Prep athletes of the week
Here's a few of the top high school sports performances from last week:
• Boys' basketball Jarom Tye, Viewmont: The junior guard averages less than 10 points per game, but he found his mojo in a big way last week. Helping the Vikings knock off region foes Hunter and Kearns, he combined for 48 points in the two games. Tye was clearly feeling his 3-point shot, hitting 10 combined. His Hunter game was among the most complete any player has had this year: 27 points, six 3-pointers, 12 rebounds and a pair of assists.
• Girls' basketball Brittney Martin, Syracuse: Statistically, she's not the most consistent, but when she's on, no one dominates a game like the top-ranked senior prospect in the state. The Titans had one of their closer games this season, edging Weber 62-50. But Martin was nothing less than a superstar, scoring 31 points and grabbing 10 boards. She also had six assists and six steals, rounding out the stat sheet nicely in Syracuse's latest victory.
• Boys' swimming Long Gutierrez, Brighton: Is it crazy to think this junior swimming star could someday be competing for an Olympic bid? Gutierrez looked like a man among boys at the 5A state swimming meet. After an offseason during which he broke his elbows, he recovered to break two of his own records in the 200 medley and the 100 butterfly, then set another with his first leg of the Bengals' 400 freestyle relay. With his butterfly and freestyle times, Gutierrez qualified as an All-American.
• Girls' swimming Brianna Francis, Alta: The Hawks didn't get a trophy as a team, but Francis did her best to help them get by Bingham on the final day. She set a record in the 200 medley, won the 100 breaststroke over a defending champ, and helped push Alta to a win in the 400 freestyle relay. For her feats, the junior won swimmer of the year in 5A.
• Wrestling Rasten Yeates, Box Elder: It's hard to argue with what Yeates was able to accomplish in one of the toughest tournaments in the state. The senior pinned three opponents and recorded three victories in his run up the 152-pound classification in the Region 5 tournament. After jumping several weight classes in the offseason, Yeates' performance hasn't suffered: He only has one loss this year. He'll be one of the Bees' favorites as they compete in the state tournament this week.