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MountainStar Healthcare Star Athletes of Week 2

Football

Ty Burke, Syracuse (So.)

Proved himself to be a major playmaker in Syracuse’s 24-21 comeback win over Jordan last week.

He scored on an 81-yard run, a 33-yard pass on fourth down and then scored the game winner late in the fourth quarter as he intercepted a fake field-goal attempt and raced 79 yards the other way for the TD.

“With their different kicker that came out we did start yelling fake, but his instincts took over and the kid just made a play. He’s a player and he just made a play,” said Syracuse coach Mike Knight.

Burke finished with seven tackles in the game, and also sealed the win with his second interception to prevented Jordan from putting together a late scoring drive.

Girls Soccer

Alex Hoffman, Bountiful (So.)

Has been the anchor of Bountiful’s defense at center back, her second straight season starting at that position.

“Alex is a composed and confident playmaker and leader on and off the field. (Two weeks ago) she dragged struggling teammates through our strenuous fitness test so they were eligible to play. She supports her teammates socially and promotes a positive team culture. She even provides transportation to practice for her teammates,” said Bountiful coach Lou Plank.

She played a huge role in Bountiful’s shutout victory over Judge two weeks ago, and then two days later scored the game-winning goal in overtime against Mountain Crest.

“Alex Hoffman is a gutsy leader in the trenches doing the dirty work without recognition. She is the mortar in our defense's brick wall,” said Plank.

Volleyball

Ta’ssi Su’esu’e, San Juan (So.)

Just a sophomore, Ta’ssi Su’esu’e is a key outside hitter for San Juan’s volleyball team so far this season.

“She not only hits the ball like a champion but she can read the ball better than anyone,” said San Juan coach Kelly Keyes.

Two weeks ago at the Tournament of Champions at Skyline High School, she averaged eight digs and nine kills in leading San Juan to a 5-4 record at the tournament.

Girls Cross Country

Kylah Ricks, Grand (Fr.)

In her first big race at Grand High School, freshman Kylah Ricks made a big first impression.

She finished first at the five-team Monticello Lloyds Lake Classic last Saturday by finishing with a time of 20:11.65

“Kylah Ricks is an amazing runner and an even more amazing competitor. She ran a wonderful race at Lloyds Lake last week beating some very talented and more experienced runners. The sky is the limit for this young lady,” said Grand coach Randy Martin.

Ricks only recently moved to Utah from Colorado and is already making a name for herself.

Boys Cross Country

Ryan Raff, Lehi (Sr.)

Ryan Raff has consistently been one of the top runners in Utah the past three years, and he’s at it again now in his senior season for Lehi.

Raff won the Westlake Grass Relays last Saturday at Westlake finishing with a time of 9:44.

Raff finished fourth at last year’s 5A state meet. This year Westlake will compete in Class 4A.

Boys Golf

Caden Dunn, Westlake (So.)

Dunn shot a 1-over-par 73 at Hobble Creek last week to tie for first at the Region 4 meet. In tying Pleasant Grove’s Gavin Smith, he became the first Westlake golfer to ever win a region meet.

“He also shot tremendous rounds in practice and spent hours each day working on his short game to prepare for this and all upcoming matches,” said Westlake coach Nate Crandall.

He’s also had a strong season in the UJGA Bruce Summerhays Division where he has seven top-5 finishes, two tournament wins, and was the medalist for the stroke play portion of the Utah State Junior Amateur.

“Caden also wrestles for the varsity team at Westlake and is an excellent student and leader in the school,” said Crandall.

Girls Tennis

Brielle Larsen, Northridge (Sr.)

This Northridge senior occupies the No. 1 singles spot for two-time Region 1 champion Northridge, and she’s having a strong opening month of the season.

“Brielle is a great example and leader, both on and off the court. She works hard and encourages her teammates to do the same. She is striving to uphold the level of excellence in Northridge tennis,” said Northridge coach Barbara Jones.

“Brielle is continually taking her game to the next level and is an amazing girl to coach. Her tennis game and her ability to rise to the top of competition is phenomenal."