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image Tooele senior Justin Rogers (40) throws down a dunk during a Feb. 17 Region 10 boys basketball game against Cedar Valley at Tooele High School. Rogers has been named the Transcript Bulletin’s Male Athlete of the Year for the 2020-21 school year.

May 27, 2021
Tooele’s Rogers named top male athlete

Sometimes, an athlete’s performance is so dominant in one sport, it is impossible to ignore.

Such is the case with Tooele senior Justin Rogers, the Transcript Bulletin’s 2020-21 Male Athlete of the Year.

While Rogers also had a senior season to remember for the Buffaloes on the track, finishing third at the Class 4A state meet in the 110-meter high hurdles in 15.02 seconds, it was on the basketball court where Rogers truly shined. He was named Region 10’s co-Most Valuable Player despite playing for the region’s fifth-place team — an incredible feat, considering that the MVP award normally goes to the best player on the first-place team.

But Rogers’ numbers were just too good. The First Team All-State selection averaged 20.0 points and 10.1 rebounds per game during his senior season, finishing his career with 1,416 points in 95 varsity contests. He led the Buffaloes in 3-pointers made, assists, steals and blocks as well, while serving as an invaluable leader for the Buffaloes.

“At the end of the day, I think it’s more fun to play basketball when you win,” Rogers told the Transcript Bulletin in March. I think a big part of winning was that our team needed a leader, so I stepped up and tried to do the best I could to win every game. It’s definitely fun to score a lot of points or to get the double-double each night, but I feel it’s more important to let your teammates know that you have their back — no matter what happens, they can trust you and that you’re going to do whatever it takes to win.”

Stansbury’s Cayden Clark was named First Team All-Region 10 on the football field, catching 36 passes for 593 yards and 10 touchdowns while recording 61 tackles, five tackles-for-loss, two sacks and two blocked punts. On the baseball field, Clark helped lead the Stallions to the Region 10 championship, hitting .442 with four home runs, 12 doubles, a triple and 38 RBIs.

Grantsville’s Kaden Kelley was a First Team All-State selection in Class 3A football, recording 72 solo tackles and 12 tackles-for-loss as the Cowboys reached the state semifinals. Most memorably, he ran back a fumble for a touchdown in a playoff win against Summit Academy. He also hit .323 with seven doubles, two triples and 26 RBIs while serving as a calming presence behind the plate for the Cowboys’ state championship-winning baseball team. 

Tooele’s Joseph Wilkins, a college signee, closed out his high-school career with a bang by winning the bronze medal in two events at the Class 4A state track meet. He finished the 400-meter dash in 50.02 seconds and the 200 in 22.80, and added a fifth-place finish in the 100 in 11.40.

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