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MountainStar Healthcare Star Athletes of Week 6

Week 6 athletes hail from Springville, American Fork, Bingham, Hillcrest, Westlake, Maeser Prep and Lehi

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Football

Austin Mortensen, Springville (Sr.)

Had another monster performance for Springville in last week’s 49-0 region win over Payson.

The senior wide receiver caught four passes for 177 yards and four touchdowns, raising his season totals to 804 yards and 13 TDs after just six games.

“Austin Mortensen is a two-year, two-way starter for us. Austin also is a captain for us and a big part of our special teams. Besides being a great athlete Austin is a fierce competitor. Austin is never scared of the moment and has made big plays on offense, defense and special teams for us in critical times all year. Austin and our QB Payton Murphy have worked hard on routes and timing to make them very good. Austin is a winner and leader for us,” said Springville coach Willy Child.

Last season, Mortensen finished with 238 receiving yards and two TDs.

Girls soccer

Addie Gardner, American Fork (Jr.)

American Fork is the only undefeated team remaining in 6A, and Addie Gardner’s consistent performances is a big reason why.

The junior leads American Fork in scoring with 13 goals, which included a goal in last week’s 3-0 region win over Skyridge.

“Addie is one of the most determined players I have had the opportunity to coach. She is always giving it her all and it brings the best out of her teammates. She demands the best from herself and whoever is around her. We are lucky to have her at American Fork,” said American Fork coach Derek Dunn.

As a sophomore last year, Gardner scored seven goals for American Fork.

Volleyball

Sana Foliaki, Bingham (Sr.)

Sana Foliaki’s tremendous determination has helped Bingham jump out to a 4-0 record in Region 3 this year and 9-4 overall.

Foliaki led her team to 3-0 wins over both Jordan and Herriman last week and for the season she’s recorded 183 digs (4.7 digs per set).

“Sana is a refreshing ‘old school’ player with only the team in mind. She will do whatever is asked of her. She doesn’t need the focus to be about her. This is what makes her so special. She will give you 100% and not need any recognition or accolades. She just wants to do what is needed to help the team be successful,” said Bingham coach Melissa Glasker.

“She listens, tries to makes changes when asked, is focused and a true competitor. Our offense couldn’t run without Sana.”

Girls cross-country

Emma Heslop, Westlake (Jr.)

The junior had a great showing at the Viking Invitational at Pleasant Grove High School on Saturday.

Heslop finished first with a time of 18:18.22, which was 16 seconds faster than the second-place runner.

“What makes Emma such a great runner is she is committed to the process. She puts in the work at practice and at home necessary to continually get better each week. She is also extremely humble and has a positive attitude,” said Westlake coach Adam Burrows.

Boys cross-country

Anthony Davies, Hillcrest (Jr.)

Recorded the best time at the Wahsatch Rendezvous at Cottonwood Complex on Saturday by a mere sliver.

Davies finished with a time of 16:07.23, which was just enough to edge the second-place runner who finished with a time of 16:07.51.

“Anthony is a competitive, athletic kid who sets high goals for himself and works very hard to give himself a chance to meet them. He is also very good within the dynamics of the team and leads with his work ethic and performance,” said Hillcrest coach Scott Stucki.

Davies finished 22nd at last year’s 6A state meet as a sophomore and will look to crack the top 10 of 5A this year.

Girls Tennis

Clare Perkins, Maeser Prep (So.)

In her first season playing varsity tennis, Clare Perkins has teamed with partner Megan Grant for a 6-4 record and a 4-2 record in region play.

Last week she capped a dramatic third-set comeback by serving out the match point that helped Maeser Prep clinch its first winning record in school history.

”Clare was our team’s most improved player last year, and that improvement has continued throughout this season as well. Her natural chemistry with Megan, her coachability, and her willingness and ability to attack and finish at the net is really what has set her apart this year. I’m really excited to see what happens with her — and Megan — from here,” said Maeser Prep coach Tim Smith.

Boys golf

Helaman Ofahengaue, Lehi (So.)

Heading into Tuesday’s final Region 7 tournament of the season, Ofahengaue has a commanding lead in the standings.

Through six tournaments the sophomore’s stroke average is 69.7, which is over four strokes better than the nearest competitor in Region 7.

“Is a great player and one of the funnest golfers I’ve watched. He works his butt off, and I’m not surprised he’s having success. From his freshman year to now he’s shaved 8-9 strokes. Glad he’s on my team,” said Lehi coach Jason Ingersoll.

In last Thursday’s region tournament at Soldier Hollow, he finished second with a 74.