Lincoln Powers, Tooele (Sr.)
After rushing for 910 yards as a junior, Lincoln Powers is already halfway toward surpassing that number just three games into the season.
In Tooele’s 55-34 win over Murray last Friday, Powers carried the ball 25 times for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
He’s averaging 10.4 yards per carry and has 563 yards and six touchdowns this season for the 3-0 Buffaloes.
“Lincoln is an outstanding player and an outstanding leader on our team. Lincoln is very competitive and it shows in the way he runs the ball. He is a fast, physical, and powerful runner. I believe Lincoln is one of the top running backs in the state,” said Tooele coach Kyle Brady.
Olivia Wade, Davis (Jr.)
This junior continues scoring goals at a ridiculous clip as Davis crushes Region 2 competition.
She scored seven goals in two blowout wins last week, giving her 18 goals on the season and 60 in her career after scoring 32 as a sophomore last season.
“Olivia is such a versatile player. She can play any position on the field and be one of if not the best player at that position. We have asked her to be more offensive-minded this year, and Olivia has done a terrific job making great runs, getting behind the defense and scoring goals for us,” said Davis coach Souli Phongsavath.
Anna Cox, Morgan (Sr.)
Morgan’s senior middle blocker led her team to a 3-0 win over Northridge last week as she finished with seven kills and a .368 hitting percentage.
“Anna is a team leader for us. She can put the ball away anywhere from pin to pin. She hits the ball hard and is a smart player,” said Morgan coach Liz Wiscombe.
As a junior last year, Cox finished second on the team in blocks and fourth in kills for the 32-0 Trojans.
Kate Hunter, Provo (Sr.)
The two-time 4A state cross-country champion looks poised for a three-peat.
After setting three course records in her first three races of the season, Hunter pulled away for an impressive victory at the BYU Autumn Classic on Saturday with a stellar time of 18:11.4.
“After running 2.5 miles with the leaders, she opened up a 19 second lead in the last half mile,” said Provo coach Danny Moody. “Kate is focused on defending her state championship and improving on her performance at the cross-country national meet.”
Hunter is currently ranked 41st nationally, according to dyestat.com.
So far this season, she’s set new course records at the Premier Cross Country Invitational, Payson Night Hunt and the Valley Regional Park.
Ryan Raff, Lehi (Jr.)
Lehi’s Ryan Raff showed very well at the BYU Autumn Classic last Saturday, finishing first against a stacked field with a time of 15:14.3. Desert Hills’ Jaiden Melendrez was second in 15:22.9.
“He knew what his plan was going into the race, and he was able to execute it the way he wanted. His win at BYU will give him some well-deserved confidence heading into the rest of the season. Utah is full of nationally ranked talent in high school cross-country. Ryan wants to add his name to that list, and he knows it will take more hard work and dedication,” said Lehi coach Chris Dorton.
Raff has proven to be very consistent in his training and encouraging his teammates to be dedicated as well.
“He loves the sport and has made it part of his lifestyle. It’s not just something he thinks about at practice and during races. Ryan represents Lehi as a true Pioneer every time he laces up his running shoes,” said Dorton
Tyler Clayson, Spanish Fork (So.)
Clayson had a great week for Spanish Fork, vaulting himself into the top 5 in the Region 8 standings.
At Hobble Creek on Monday, he shot a 74 and then followed it up on Thursday with a strong 76.
“Most impressively, this kid is just a sophomore who weighs only 110 pounds. He is skilled with his short game, to say the least,” said Spanish Fork coach Jordan Rogers.
Morgan Behymer, Desert Hills (Fr.)
This freshman is making a big impact for Desert Hills already this season.
Two weeks ago she posted a 4-0 record at the Spanish Fork Invitational, including a come-from-behind win in the semifinals as Desert Hills won the team title.
Last week at the Stephen Wade Invitational in St. George, she reached the gold medal round with another come-from-behind win that included a 9-8 tiebreaker win in the third set.
Behymer is 4-1 in region play, including a strong win over Dixie last week in which she only dropped two games in the straight-set win.
“Mo stands out as a player who never quits fighting. She has been an inspiration to our entire team. While we are a deep team with great girls, Mo has proven herself in the heat of competition, winning matches with heart and desire. Very proud of her,” said Desert Hills coach David Smith.
Trey Barney, Panguitch (Sr.)
The Panguitch senior doubled in a big 7-3 win over Piute in which Panguitch scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth
The infielder is a returning Deseret News first team all-stater for the Bobcats. He was also a first teamer in basketball last season.
James Edward is the Deseret News prep editor and Real Salt Lake beat writer. EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org