Athletes honored at banquet

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  • altahoops Provo, UT
    April 6, 2012 1:53 p.m.

    Ummm I thought Chase Hansen (Future Ute QB) was named Best Male High School Athlete. I guess that blows that bias theory to pieces. And I noticed you didn't address the fact that the award was for Best Female High School Athlete, not Best Female High School Basketball Player.

    Lexi Eaton:
    - Two-time First Team All State
    - Three-time First Team All State
    - High Jump State Champion (2011)
    - Two-time Utah Gatorade Player of the Year (2010, 2011)
    - Ms. Basketball in Utah (2010)

    You'd have to take it up with Amy Donaldson why she chose not to give the Ms. Basketball award to Lexi her senior year. She averaged 29 points 7 rebounds per game and her team actually won a state championship that year. She was extremely deserving.

    But again, your argument was that sports writers wouldn't put Lexi's accomplishments in the same zip code with Brittney's. A patently untrue statement.

  • tdlawton Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 6, 2012 12:59 p.m.

    When we see BYU fans vote for an athlete w/o BYU ties over "one of their own" then accuse me of being blinded by bias. Until then these results look like a duck, walk like a duck, & quack like a duck. I think I can be excused for calling them a duck, really does pointing out the facts indicate bias?

    Brittney Martin:
    ESPN's No. 18 senior prospect in the nation.
    Utah's Gatorade Player of the Year.
    The first player to be named Deseret News Ms. Basketball twice in her prep career. (Including her Jr year which was Eaton's Sr. year).
    A four year starter on a team which lost only five games in her four-year varsity career.

    Does anyone seriously doubt that if Brittney was going to attend BYU instead of Oklahoma St. she would have won this poll? Be honest...

  • altahoops Provo, UT
    April 6, 2012 10:32 a.m.

    To tdlawton:

    If you can take off your anti-BYU glasses for a moment, you may want to revisit Lexi Eaton's high school resume. It was stellar. Not to take anything away from Brittney Martin. She is a fine basketball player (see how I did that without putting down another player?). Lexi most definitely is in the same zip code as Ms. Martin as far as high school basketball accomplishments. But Lexi also was an all stater in soccer and track in high school. I believe she broke the state record in high jump. She's a two sport athlete in college (basketball and track). So since the award is the Female High School Athlete award, I think the people got this one right. Lexi is a superb athlete.

    My congratulations to Lexi Eaton for another fine recognition of her athletic talent, hard work, and dedication.

  • Claudio Springville, Ut
    April 6, 2012 9:40 a.m.

    The awards were for 2011, not seasons that are currently in progress. Sometimes reading the whole article does wonders.

  • tdlawton Cottonwood Heights, UT
    April 6, 2012 3:44 a.m.

    "Most of the winners had a BYU connection."

    The nominee pool was solid so I don't think any of the winners was undeserving, but if these awards become just a case of BYU fans' ability to stack internet voting then they will soon have all the value of the "Deseret Duel."

    I doubt any Sports reporters that follow Utah HS sports would put Lexi Eaton's HS accomplishments in the same zip code of Brittney Martin who is also a Basketball athlete. Just one that is going to Oklahoma St vs. playing this winter at BYU (is BYU a HS?).

    I would guess that Stephanie McAllister & Michelle Plouffe "split the Ute vote" but I imagine most neutral observes would rank their years ahead of Carlee Payne as well.

    As for Jimmer, well the category is College or Pro Athlete and if we count his Sr year of College I certainly can't complain about his selection. Just as obviously his first year in the NBA should not even have gotten him nominated. If Jimmer is on the list next year it will be fishy, if he wins then it will brand these awards as a joke.