Grantsville High’s Hannah Butler walked across the stage at the Jon M. Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City to receive her high school diploma on Friday, putting a cap on an extremely successful four-year run.
Her senior season was one for the record books, including a third consecutive state championship in softball, a second-place finish in basketball and a successful volleyball season, and she was right in the middle of all of it. For that reason, Butler has been named the Transcript Bulletin’s Female Athlete of the Year for the 2018-19 school year.
Butler was a star athlete virtually from the time she first set foot on the GHS campus as a freshman, and capped her high school career in spectacular fashion. Her senior year saw the Cowboys win their third state softball title in a row to go along with a second-place finish in basketball that equaled their best in program history, and Grantsville also won a match at the state volleyball tournament in the fall for the first time in recent memory. And Butler was right in the middle of all that success.
She came into the state softball tournament with solid statistics, if unspectacular by her own lofty standards. However, when her team needed her bat most, she was unquestionably at her best. In eight state tournament games, she was 13-for-25 (.520) with seven home runs and 17 RBIs. She was 4-for-6 with three home runs and eight RBIs in the Cowboys’ back-to-back wins over Manti in the championship series.
The final stats for Butler’s senior season included a .389 batting average, 11 home runs, 31 runs scored and 39 RBIs — all career highs. Her .431 on-base percentage and .757 slugging percentage were also the best of her high school career.
On the basketball court, Butler was a Swiss Army knife of sorts. At 5-foot-10, she could play any position on the floor, and often did for the Cowboys. She averaged 9.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.6 steals per game, all of which ranked in the top three on the Grantsville roster. She had 13 points, eight rebounds and five steals in the Cowboys’ state semifinal win over Richfield, with her best all-around statistical game coming against Bear River in November when she had 16 points, 10 rebounds, six steals and three assists.
Butler ranked third on the Cowboys’ volleyball team with 137 kills and was second with 205 digs, 209 serves received, 47 service aces and 40 blocks. She had a season-high 15 kills in a four-set win over Mountain Crest in late August, a match in which she also had 10 digs and five blocks. She also showed her versatility with 21 assists in a three-set win over Tooele and 18 in a two-set win over St. Joseph.