Three of the four Transcript-Bulletin male runners-up for the Boys Prep of the Year were juniors this year and will be back to lead their teams next year.
Chase Christiansen — Stansbury
Stansbury junior quarterback Chase Christiansen guided a highly successful Stallion offense last season to the 3A quarterfinals where Stansbury lost a 20-13 heartbreaker at home to eventual state champion Dixie. The Stallions finished the year with an 11-1 record.
It was Christiansen’s second year as the starting quarterback and he also filled in as linebacker on defense. His rushing totals as a quarterback last year were staggering with 674 yards in 12 games for a 56.2 yards-per-game average and 11 rushing touchdowns. He also connected on 42 of 87 passes.
Christiansen will spend a little more time on the field as a linebacker this season. Several Division I college teams are recruiting Christiansen as a linebacker, including the Naval Academy. The quarterback also ran track this year and excelled in the sprints. He placed fourth in the 100 meter dash at the Utah State Track & Field Championships at Brigham Young University with a time of 11.27, and was a member of several outstanding relay teams for the Stallions.
Allan Havili — Stansbury
Junior lineman Allan Havili has already committed to play football for the PAC-12’s University of Utah. Rivals.com lists Havili as a three-star athlete. The defensive tackle also had offers from Wisconsin, Arizona, Hawaii and Utah State.
“At 6 foot, 4 inches and 300 pounds, a lot of colleges think Havili will be something special in college,” said SHS football coach Clint Christiansen.
In two seasons, Havili accumulated 87 tackles and two sacks. He also made life easier for Stansbury running backs by opening gaping holes for them with his dominance on the offensive line. Havili also scored points at the state track meet with an eighth-place finish in the shot put.
Track coach Randy Quarez said he was pleased to have Havili on the track team.
“[Havili] provided great leadership and college recruiters like to see how fast kids can run with their times,” he said. “[He wasn’t] arrogant or anything and was very supportive of the rest of the team. I hope that trend continues for us with football players on our track team.”
Dallon Didericksen — Stansbury
Junior track athlete Dallon Didericksen racked up 20 of Stansbury’s 64 points at the state track meet on May 18 all on his own by winning the 100-meter run in the early afternoon and then the 200-meter about three hours later. In between, he anchored Stansbury’s 4×100 state champion relay team which gave the Stallions another 10 team points. Stansbury’s 64 points were good enough for third place, and they finished only one point out of second place.
Didericksen has been invited to compete in the Great Southwest Track & Field Classic in Albuquerque, N.M., from June 5 to 8. Didericksen clocked the fourth-fastest time in all Utah classifications this year in the 100 meters with a time of 10.98.
Brandon Johnson — Tooele
Tooele senior swimmer Brandon Johnson capped off his high school career by winning the 100 butterfly at the state championships. He also broke the school record in the event with a time of 53.56, which eclipsed a record set by Larry Seals that had stood for several years.
“As a sophomore, Brandon started to develop and improve,” said THS swimming coach Mel Roberts. “He idolized a pair of great swimmers we had in Skyler Smith and Casey McEachern and wanted to be just like them.”
As a junior, Johnson placed second in the 100 fly and then won it as a senior. He also medaled in the 200 individual medley, 200 freestyle and as a member of the 200 free relay team. With only two Division I college swim teams in Utah, scholarships are rare. Roberts said Johnson is considering walking on to the swimming team at the University of Utah.