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MountainStar Healthcare Star Athletes of Week 24

Girls Swimming

Taylor McAleavy, Lone Peak (Sr.)

Had a fantastic weekend at the Region 4 championships at the Lehi Legacy Aquatic Center two weekends ago.

The senior had two individual wins and two relay wins to help lead Lone Peak to a runner-up finish behind American Fork.

McAleavy won both the 50 freestyle (25.66) and 100 freestyle (56.05) and then swam a leg in both of Lone Peak’s relay winning teams in the 200 and 400 free relays.

“Taylor is in a great position to have a good showing this weekend at the high school state championship meet. As a team captain she has promoted a strong atmosphere of team camaraderie and sportsmanship,” said Lone Peak coach Celeste Tiffany.


Anthony Herrera, Stansbury (Sr.)

This senior has enjoyed a sparkling senior season, and he heads into this week’s 4A state tournament as one of the favorites at 138 pounds.

Herrera has put together an impressive 43-3 record this season, which includes undefeated performances at the Davis Duals, Millard Ironman and the Stallion Stampede.

Last weekend he finished first in the 4A Divisional A state qualifying meet and will be a No. 1 seed at the state tournament.

Boys Basketball

Max Watson, Box Elder (Sr.)

This senior has the Bees rolling at the midway point of Region 5 play.

Last Tuesday he recorded 20 points and 12 rebounds in a 70-58 win over Bountiful, and then three nights later scored season-high 33 points in a 68-53 victory at Woods Cross.

Watson ranks third in the entire state as he’s averaging 23.8 ppg.

Watson’s hot play has Box Elder sitting in a prime position with a 4-0 record in Region 5.

Girls Basketball

Emma Jones, Richfield (Sr.)

Richfield is on the verge of earning a share of the region title, and the play of senior UVU commit Emma Jones is a huge reason why.

Jones is averaging 15.8 ppg and she leads the entire state with 59 3-pointers. She’s averaging 45 percent from 3-point range.

“Emma is quite possibly the best shooter I have ever coached. Her jump shot is a thing of beauty. I haven't seen many players, boys or girls, with the great form that she has,” said Richfield coach Mark Peterson.

Last Saturday against Grand, Jones scored 29 points and buried six 3-pointers in the 78-32 win.

“Emma not only is a great offensive player but a leader on the defensive end as well. With her and her team's passion for defense, they have allowed the fewest points in 3A this season, as well as holding some of the leading schools in other classifications to low point totals,” said Peterson.

Boys Swimming

Jack Troxel, Park City (So.)

This sophomore swam his way to three first-place finishes at the Region 11 championships two weekends ago at Tooele High School.

Troxel won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.72 and then won the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:55.81, over 16 seconds faster than the second-place swimmer. Both times were new personal bests.

He capped the meet by swimming a leg in Park City’s 400 free relay time, which finished in a time of 3:22.73.

“Jack has a fantastic season so far with the best yet to come. He has consistently improved all season and moved up the 4A ranks of top swimmers. All of his hard work and dedication have paid off as he had an amazing region championship,” said Park City coach Mike Werner.

Troxel’s time in the 500 free ranks as the ninth-best time this high school season in the entire state.