5A/6A State Wrestling Championships 27

Pleasant Grove's Maika Tauteoii holds down Herriman's Mafi Mahuinga as they wrestle in the 220-pound weight class during the UHSAA 6A State Wrestling Championships held Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, at the UCCU Center in Orem. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

Maika Tauteoii

Senior wrestler

Pleasant Grove

Winning one state wrestling title is not an easy task, even for a good athlete. Winning two is much harder. The best wrestlers, however, get to the top of the podium year after year, and that’s just what Viking star Maika Tauteoii did during his career at Pleasant Grove.

He capped his final performance with a showcase of his talent, gracefully taking down Herriman’s Mafi Mahuinga over and over again as he dominated the match. His 22-7 technical fall victory gave Tauteoii his third consecutive individual state title.

He also did his part to help Pleasant Grove win its second straight team title, the seventh Viking wrestling championship in eight years.

Provo's Lavender Briggs closing out phenomenal career 02

Provo senior guard Lavender Briggs (23) poses for a portrait in the gym at Provo High on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Provo.

Lavender Briggs

Senior guard


When the Bulldogs girls basketball team took the floor against Wasatch with the No. 2 seed in Region 8 on the line, everyone on both sides knew who would decide victory or defeat.

And Provo’s Lavender Briggs was up to the challenge. She tallied 24-second half points (31 total) as she helped the Bulldogs get the 46-44 victory.

Briggs has put up impressive totals this season, averaging 32.2 points per game while pulling down 12.5 rebounds per game and dishing out 4.2 assists per game. Every opposing team knows she has to be slowed to have a chance to defeat Provo but that has proven to be a monumental challenge.