by: Michael Cade, Staci Larson warms up prior to Sandy's recent match versus David Douglas.

The following individuals have been named 'Athletes of the Month' at Sandy High School.

Anyone who makes an 'Athlete of the Month' list is eligible for 'Athlete of the Year' honors.

Staci Larson (Volleyball) 'She has been a tremendous leader,' says coach Chris Meyers. 'She has stepped into her role as a senior. She's been really steady, one of our more reliable passers. She's probably our leader in serving. She leads the team in aces.'

Wes Hughes (Boys Cross Country) 'Wes is unafraid to go out fast and run with the leaders of any race,' says coach Anouxa Vixathep. 'He's made steady improvement and has had great races at both the Jim Danner Invitational and the Pier Park Meet.'

Amanda Schmautz (Girls Cross Country) 'Amanda has separated herself as the best runner on a very talented girls team,' says Vixathep. 'Her breakout performance at the Jim Danner Meet solidified her as our number one runner. She is the first runner (not named Sheryl Page) to break 21 minutes on a five-kilometer course in the last four years."

Greg Ludi (Boys Soccer) 'Since Greg recently moved up front to forward,' says coach Garet Luebbert, 'he has been a strong and dependable resource in the air and on the ground. His athleticism, speed and hard work have created several opportunities for the team. '

Dalton Meade (Girls Soccer) Meade has been spelled on brief occasions by teammates Annalisa Peterson and Katie Sommer but has been in at keeper for the vast majority of the season. Her academic work has also helped the girls soccer earn the highest grade point average of all the fall sports teams at Sandy.

Jake Fenwick (Football) Fenwick has been a big-play threat for the Pioneers all season long. In Friday night's game versus Reynolds, he scored two touchdowns. 'He's just a good football player,' says coach Todd Quinsey. 'He's a competitor, he hates to lose. He plays so hard.'

Luke Jackson (Boys Water Polo) 'He's had a big season and improvement in the last month,' says coach Bobby DeRoest. 'In our biggest game of the year versus Barlow, he had two crucial goals at important times during the game. He was definitely MVP of that game."

Amber Larson (Girls Water Polo) "She's taken on a leadership role,' says DeRoest. 'She's become less shy, her aggressiveness has really shown. She's starting to score more goals in games. She's been pretty consistent. She's someone we definitely rely on to come off the bench and perform."

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