in that she will do whatever is asked of her in practice and in swim meets," said Grantsville coach Chism Nash.
In 3A, Begay owns the best times in four events — 200 free, 200 IM, 100 fly and 500 free.
"She is fun to have around and she gets along well with everyone. I also have her as a student in my Honors English class and she is just as good a student as she is a swimmer. I think that combination is what makes her special. She is very dedicated to everything she does. I am excited to see what she will accomplish by the time she is a senior in high school. She is an asset to our little swim program here in Grantsville but she is also a great student and a great kid with a lot to offer," said Nash.