Panguitch High School's Halie Sawyer signed with Utah Wednesday night. (Photo by Ken Hansen)
April 13, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY - University of Utah head women's basketball coach Elaine Elliott has announced the signing of Halie Sawyer (Panguitch, Utah) to a national letter-of-intent.
Sawyer, a 6-foot 1-inch forward, was the top player in Utah's Class 1A for the past two seasons. She was named Class 1A Player of the Year in 2004-05 and 2005-06. She averaged more than 20 points per game for Panguitch High School last season, leading the Bobcats to their second consecutive Utah Class 1A Championship. Sawyer played on three state championship teams and one runner-up squad in her Panguitch High career.
Bobcat head coach Curtis Barney has nothing but praise for Sawyer.
"Halie is a very gifted player, capable of playing any position," Barney said. "She has very quick feet. Halie runs, passes, shoots and handles the the basketball very well. She has all the skills a coach looks for in a complete player. Halie is a great competitor and comes from a winning program, built on hard work and dedication. With that background, she will fit into the Utah program very well."
Sawyer is a three-time all-state performer and was a second-team all-state honoree as a freshman. She was nominated as a McDonald's All-American this past season.
"Halie completes our signings for next year, giving us a 6-1, long, athletic forward," Elliott said. "She understands what it takes to compete and win at the championship level."
Sawyer is a standout volleyball player and track and field athlete as well. She was all-state in volleyball for three years, earning Class 1A Most Valuable Player honors as a junior. Sawyer was also all-state in track and field as a junior last year.
Sawyer joins 5-4 guard Hennesea Tokumura (Honolulu, Hawaii), 5-9 guard Brette Ulsaker (McPherson, Kan.) and 6-0 forward Kalee Whipple (Hiko, Nev.) in the Utes' 2005-06 recruiting class.
"Our incoming class for next season fills some immediate needs and we're thrilled to have each of them join our program," Elliott said.