Varsity Extra athletes of the week (Nov. 18-23)

Congratulations to Bishop Kelly and Salmon River on winning state football championships. I was out sick early last week, so I did not get to recognize athletes for their performances during the week of Nov. 11-16. Because of that, I have chosen a few extra kids this week.


Mark Greene, Bishop Kelly (offense): The senior’s determined running gave the Knights the edge in their 42-34 win against Skyview in the 4A state championship at Bronco Stadium. Greene had 18 carries for 183 yards and two touchdowns — both of which came in the second half.

Cole Oliver, Bishop Kelly (defense): The senior inside linebacker anchored the BK defense all season, and he came through once again in the Knights’ 42-34 victory against Skyview in the 4A state championship game. Oliver finished with 10 total tackles and two sacks for a loss of 11 yards.

Leighton Vander Esch, Salmon River: The two-way starter was an unstoppable force for the Savages on their way to back-to-back 1A Division II state championships. At quarterback, Vander Esch completed 15-of-22 passes for 341 yards and six touchdowns without an interception, plus 144 rushing yards and two more TDs. At linebacker, Vander Esch added 12 unassisted tackles and six assisted.


Tori Williams, Centennial: The freshman guard had a strong debut for the Patriots in three victories last week. Centennial beat Middleton (59-51), Borah (49-28) and Meridian (60-34), and Williams finished with 62 combined points for an average of 20.7 points per game. Her biggest game was a 27-point outing against Middleton.

Destiny Slocum, Mountain View: The reigning 5A SIC player of the year picked up where she left off, leading the Mavericks to a pair of wins last week. Slocum scored 17 points in a 62-32 win against Vallivue and dropped 34 points in a 69-50 win over Eagle.

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