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Bountiful’s Karen Valcarce is Week 30 athlete of the week

Her team may have finished second at the 4A state golf championships, where she captured third place in the individual standings, but when it came down to the wire on voting for Week 30 of the 2014-2015 school year with the Preps Utah player of the week, Bountiful’s Karen Valcarce came out on top. The voting for the week of May 11 turned into a two-way battle between Valcarce and 4A state champion Naomi Soifua of Provo, and the Bountiful golfer edged the Provo sophomore.

Valcarce captured nearly 50 percent of the just over 1,000 total votes cast, while Soifua finished with just under 44 percent. Jessica Sloot of Davis, Lone Peak’s Kerstin Fotu and Katie Perkins from Desert Hills split the remaining votes.

Karen Valcarce of Bountiful finished third individually at the 2015 state golf championships. (Photo by Kurt Johnson)

Karen Valcarce of Bountiful finished third individually at the 2015 state golf championships. (Photo by Kurt Johnson)

Bountiful’s No. 1 golfer, Valcarce shot 78-76 in the inaugural two-day version of the state girls golf tournament, but that left her 12 shots (12 points in the Stableford scoring used by the state in tracking girls golf) behind two-time state champion Soifua. The Braves turned in a strong tournament, finishing in second place as a team, 11 points behind heavily favored Provo.

Each week, we select five new candidates for consideration by the followers of prep sports in the state of Utah as the Preps Utah athlete of the week. Readers vote online on our website at and the winner is announced on Monday, when five new nominees are announced.

At the end of the school year, we will draw at random one of our female and one male weekly winner, and the two athletes whose names are selected will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Over the past two years, we have awarded $4,000 in scholarships to Utah high school student-athletes.

Final Week for 2014-2015 School Year

The week of May 18 is the final week of voting for this school year’s Preps Utah player of the week polls. We recognize five boys tennis state champions as nominees this week, so visit the website to vote for one of the following candidates – Will Benson of Snow Canyon, Jon Dollahite from Mountain View, Juan Diego’s Ryan Kempin, Zach Simpson of Timpview and Viewmont’s Jacob Tullis.

Vote now by scrolling down the right-hand side of the Preps Utah website to the poll at Voting ends at 9 a.m. Monday.

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