The Transcript-Bulletin’s female runners-up for the Girls Prep of the Year ranged from softball stars who led their team to a state championship, to multi-sport athletes, including one girl who made her mark in contrasting styles of athletics.
Hailey Stevens — Grantsville
Grantsville track and field coach Traci Stevens, and Hailey’s mother, said before the season, all Hailey wanted to do was try and surpass her mom in all aspects of track and field. She made quite the showing during the season toward that effort.
Hailey won the state championship in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 5 inches. She also placed third in the long jump with a distance of 17 feet, 2.25 inches. Finally, she placed eighth in the 100-meter hurdles event.
She competed on the Grantsville High School cross-country team as well.
Katelyn Robinson — Stansbury
Part of the Stansbury High School softball team that won the state championship, left-fielder Katelyn Robinson hit as the No. 3 hitter in the lineup. Robinson tied for the team lead in extra-base hits with 16, including four home runs and four triples. She knocked in 31 RBIs and scored 42 runs for the Lady Stallions this year with a .369 batting average.
One of her best performances of the season came during the state tournament against Snow Canyon. Robinson went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, three runs scored and a double hit en route to helping Stansbury dismantle Snow Canyon 16-0.
Alyssa Banks — Tooele
Alyssa Banks showed off a variety of skills by competing in three contrasting sports. She competed as part of Tooele High School’s soccer team, drill team and the track and field team.
Banks made noise at state with a fifth-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles event and an eighth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles event. Banks scored all the points for the girls track and field team with those two hurdles finishes.
She competed on the Tooele ShaRonns drill team that finished with a tie for fourth place in Region 11 with Bear River High School’s drill team. Finally, she scored seven goals this season for the girls soccer team that finished sixth in the region with a 5-10-1 overall record.
Karlee Manzione — Stansbury
Karlee Manzione capped off a decorated senior year with a state championship as part of the softball team. She also has the brains of the crew as a recipient of the Academic All-State Award three times this year from the Utah High School Activities Association. She earned the Academic All-State awards as a three-sport athlete in girls tennis, girls basketball and softball.
Manzione led the softball team in RBIs this season with 45, and she consistently got on base with a .411 batting average. She scored 38 runs and hit three home runs. In basketball, she led Stansbury in rebounding with 6.3 rebounds per game.