Tooele County’s female high school athletes achieved at an extraordinarily high level in 2017-18, making it a tough choice to narrow it down to just a few standouts when it came to considering the Female Athlete of the Year.
There were a number of deserving candidates at all three schools. But when it came down to it, these three, along with Athlete of the Year Savannah Thomas of Grantsville, really made an impression.
Tooele senior Emily Webber, who signed to play basketball at Mount Hood Community College in Oregon next year, left her mark on the THS girls soccer and girls basketball programs. She was a First Team All-County selection on the soccer pitch, teaming with her twin sister Abby to help anchor Tooele’s strong defense. On the basketball court, she became just the fourth player to win the prestigious White-Kimber Award as Tooele’s top player twice, leading the Buffaloes to a third-place finish in Region 11 and a trip to the state tournament.
Stansbury senior Sienna Riggle, also college-bound, was a star for the Stallions in volleyball and basketball. During volleyball season, she ranked third on the team with 157 kills and had a team-high 45 blocks. As one of the Stallions’ three captains on the basketball floor, she averaged 10.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game and led the team in field-goal percentage and blocked shots.
Grantsville junior Hannah Butler was a force in three sports. After a solid volleyball season, she shifted gears to basketball, where she was a co-captain and helped lead the Cowboys to a Region 13 championship and a third-place finish in the Class 3A state tournament. She was Grantsville’s leading scorer at 9.2 points per game and also grabbed 7.2 rebounds, including a six-game stretch early in the season during which she recorded four double-doubles — missing two more by a single point.
On the softball field, the Cowboys’ starting shortstop hit .301 with six home runs and four doubles, driving in 18 runs as Grantsville captured its second consecutive Class 3A state championship.