Category: Athlete of the Month

Bears News · Girls Athlete of the Month: May 2020


Girls Student Athlete of the Month:  Brooklyn Stevenson

Brook has been a huge part of the Bear River Girls Golf program over the past 4 years.  Brook qualified for the State Tournament as a Freshman and has continued to get better each year. Brook sets goals and has the dedication, determination and drive to achieve those goals.  You can’t get better at golf by just playing and practicing during the High School season.  Brook has played on the Northern Junior tour every summer, gets help from professional instructors year round and just does what it takes to improve. She is also the definition of leadership and has always led by example.  I’ve been so impressed by how much she helps the younger players and has always been such a great team member. She believes in being there for her teammates and building them up with her positive attitude. It’s been so rewarding to have been able to coach Brook and I can truly say that it has made me better in so many ways.

Brook is also amazing off the golf course.  She works hard academically, getting a 4.0 GPA, and excelling in everything she sets her mind to.  I know Brook’s future is bright and she will accomplish whatever her heart desires.  Brook is the Daughter of Brad and Sue Stevenson of Deweyville

Jim Thomas
Head Girls Golf Coach
Bear River High School

I have known Brook for most of her life and have seen in her many qualities that will make her a huge success and many qualities I wish I had!  When I had her in my Health class as a sophomore she was a great student who just quietly came to class every day and just did exceptional work.  In fact I would say when it comes to her school work Brook is the definition of the perfectionist.  She didn’t just work for an ‘A’ she wanted everything done perfectly.  This has kind of been her mantra, as she just quietly goes about her business with excellence.  She always puts a full effort into everything she does and fights to the bitter end for what she believes is right.  I remember being told once that if you are going to do something then do it right.  Brook exemplifies that saying!  She is definitely the type of person you want to go to battle with because you know you are always going to get her full effort and support!  She puts this same effort and dedication into her school work as is shown by her 4.0 GPA, while taking about every college class and higher level class we offer.  She not only works hard but she is extremely smart as is shown by her amazing 33 ACT.  I have noticed that Brook is very determined when she goes after something and doesn’t back down from a challenge or difficulty.  These characteristics are rare and will take her far in her life.  Another quality I have always appreciated about Brook is her integrity!  She is a person of her word and she always stands up for what she believes is right.  I would trust her with anything.  Thanks Brooklyn for not only being an inspiration to me and others but thanks for bringing such hope to our future because with people like you we are bound to see brighter days ahead! Best wishes in the future!

Sincerely,
Van Park
Athletic Director
Bear River High School

Bears News · Boys Athlete of the Month: May 2020


Boys Student Athlete of the Month:  Emilio Mendoza

Emilio, a captain of this year’s team, meant an opportunity for the rest of the team to see why he is such a great soccer player. Emilio started playing at a young age and grew to love the sport. I don’t think he has ever looked at anything else. He had a small misfortune of not being able to get on a local team but I say small because he and his dad were able to find a team for him to play with in Ogden. He learned so much from that team. He learned the value of competition. He learned to work hard every day on the little things. He got to see some of the best competition in the state. Because he got to play with the team down south he got the opportunity to play in tournaments that he probably would have not gotten to otherwise. He first gained my respect when he made a difficult choice as a freshman in high school. He could continue playing at a great competitive level with kids his age, others I believe that had to make the same choice, or take a chance to play varsity soccer. I believe because that year he knew that with the number of senior players we had on the high school team, players he hadn’t played with much here but yet school friends, he made a difficult but great choice then to not play his freshman year. I guess what I am saying is I knew then how hard of a decision that must have been. I could relate in some ways. I also played in a similar situation when I was in my high school years. In the off season from high school soccer me and a friend played for a Sky View competitive team and I knew what it was like to be with another set of great teammates and special friends. I knew from that decision he had a special love for the game. Since his time playing as a Sophomore and Junior I know he has a great commitment, passion, understanding, and love even greater than I knew. It is not only for the sport but for all his teammates that play with him, new or old. He brings a coachable trait to listen, to work hard and to show others respect regardless if he is with a coach or a younger teammate. He does everything possible that is asked of him. He goes and gives 100% every time he steps on the field. Off the field he works just as hard. He works at Pizza Plus, spends time with friends and maintains a high GPA in school. I know he is loved by all those that know him. I know he will continue to play after he completes high. He recently signed with college in Wisconsin. I am just honored to have been a small part of his awesome career as a soccer player and I am sure he will continue to do more for the sport. I hope and believe his teammates see all these qualities and some day will inspire to do the same. 

Jesse Esquivel
Head Soccer Coach
Bear River High School

It is a pleasure to talk about a great soccer player and even better student and an even better person. Whenever I have been around Emilio he has always been one of the most polite and respectful students I have met!  I have watched him closely the last three years since he was in my Sophomore Health class and have seen someone that is a very hardworking, dependable and a responsible student athlete. All these characteristics have made him a great leader for his soccer team. When I taught Emilio I could tell right away that he loved soccer. All you had to do was bring up soccer and he just lit up with that contagious smile of his! It was also easy to tell he was going to be a great success as he always worked hard in class and had an outstanding attitude! Because of this great attitude and work ethic Emilio has a 3.911 GPA while taking many upper division and college classes! You can tell Emilio always sets high goals for himself and there is no question he will work incredibly hard to achieve them. I want to thank Emilio for being such a great representative of our school and soccer team! He is exactly what we want our student athletes to be.  As you continue with your great attitude, hard work ethic and goal oriented personality you are going to have a lot of great achievements!  I want to thank you again for your friendship and for inspiring me!

Sincerely,
Van Park
Athletic Director
Bear River High School

 

Bears News · Boys Athlete of the Month: April 2020


Boys Student Athlete of the Month:  Dillon Marble

Dillon is a tremendous young man! He is a TRUE BEAR in every aspect!  Dillon is the ultimate Team First Individual Last guy!  He knows the value of executing his role for the benefit of the team.  He is always looking for ways to help teammates, whether that be helping them out with developing a specific skill or putting his arm around them and leading by example.  Those characteristics do not change off the field either. You can see Dillon in the halls of the school and the community making those around him better by the example and person he is.  His dedication, relentless positive energy, competitive nature, and never give up attitude are contagious and are qualities that people gravitate toward wanting to be around.

Donald Hawes
Head Baseball Coach
Bear River High School

As I have observed Dillion over the last four years I can’t help but feel a little cheated because I didn’t
get the opportunity to teach him. I have always been a big fan of his family so right away when he started competing for Bear River I started paying close attention to Dillon. It only took a short time to see he was everything we look for in a student athlete here at Bear River. I watched him do things like never take a play off, always work extremely hard, encourage teammates, show great sportsmanship and always showing respect to his coaches, teammates, opponents and officials. This is very rare that you see all these characteristics in an adult or teenager. Then you watch Dillon in the halls of Bear River and you see the same characteristics as he deals with classmates, teachers, administrators, custodians and secretaries. What is even more impressive is how involved he has been at school then you look at his grades which he maintained a 3.9 GPA throughout his high school career while taking many college and AP classes. Then you look at his citizenship and see all honors and you see that Dillon is a rare breed. I would like to throw in one more word that I feel epitomizes Dillon and that is the word Integrity. I look forward to seeing what Dillon does in life because no matter what it is it will be done with excellence and he will be a success! I want to wish Dillon all the best in life!

Sincerely,
Van Park
Athletic Director
Bear River High School

Bears News · Girls Athlete of the Month: April 2020


Girls Student Athlete of the Month:  Kati Gibbs

Kati Gibbs has had a great career participating on the Bear River High School Softball Team.  As a four-year letterman she has been instrumental in our success.  As a freshman, late in the season she was called on to pinch hit in the top of the seventh inning with Bear River trailing 2-1.  Bear River had to win in order to tie for region championship and we had to win by at least three runs in order for us to represent the region as the first place team.  She promptly hit a three run homerun and we went on to win 5-2.  To my recollection, that may have been her only at bat as a freshman, but she demonstrated that she was going to be an excellent hitter.  That year Bear River went on to win 2nd in state.  Kati has played varsity the last three years helping us to win the state championship in 2018 against Spanish Fork, a team that had been ranked as high as 13th nationally.  During the 2019 season Kati was our starting 2nd baseman and helped us to a 3rd place finish in state.  This year Kati was our starting shortstop.  In our only game of the year she went 5 for 6, with a three-run homerun, a double and 3 singles.  Kati has worked hard to develop her skills as a softball player and has been rewarded with a scholarship to Snow College.

Calvin Bingham
Head Softball Coach
Bear River High School

Kati has been someone that I have been so impressed with ever since she was a little girl coming to my summer basketball camps. Even at a very young age I could tell she was something very special. Then when I had the opportunity to teach her in my Health class as a sophomore she further solidified just how awesome she is! She was a great student who just quietly came to class every day and just did
exceptional work. This has kind of been her mantra, as she just quietly goes about her business with excellence. If you were to see Kati in the hall you would see this quiet unassuming person but then you go watch her on the volleyball court, basketball court or softball diamond and you see her metamorphose into this fierce competitor! She always puts a full effort into everything she does and fights to the bitter end for her team. She is definitely the type of person you want to go to battle with because you know you are always going to get her full effort and support! She puts this same effort and dedication into her school work as is shown by her 3.994 gpa, while taking about every college class and higher level class we offer. Kati doesn’t back down from a challenge or difficulty. These characteristics are rare and will take her far in a very successful life. Another quality I have always appreciated about Kati is her integrity! She is a person of her word and she always stands up for what she believes is right. I would trust her with anything. Thanks Kati for being such a great example to me and everyone at Bear River High! I look forward to seeing you have great success at Snow College and the rest of your life.

Sincerely,
Van Park
Athletic Director
Bear River High School

 

Bears News · Girls Athlete of the Month: March 2020


Girls Student Athlete of the Month:  Malaiyah Thomas

The first time I saw Malaiyah run was on a soccer field when she was in 8 th grade, competing against my kids. As I watched her outrun most the boys on the field I knew I had to get her on the track team. I was able to talk her into coming out for the city youth track team, where she made it to state in every event she ran. Things have only gotten better for Malaiyah since then. She has ran in state track every year since. I can’t think of an athlete that has worked harder than her to achieve the goals she has set out for herself. She is a pure sprinter at heart, full of life and energy, and no matter what is never happy with fast enough. Even when she has run a PR she is immediately wondering what she can fix to run faster next time. She is the type of athlete I spend more time trying to get her to recover and rest than to train. She is very determined and lets nothing get in the way of her goals. At the same time she doesn’t take life to serious, she is able to have fun and still be one of the fastest girls in the state. She is a great example of the type of athlete I love to build my team around. She is very competitive, but still takes the time to make all the new girls on the team feel welcome. I’m also pretty sure no one has ever danced at practice more than she does, I think it is her secret recovery strategy. Malaiyah is an absolute joy to have on the team, and will be missed once she graduates and moves on to bigger and better things. Which I know she will because of her work ethic and determination.

Chad Hurst
Head Track Coach
Bear River High School

Malaiyah is someone I have admired since having her in my Health class as a sophomore! She was a great student but never did I see her come to class without a smile on her face. She always got right to work and even if I wasn’t funny she would humor me with a laugh or a smile. Ever since she was in my class whenever I pass her in the hall she always take the time to smile and say hi! Malaiyah is such a well-rounded student! Not only has she taken many upper division classes while participating in soccer, basketball and track but she is also a member of our orchestra. I have observed her on many occasions during the off season working to improve her speed so I can only imagine how much she has worked when I haven’t seen her. She definitely has learned an attribute of success that many in our society have forgotten and that is the importance of hard work in the equation of success! I agree with her coach when he says, she will move on to bigger and better things because of her determination and work ethic. Thanks Malaiyah for being an inspiration to me and for being such a positive influence on so many! I wish you all the best in your future.

Sincerely,
Van Park
Athletic Director
Bear River High School

Bears News · Boys Athlete of the Month: March 2020


Boys Student Athlete of the Month:  Klayson Roberts

Klayson started competing in track his freshman year. By the end of that season he had become the fastest freshman in the 200m and 400m in the entire state. That success and speed has continued, he has just continued to get stronger and faster. He decided to try hurdles last year, and in true Klayson fashion started off in the top of the field. He improved every time he raced them and by state was able to take 3 rd overall in the 110m. Klayson’s attitude is something that sets him apart from most, he is very determined to meet his goals, but is able to not take things to serious. He works as hard as anyone, but always makes sure to have some fun while doing it. I have seen this pay off many times in races where things definitely don’t go as planned for him, but he just continues on as if not even phased. Most of the time coming off the track joking about how it went. Even when things have gone completely wrong, and he comes off upset, it doesn’t last long, he bounces right back, and is in go mode by the next race. It’s his ability to not focus on the bad, and positive attitude sets him up for great things in life.

Chad Hurst
Head Track Coach
Bear River High School

One of my first memories of Klayson was when he first walked into my Health class as a sophomore. We had more students than I had tables in my classroom and he was genuinely willing to volunteer to just sit in a chair I had brought in. He always did exceptional work and always came to class with a great attitude! In addition to extremely talented when I think of Klayson I think of words like adaptable, persevere, and good attitude. I have observed on various occasions Klayson dealing with difficult situations in a very mature and positive manner. In fact you would never know by just looking at him or talking to him that he is ever in a bad mood or stressed. He always presents himself in a very friendly, positive and upbeat manner. With Klayson’s attitude and ability to make the best of his situation I look forward to seeing Klayson do so many great things in his life. Thanks Klayson for always being so kind and respectful to me and showing me the importance of always having a great attitude. I wish you all the best in your future!

Sincerely,
Van Park
Athletic Director
Bear River High School

 

Bears News · Boys Athlete of the Month: February 2020


Boys Student Athlete of the Month:  Tyler Howard

Tyler is our athlete of the month. He wrestles 182 for Bear River. Tyler placed 2nd at the divisional tournament this past weekend. Besides being a very good wrestler Tyler is a good leader on our team.  He has a huge part in the goals we have achieved as a team.

Thank you,

Jeff Smart
Head Wrestling Coach
Bear River High School

Unfortunately I have not had the pleasure to get to know Tyler real well but as I have watched him wrestle throughout his high school career and as I have watched him in lacrosse I could tell he was my kind of athlete. Tough, hardworking, team oriented and doesn’t need a lot of fanfare. He is not someone that is loud, boisterous and a glory monger. He just quietly goes about his business and beats you. As a coach I always told my players success is being the best you can possibly be each and every time and that is where true satisfaction comes from. With that being said Tyler must feel very good about what he does. Thanks Tyler for always representing our school and community with such class and being someone on and off the mat that everyone can be proud of.

Sincerely,
Van Park
Athletic Director
Bear River High School

Bears News · Girls Athlete of the Month: February 2020


Girls Student Athlete of the Month:  Ashley Roberts

Miss Roberts, a senior member of the girls’ basketball team, was selected as athlete of the month because of her leadership skills and team contributions.

Ashley is a team captain.  Ashley leads by example.  Ashley has shown that her actions, attitudes, and demeanors are much more important than what she says.  Her actions speak louder than her words.  Ashley’s leadership has positively impacted her peers, team, and school.

Ashley is a consistent team contributor.  Her statistical contributions are helping her team being competitive and successful.  Her dedication on defense and other non-statistical contributions have also propelled her and her team across many major hurdles this season.  Ashley is a competitor.  She wants to win.  She is positive, and she puts her team first!  Congratulations Miss Roberts!

Tyrell Neal
Head Girls Basketball Coach
Bear River High School

What a pleasure to be able to write about a student I have admired and appreciated ever since I had her in my Health class! She has always had a smile that will brighten even the worst of days and will share it with everyone she meets! She is a great student as is shown by her 4.0 cumulative GPA as well as being named Academic All-State in soccer and girls basketball! You watch her in class, play soccer, basketball or run track it is easy to see why she is such a success in all she does. She always works incredibly hard, has an amazing attitude, never complains, is a great listener and always cares about others. When you first meet Ashley you might think she is too quiet, kind and timid to participate in athletics but you would be dead wrong. She is a fierce competitor, never backing down from anything or anyone. Yet she does it with great sportsmanship and class. Thanks Ashley for being an example to me of how we should all compete. That is being a fierce competitor but always showing respect to others. Ashley I look forward to seeing you be a big success in life! Good luck in all you do!

Sincerely,
Van Park
Athletic Director
Bear River High School

Bears News · Boys Athlete of the Month: January 2020


Boys Student Athlete of the Month:  Mark Huber

Mark Huber is a SR guard, team captain, and 4 year varsity starter for the boys’ basketball team. He is an extremely hard worker who demands the best from himself and his teammates at all times. He is a great example of hard work and dedication in both the classroom and on the basketball court. Mark never shies away from a challenge or from extra work and his hard work seems to be contagious within our program.

Mark averages 22.3 points a game and is currently the second leading scorer in the state. He is also one of our team leaders in both assists and rebounds proving that he is also a great team player that is willing to chip in wherever needed in order to win. Mark is also one of the nation’s leaders in free-throw percentage at just over 90%.

While Marks stats on the court are impressive his effort in the classroom is extraordinary. Mark maintains a 3.976 GPA and exceptional attendance while helping lead the basketball team. He is a great example and leader for our school and for our program.

Reggie Shaw
Head Boys Basketball Coach
Bear River High School

Mark Huber is the epitome of a student athlete. He is a great student and a great basketball player and what more is he is even a better all-around person. I have known Mark the majority of his life and have watched him practice innumerable hours on the fundamentals of basketball as he has always loved the game and set high goals and then worked incredibly hard to achieve those goals. When he was in my health class he was impressive, not only with his intelligence but with his genuine kindness, humility and respect he had for everyone. As my aide as Athletic Director I have had him do numerous tasks in helping me get things set up for various sports and seasons and I have never seen someone of his age that listens so well and then carries out the task with a smile and a great attitude. He is also unique in that he has great initiative. He will just jump in and do something that needs to be done without even asking. One of the greatest compliments I could give Mark is as a father and athletic director I can honestly say Mark is the kind of young man I would want coaching for me or dating my daughter if I had any daughters left. It will be fun to watch Mark go through his life because I can guarantee he will be a success at whatever he does. I wish Mark all the very best! I will always consider him a great friend and example to me.

Sincerely,
Van Park
Athletic Director
Bear River High School

Bears News · Girls Athlete of the Month: January 2020


Girls Student Athlete of the Month:  Kalli Ostermiller

Kalli Ostermiller is one of the girls swim team captains this year. Kalli always works hard at swimming and does whatever she can to improve both her skills and her speed. Kalli swims a variety of races, but breaststroke is her strongest race; she is the fastest breaststroke swimmer on the girls’ team. Kalli also swims on the “A” relays, doing the breaststroke leg of the medley relay. Kalli can also be counted on to do any race that she is put in, and to push herself in that race. When she has a bad race, she uses that as a lesson to help her improve next time. Kalli is a great example to her team members as well.  Kalli is always looking for the best in others’ abilities and uses that to help encourage and support them.

Joelle Beard
Head Girls Swim Coach
Bear River High School

I have been very fortunate in my many years of teaching, coaching and as athletic director to rub shoulders with some of the very best young people there are and Kalli is definitely in that group. She works extremely hard in the classroom just as she does on the swim team as is demonstrated by her 3.982 GPA while taking many AP and College classes.

I am continually impressed with how hard she always works to be the best that she can be and how hard she works to try and do what is asked of her. To me one of her greatest traits is how kind she is to everyone and how she cares about others and is always looking for ways to help others. I have seen very few people that have such a positive impact on others. She truly is a friend to all and does not discriminate. I know this may sound trite but Kalli truly is a ray of sunshine wherever she goes. Kalli also shows in swimming and in life that you can compete without content and that being kind is much more important than being right. It has been my pleasure to know, work with and learn from Kalli and I want to wish her the very best.

Sincerely,
Van Park
Athletic Director
Bear River High School