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MountainStar Healthcare Star Athletes of Week 37

Baseball

Hunter Cornia, Cottonwood (Sr.)

Hunter Cornia, Cottonwood baseball
Hunter Cornia, Cottonwood baseball
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Cottonwood senior infielder Hunter Cornia has the Colts in the Region 7 driver’s seat with two series remaining and an 8-1 region record.

Cornia is batting. 500 with a .593 on-base percentage. He’s recorded two doubles, one home run, 17 RBIs and 20 runs scored.

"Hunter is an exceptional person. He works extremely hard. He spends quite a bit of time working when nobody sees. I admire his character and consistency as a person. Hunter has been an impact player for our program since his sophomore season," said Cottonwood coach Jason Crawford.

Softball

Rachel Stott, Davis (Sr.)

Rachel Stott, Davis softball
Rachel Stott, Davis softball
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This senior catcher had a very strong week in leading Davis to a pair of wins last week.

Rachel Stott went a combined 7 of 8 in wins over Weber and Clearfield with a double, a home run and five RBIs.

“Rachel is the calming presence on the field. She is a multiyear starter who knows how to keep our pitchers loose and calm. She comes to play every day and does the little things well consistently,” said Davis coach Mylei Zachman.

For the season Stott is batting .415.

Boys Soccer

Ben Simister, Desert Hills (Jr.)

Ben Simister, Desert Hills soccer
Ben Simister, Desert Hills soccer
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The Region 9 co-champion Desert Hills Thunder are riding a 10-game winning streak heading into the 4A playoffs this week and a big reason why is Ben Simister’s knack in front of goal.

Simister scored a goal in each of Desert Hills’ wins last week, raising his total to 20 goals this season after scoring 15 as a sophomore.

“Ben Simister is a stellar young man on and off the field. He is a natural leader and the captain of Desert Hills soccer team. He is very explosive and fast. His dedication and hard work has helped him master basic soccer skills, making him very dangerous. He is a guy you can count on to score or create the opportunity for our team to score every game. He never gives up and works just as hard defensively as he does offensively. Every coach dreams of a player like Ben Simister,” said Desert Hills coach Benji Nelson.

Girls Golf

Morgan McDougal, Providence Hall (Sr.)

Morgan McDougal, Providence Hall golf
Morgan McDougal, Providence Hall golf
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Morgan McDougal only began golfing her freshman year, but finished her senior as the Region 14 medalist.

“Morgan is a natural athlete with incredible hand-eye coordination," said Providence Hall coach Brett Armstrong. "Early on I knew she had tremendous potential. It has been incredibly rewarding to watch her game grow and develop. It was at state last year that her game really came together."

McDougal’s season best was an 83 in Roosevelt a couple of weeks ago.

“McDougal's love of the game and willingness to put in extra effort is much of the reason for her success,” said Armstrong.

Boys Tennis

Austin Beckstead, Timpanogos (Jr.)

Austin Beckstead, Timpanogos tennis
Austin Beckstead, Timpanogos tennis
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Timpanogos’ No. 1 singles player has enjoyed a strong junior season, compiling a 9-4 record so far this year.

He’s advanced to the quarterfinals at state each of the past two years, and is poised to do it again this year.

“Austin has maintained a 4.0 GPA and is a prime example of what it means to be a T-Wolf. His actions on and off the court are exemplary. Students gravitate toward him because of his wonderful demeanor and work ethic. He also has a serene sense of humor. We quite enjoy him here at Timpanogos,” said coach Glen Zobell.

Boys Track

Enrique Oliva, Bingham (Sr.)

Enrique Oliva, Bingham track & field
Enrique Oliva, Bingham track & field
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Turned in a career performance at the Tiger Trials last Saturday at Orem High School.

The senior cleared 6’10 in the high jump, the best jump in Utah this year and equal to the best jump in the past four years.

“The thing that is great about Enrique is he is an all-around athlete. We can put him in relays along with individual races. He is very easygoing and has such natural talent. It all comes easy to him,” said Bingham coach Crystal Moeller. “He jumped the last few heights alone so I can’t wait to see what he does when he has breaks in between heights.”

Girls Track

Kamryn Wiese, Syracuse (Jr.)

Kamryn Wiese, Syracuse track & field
Kamryn Woese. Syracuse track & field
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A third-place finisher at state in the high jump last year, Kamryn Wiese should be right in the thick of the race for the gold medal again.

At the Wildcat Invitational last Friday Wiese cleared 5’05 in the high jump, the best mark in the state this season.

“Kamryn is a great young lady. She’s strong in the classroom and in athletics, a true student-athlete. She’s been a leader for our team since joining us her freshman year. Her success is a direct reflection of her work ethic and natural talent. While she helps the team in many ways, it’s her high jump ability that makes her special,” said Syracuse coach Brian Berrong.