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Prep notebook: Gurney leads Snow Canyon's run through 3A softball
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Brytni Gurney has started 18 games, and she's won 18 games.

The Snow Canyon senior pitcher has dominated the Class 3A ranks this season, and that's in large part due to her work ethic during the offseason, when she asked coach Brandyn Sargent to help her get even better.

"Brytni honestly is a workhorse," Sargent said, "Since last year ended, this girl has played summer ball and worked super hard over the summer and offseason."

Sargent said Gurney worked with a trainer to help her with her regimen, and when she could manage to find catcher Mitzi Gates, Gurney would pick her up and drive her to the nearest diamond to work on pitches.

"She's a coach's dream," Sargent said. "You don't ever have to get mad at her."

After she dominated regular-season play and arguably the toughest region in 3A softball, who would?

The College of Southern Idaho commit has provided a commanding presence in the circle for a team that has its eyes set on a state championship. Sargent, who came on staff as a pitching coach last year, said the team and Gurney ran out of gas toward the tail end of last season.

That won't happen this year.

Gurney takes off one day a week and just conditions.

"That's our goal this year," Sargent said, "is to finish strong."

Speed of Love

Herriman freshman Kaysha Love set a Class 4A state record in the 200 meters Saturday at the Davis Invitational.

Love crossed the line in 24.58 seconds to best the 4A mark of 24.62, which was set by Springville's Kaisa Rosenberg in May 2011, according to the Utah High School Activities Association record book.

Love's time is tied for the fourth fastest in state history, according to the record book.

Love was named co-athlete of the meet Saturday.

Tenacious Templars

Gerald Wayman looked up the record of most goals in a season (122) set by Springville in 1990 and said his Manti Templars boys' soccer team could break it.

But the Templars were so dominant in the regular season, the second-half mercy rule of being up by too many goals kicked in.

Manti (13-1) has scored 85 goals in 14 matches and has a trio of goal scorers who won't be topped in 2A this season. Alvaro Cardenas and Juan Frutos have eclipsed the 20-goal mark, while Carlos Garcia sits right behind. Together, they have scored 62 goals this season.

"They would have scored a lot more, but I kind of have a personal feeling that if you get a hat trick, you're done for the day," Wayman said. "I've got plenty of substitutes that need some time as well."

Last standing …for now

Both Wasatch (16-0) and Brighton (12-0) stand as the lone remaining unbeaten boys' soccer teams in the state. The Wasps rounded out their regular season with a 6-0 win at Union, while Brighton trounced rival Jordan 6-0 on Friday.

The Beaver baseball team is 15-0 and has dominated its region as the only undefeated baseball team in the state, while Box Elder (17-0) and Snow Canyon (18-0) are the only softball teams left without a blemish.

Softball • Snow Canyon is one of only two teams in the state still undefeated this season.
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