2019-2020 Murray High MVPsMay 13, 2020 10:56AM ● By Ryanne Riet
Owen Madsen's scoring touchdown in 2019. (Photo courtesy Owen Madsen)
By Ryanne Riet | [email protected]
When the 2019-2020 school year abruptly ended in March due to COVID-19 concerns, some of the Murray High athletes were forced to end their seasons a bit short.
There was a bright side this year for athletes like Owen Madsen and Kylie Rosengreen, who had some notable MVP achievements in their season and preseasons.
In the 2019-2020 football season, Madsen was awarded All-State at safety playing for Murray High’s football team. He is also a two-year captain and two-year all-region wide receiver.
This year, he was able play alongside his team in a memorable game against Skyline. Murray claimed victory on their homefield during a playoff game for the first time since 1995.
“We had finally taken the lead with two minutes left, and we pinned them deep on the kickoff,” Madsen said.
Madsen uses his experience from this season and continues to focus on working hard toward his goal of starting on a Division 1 football team.
To ready himself to achieve his goal he will be playing at Minnesota State Technical and Community College this coming school year.
“Advice I would give the future athletes of Murray is to set big goals,” Madsen said. “Once you have those goals, set mini goals that will help you achieve the bigger ones.”
Another spotlight athlete who had success this year is Kylie Rosengreen, a sophomore who was chosen to be on the Varsity All-American team at cheer camp this past summer that helped her ready for the 2019-2020 school season.
She was the only person from Utah asked to join the Varsity All-American team and flew to Italy in December to meet with other All-Americans and perform in the New Year’s Day Rome parade.
As a member of this year’s Murray High cheer competition team, Rosengreen traveled to California with the team to compete in nationals.
“This was a big accomplishment for us,” Rosengreen said. “It was a fun experience and a great bonding moment with our competition team.”
This was the first year that Rosengreen has participated in cheer at Murray High. She credits her skills to her dance experience.
Rosengreen’s work with dance companies such as Ballet West and Odyssey Dance Theatre over the years have successfully prepared her for her high school cheer competition career.
Her future goals include cheering or dancing in college, where she hopes to attend a university like Utah State or Utah Valley University.
“My advice to future athletes is to get involved in school activities,” Rosengreen said. “Work hard and stay positive through the ups and downs.”
Though this year has definitely had its ups and downs, these athletes at Murray High School still demonstrated MVP accomplishments.