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MountainStar Healthcare Star Athletes of Week 23

Boys Basketball

Porter Wood, Parowan (Jr.)

Had an outstanding week in leading Parowan to a pair of victories over Kanab and Millard last week.

On Wednesday against Kanab Wood recorded 33 points, four rebounds and four assists in the 50-44 win. Two nights later he had 19 points and six rebounds to spearhead the 49-34 win over Millard.

The victories moved Parowan into sole possession of first place in Region 18 with a 6-2 region record.

“Porter is a legitimate stretch-four player. He can score in the post and is a lethal shooter from anywhere on the court. He is a very hard worker and is willing to do whatever it takes for the betterment of our team. Porter crashes the boards very hard and I love his mental toughness,” said Parowan coach Lance Stubbs.

Wood ranks second in scoring in 2A this season as he’s averaging 18.3 ppg.

Girls Basketball

Megan Jensen, Emery (Jr.)

This junior had a huge week for 3A’s top-ranked Spartans.

In a showdown on Wednesday against Richfield, the only team to beat Emery earlier this year, Jensen recorded 19 points and nine rebounds in leading her team to a 54-45 win. A couple days later against South Sevier. she backed it up with 17 points and eight rebounds in the easy 60-41 win over South Sevier.

Jensen ranks second in 3A in scoring this year, averaging 17.3 ppg.


Hadley Cowan, Skyridge (So.)

Cowan was slowed by the flu earlier this month, but is starting to regain his strength and fitness and looked ahead to the divisional and state meets the next two weeks.

The sophomore is 45-4 this season, which includes going undefeated at the Herriman Duals on Jan. 5-6. The following week he posted a 10-2 record at Uintah despite being slowed by sickness.

“He is now healthy and will be pushing towards the 5A state title opportunity,” said Skyridge coach Lyle Mangum.

Cowan has 110 takedowns and 27 pins this season and he also maintains a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.

Boys Swimming

Cameron Green, Springville (So.)

Green had a sensational meet at the Region 8 championships last Saturday.

The sophomore won both the 100 and 200 freestyle individual championships and in the process posted the best times in Utah this high school season.

He posted a time of 47.03 to win the 100 freestyle and then won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:43.96. He was also a member of the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay winning teams.

Earlier this season he recorded a time of 52.20 in the 100 backstroke, which ranks fourth in the state this season. It was also a new school record.

“His teammates and coaches love having him on the team because he remains humble and thoughtful and kind. When he is not racing himself, he is often found cheering or mentoring others to help them improve and succeed as well. He also demonstrates good character out of the pool and maintains a 4.0 GPA with honors classes and sings in the Springville men’s chorus,” said Springville coach Travis Pope.

Girls Swimming

Rachel Butler, Brighton (Jr.)

With the state meet less than two weeks away, this junior is hitting her groove.

Butler already owned the two best times in the state this season in both the 100 and 500 freestyle, but at last week’s Region 7 championships she added the 200 freestyle to her impressive résumé.

She won the race in dominating fashion finishing with a time of 1:52.34. Her state-best 100 free time of 2:06.39 she set back in November, and her 500 free time of 5:00.41 also came in November.

“She is one of the hardest working, driven, most talented athletes I have ever coached. Not to mention how much fun she is to work with also. Her success is not just limited to the pool, but in the classroom and all other areas of her life as well,” said Brighton coach Todd Etherington.