There were plenty of worthy candidates for the Transcript Bulletin’s annual Boys Athlete of the Year honor in 2016-17, with each of the Tooele Valley’s three high schools having years to remember.
Here’s a look at the other finalists for the award, all of whom had a huge impact on the high school sports landscape in Tooele County:
Bronco Cloward, senior, Grantsville — Cloward was the true definition of a successful “student-athlete,” posting a 4.0 grade-point average in addition to his athletic exploits. He played a crucial role on the offensive line for the Cowboys during Grantsville’s resurgent football season, and was a state placer in the heavyweight division on the wrestling mat. He then took up tennis during the spring.
Riley Smith, senior, Grantsville — Smith was an emotional leader for Grantsville on the football and baseball fields. When the Cowboys’ football season could have gone down the tubes because of off-field controversy, Smith was one of the “glue guys” who kept things together. He ran for a team-best 784 yards and seven touchdowns and added three sacks and three tackles-for-loss on defense. He also hit .344 for the baseball team, helping Grantsville advance to the state tournament.
Mitch McIntyre, senior, Stansbury — McIntyre, who will attend Brigham Young University on a baseball scholarship, showed why with a dominant performance for the Stallions this spring. He had a 1.11 ERA on the mound and opponents hit .152 off of him, while he posted a .443 batting average himself with 20 stolen bases and four home runs. During football season, he helped lead Stansbury to its first-ever appearance in the state semifinals by running for 892 yards and a team-high 13 touchdowns on the ground in addition to throwing for 614 yards and six scores.
Casey Roberts, senior, Stansbury — Roberts, a three-sport athlete, played a crucial role for all three teams he participated on. He rushed for 688 yards and eight touchdowns, caught nine passes for 175 yards and two scores and added an interception on defense. During basketball season, his athleticism and tenacity helped him become one of the Stallions’ best defenders as Stansbury finished sixth at the state tournament. He finished fifth in the 100-meter dash and 100-meter dash and third in the 400-meter dash at the state track and field meet in the spring as Stansbury’s boys finished third in Class 3A as a team.
McKay Pollmann, senior, Tooele — When Tooele’s boys basketball season could have gone south after starting 0-3 in Region 10 play, Pollmann’s leadership was a major reason it didn’t. He led the Buffaloes in steals and assists and was the team’s fourth-leading scorer as Tooele bounced back to claim the region’s No. 2 seed. He also provided a steadying influence at third base for the Buffs’ baseball team during a difficult rebuilding year.
Jaren Wilson, senior, Tooele — Wilson was impossible for opposing offensive linemen to stop during the football season, racking up a team-high seven sacks and finishing second on the Buffs’ roster with 6.5 tackles-for-loss during another successful season on the gridiron. When soccer season rolled around, Wilson was brilliant in goal for Tooele, posting four shutouts as the Buffs advanced to the postseason for the first time in a decade and won a state tournament game for the first time since 2003.