For her leadership on and off the court as a three-sport athlete, the Transcript-Bulletin chose Stansbury High School’s Erika Alvey as the Girls Prep of the Year for the 2012-13 school year.
Alvey said it’s an honor to be recognized for the award, and it took her by surprise.
“There are a lot of good athletes in this county,” she said. “I’m really honored and surprised.”
She said the entire school year has been a dream come true for her, and the award is the perfect way to cap it off.
“The whole year in general has just been so awesome from being Homecoming queen and now being a big factor in all these sports teams,” she said. “It’s really kind of humbling just to be a part of that, and I love Stansbury High School.”
Alvey competed in volleyball, girls basketball and track and field during the year. As a member of both the volleyball and basketball teams, she contributed to each team qualifying for the state tournament, including a second-place finish in the region for volleyball.
She said her best sport this year was volleyball because of the great season and earning second place in the region. The Stansbury volleyball team eventually lost in the first round of the state tournament to Uintah.
Alvey said being a team captain and senior leader was easy this year because her teammates had high levels of maturity. She said she enjoyed being a leader to them because of that maturity.
“They’ve been around sports for a long time,” she said. “They’re my really good friends more than anything. I would do anything for them, and I know that they would for me too.”
In basketball, Alvey led the Lady Stallions in scoring, assists and steals. She averaged 12.6 points, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game. One of her highlight moments came on Jan. 31 in a double-overtime victory against Ogden High School.
The Lady Stallions trailed the Tigers by three points, and Alvey attempted a 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds remaining on the clock. She was fouled on the play and went to the free-throw line. Alvey drained all three free throws to send the game into double overtime, where the Stallions eventually won. That win gave the Stallions a tiebreaker over Ogden that put them into third place. She finished that game with 20 points and knocked down all 10 of her attempted free throws, including the three at the end of overtime.
Alvey said the Ogden game is the first memory that comes to mind when thinking of her favorite sports moments from the 2012-13 school year.
“That’ll always be close to my heart,” she said. “I’ll always remember that.”
Stansbury traveled to Price to face Carbon in the first round of the basketball tournament and lost 35-33. In the low-scoring contest, Alvey led all scorers with 10 points alongside Carbon’s Giovanna Chiara.
Alvey said she has just one regret from this season.
“In both basketball and volleyball we didn’t make it very far in the state tournament,” she said. “I never went to state for basketball my whole career, but that’s not really what I’m going to look back on.”
Alvey’s track and field accomplishments include a fifth-place finish in the 300-yard hurdles at the 3A state track meet. She placed second in that same event at the Region 11 track meet. She was also part of the 4×400 relay team that placed third in the region.