Bret Helton will play baseball at Utah

May 16, 2012
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photo - Cheyenne Mountain's Bret Helton bats against Liberty Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Liberty High School.  Photo by CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE
Cheyenne Mountain's Bret Helton bats against Liberty Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Liberty High School. Photo by CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE 

Cheyenne Mountain’s three-sport star Bret Helton will play baseball for Utah. He said he would sign his letter-of-intent Wednesday night.

“They were the first team to really recruit me,” Helton said. “And I really like Salt Lake City.”

He chose Utah over Brigham Young, Kansas, Northern Colorado and Arizona.

Helton is a pitcher and infielder for Cheyenne Mountain’s defending state 4A champion. He’s hitting .375 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs in 56 at-bats and has a 5-3 record with a 2.27 ERA. He’s collected 62 strikeouts in 52 innings.

In football, Helton threw for 2,295 yards and 24 touchdowns this season. He drew recruiting interest in football from CSU, Columbia and Princeton. In basketball, Helton played forward and averaged 8.8 points and 7.8 rebounds.

Bret is the son of Barry Helton, the former Simla football, basketball and baseball star. Barry was a two-time All-American at Colorado and a fourth-round pick in the 1988 NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Barry punted for two Super Bowl champion teams.

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