Well that was fast.
Several 3A state championships will be on the line this week in boys golf and girls tennis. I’ll be at Soldier Hollow Wednesday and Thursday for golf and then at Liberty Park Friday covering the final day of the tennis tournament.
Pine View took home the team title in last week’s Region 9 golf finale at Sky Mountain and Desert Hills took home the region tennis title by sweeping four of five matches Saturday at Tonaquint Park.
With another exciting week ahead of us, let’s take a look back at some of the notable performances from the past week.
In tennis, Pine View’s Hattie Erekson, playing at No. 1 singles and watched by former Pine View four-time state champion Lacey Hancock, beat Snow Canyon’s Brielle Nielsen 6-1, 6-2 to complete a dominating year in region play.
Desert Hills won the other four championship matches. Freshman Mo Behymer will get a No. 1 seed at state next week after taking down Pine View’s Brielle Callahan 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. The win was extra special as Behymer avenged an earlier-season loss to Callahan.
Abbie Carmack took a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Hurricane’s Katie Werrett in No. 3 singles. In doubles, Alani Plumb and Allie Beck took down Pine View’s Hannah Obray and Charrise Snow 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles. In second doubles, the Thunder’s Jocelyn Kennedy and Lyndsi Graf defeated Pine View’s Kiralyn Mulloy and Ryann Blaser 6-3, 7-6 (6).
In golf, Noah Schone led the way for the Panthers with a 1-under 71 to win medalist honors for the seventh time this year. After handing out medals for victories in the region finale, Schone looked like Michael Phelps with a plethora of hardware around his neck.The senior tied the region record with seven tournament wins, which was set by his cousin Taylor Cummings, who played at Desert Hills two years ago.
In football, Dixie picked up an important victory at home in a 31-22 win over Desert Hills at home. With the win, the Flyers sit atop the 3AA South standings with a one-game lead over the Thunder and the Panthers.
Dixie quarterback Jacob Barben nearly had a perfect outing as he completed 11 of 15 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. His main target was Hobbs Nyberg who finished with four catches for 172 yards and three touchdowns. The junior also got it done on the defensive side as he came up with a big interception.
Desert Hills Nephi had another big game. After rushing for 172 yards and two touchdowns last week, the senior had 129 yards with most of those yards coming after contact as well as two touchdowns in the loss. He also had nine tackles, including one for a loss.
Pine View quarterback Ryan Javines threw for four touchdowns and rushed for two more scores in the Panthers’ 49-19 win over Hurricane at home.
Snow Canyon receiver Zack Nowatzke hauled in a game-high 10 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown to lead the Warriors to their first region victory of the season in a thrilling 17-14 victory over Cedar.
In soccer, Canyon View striker Allie Lloyd scored four goals in two games last week including a hat trick against Richfield. Falcon keeper Jessica Hinck picked up two more shutouts to push her 3A leading total to eight. Incredibly, Canyon View hasn’t allowed a goal in region play through seven games.
Desert Hills’ Brooklyn Lott also scored four goals last week over two games. The senior recorded two goals in a 4-0 win against Cedar and then added two more in a 2-0 win over Dixie. The Thunder now sit in second and just three points behind leader Snow Canyon.
Switching gears to volleyball, Desert Hills’ Charity Bradley had 38 kills in two games and Hailee Harmer added 72 assists to keep the Thunder perfect in region play.
Enterprise stayed perfect in Region 13 with sweeps over South Sevier and Delta – the defending 2A state champions. Jaslyn Gardner had 26 kills and a number of huge blocks to lead the Wolves. Tori Phelps added 66 assists and Lacy Drake had 33 digs in the victories.
In Cross Country, the Pine View girls team took first place at the Cedar invite last Friday. Desert Hills’ Baily Brinkerhoff won the race with a time of 17:47. On the boys side, Jayden Malendrez helped Desert Hills to the team title thanks to a first-place finish with an impressive time of 14:35. For the year, Malendrez currently has one of the top 20 times in the entire country for high school cross country runners.
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