PCHS, SSHS get state awards
June 11, 2010
The Deseret News handed Park City High School its second straight "All-Sports" championship earlier this spring, and it naturally follows that a host of Miners were honored individually when the same publication announced its all-state teams, voted on by coaches in each sport. Summit County’s other All-Sports titleholder, Class 2A’s South Summit High School, also received myriad honors.
Park City senior Gillian Gorelik, who will run Division I track and cross country at the University of San Diego next season, added another honor to her extensive trophy case (the shelves must be in danger of collapsing) as the 3A girls’ track Most Valuable Athlete. Gorelik won three individual state titles (800 meters, 1600, 3200) for the overall champion Miners, earning a rare sweep in distance races after a similarly dominating fall season paced the girls’ cross country team to a state title.
From the Miners’ baseball team that went 16-8 before bowing out to Bear River in the state playoffs, Occidental College-bound senior David Feasler was named to the Class 3A second team for his steady play at shortstop, strong pitching and RBI production. He was joined on the second-team squad by junior Skyler Barkdull, who hit .425 and tied Feasler for the team lead with 30 RBIs.
SSHS senior catcher and pitcher Denver Hansen hit .667 and submitted a 1.53 ERA to make the 2A first team, while seniors Trevor Lewis, Orion Wilson and Britton Coil got second team nods. Honorable mentions went to Taylor Baker, Niko Klus and Forrest Sutherland.
The Wildcats were similarly well-represented in 2A softball’s top ranks. Junior catcher Haulsey Larsen was named to the first team with a .337 average and 30 RBIs, while senior shortstop and Record contributor Lexie Reidhead hit .402 while knocking in 21 RBIs. Senior ace McKenzie Woolstenhulme was selected to the first team for season-long dominance on the mound, striking out 185 batters and holding a 1.24 ERA.
Senior second baseman Megan Peterson and junior center fielder Paige Peterson made the second team, as did North Summit High School senior pitcher Sydney Gibbs.
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The improvement of the Park City softball team didn’t go completely unnoticed in the state awards, although junior shortstop Laura Kubicki might be considered slightly unlucky to have reached just the second team after leading the state in home runs and doubles while hitting .636. She struck out just twice all season.
For a Park City soccer team that was in a rebuilding year (they didn’t make the state semifinals for just the second time in 18 years), junior Eric Laufer was recognized on the Class 3A first team at defenseman.
Junior midfielder Anthony Alcox, senior midfielder Matt Vallejo and senior goalkeeper Ben Hess were honorable mentions.
The SSHS soccer team lost in the 2A semifinals and had more all-state honorees than any other school. Senior Levi Thompson made the first team after scoring 18 goals to lead the Wildcats, and defenseman Brent Maines was also on the first squad.
Making the second team were senior forward Casey Roper, junior midfielder Trevor Rydalch and senior defender Josh King. Midfielder Mason Brown, defender Gavin Hatch, and goalkeeper McKinley Smoot received honorable mention.
In lacrosse, not sanctioned by the Utah High School Activities Association and thus not tabulated by the Deseret News, senior midfielder Traci Shurtleff and senior goalkeeper Dacia Morgan – both of whom will play for the University of Utah’s start-up club program next year – made all state first team after leading the Miners to the state semifinals. Sophomore defenseman Katie Coleman made the second team.
For the boys’ team that lost in the state championship to Brighton, Matt Mersereau was a first-team starter for the second straight year as a senior, and fellow senior Alex Scott was honored on defense. Scott’s defensive senior partner David O’Day was an honorable mention.