After a successful season that saw all three of the Tooele Valley’s high school softball and baseball teams reach the postseason, as well as the return of the Stansbury boys soccer team to the Class 4A state tournament, a number of local athletes were recognized among the very best in the state as All-State teams were announced over the past week.
The Deseret News chose Tooele pitcher Attlyn Johnston and Grantsville pitcher/outfielder Maddison Peterson as its Most Valuable Players in Class 4A and Class 3A softball, respectively. Johnston, a sophomore, led Tooele to its first state championship in nine seasons and its 10th overall, recording a microscoping 0.45 earned-run average with 288 strikeouts and just 29 walks. Peterson was the winning pitcher in the first game of the Class 3A championship series for Grantsville and had a 0.91 ERA for the season, and she hit .473 with a .516 on-base percentage from the leadoff spot as the Cowboys won their third state title in a row.
Outside of the MVPs, the rest of the All-State teams were determined by coaches’ votes. Tooele left fielder Amber Lujan was named First Team All-State in Class 4A with a .472 batting average and 29 RBIs. Stansbury’s Maame Johnson and Tooele’s Madi Baker and Bryerly Avina were named to the Second Team, while Stansbury’s Kalee Philips and Lacey Davies were joined by Tooele’s Kennedie Anderson on the Honorable Mention list.
In Class 3A, Grantsville pitcher Bailey Frischknecht, shortstop Hannah Butler, outfielder Laura Sandberg and catcher Breana Hiatt were First Team All-State selections. Frischknecht had a 1.31 ERA and 139 strikeouts to go with a .370 average at the plate, while Butler hit .389 with 11 home runs and 39 RBIs and Sandberg hit .457 with eight home runs, six doubles and 35 RBIs. Hiatt was the Cowboys’ everyday catcher and posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, and she also hit .418.
Senior first baseman/designated player Rylee Udom and third baseman/pitcher August Cowan were Second Team selections. Second baseman Maizie Clark was on the Honorable Mention list.
On the baseball field, Grantsville junior Parker Thomas added a First Team All-State selection to his Region 13 MVP honors. Thomas had a 5-2 record on the mound and hit .488 with 14 doubles and 30 RBIs for the Cowboys as they won a second consecutive region championship. Senior first baseman Isaac Riding was on the Second Team, and junior outfielder Taylor Wood earned Honorable Mention.
Tooele pitcher/outfielder/third baseman Brett Porthan earned Honorable Mention in Class 4A.
Stansbury defender Dallan Petersen was a Second Team All-State selection in Class 4A boys soccer after the Stallions earned a trip to the state tournament this season. Teammate Brandon Bustillos was an Honorable Mention pick in the midfield. Grantsville striker Dayne Linton was named to the Honorable Mention list in Class 3A.