Bingham High student-athletes receive offers, scholarships to collegesMar 09, 2023 10:33AM ● By Brian Shaw
Pitcher Shelbee Jones (right) and second baseman Braxtyn Hunter will continue playing softball at SLCC next year. (City Journals)
For head football coach Eric Jones, he was pleased to see that seniors Ben Latai and Sonasi Po’uha, two of the kids he coached on the gridiron at Bingham High, would be able to continue to “Dig In” for more opportunities to play the game they enjoyed.
“Ben received a scholarship from Snow,” Jones said of his defensive end Latai who had 41 tackles and eight sacks—in just 11 games this past fall. The 6 foot 2 inch senior will now take his talents to Snow College in Ephraim.
For Po’uha, the route the 6 foot 2 inch senior offensive tackle will take is slightly different from Latai in that “Sonasi received a ‘preferred walk-on’ which isn't a scholarship,” according to Jones. [The Bingham head coach added that it was his understanding “that all PWOs at BYU get a scholarship of sorts paid for by their deal with BUILT Bar.”]
Jones also had another senior who played football for him receive a scholarship in a different sport: baseball.
For Maddax Peck, the 6 foot 2 inch senior had a nice season for the 10-3 Miners on the football field. His 800 total yards and five touchdowns showed just how versatile he is.
But what Peck brought to the gridiron can easily be multiplied on the baseball diamond. In his junior year last year, Peck hit three homers, had 18 RBI and had a 3-0 record as a pitcher for the Miners. It’s that athleticism, as well as impressive academic prowess, that earned Peck a scholarship to play baseball at BYU.
“They're extremely talented football players who are good enough to play at the next level,” Jones said. “I’m really happy for them and their families that they've been given that opportunity.”
Other Bingham student-athletes who were offered scholarships included seniors Boston Jacobs and Bridger Slade [SLCC, baseball], senior Natalie Swain [Utah State University, XC/track], seniors Ensley Anderson [Southern Virginia University, soccer], Greta Davis [Utah Valley University, soccer], Meg Haycock [North Idaho College, soccer], Marleigh Leister [Utah State Eastern, soccer], Mia Roberts [Western Kentucky University, soccer] and Berkley Payne [Nicholls State University, soccer]. Also receiving scholarships were seniors Braxtyn Hunter and Shelbee Jones to Salt Lake Community College, in softball.