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Graney, Glenn Named 2013 Epiphany Player of the Year

After completing stellar Senior seasons that resulted in State Championships, Luke Graney (Juan Diego) and Annie Glenn (Skyline) completed their high school careers by earning the first-annual Player of the Year award, presented by Epiphany Lacrosse.
Graney was a four year varsity player for the Soaring Eagle, scoring 54 goals and dishing out 53 assists in 2013 en route to back-to-back championships. Graney was an All-American in 2012 and 2013 as well as being named the 2012 & 2013 Attack MVP.
“I met Luke in some little league camps and he was always enthusiastic and energetic,” said former Juan Diego Head Coach Pat Lambert. “He was really an upbeat kid. He immediately started showing he was going to be a player right away as a Freshman. He wasn’t intimidated at all and jumped into the mix. He took on one of our best defenders in a practice and threw a great dodge and scored in just a millasecond and at that moment everyone said, this kid is a player.”
Graney has been playing lacrosse since grade school, plying his trade as a four year varsity player for Juan Diego and helping the Utah Starz become one of the best club teams in the West.
“He’s just tenacious, doesn’t take a play off,” said Lambert. “Size has never been a factor, he always plays his game and rides so hard. He was coachable all 4 years. He wanted to get better every single practice which is rare. He’s a great teammate, has a great attitude, he’s a great friend to everyone on the team and a great captain. He was very inclusive, included everyone on the team. There was never a superiority complex.”
Luke Graney
Graney’s best game of 2013 came in the first game after the passing of Matt Jungemann, scoring 2 goals and 7 assists against Riverton. Graney had two 8 point games including a 7 goal, 1 assist game against Centennial (NV). Graney will be heading to the University of Utah next Fall. Off the field, Graney attributes his dance floor moves to Coach Lambert who apparently has a few moves of his own.
Glenn was also a four year varsity starter for the Eagles, scoring 61 goals and notching 13 assists in 2013. Glenn was instrumental in the success of the Eagles this season, dominating draws, scoring key goals and finding teammates for great assists. Glenn won 69.92% of draws taken this season.
“Annie’s best quality on the field is her ability to be everywhere,” said Skyline Head Coach Elise Caffee. “One minute she will be taking the draw and leading the offense, and then she will be playing defense, causing a turnover, getting a groundball, and scoring an amazing goal. She has ability to really dominate on the field (and stands out in every single game she is in) but she also is a very supportive player on the field. She is always backing up her teammates and making them look good. Even when Annie is sick or injured, she gives her all on the field. She plays beautiful lacrosse and makes the sport look easy, even though she is working very hard in every minute of every game.”
Annie Glenn
Glenn started playing lacrosse in sixth grade and has been hooked ever since, playing on the Utah/Idaho National Teams and Mamaci.
“I first met Annie at a pre-season tryout for Skyline when she was a freshman in November 2009,” said Caffee. “I was impressed right away with her stick skills and her field sense and her coachable attitude. She was able to handle herself all over the field. In particular, she was already very skilled at the draw. She was already an amazing lacrosse player, but was very humble about it. She had to miss the second day of Varsity tryouts her freshman year because she tried out even though she was very sick and ended up in the E.R., but she stood out so much at that first day of tryouts that we knew she had to be on the Varsity team.”
“I first met Annie when I started coaching the Evergreen Junior team,” said Skyline assistant Melissa Baucom. “Here was this small, tan, pretty little girl who wanted to play lacrosse. It was clear that she had an athletic ability and a desire to be good at whatever she did. From the beginning, Annie was the star player. She was a natural athlete and even then, had great stick skills and a vision for the game.”
Glenn will be heading to Bowdoin University in Maine to play for the Polar Bears.
“I’ve watched Annie grow into the amazing lacrosse player she is for the past 6 or so years,” said Baucom. “She was a star on the junior team, star on Skyline’s team, and will be a star on Bowdoin’s team. Annie is such a special player, one that is every coaches dream. She works hard, is self-motivated, determined to get better every day and is such a great example for everyone around her.”
When not on the field, Glenn volunteers in the preschool of the Neighborhood House.

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