James Nelson, Salem Hills (Sr.)
Had a huge performance last week against Orem to lead Salem Hills to a 4-0 start in Region 10 play.
He recorded 26 points, six rebounds and five assists as the Skyhawks pulled off the 58-53 road upset over Orem.
“James has the ability to score from anywhere on the court and has been very consistent doing that. He also is a very good team defender and rebounder. His energy on both ends of the court have been a big difference for us this year,” said Salem Hills coach Jimmy DeGraffenried.
Nelson is averaging 23.4 ppg, which ranks second in the entire state.
Tahlia White, Mountain View (Sr.)
Had two big performances last week as the Bruins improved to 5-0 in Region 10 play and 12-1 overall.
Against Lehi on Tuesday she recorded 22 points in the 73-58 victory, and then three nights later against Orem White scored 26 points on four 3-pointers in the 72-34 win.
White is averaging 22.7 ppg for the Bruins.
"Tahlia is one of the most versatile players in the state. She can bring the ball up, she can post up, she can score, rebound, pass, and her defense is outstanding. She’s a hard worker and fills the stat sheet with ease. She’s also a 4.0 student and a great teammate and leader," said Mountain View coach Alexis Kaufusi.
Brayson Wilcox, Monticello (Sr.)
Is having an awesome season for Monticello with the state tournament just around the corner.
Last week at the Rockwell Rumble he advanced to the finals of the 152-pound weight class against a field of 63 other wrestlers. En route to the final, Wilcox beat Altamont two-time state champion McKay Foy and Bear River’s two-time state champion Kaygen Canfield.
Wilcox earned two takedowns in the final 22 seconds to beat the favorite Foy 12-7. Afterward, he said the win was, “the great moment of my life.”
He lost in the final to highly-ranked Herriman wrestler Logan Jensen, 6-3.
Other accomplishments this season include titles at the Grand, Juab, Gunnison and Pagosa Springs, Colorado tournaments. He was also a winner at the Utah All-Star Duals.
Wilcox is a student body officer at Monticello who maintains a 4.0 GPA. He also participates in football, baseball and track.
Darwin Anderson, Sky View (Jr.)
This junior appears to be peaking at just the right time with the state meet just a few weeks away.
Anderson owns the best time in 4A in both the 200 freestyle (1:46.45) and 200 individual medley (2:01.24), and the fourth-best time in the 100 fly and 100 free. The 200 free time was turned in last week at the Highland Invitational.
“Darwin is a humble, hardworking, and talented swimmer. He will accomplish anything he puts his mind to. He is a friend to all while being a great competitor in the pool,” said Sky View coach Marcus Singleton.
Anderson moved to Utah from Wyoming this offseason and has fit right in with his new teammates.
Sefilina Maile, Viewmont (Jr.)
The best sprinter in the state is gearing up for another big state meet next month.
Maile owns the best mark in the state in both the 50 free (24.18) and 100 free (52.02), and she also owns the second-best time in the 200 free (1:54.07).
Her 200 individual medley time ranks fourth (2:10.10).
Maile won the 5A state title last year in the 100 and 200 free.