The latest crop of student athletes from Chaparral High School to sign commitments to post-secondary sports programs total five, including athletes …
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The latest crop of student athletes from Chaparral High School
to sign commitments to post-secondary sports programs total five,
including athletes from Wolverines volleyball, boys golf and one
from Parker’s co-operative swim program involving Chaparral,
Ponderosa and Legend.
The five were honored during a ceremony Nov. 10 at the school in
Anna Faul - Ohio State University; volleyball
Anna Faul signed her commitment to play the nets at Ohio State.
A three-year varsity volleyball player, and a hoops athlete, Faul
earned the honor of Female Student Athlete of the Year in 2010.
Every aspect of Ohio State was a fit for the senior, which helped
“I love the intensity of the game, and the team camaraderie,”
Faul said of the sport.
Her favorite moment of high school volleyball has been beating
cross-town rival Ponderosa five times in a row. Faul and company
later claimed the Class 5A state volleyball championship Nov. 13 at
the Denver Coliseum in Denver.
Tanner Jenson - Utah State; golf
Tanner Jenson signed with Utah State to play golf. He has three
years of varsity with Chaparral to his credit and is also a hoops
athlete. He finished in 12th place at the Class 5A state
championship this year. One of the reasons Jenson chose Utah State
was for the chance play the link as a freshman.
“[I enjoy] the outdoors and the people you associate yourself
with,” Jenson said of swinging iron.
Jenson’s favorite moment of high school golf was this past
season at state with teammate Conor Reddick.
“We gad a really fun time in the hotel the night before, and the
state championship experience is always great,” the senior
Skylar Johnson - Ole Miss; volleyball
A staple of Wolverines varsity volleyball the last four years,
Skylar Johnson signed to play for University of Mississippi. She is
the first athlete at Chaparral to earn a varsity letter in
volleyball all four years. She was a second-team All-Conference
selection her sophomore and junior season, and is on par to earn
the same or better as a senior. She said the environment at Ole
Miss was one of a kind and felt right for her decision.
As for the sport, Johnson said, “[I enjoy] the intensity and the
love for the game everyone shares.”
Johnson said her favorite moment of high school competition was
beating cross-town rival Ponderosa during Continental League action
in three games. Johnson and company later claimed the Class 5A
state volleyball championship Nov. 13 at the Denver Coliseum in
Audri Marrs-Miller - Metro State University; volleyball
Audri Marrs-Miller made her commitment to play the nets for
Metro State. She has been a varsity player for Wolverines
volleyball for two seasons and played hoops her first two years of
high school. In 2010, she received an academic all-state nod and
had lettered two years. She said she decided on Metro because of
the indescribable feeling of comfort and excitement when she walked
away from her visit.
Marrs-Miller said what she enjoys most about volleyball is, “The
moment after a big point when we can look at each other and know we
did our jobs. The chemistry in that moment is phenominal.”
The senior said there isn’t a single moment that defines her
favorite of high school volleyball.
“We treat every game like it’s the last and come out with tons
of energy,” Marrs-Miller said. “That is what I will remember. Every
time we step onto a court together, it’s like magic.”
Having achieved their goals of winning the Continental League
title, district and regional championships, Marrs-Miller and
company later claimed the Class 5A state volleyball championship
Nov. 13 at the Denver Coliseum in Denver.
Mike McCormick - University of Wyoming; swimming
A four-year varsity swimmer from Chaparral, Mike McCormick
signed a commitment to hit the waters for the University of
Wyoming. At the Class 5A state championship swim meet last Spring,
McCormick finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke, bettering
his finish of 22nd the year before.
“I enjoy the competitiveness and and the challenge of swimming,”
McCormick said. “It makes me the best I could be.”
He aspires to give his hardest performance in his senior swim
year and make a splash at the 5A meet next year once again.
McCormick said his favorite moment of high school swimming thusfar
was at the start of his junior year.
“Complications with my club swim team made allowed me to start
my high school season after the first three weeks were done,” he
said. “I had just returned from a swim meet in Seattle, and I had
to swim in my first high school swim meet [of the season] that day
I returned. Feeling the jet lag, I was not doing good in the
morning, but I still made it back to the finals that night. I took
a long nap and swam the best event I have ever swam that night.
“I placed seventh in the 200-yard individual medley and third in
the 100 breast. This swim meet had all 4A and 5A teams in Colorado.
This just made me way more excited for state.”
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