HS notable performances: Running backs set career highs in victories this past week

HS notable performances: Running backs set career highs in victories this past week

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HS notable performances: Running backs set career highs in victories this past week

This past week, teams from Southern Utah came up short of taking home state titles in girls tennis and boys golf.

Desert Hills' Alani Plumb and Allie Beck pose for a picture after taking second in first doubles at the 2016 3A state tournament at Liberty Park on Friday.

Desert Hills’ Alani Plumb and Allie Beck pose for a picture after taking second in first doubles at the 2016 3A state tournament at Liberty Park on Friday.

As a team, Desert Hills missed second place by two points and Pine View also missed out on some hardware by coming up one stroke short against Logan. Noah Schone led the Panthers as he finished in a tie for second after falling in a sudden-death playoff with two other players. Schone fired rounds of 71 and 69 to finish 4-under for the tournament.

In tennis, Desert Hills’ Alani Plumb and Allie Beck finished second after falling in three sets in the championship match to Park City’s Julianna Signor and Brooklyn Thompson. What’s most impressive, is that Plumb and Beck just started playing together just a couple of weeks ago due to team injuries which forced several lineup changes for the Thunder. Both Plumb and Beck are juniors and will be one of the favorites to win the doubles title next year.

With football getting a bye week due to school being out Thursday and Friday, all eyes will be on soccer, volleyball and cross country.

The first round of the 3A state soccer tournament will begin Wednesday with the top two seeds from each region playing at home. No. 1 Desert Hills hosts No. 4 Ridgeline and No. 2 Snow Canyon will host Morgan. Cedar goes on the road to face Juan Diego and Hurricane will take on top-seeded Logan.

With another exciting week ahead of us, let’s take a look back at some of the notable performances from the past week.

In football, Cedar’s Trent Maurer rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns as the Redmen won their first region game of the year at home against Hurricane. The Redmen have lost some close games this year and were playing without their top two offensive players and team leaders who have gone down with season-ending injuries.

Desert Hills players celebrate a touchdown against Pine View on Friday. Nephi Sewell ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

Desert Hills players celebrate a touchdown against Pine View on Friday. Nephi Sewell ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

Hurricane running back Jaron Cordova had a monster game in the loss for the Tigers. The junior had 198 yards on the ground and ran for two scores in the 37-29 loss.

Speaking of running backs, Dixie’s Ammon Ah’Quin had a career high in a 48-21 win over Snow Canyon. The sophomore rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns to help the Flyers clinch the No. 1 seed in the 3AA South division. Quarterback Jacob Barben had another terrific game as he passed for 304 yards and four touchdowns in the win for the Flyers.

Snow Canyon had some shining moments as wide receiver Tyson Deland had five catches for 149 yards and a touchdown. His teammate, Britton Webster had 11 tackles on the night and also rushed for a touchdown despite the loss.

Desert Hills bounced back from a loss to Dixie with a 36-19 win over Pine View at home. The Thunder were led by running back Nephi Sewell who averaged nearly nine yards a carry. The senior finished the night with 181 yards and two touchdowns. 

In soccer, Canyon View’s Tylee Bulloch scored 3 goals as the Falcons beat Carbon 6-0 and Juab 2-1 to secure a second straight unbeaten season in Region 12.

Desert Hills midfielder Kodee Bracken celebrates a goal against Dixie Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016.

Desert Hills midfielder Kodee Bracken celebrates a goal against Dixie Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016.

Kodee Bracken scored two goals as Desert Hills beat Snow Canyon 3-0 and Pine View 4-2 to clinch the top seed in Region 9. Cedar’s Julia Hunt and Holly Carpenter each scored two goals last week as the Lady Reds got a pair of 2-1 wins to finish third in the region 9.

In volleyball, Desert Hills’ Hailee Harmer had 79 assists as the Thunder remained perfect in region play with wins over Dixie and Hurricane. Pine View’s Kiara Rivas had 33 digs including 26 against Snow Canyon as the Panthers won a pair of games to stay just a game back of the Thunder. Dixie’s Brooklyn Wright had 70 assists for the Flyers who sit in third place with  a one-game lead over Snow Canyon.

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