Brock Gilbert, Syracuse (Sr.)
Has been huge all season, but particularly in the opening three games of Region 1 play as he’s helped Syracuse jump out to a 3-0 start.
Last Tuesday he recorded 31 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in a win over Davis. Three nights later against Layton he scored 22 points to go along with eight rebounds and six assists, including the game-winning acrobatic lay-up at the buzzer.
“Brock is an outstanding player, driven to be the best he can be. He’s a three-year varsity starter and two-year team captain. His play exemplifies hard work and dedication, extraordinary talent and outstanding basketball IQ. His desire to be successful shows in his play on the court and in team leadership,” said Syracuse coach Troy Anderson.
Gilbert is averaging 20.8 points through 14 games for Syracuse, in addition to averaging 8.1 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 2.8 steals.
“He is a vital part of our success this year, incredibly hard to defend, and first to give credit to his teammates. Brock is exciting to watch and we look forward to his continued growth throughout the remainder of the season,” said Anderson.
Brittney Henrie, Panguitch (Jr.)
Had a huge game in leading Panguitch past previously top-ranked Piute last Thursday.
Henrie recorded 16 points, 10 rebounds and three steals as Panguitch prevailed 51-48 in overtime, which vaulted the Bobcats to the new top spot in 1A.
Henrie hit the go-ahead 3-point shot in overtime as well.
“Brittney continues to work on making herself better. She is a great 3-point shooter but understands the importance of being a good ball handler and passer. Brittney continues to get better at taking the ball to the basket so she is more than just a great 3-point shooter,” said Panguitch coach Curtis Barney. “She has a great knack of knowing where the ball is going to come off a missed shot and is our leading rebounder. Brittney rarely forces a shot or pass and continues to improve as a great player.”
The junior is averaging 14.5 points and 6.3 rebounds as region play starts to ramp up.
Cole Moody, Bingham (Sr.)
It’s been a wild last couple weeks for the top 160-pound wrestler in Utah.
Two weekends ago Moody participated in the Doc Buchanan Tournament in California and captured the individual title of the prestigious tourney. He beat the top-ranked wrestler in California along the way.
“It was pretty awesome. I’ve never been to a tournament like that. The atmosphere was great, it felt like a college tournament. I hope my teammates go out to it next year,” said Moody.
Last Tuesday at the All-Star Duals at UVU, Moody beat Olympus’ Isaac Wilcox 1-0. He said it wasn’t the victory he wanted, but credited his “heavy hands defense” for preserving the 1-0 win.
Moody was a state champion wrestler last year and a key contributor defensive for Bingham’s state championship football team last November.
Anthony Puertas, Maeser Prep (Sr.)
This 3A swimmer continues to rank among the state’s best this year.
With the state meet less than a month away, the senior Puertas is poised for a great end to his career.
He owns the best time in the entire state in the 100 butterfly (52.16), and also ranks seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.70) and 10th in the 100 backstroke (55.25).
Rhyan White, Cottonwood (Sr.)
One of the elite swimmers in the state, this junior continues to shine in the pool now in her senior season.
White lowered her state-best time in the 100 fly two weeks ago in a meet against Corner Canyon to 58.85. She also owns the top mark in the 100 backstroke (54.63) and the second-best time in the 200 individual medley (2:07.31).
White has been a state champion in the 100 backstroke the past three years and is the state record holder.
White has signed to swim collegiately at Alabama.