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Deseret News Star Athletes of Week 18

Boys basketball

Matthew Van Komen, Pleasant Grove (So.)

The Vikings are 6-0 so far this preseason, and the emergence of 7-foot-4 center Matthew Van Komen is a big reason why.

Van Komen leads the Vikings in both scoring (19.3 ppg) and rebounds (7.3 rpg).

“Matt has made excellent progress in his basketball skill development, as well as his physical strength gains over the last year. His presence on defense was expected, but his contributions at the offensive end have been one of the keys to our good start,” said Pleasant Grove coach Randy McAllister.

Van Komen played sparingly as a freshman last season, scoring 45 total points, but this year’s he’s become the focal point of the offense.

Girls basketball

Taylor Moeaki, American Fork (Sr.)

American Fork has won eight straight since a season-opening loss to Alta, and the play of this senior is a big reason why.

Last weekend, Taylor Moeaki led the Cavemen to wins over Kearns, Syracuse and Corner Canyon at the Corner Canyon Winter Classic, all by double digits.

"Taylor has always been an accomplished scorer, as proof by achieving 1,000 career points earlier this season vs. Springville. But she is also becoming a very good passer, which has helped us improve as a team. She is the perfect ‘points’ guard to build your team around,” said American Fork coach Corey Clayton.

Moeaki leads American Fork with 16.4 ppg this season, which ranks fifth in 5A.


Shaun Stockwell, Corner Canyon (Sr.)

Shaun Stockwell has been dominant so far this wrestling season.

Stockwell has compiled a 13-0 record with 11 falls, including individual titles at both the Layton Invitational and the Viewmont Invitational.

“Shaun is very focused this year and works hard every day to achieve his goals,” said Corner Canyon coach Jeff Euree.

Boys swimming

Josh Skabelund, Timpview (Jr.)

It’s nearly impossible to beat this Timpview junior in a sprint.

A month into the season, Josh Skabelund has posted the fastest times in 4A in both the 50 and 100 freestyles, along with the best time in the 100 backstroke.

He’s also posted the second-best time in the 100 butterfly.

Skabelund finished second at state last year in the 50 and 100 freestyle, but he’s establishing himself as the favorite this season.

Girls swimming

Rozie Selznick, Park City (Sr.)

Park City senior Rozie Selznick has established herself as one of the best in 3A.

She owns the best time in 3A in the 50 and 100 freestyle, the second-best time in the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley, and the fourth-best mark in the 100 back.

She is the defensively state champ in the 500 and 100 frees.

“Rozie is a great example and leader, both in and out of the pool. She works hard and encourages her teammates to do the same, striving to uphold the tradition of excellence in Park City swimming. She is amazing to coach. Her feel for the water and her ability to rise to the top of competition is phenomenal,” said coach Mike Werner.

Selznick has signed to swim at Colorado State.

James Edward is the Deseret News prep editor and Real Salt Lake beat writer. EMAIL: