Chad Nelson, Desert Hills (Sr.)
His strong week helped lead Desert Hills to a two-game sweep of region foe Dixie last week. On Tuesday he picked up the victory on the mound, and at the plate he went a combined 3 for 7 with four RBI and a .929 OPS.
“Chad is a great athlete and competitor. As one of our senior captains he has done a great job leading our team and competing each practice and game,” said Desert Hills coach Chris Allred.
For the season Nelson is batting .350 with one home run and five doubles.
Marisa Bowman, Skyridge (So.)
Is having a very strong season for first-year Skyridge, which sits at 3-0 in Region 7 play thus far.
The sophomore shortstop drove in five runs and made several clutch plays in a 19-7 win over Timpview a couple weeks ago, and then in the next region game she cracked a pair of home runs in a win over Provo.
“She has been a critical component of our lineup and has stepped up as a leader even as a sophomore,” said Skyridge coach Riley White.
Bowman is batting .534 so far this season with three home runs, six doubles, two triples and 21 RBI.
Beamer Wilcken, Murray (Sr.)
The Spartans are off to a 7-0 start this season thanks in large part of the play of Beamer Wilcken.
Wilcken leads the Spartans with nine goals, including a pair he scored last week in the Spartans’ 3-2 overtime victory over Olympus. He added the game-winning assist in that victory as well.
Wilcken ranks second in 4A in scoring this season with nine goals.
Trey Barney, Panguitch (Sr.)
Following a dominant basketball season in which he led Panguitch to the 1A state title and was named 1A MVP, Barney is having a strong track & field season as well.
At the midway point of the season, Barney owns the best javelin throw in the entire state after recording a distance of 176’06.60 at the Pine View Invitational last month.
He best throw last year was 172’06. At last year’s state meet he finished first in the javelin, third in the discus and fourth in the shot put.
Shandi Bastian, Richfield (Sr.)
Turned in a terrific performance at the Temple View Qualifier at Manti High School last week.
The Richfield senior finished first in the 200 and 400 meters along with the high jump. She also finished third in the 100 meters.
Bastian is the reigning 3A state champ in the 400 meters (57.35). At the Temple View meet last Friday she ran the 400 in a time of 59.91 as she continues to post faster and faster times each week. Her 59.91 currently ranks 14th in the entire state at the midpoint of the track season.
Bastian cleared 5’3” to win the high jump last week, which makes her tied for third in the entire state.
Kanna Crosland, East (Sr.)
Crosland has already had a terrific high school career, but it’s not over yet as she hopes to go out with a bang her senior year.
She’s placed in the top 10 in 4A her three previous seasons, including a fourth-place finish last year. She was also a region champion a year ago and is poised to duplicate that performance.
Crosland has been playing in Junior PGA tournaments since she was 12.
She was also a member of East’s swim team this past season.
Jacob Newell, Lone Peak (Sr.)
A four-year member of Lone Peak’s tennis team, Jacob Newell is having tremendous success as a first-year varsity starter this season.
Newell plays first doubles and he’s been instrumental in a 6-0 record so far for the Knights.
“He is humble because he is all about the team and the team’s success. Consistent describes his play as well as his consistently calm demeanor and diverse describes his many talents and activities,” said Lone Peak coach John LaCognata.
Newell maintains a 4.0 GPA at Lone Peak high school and he’s also a student body officer.