Girls’ soccer ended with a state championship win for the second year in a row. The girls had a great year, and one member of the team stuck out in particular. Head Coach Bryan Searle stated Sydney Cragun was “huge” this season. Cragun was the team’s leading goal scorer. Cragun scored 13 throughout the season.
Searle has stated Cragun’s impressive season wasn’t without challenges. Changing positions make her incredible season more exciting.
“She has always played as an outside (defensive) back,” Searle said. “We looked at her athletic ability and soccer smarts and we needed somebody up there. I thought that she played very good for having to learn a whole new position that she had never played before.”
There are more qualities that go into making MVP and Cragun was known to have what was needed. “She is gifted, not only athletically, but mentally,” said Searle. “Athletically, she can play 80 minutes at a high pace and it doesn’t even faze her. She is strong and she is fast. She has tenacity, fight and drive. She doesn’t want to lose.”
Soccer wasn’t the only state championship team that enjoyed boasting a 3A MVP. Morgan Volleyball player, Emery Wheeler received the title after earning a .305 hitting percentage and picked up 230 digs. Wheeler also finished the season with 397 kills in 83 sets.
Head Coach, Liz Wiscombe said to Deseret News, “Her strength is her vertical. She’s always had it. It’s just natural. She’ll jump, and you’ll think she’s at the top of her jump and she goes even higher. And she makes it look so easy.”
Wheeler works hard in volleyball, but also academics, maintaining a 4.0 GPA off the court. Wiscombe continued saying, “She’s the kid who doesn’t want the attention. The best thing about her is that she is only a junior,” Wiscombe said. “I love coaching Emery. She’s a great volleyball player, but she’s an even better person.”
Through hard work, grit, and coming together as teams, Morgan High’s fall sports boasted fabulous seasons. Congratulations to Wheeler and Cragun in all their accomplishments.