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MountainStar Healthcare Star Athletes of Week 20

Boys Basketball

Anel Alagic, Granger (Sr.)

Led Granger to an 84-69 region-opening victory over Cyprus last Friday as he scored 24 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists.

His consistency this season is a big reason Granger hopes to compete for the Region 2 title.

“Anel is a great player for us, he does a lot to get us going offensively. He is versatile and plays three or four positions for us nightly. He was voted into a leadership role and, along with our other captains and seniors, has helped our team grow and compete this season,” said Granger coach Jason Chandler.

For the season Alagic is averaging 20.7 points, which ranks 10th in the state. He’s also averaging 4.9 rebounds.

Girls Swimming

Kathryn Hale, Park City (Sr.)

With the state swim meet a month away, this senior is setting herself up for a big February.

So far this season Hale owns the best time in 4A in both the 50 free (24.36) and 100 fly (1:01.99). She also ranks sixth in the 100 free and 100 back.

“Katie is a tremendously talented young lady both in and out of the water. She is one of our captains this year and a tremendous leader that inspires others by her example. She has been working hard all season and is setting herself up for a fantastic region and state meet,” said Park City coach Mike Werner.

Girls Basketball

Mercedes Staples, Viewmont (Sr.)

This senior is having another sparkling season for the top-ranked Vikings.

Ten games into the season Staples is averaging 20.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.4 steals.

“Mercedes Staples is everything you want in a point guard and person. She is an offensive threat to shoot, score and pass. She gets the ball to her teammates when they need it to score. She does whatever the team needs, when the team needs her too,” said Viewmont coach Clint Straatman.

Last week she scored 23 points to lead Viewmont to a 48-47 win over Bingham.

“Composure is something all coaches want from their teams. Mercedes possesses this quality in large abundance. She is smooth on and off the court. Great teammate, great person. The best player in the state and will represent the state well at Clemson University,” said Straatman.


Shawn Sorensen, North Sevier (Sr.)

Heads into this Tuesday’s All-Star Duals at UVU sporting a sparkling 37-0 record, with perfect showings at the Millard Ironman, Thunder Duels and the 2A Duels.

“Shawn is one of the hardest working kids I have ever coached. He gives his best effort 100 percent of the time. His character is exemplary in and out of wrestling,” said North Sevier coach Barry Smith.

Sorensen will wrestle Viewmont’s Shion Abe at 138 pounds in the All-Star meet on Tuesday.

Sorensen won the 132-pound state title at last year’s 2A state meet.

Boys Swimming

Denton Anderson, Westlake (Sr.)

Last month this Westlake senior participated in the Winter Junior Championships in Iowa and had a great showing in his specialty, the 100 breaststroke. He placed 14th in his age group, which broke a Utah age group record.

"Denton is having a great senior season, he has lofty goals and has worked extremely hard to reach them. He is a captain and leads by example through his hard work in the pool. We are looking forward to a fantastic region and state meet,” said Westlake coach Chris Miller.

Anderson owns the best 100 breaststroke time during the 2017-2018 season, a time of 58.00 he posted back on Dec. 15.