In an era where athletes are leaning more toward specializing in just one sport, Tooele County is a bit of a throwback.
Most of the area’s top athletes don’t limit themselves to playing just one sport, choosing to sit out two-thirds of the school year. Instead, you get to see a lot of the same kids season after season, from volleyball and soccer through basketball and on to softball and track.
All of the candidates for the Transcript Bulletin’s Female Athlete of the Year award excelled in multiple sports, and the best part for local high school sports fans is that four of the seven finalists will be back next year.
Here’s a look at the other six finalists:
Brayle Crosman, senior, Grantsville — Crosman will play basketball next season at Central Wyoming College next season after averaging 11.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.0 steals per game for Grantsville this season, helping the Cowboys finish with a 21-4 overall record and a Region 10 championship. As if that wasn’t enough on its own, she hit .351 with eight home runs and seven doubles for Grantsville’s state-championship-winning softball squad and was one of the state’s top defensive catchers.
Rylie Ekins, senior, Grantsville — Ekins wasn’t just a three-sport athlete — she was a standout in all three. She had a team-best 180 kills and 55 aces on the volleyball court. She scored 12.3 points per game and hit a team-high 32 3-pointers during basketball season, and went on to finish 15th at the state track and field meet in the high jump.
Kyrstanne Idom, senior, Stansbury — Idom will play soccer at Neosho County Community College in Kansas, bringing a wealth of big-game experience with her after scoring 16 goals and 17 assists in three seasons at Stansbury. Her athleticism and leadership proved invaluable for a young Stansbury basketball squad, helping the Stallions advance to the state tournament yet again.
Taylor Hinds, freshman, Stansbury — Hinds will likely be a fixture among the county’s top athletes for years to come. After working her way into the Stallions’ starting lineup just before the region basketball season began, she ended up on the all-Region 10 first team and was unstoppable at times. She also showed a lot of promise during the track season, finishing 14th at state in the 400-meter dash and also qualifying for state in the long jump.
Emily Webber, junior, Tooele — Webber was named second team All-Region and won the White-Kimber Award in honor of her contributions to the Tooele girls basketball team, averaging 10 points per game to help lead the Buffaloes to a state tournament berth. She was also a force in the midfield for Tooele on the soccer pitch as the Buffs advanced to the state quarterfinals.
Blake Hervat, junior, Tooele — Hervat is another three-sport standout. During volleyball season, she ranked second on the team with 37 blocks and third on the team with 27 aces. On the basketball court, she was a threat from 3-point range and her 5-foot-11 height created matchup problems. She then moved on to the softball field, where she did a great job as the Buffs’ starting catcher and hit .315 with four home runs and four doubles.