Photo by Dave Argyle (DBA Photography)
Week 15 in the 2015-2016 PrepsUtah.com player of the week voting delivered the highest vote total since we began this fan-voting honor three years ago. With nearly 17,000 votes logged on our website over the course of the week of Jan. 11, a tight three-way race opened up late as Copper Hills High girls basketball star Shirsten Wissinger pulled away for the win.
Wissinger captured just over 50 percent of the vote in a race that featured five of the state’s top girls basketball players, holding off Hailey Bassett of Layton, who garnered 30 percent of the vote and Salem Hills’ Lauren Gustin, who finished at 18 percent. Liz Eaton from Maple Mountain and Ashley Beckstrand of Desert Hills split the remaining votes.
Wissinger is a senior guard for the Grizzlies, averaging 22 points per game as Copper Hills is out to a 14-0 start (5-0 in Region 3 play) with a big matchup coming Thursday against defending state champion Brighton.
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 PrepsUtah.com and the winner is announced on Monday, when five new nominees are announced.
The Week 16 Preps Utah player of the week poll includes five outstanding boys basketball players. Visit our website to vote for one of the following: Tyler Bennett (Dixie), Maizen Fausett (Westlake), Spencer Johnson (American Fork), Trevin Knell (Woods Cross) or Dacian Spotted Elk (East).
Vote now by scrolling down the center column of the Preps Utah website to the poll at www.prepsutah.com. Voting ends at noon Monday, Jan. 25.